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My wife and I are having a second child, and have one last food getaway. Used to visit regularly, but have not been to NYC in 4 years. Please help with any suggestions or updates. We are coming in for a late lunch Friday and leave after Breakfast Sunday. We used to live in San Francisco and Singapore and are unfortunalty stuck in Ann Arbor. We are total gluttons and always try to fit in way too much on these trips, but we are not obese.

Lunch Friday- Usually Japanese,- in the past have eaten at Yasuda (too pricey but an experience) and Yama, but am looking for a place with handmade Cold Soba and sushi, have penciled in Soba Koh's.

Dinner Friday- Staying near the West Village, we don't want anything too fancy, maybe Gastropub, and don't mind eating early, Thinking spotted pig, or Breslin, but always like hidden gems and less noisy crowds.

Late night Friday- Ramen or Itsykaya, have not heard about much. Ippudo or Setsgaya, too busy in the past. Eaten at severl in the past but forgot, last one was ren ren or something

Sat Am- Somthing light- bagels and lox, Katz? then hit the Soup Dumpling at Joe's more nostalgia than taste, i prefer them small like Din Tai Fung.

Sat- Grazing around Chinatown and little Italy- any suggestions. Usually a slice somewhere, Lomdardi's or Grimaldis'

Sat Dinner- This is the Big One, have eaten at the Big 3 imho and loved each Le Bernadin/Daniel/Per Se want to take it down a notch $, but if its great we will spulge, who knows when we will make it back? Annisa? Anyone had the tasting Menu not listed on website, will travel outside of Manhattan, if really special.

Sat late night- Dessert Bar- best we have come up with is Milkbar

Sunday- Need to eat noon. Artisnal, Prune in past, would not mind something ethnic. Are any of these maketplaces open like Eataly this early.
Thanks for any suggestions.
Toro

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Annisa
13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

Yama
308 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

The Breslin
20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

Eataly
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Grimaldi's
47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

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  1. For the "Big One" I suggest Eleven Madison Park, if there are tables available on the date you're eating there. I had an amazing 4-course birthday lunch the past November (albeit long one that took nearly 4 hours as the kitchen sent out delicious little bites of other dishes that are not on the menu) and many 'hounders do like EMP a lot.

    My photos of the said meal:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hellokit...

    They do serve a dinner tasting menu for $195 or 4-courses for $125, according to the restaurant's website: http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com/

    As for ramen, I heard good things about Totto Ramen in Midtown West. (I'm not too sure if you want to venture there; their site: http://tottoramen.com/

    )

    Bagels and lox: have it to go from Russ & Daughters.

    Dessert bar: I do like Spot Dessert Bar on St. Marks Place (site: http://www.spotdessertbar.com/) and Dessert Club Chikalicious (http://www.dessertclubchikalicious.com/). If you want something more refined/Francophile, so to speak, you can head over to Boise Tea Parlor in the West Village: http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

    Eataly is opened by noon on a Sunday but it tends to get packed with people. If you seek a brunch option, you should not look any further than Kathryn's super informative list: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/707772

    Hope this answers your questions a bit.

    Tina
    http://thewanderingeater.com

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    Russ & Daughters
    179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

    Eleven Madison Park
    11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

    Dessert Club, ChikaLicious
    204 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

    Momofuku Milk Bar
    251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

    Spot Dessert Bar
    13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

    Bosie Tea Parlor
    10 Morton St, New York, NY 10014

    Totto Ramen
    366 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

    Eataly
    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

    4 Replies
    1. re: chocokitty

      Seconding EMP, and thanks for linking to my list!

      1. re: chocokitty

        Second Spot and Chikalicious, I also like Kyotofu in Hell's Kitchen.

        1. re: chocokitty

          Thanks for the recs, EMP looks great, maybe lunch, because I'm only a month out.
          Thanks for Russ and Daughters, walked by the store a few years ago on way to Prune.

          1. re: toro

            You'd have to visit EMP for Friday lunch as they don't serve lunch on Saturday and are closed on Sunday.

            Eleven Madison Park is open Monday through Saturday:
            Lunch: Monday–Friday, noon–2:00p.m.
            Dinner: Monday–Saturday, 5:30 p.m.–10:00p.m.

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            Eleven Madison Park
            11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

        2. > Lunch Friday- Usually Japanese,- in the past have eaten at Yasuda (too pricey but an experience) and Yama, but am looking for a place with handmade Cold Soba and sushi, have penciled in Soba Koh's.

          I think you need to choose either soba or sushi as it's unlikely you'll find a place specializing in both. Also, since it's lunch, a lot of the famous sushi places aren't open. I would look into 15 East.

          > Dinner Friday- Staying near the West Village, we don't want anything too fancy, maybe Gastropub, and don't mind eating early, Thinking spotted pig, or Breslin, but always like hidden gems and less noisy crowds.

          I'd look into Joseph Leonard, Jeffrey's Grocery, and/or Fedora. Neighborhood gems, great service, tasty food. Fedora also boasts an ex-Au Pied du Cochon chef. Another option, on the other side of town, is Prune, which to me boasts the same quirky/meaty spirit as the Breslin or Spotted Pig.

          Since it's Friday night anywhere in these neighborhoods will probably have a crowd, though. Luckily Prune takes reservations. Fedora takes reservations, too, but only day of. You just have to remember to call the morning of your meal.

          > Late night Friday- Ramen or Itsykaya, have not heard about much. Ippudo or Setsgaya, too busy in the past. Eaten at severl in the past but forgot, last one was ren ren or something

          I would go to Rockmeisha. Another hidden gem in the West Village and coincidentally an izakaya that also serves great ramen. They only serve one kind (tonkotsu style) but it's excellent. Mild, very smooth, and comforting. Flavorful and fatty. Also the room is a blast from the past with an old jukebox, Japanese cartoons from the 60s on loop, knick knacks everywhere.

          > Sat Am- Somthing light- bagels and lox, Katz? then hit the Soup Dumpling at Joe's more nostalgia than taste, i prefer them small like Din Tai Fung.

          No way Katz's is light, with that wonderful pastrami. I assume you're thinking of visiting Russ & Daughters? They can make you a bagel sandwich. I like to eat mine sitting on the benches outside. And it's very close to Katz's.

          > Sat- Grazing around Chinatown and little Italy- any suggestions. Usually a slice somewhere, Lomdardi's or Grimaldis'

          I assume you know that Lombardi's and Grimaldi's are whole pies only, no slices? Also Grimaldi's is in Brooklyn. Are you looking to eat IN Chinatown or Little Italy? Nolita? What type of food?

          > Sat late night- Dessert Bar- best we have come up with is Milkbar

          Look into maybe Spot, Chikalicious (not the dessert bar but the sit down one).

          > Sunday- Need to eat noon. Artisnal, Prune in past, would not mind something ethnic. Are any of these maketplaces open like Eataly this early.

          Eataly opens at 10am daily.

          For great Sunday brunch, reserve at Minetta Tavern or Locanda Verde.

          For something ethnic, perhaps dim sum at Chinatown Brasserie, claypot rice at Noodle Village, roast meats at Great NY Noodletown? Lunch at Kin Shop or Zaab Elee?

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          Russ & Daughters
          179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

          15 East
          15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

          Great New York Noodletown
          28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

          Spotted Pig
          314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

          Minetta Tavern
          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

          Noodle Village
          13 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

          Chinatown Brasserie
          380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

          Yama
          308 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

          Rockmeisha
          11 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014

          Prune
          54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

          Lombardi's
          32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

          ChikaLicious
          203 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

          Ippudo
          65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Fedora
          239 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

          Locanda Verde
          377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

          Joseph Leonard
          170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

          The Breslin
          20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

          Kin Shop
          469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          Eataly
          200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          Grimaldi's
          47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

          Jeffrey's Grocery
          172 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

          Zabb Elee
          75 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          1 Reply
          1. re: kathryn

            Thanks, this is great help, read your brunch thread and have lots more to consider.

          2. Suggested Saturday Last Weekend of Freedom Chinatown (skip Little Italy) excursion...

            Pre-grazing Chinatown snack:

            Mei Li Hua: - one of the oldest spots in Chinatown
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/605528

            Lunch:

            Fuzhou

            Noodle Shops:
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/492376
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/504362

            Two Restaurants:
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/483902
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/714304

            or

            Old World Cantonese:

            Great New York Noodletown:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/678367

            Hsin Wong:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/765892

            or

            Comfort food from China’s Heartland:
            He Nan Flavor:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/774685

            Desert:
            http://chinatownicecreamfactory.com/

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            Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
            65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

            Great New York Noodletown
            28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

            Hsin Wong
            72 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

            He Nan Flavor
            68 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002

            Mei Li Wah
            64 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013