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May 2, 2011 09:42 PM

Recap of our 5 day NYC trip

Four of us from the Napa Valley, two making their first trip had a fantastic time eating our way around Manhattan combined with a bit of sightseeing etc.Here's a brief summary of places we ate.

Thursday after late evening arrival: PJ Clarkes on 3rd ave: Cheeseburger good and a couple of poorly made martinis.Enjoyed the room and late busy atmosphere.

Friday: Late breakfast at Carnegie deli: It may not be the best in Manhattan but for me it was very good pastrami sandwich. Loved the sour pickles and the wise and witty long time server.
Friday lunch: Bar Bouloud, charcuterie and cheese along with a nice Rhone wine. The small plate charcuterie was a little disappointing, very good but not much variety.Seems like it was all speck. The 3 cheese plate was delicious and a nice variety but very small portions
Friday dinner: Maialino! The best food and service on the entire trip. Not to mention a nice space and actually able to hear one another. Had a variety of apps including the veal heart, loved them all. Split two pastas the squid ink and the pepe e cacio both very good. And the Maialino gotta give thanks to RGR for talking it up , it was that good.My favorite dish of the trip.
Late evening at nearby Petes Tavern was fun.

Saturday breakfast a crappy bagel from a food cart across from the hotel.
Saturday lunch: Ma Peche Not really blown away by anything maybe came in with high expectations. Only other visit to a David Chang restaurant was Momofuku Saam and had the pork bun which was awesome and rich.
Saturday evening planned on eating before a show at Marseille but didn't eat before or after.

Sunday brunch: Minetta Tavern fantastic French Toast and good spicy Bloody Mary's. Great space and enjoyed the bartenders.
Artichoke Pizza: Was told the artichoke slice was the way to go but I found it way too creamy and rich for my taste. Last year ate at Artichoke on E 14th, had the Sicilian slice and didn't enjoy that either. Guess its just not my taste.
One if by Land: roaming around stopped in for a drink and listen to the jazz. Not particuarly friendly perhaps we wern't dressed as nice as the rest.
Blind Tiger Great beer selection and a fine grilled cheese sandwich.
Spotted Pig: Another enjoyable spot and stop.
Dinner: Gramercy Tavern Have been here several times, great service think I choose wrong had the mushroom lasange and did not like it at all. Had a taste of some other items around the table, first time I didn't really enjoy the food at GT

Monday breakfast: A bagel at a nondesript store on 8th ave somewhere between 45&49th. Good dense bagel. This place had every kind of food, guess you can get a decent bagel many many places in Manhattan and not just the main listed places H&H, Essa, etc. Dont know where this place got there bagels.
Monday lunch: Inoteca on Rivington Had a number of items that were pretty good but the truffled egg toast was killer.
Balthazar: Oysters and clams with a Muscadet. Good except for the larger oysters, hope they weren't bluepoints.
Dinner: Scarpetta Definately didn't enjoy as much as Maialino. Was looking forward to the expierence. An ok Negroi, wine list is fairly pricey. The spaghetti, foie gras, and mushroom polenta did not disappoint. AS good as advertised. Some of the other dishes short ribs, burrata didn't care for although generally like these dishes alot. For me overhyped bread basket. Nice room, bar but had a corporate feel perhaps because almost every diner was a man in a suit.

Monday lunch: The Modern Bar room Next to Maialino the best. Great service, every dish beautiful and scrumptous. Had the tart flambe, spicy steak tartare, scallops and sausage and sourkraut. Food was modern art in presentation and just damn tasty!

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

The Modern
9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Carnegie Deli
854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Blind Tiger
281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

P.J. Clarke's
915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

One If By Land, Two If By Sea
17 Barrow St., New York, NY 10014

Pete's Tavern
129 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Bar Boulud
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Ma Peche
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

111 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. Except perhapts Momofuku Ssam Bar and Maialino, I certainly would not have recommended any of your places you went to especially travelling so far. Perhaps on your next trip do a more detailed research on place you really ought to visit. So many other great places! And skip the bagel cart-what did you expect?????????

    Momofuku Ssam Bar
    207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    5 Replies
    1. re: UES Mayor

      Seriously? Sounds like a pretty solid list to me. I've had good-to-great meals at Scarpetta, Spotted Pig, 'inoteca, Balthazar, Gramercy Tavern, etc.

      And as to the bagel cart, not everyone leaps out of bed determined to scour the city for the perfect breakfast. Sometimes you just grab something because you're hungry and it's close. Sheesh.

      1. re: small h

        Ditto. Didn't see anything particularly offensive on that list.

        1. re: loratliff

          I'll chime and say ditto myself. I really like Gramercy Tavern and 'inoteca.

      2. re: UES Mayor

        UES Since your not too fond of the choices I/we made, curious as to what you would have suggested and can research that for my next trip. Actually quite enjoyed most places visited and did a lot of research. Have had bagels from a cart in the past that were good so not sure "what did you expect" applies. One place I forgot that we we went to was Keste. Originally had planned to go to Johns on Bleeker but they were closed for Easter. I know its not all posters favorite but wanted to try one of the "originals". Keste Margharita with buffalo mozz. was superb, the sausage just ok. Also, enjoyed the cold sparkling red wine from Naples we had to with the pizza. One more note on the bagels, when your buying from a cart or deli store, I have no idea where they purchased them, could have asked but did not.

        Keste Pizza & Vino
        271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      3. Thanks for the great write up. I appreciate the time you took to go into such great detail. You've helped me solidify plans for my next trip to New York-- Maialino and The Modern will be on my list.
        I live in Boston and try to get to New York frequently for some good shows. Just saw "Good People" and had a great post-theater meal at Marseille. Next up will be "Warhorse" and will go to both restaurants you highlighted as well as Lincoln which has gotten some great reviews.
        Thanks again for taking the time to share your dining notes!

        630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

        1. So glad you enjoyed Maialino. I think it is one of the best restaurants in town right now for price and quality.

          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010