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itinerary advice - kin shop, vandaag, maialino, or john dory

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I've got two and a half days to spend, and I'm trying to cram in as much good food as possible. Would love to hear anyone's opinions on some of the below:

lunch at jean-georges
dinner at del posto
dinner at fatty cue
snack at saltie - must have the scuttlebutt again
brunch at maialino or vandaag

I really want to find a way a way to fit in dinner at Kin Shop or a snack at John Dory (I've wanted to try the oyster pan roast since forever, and I love eccles cake), but there's just no time! Any advice, thoughts, dish suggestions welcome.

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  1. Vandaag is far more interesting at dinner than brunch. Brunch is fine, but nothing I'd go out of my way for. I'd swap it for Kin Shop (where it's the same menu all day) - do KS for brunch/lunch and Vandaag for dinner.

    Otherwise, pretty good list. You'll eat some good food while you're here, for sure.

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    Vandaag
    103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

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    1. re: sgordon

      Thanks -- I'd read some conflicting information about what menu Kin Shop serves during lunch. Definitely more interested in the a la carte menu than the prix fixe I'd seen somewhere.

      Some of the recommended Vandaag dishes are there for brunch -- pickles, bread, hete bliksem, bitterballen. Not sure I'll find a dinner slot for it. Is it worth it for these, or better to try Maialino or John Dory?

      1. re: joshlh

        The a la carte menu is available (at the same price as it is at dinner). The lunch prix fixe at Kin Shop is not, in my opinion, representative of how good this kitchen can be.

    2. Definitely Maialino over Vandaag. I really like Maialino and was not impressed by Vandaag (except for the breads).

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      Maialino
      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

      Vandaag
      103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

      1. Unless you're interested in the high-end aspects of kin shop, I'd swap it for Zabb Elee in the East Village, Manhattan's best Thai. If you're interested do a little research here on CH first, as they are Isaan and don't serve the familiar Thai standbys. They are a block from Vandaag, very different cuisine, but a fraction of the price with really great, unusual, carefully prepared Thai. I'd look into lunch at Del Posto - supposedly one of NYC's best bargains at around $30.

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        Del Posto
        85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        Vandaag
        103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

        1. John Dory is open later into the night, I believe. You could also go before dinner at Del Posto, and treat it as an appetizer, just to get it out of your system. You have a very specific dish in mind, otherwise, I don't see it recommended much as a must stop for visitors.

          I haven't been to Kin Shop, but the reviews seem mixed. Perilla sounds like the better restaurant - though entirely different cuisine...which is why the Zabb Elee suggestion makes a lot of sense.

          You might swap out Fette Sau over Fatty Cue, or just check out Fatty Cue's booth at World Financial Center.

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          Perilla
          9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

          The John Dory Oyster Bar
          1196 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

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

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          1. re: sugartoof

            I loved Kin Shop. It's also been a hit with the four different groups I've recommended it to. It could also serve as a nice change of pace to the italian and french cuisines you've slated.

            As for John Dory, depending on where your traveling from, I'd consider skipping it. If you are from a location heavy into seafood, there isn't all that much there that will blow you away. If you are from a land-locked location where fresh fish is scarce, then get your seafood fix. For specific recommendations, the bottarga dish is delicious as are the oysters of course.

          2. Lots of good advice and suggestions from everyone -- thanks. Moved Del Posto to lunch time, and Vandaag for dinner. Reviews on Vandaag seem mixed, but the dishes all sound totally different from what I could find anywhere else, so I'm pretty keen on trying it. Ditto Kin Shop. I haven't totally nailed everything down yet, so probably I'll leave some of it to circumstance. Zabb Elee sounds awesome. Awesome enough for an after-dinner dinner? We'll see.

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            1. re: joshlh

              If you're concerned about Vandaag's mixed reviews why not order light there and then have an after-dinner dinner just down second avenue at Zabb Elee?

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              Vandaag
              103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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