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Seeking Suggestions for Upcoming Trip

My wife and I are headed to NYC for several days and have reservations for the restaurants listed below. Does anyone have any feedback regarding our list and suggestions for filling the open spots? Please note that I have a seafood allergy, which keeps us away from places like Le Bernadin and Ko. Thank you very much for your help.

Day 1 (Saturday) - Daniel dinner
Day 2 (Sunday) - Bistro Moderne lunch; Per Se dinner
Day 3 (Monday) - Bouley lunch; EMP dinner
Day 4 (Tuesday) - Del Posto lunch; Jean-Georges dinner
Day 5 (Wednesday - Wife's Birthday) - [hopefully a place with great pepperoni pizza for lunch - could use a suggestion]; EMP dinner
Day 6 (Thursday) - [no lunch plans yet]; Per Se dinner
Day 7 (Friday) - [no lunch or dinner plans yet]
Day 8 (Saturday) - [no lunch plans yet]

Thanks again.

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

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  1. In keeping with your modern French preferences, also consider Corton, Picholine, and The Modern Dining Room.

    Is there any reason why you have not included any Italian restaurants? Some good options:

    Babbo
    Lincoln
    Scarpetta
    Ciano
    Ai Fiori

    For pepperoni pizza, perhaps Rubirosa?

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    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

    Picholine
    35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

    Scarpetta
    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    Corton
    239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

    Ciano
    45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

    Lincoln
    142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

    Rubirosa
    235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

    Ai Fiori
    400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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    1. re: H Manning

      The OP did mention Del Posto, but I agree that the itinerary heavily favors high end French, which might be too much of a good thing especially with multiple meals at EMP and Per Se.

      It might be a good idea to throw in some non-French options for lunch in order to enhance the distinctiveness of each dinner.

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      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

      1. re: H Manning

        Agree about adding Corton, Picholine and Ai Fiori. I haven't tried the others on your list (although I'm not a fan of The Modern Dining Room).

        Maybe the OP should consider moving the lunch reservations of Bouley and Del Posto to Days 7 & 8 where they don't have any plans yet. There's only one person I know (uhockey) that has the capacity to enjoy 2 great meals in a single day :-).

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        Picholine
        35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

        Corton
        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        Ai Fiori
        400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

        1. re: ellenost

          A recent meal that I had a Lincoln was better in every respect than either of my meals at Ai Fiori. That said, it is a little less formal and a little less "fine dining" than Ai Fiori, which appears to be what the OP is interested in, so you might be right about the suggestion.

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          Lincoln
          142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

          Ai Fiori
          400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

      2. Cafe Boulud
        La Grenouille
        Ciano
        Craft
        head up to Blue Hill Stone Barns

        I'm not sure you are wise to do EMP and Per Se twice each during this trip.

        Have you informed all the restaurants where you are going of the seafood allergy?

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        Per Se
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

        Cafe Boulud
        20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

        Craft
        43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

        La Grenouille
        3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

        Ciano
        45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

        1. I just can't imagine eating dinner at Daniel-Per Se-EMP-Jean Georges-EMP-Per Se all in a row, and I can eat like a freaking horse, though I am impressed by your fortitude.

          I am not sure where you are visiting from, but I would check out some of the stuff NYC does as well, if not better, than anywhere in the country. Try some Thai food at Zabb Ellee or Ayada, bagels at Absolute Bagels, Pastrami on Rye at Katz's Deli.

          If you insist on fine dining the whole time (more power to you), I would add Momofuku Ko, the Modern, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns to that list. You might also consider one of the fine Japanese restaurants in the city, perhaps Kyo Ya or 15 East or Yakatori Totto.

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          Yakitori Totto
          251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

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

          Blue Hill
          75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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

          Kyo Ya
          94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          Momofuku Ko
          163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Absolute Bagels
          2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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

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          1. re: nmprisons

            Seafood allergy - some restaurants don't make sense, like 15 East.

            Yakitori Totto is fun, but a "fine" restaurant it is not.

            The OP should also consider Kajitsu.

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            Yakitori Totto
            251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

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

            Kajitsu
            414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

            1. re: gutsofsteel

              GOS might be right, though "fine" and "fine dining" aren't the same in my book.

              1. re: nmprisons

                You said "You might also consider one of the fine Japanese restaurants in the city, perhaps Kyo Ya or 15 East or Yakatori Totto."

                I'm just saying that Yakitori Totto is not a fine restaurant.

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                Yakitori Totto
                251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

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

                Kyo Ya
                94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

              2. re: gutsofsteel

                Kajitsu would definitely be unlike anything in Houston, and is a good choice (if they can go a meal without meat)

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                Kajitsu
                414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

              3. re: nmprisons

                nmp - Just wanted to note I've been following your recent posts and find you're usually on the money with your recs and feedback. Thanks for the new energy to the Manhattan board! -the G

                1. re: thegforceny

                  well thank you very much. i appreciate it.

                2. re: nmprisons

                  Thai food might be difficult with the seafood allergy (fish sauce). OP also posted that they were avoiding Ko due to the allergy as well.

                3. Sounds like an amazing plan, but I worry that it's too much. When I travel, I schedule many excellent dinners in a row. That is my evening entertainment. I know I can't handle two important meals a day, especially eight days in a row. Maybe my husband can manage, but I would flag after the second day. I would switch some of your lunches to dinners and eat lighter during the day so that you can enjoy your "evening entertainment".

                  1. Thank you very much for the suggestions. I plan to drop the first EMP; I may move Jean-Georges to a lunch spot, and I'll try to work in some Italian. Babbo is booked except for very late or very early slots. Is it so much better than Del Posto (or other Italian places mentioned) that I should take a table at 10pm on a Monday? I'm also thinking about working in Gramercy Tavern. The menu doesn't grab me, but I find that it's really the execution that matters.

                    I'm from Houston, where there is no high end. This is why I've been gravitating toward fine dining, but as several have pointed out, my present schedule might be a bit much.

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

                    Babbo
                    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

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                    1. re: smbaggott

                      Instead of Gramercy Tavern, I would select The Dining Room at The Modern.

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

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

                      1. re: smbaggott

                        Houston, what a lovely city. I spend a summer working for a law firm there and really enjoyed it. You should avoid Mexican food, Vietnamese food, and BBQ in NYC at all costs, you will be disappointed. (And, it is a real shame that you don't do seafood because Reef is the best meal in Houston as far as I am concerned).

                        I don't think that Babbo is meaningfully better than Da Marco, so I wouldn't bother trying to work around tricky reservation times.

                        I would also look into the various Momofuku restaurants and Prune, as there is nothing at all like them in Houston.

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                        Babbo
                        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

                        1. re: nmprisons

                          Yes, the Momofuku restaurants have a broad range of non-seafood dishes, but the OP is right to skip Ko since the restaurant isn't very flexible about substitutions to their set menu.

                          I'd skip Gramercy Tavern if the menu doesn't appeal (why force the issue). Tocqueville is a lovely alternative with a similar emphasis on seasonal menus.

                          Babbo may not be the best Italian restaurant in NYC, but it does have several distinctive dishes that you won't find anywhere else. I'd say Ciano is the most "user friendly" and Lincoln is the most "modern" of the Italian recommendations.

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

                          Babbo
                          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                          Ciano
                          45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

                          1. re: nmprisons

                            I'd been meaning to try Da Marco for a while, and your comment finally pushed me toward it. I had a lovely meal there this evening. Thank you for the tip.

                            1. re: smbaggott

                              Very glad to hear that. Houston is an underrated food city to be sure.