Not to miss eats in Manhattan
My husband and I are planning a 4 day trip to New York City the week before Christmas. We have been once before and the highlights from that trip were Peter Luger and Craftsteak. We also ate at Les halles and Katz deli. This, quite possibly, could be our last trip for some time and I want to know where we should definitely eat! We would prefer some cheap eats that are still great for lunch and some pricier places for supper (~$200 total) and maybe one splurge supper(~$500). We prefer either American, French, or Italian. Any and all recommendations are appreciated.
For your "one splurge supper" I would highly recommend Eleven Madison Park. In its peer group of similarly-priced restaurants it truly stands out. While I have been as frequently as some posters on this board, I have been enough to it and to places like Daniel and Jean Georges to confidently say it is almost certain to be your best bet.
My only slight hesitation is that it sounds like the two of you really enjoy steak and, while I loved the recent beef course that I had there, it isn't a meat and potatoes type place in the least. You might consider the mutton chop at Keens as a steak-like alternative on this trip, but I wouldn't do so at the expense of EMP.
As for cheap eats. I love the bagels at Absolute Bagels on the UWS (though the one that I had on Tuesday was a bit undercooked, which happens once in a while), the beef short rib sandwich at Cheeky's on the LES, N1 at xi'an famous foods (but you have to go to the one under the Manhattan bridge or the one in queens as the other locations aren't as good).
Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010
72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018
2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
Xi'an Famous Foods
88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
35 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
My initial thought to your title was to suggest Katz's for Pastrami, but I see you have already been there.....therefore, I'll suggest for cheap eats.....
Balthazar especially the pommes frites
Chinatown for Xiao Long Boa, lunch rice plates, bowl of wonton noodle soup or congee, or a plate of barbecue/roasted meats........my favorite is the Suckling Pig.
80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012