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5 days in NYC coming up. Review our eating itinerary?

My husband and I live in Seattle but adore NYC and make a point to go once a year. We'll be there 9/1-9/5. I'm putting more of a focus this year on eating at great restaurants. Last year we only made one dinner reservation (Little Owl) and winged it the other nights. Here's what I've got so far:

Thursday
Dinner at Club A Steakhouse (got a LivingSocial deal, and the Yelp reviews were decent)

Friday
Breakfast at Balthazar
Dinner at Craftbar

Saturday
Lunch at Haru Sushi
Dinner at Via Della Pace

Sunday
Brunch at Jane
Lunch at Union Square Cafe
Dinner at...?

We'd love to have a "very NYC" dinner on Sunday night. Any suggestions? Also, yay or nay on Craftbar? We haven't made that reservation yet, so would be open to other, better suggestions.

Thanks!

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Via Della Pace
48 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

Club A Steakhouse
240 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

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  1. macaronette

    It will help the regulars on this board if you give some sort of idea of type of cuisine/budget/location you are looking for. I think "very NYC dinner" is open to too many different interpretations.

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    1. re: ChemWork

      Chem - Sorry about that. I thought seeing the places we've already decided on might help inform on our tastes.

      We love good food, but don't consider ourselves "foodies". We try to stay away from the more eclectic and stick to classics done really, really well. Simple is good. We don't mind paying for a good meal, up to $250 total including a few glasses of wine.

    2. I've never heard of Club A Steakhouse. Since you are looking for a "very NYC" dinner on Sunday, I'd drop Club A on Thursday and have dinner at Keens on Sunday. Keens has been in its 36th St. since 1885, Thus, in addition to delicious steaks, chops (including the signature mutton chop), sides, etc., there is the unmatchable charm of the Old NY ambiance -- walls filled with authentic American memorabilia and old clay smoking pipes suspended from all the ceilings + pipes belonging to famous people dating as far back as the 19th century displayed in cases in the vestibule.

      Keens photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      Having both brunch and lunch on Sunday seems rather odd to me.

      I've never heard of Via Della Pace. With so many terrific Italian restaurants to choose from, why this one?

      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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      Keens
      72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

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      1. re: RGR

        Great point about the brunch/lunch thing. Although the brunch will be early, I'll move the lunch to another day.

        Thanks!

        1. re: macaronette

          Looking at your schedule, you could do lunch at USC on Friday. During the past few months, we've had two superb lunches there.

          USC photos here; http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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          Union Square Cafe
          21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003

      2. Do you enjoy any of the higher end sushi restaurants in Seattle? If so you will probably be disappointed in Haru which isn't very good. Are you looking for a sushi specific lunch on Saturday or are you just going to be near a Haru?

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        Haru
        205 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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        1. re: MVNYC

          I heard from a friend who's a former NY'er that she loved Haru. We've never actually had sushi before and she said that was the place to go for our inaugural experience! Is there someplace else you'd recommend?

          1. re: macaronette

            Hi macaronette!

            If that is the case, I have other recs for you. However, I also want to know what kind of sushi experience you are looking for. Do you like the fusion roll, tempura, spicy roll kind of sushi place? Or are you looking for a traditional nigiri, focus on fish, classic kind of place? And what sort of budget are you looking for for lunch? Which neighborhood were you planning to be at that point?

            1. re: macaronette

              I've only eaten at Haru once, and it was lousy and overpriced. I also have friends who love it, but these are not the friends I ask for dining advice.

              Blue Ribbon Sushi might be good for a first-timer, since they have a very broad menu. I'm a big fan of Takahachi also - I think for the price (not very high), it's pretty solid. Note that only the Tribeca location serves lunch. Both Blue Ribbon and Takahachi have plenty of non-raw-fish items, so if you decide you hate raw fish, you'll still have a lot of options.

              http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com/...
              http://www.takahachi.net/

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              Blue Ribbon Sushi
              119 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

              Takahachi
              145 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

              1. re: small h

                Second Blue Ribbon for a first-timer.

                1. re: macaronette

                  Yes, please do not go to Haru. I would feel horribly if you spent a meal there during your trip! If for lunch, Yasuda has a nice prix fixe set at lunch. Kathryn also recommended 15 East's lunch deal on another thread and I agree. For dinner, Kanoyama is great and has a wider selection of cooked dishes and also more variety in sushi snd rolls so there is something for everyone. Ushiwakamaru - I have heard good things, never been. This place is much more strictly sushi and sashimi, FYI.

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

                  Sushi Yasuda
                  204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

                  Kanoyama
                  175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

              2. How did you come up with Via Della Pace? I certainly would not waste a dinner there. I have found it mediocre at best and there are far better Italians in the East Village. I like I Copi for good, reasonable Italian in that neighborhood.

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                I Coppi
                432 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

                Via Della Pace
                48 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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                1. re: City Kid

                  As I said above, I've never even heard of VDP. While the food at I Coppi was o.k. the last time we ate there, which was quite some time ago, unless the Italian must be in the E. Village, there are far better options elsewhere.

                  http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                  1. re: RGR

                    In this case, RGR, I think there is a reason VDP flies under the radar. You are probably right about better Italians than I Copi elsewhere, but I thought it answered the request for classics well prepared. I had a lovely dinner there a couple of months back.

                2. Macaronette here is another positive review of Club A Steakhouse http://www.thelunchbelle.com/nycentri...

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                  Club A Steakhouse
                  240 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

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                  1. re: chowdom

                    I'd been to Club A Steakhouse during the Restaurant Week extension last year. It was pretty good. I liked the ambiance and we enjoyed our meal.

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                    Club A Steakhouse
                    240 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022