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honeybrook_99 Sep 1, 2011 08:51 PM

This will be my husband and my second trip to NYC and although I could move there, my husband says it will be our las for awhile. I want to make the trip (and the meals) memorable. We both enjoy eating, and I consider myself to be slightly more adventurous than he but we both mainly prefer American, French, or Italian classics- nothing too out there. The following is what I have planned out but any suggestions on not to miss locations would be great! Last time, sadly, the food was not the most memorable part of the trip and I would like to change that!

Day one:
Lunch- Grimaldi's
Dinner- Shake shack

Day two:
Breakfast- Clinton St. Baking Co.
Lunch- Stage Deli
Dinner- Strip House

Day three:
Breakfast- Sarabeth's
Lunch - Criff's dogs
Dinner- Scarpetta

Day four:
Breakfast- H&H bagel/Zabars
Lunch- Minetta Tavern
Dinner- Craft

Thanks!!!

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Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Stage Deli
834 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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

Strip House
13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Grimaldi's
47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

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    nmprisons Sep 2, 2011 03:56 AM

    I would:

    1) trade stage deli for Katz's (or 2nd Ave.)
    2) trade sarabeth's for Prune (if it is a weekend) or Barney Greengrass (if it is not)
    3) trade strip house for craft on day 2 (which has a great steak if you need one)
    4) replace the moved craft with EMP for a blow-out dinner your list night in town. perfect goodbye to the cit.

    (i also prefer absolute to H&H)

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    Barney Greengrass
    541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

    Katz's Delicatessen
    205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

    Eleven Madison Park
    11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

    Second Avenue Deli
    162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

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

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

    Absolute Bagels
    2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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      gutsofsteel Sep 2, 2011 04:03 AM

      Day one:
      Lunch- Grimaldi's - NO. GO TO KESTE OR MOTORINO INSTEAD.
      Dinner- Shake shack - DO NOT WASTE A DINNER ON THIS

      Day two:
      Breakfast- Clinton St. Baking Co.
      Lunch- Stage Deli - SWITCH TO KATZ'S OR SARGE'S
      Dinner- Strip House

      Day three:
      Breakfast- Sarabeth's
      Lunch - Criff's dogs - FINE TO TRY, DON'T WASTE A WHOLE MEAL ON IT
      Dinner- Scarpetta - THAT'S A FINE CHOICE BUT I PREFER MAIALINO

      Day four:
      Breakfast- H&H bagel/Zabars - SWITCH TO BARNEY GREENGRASS
      Lunch- Minetta Tavern
      Dinner- Craft

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      Katz's Delicatessen
      205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

      Minetta Tavern
      113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

      Sarge's Delicatessen
      548 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Stage Deli
      834 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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

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

      Strip House
      13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

      Maialino
      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

      Motorino
      349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

      Grimaldi's
      47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

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        ANin Sep 2, 2011 06:33 AM

        GRIMALDIS - Agree with the above, definitely Keste or Motorino instead (I prefer Keste) SHAKE SHACK - I'd do this for lunch one day instead of dinner, but I disagree that it should be taken off. Just make sure you go to the Madison Sq. location (NOT midtown). STAGE DELI - Agree with the above re: Katz's SARABETHS - Not really that great and sort of overpriced/touristy. I don't have a good alternative suggestion, but I'd definitely take a look at other options suggested in this thread. CRIFF'S DOGS - If you're doing Shake Shack, I wouldn't do Criff's too. Not that they're the same thing (obviously burgers vs dogs) - just not worth blowing two different meals on these two spots. I'd pick one or the other for lunch. CRAFT - The EMP suggestion is inevitable on this board :-) and is fantastic but definitely a much more expensive suggestion. Closer to the same price point: Little Owl (YMMV), Prune (great), Hearth (great)

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        Shake Shack
        Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

        Hearth
        403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

        Little Owl
        90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

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

        Crif Dogs
        113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

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

        Motorino
        349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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          irvingk Sep 2, 2011 06:39 AM

          H&H bagels on 80th Street is closed.

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            nmprisons Sep 2, 2011 07:05 AM

            EMP's 4 course @ 125 is not substantially more expensive than an entree, appetizer, side, and desert at Craft (usually brings me to about $75-$80) or the tasting menu at Craft (usually about 105-115) . . . though EMP certainly has the potential to be dramatically more expensive.

            All that said, my suggest was for OP to do both :-)

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              gutsofsteel Sep 2, 2011 07:15 AM

              I really like both EMP and Craft. They are quite different, but they are both very good.

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            kathryn Sep 2, 2011 08:44 AM

            > Day one:
            > Lunch- Grimaldi's?
            I'd do Motorino or John's on Bleecker instead

            > Dinner- Shake shack
            Madison Square Park location, yes? Have a backup plan if it is raining.

            > Day two:
            > Breakfast- Clinton St. Baking Co.
            Good choice, assuming this is a weekday? Weekend lines are so much larger.

            > Lunch- Stage Deli
            I'd do Katz's or 2nd Avenue Deli

            >Dinner- Strip House
            Maybe do Keens instead?

            > Day three:
            > Breakfast- Sarabeth's
            I'd try The Breslin (no reservations) or Locanda Verde (make a reservation)

            >Lunch - Crif dogs
            This should be more of a snack than a full meal. Works better as an combo w/ the speakeasy bar PDT

            > Dinner- Scarpetta
            Where are you from? There are Scarpettas in Toronto, Miami, and LA now. Maybe do Locanda Verde, Babbo instead?

            > Day four:
            > Breakfast- H&H bagel/Zabars
            What day of the week is this? I'd do Barney Greengrass or takeout from Russ & Daughters instead

            > Lunch- Minetta Tavern
            Minetta Tavern does not serve lunch, only weekend brunch. Is that when you planned to visit?

            > Dinner- Craft
            Great place. Don't miss the short ribs, crispy bacon, roasted mushrooms, sweetbreads, scallops.

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            Barney Greengrass
            541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

            Russ & Daughters
            179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

            Katz's Delicatessen
            205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

            Babbo
            110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

            Shake Shack
            Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

            Minetta Tavern
            113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

            Second Avenue Deli
            162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

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

            John's Pizzeria
            278 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

            Please Don't Tell
            113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

            Stage Deli
            834 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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

            Locanda Verde
            377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

            Clinton Street Baking Co.
            4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

            Strip House
            13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

            The Breslin
            20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

            Motorino
            349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

            Grimaldi's
            47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

            1. sgordon Sep 2, 2011 10:37 AM

              As long as Day Two isn't a weekend, CSBC should be fine. I wouldn't bother going on a Saturday or Sunday when the wait could be up to an hour, though. Swap it for another day.

              Strip House - meh. It's fine, but if you're visiting, I wouldn't bopther with a steakhouse. Chances are you have some place you can get dry-aged steak where you're from, I'd sooner do something that's "only in NYC" - any number of great places (EMP, WD-50...) that would provide something more unique. If I were dead set to do a steakhouse, I'd do Keen's or Luger's, for the old-world NYC atmosphere (also they're both better...)

              Scarpetta - I'd do Babbo or Falai instead. Scarpetta is good, mind you, but those two (at the same price point) are better & (especially in the case of the latter) more creative.

              Also probably wouldn't do Stage Deli - Katz's or 2nd Avenue Deli (though no cheese at the latter) would be my choices.

              Wouldn't do Shake Shack for dinner, more of a of a lunch thing. In the same neighborhood, you could do dinner at one of the places in Eataly - or get a selection of things to go and have a picnic in the same park. Or head downtown to Momofuku Ssam Bar, you'll wind up waiting in line just as long but for a better "dinner" meal.

              As for bagels - I'm a Russ & Daughters man. H&H is fine, though - depends what part of town you're in / what else you're doing that day I suppose.

              Sarabeth's - overpriced tourist junk. You could either try Prune if it's the weekend, or maybe Shopsin's for a fun experience.

              Crif Dogs - like someone else said, fine to try, but may not provide a whole lunch. In the same neighborhood, maybe try Momofuku Ssam Bar's "Duck Lunch" or something.

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              WD-50
              50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

              Russ & Daughters
              179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

              Katz's Delicatessen
              205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

              Babbo
              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

              Shopsin's General Store
              120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

              Second Avenue Deli
              162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

              Falai
              68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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

              Stage Deli
              834 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

              Crif Dogs
              113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

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

              Strip House
              13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

              Eataly
              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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                kathryn Sep 2, 2011 11:17 AM

                > CSBC should be fine. I wouldn't bother going on a Saturday or Sunday when the wait could be up to an hour, though.

                Wow, you only wait an hour! I've been quoted 2-2.5 hrs at Clinton St Baking Co when I've gone.

                1. re: kathryn
                  sgordon Sep 2, 2011 02:13 PM

                  Well, I don't actually wait an hour - I don't wait at all!

                  (because I don't go on the weekends, that is...)

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                honeybrook_99 Sep 2, 2011 06:20 PM

                Wow- thanks guss for all the responses! Last trip we did hit Peter Luger as well as Katz so that is why they did not make the list. We are from a VERY small town with no nice restaurants and a nice steak is a must for my husband. I did waffle between Babbo and Scarpetta so I could easily go the other way. We are going to be there from a Wednesday to Sunday so you may tell how the menus align. Also, we would like a mix of inexpensive as well as nicer meals during the stay due to budgetary restraints... Already considering some changes- with all the votes looks like we should definitely add EMP...

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                Babbo
                110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

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