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Will be in town for 2 days, here's what we're thinking so far and looking for suggestions/advice...

Saturday:
Lunch - Shake Shack, or ramen shop?
Dinner - Gramercy Tavern, Modern Bar Room or Untitled

Sunday
Lunch - thinking late lunch at EMP if available on Sunday
Dinner - later dinner at Babbo, Locanda Verde, Torrisi

We don't drink, but looking at $300/day on food, and we aren't picky about location....open to just about everything except chinese and sushi, we get enough of both...

Thanks!

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

Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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  1. We weren't impressed with our dinner about 3 weeks ago at Gramercy Tavern. Modern Bar Room is much better.

    Babbo over Locanda Verde. Definitely both Babbo and LV over Torrisi, imo.

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

    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

    Locanda Verde
    377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

    Torrisi Italian Specialties
    250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

    1. I don't believe EMP is open for weekend lunch.

      I haven't been to Gramercy Tavern or Untitled, but I definitely recommend The Modern Bar Room. The Roasted Long Island Duck Breast, Spice-Dusted Organic Squab, and the Beignets were wonderful.

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

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      1. Just a few notes- Babbo reservations fill up pretty quick, so make sure you call a month ahead from the date you want to make sure you get it.

        Torrisi is the opposite problem- they don't take reservations, so getting a late dinner there specifically is hard to plan, particularly if you are doing other things in the afternoon. You basically have to line up there right at 5:30 to make a reservation for later in the evening.

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        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        1. Where are you coming from? Is there not good ramen at home?

          NYC has a lot of good non-sushi Japanese restaurants, so keep that in mind. And even though you eat a lot of Chinese at home, do you have Fujian cuisine or a place like Xian Famous Foods available to you?

          I might do:

          Sat lunch: Ippudo
          Sat dinner: Bar Room at the Modern

          Sunday lunch: A big New York-y brunch? Russ & Daughters? Katz's Deli? Pizza?
          Sunday dinner: Either Babbo or Locanda Verde (book as soon as you are able to for your dates)

          Babbo books one month in advance to the numerical date. Today is Friday Sept 2 and you can book Oct 2. LV books 30 days in advance.

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

          Babbo
          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

          Ippudo
          65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Locanda Verde
          377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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          1. re: kathryn

            Coming from Toronto - ramen has not quite made its way over yet. couple of decent spots but from what i hear, not comparable to nyc.

            imo, Chinese is much much better in toronto and cheaper too.

            how about craft or c&s for sat dinner?
            are babbo and lv similar experiences?

            1. re: liger

              I'd look into Xian Famous Foods since I don't think there is anything similar in Toronto. They also have great hand pulled noodles with cumin lamb.
              http://xianfoods.com/

              Babbo and Locanda Verde are both excellent, and a bit loud/crowded. LV is a bit more louder and hip, with high ceilings, dark woods. Babbo is in an old townhouse and a bit less hip, but the food is still very good.

              I've not done Colicchio & Sons, but I love Craft.

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              Babbo
              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

              Locanda Verde
              377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

              Xi'an Famous Foods
              88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

              Colicchio & Sons
              85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011