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Sep 6, 2011 08:47 AM

New York Food Quest

Me and my pal are heading up to your parts and would like to know your favorite spots to eat. Anything from pizza to awesome desserts, or whatever else you think is awesome. I am an aspiring pastry chef as well so any spots that have top notch desserts i would like to hear about.

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  1. Others will come and hopefully actually answer your question, but I predict they will want some more information. Most notably price? how many places / days are you here? maybe locations (where are you staying / willing to travel)? Maybe also where you are from, so we know what good food you already have access to. Also have you been to NY before?

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    1. re: vnair2

      Price isn't to much of a concern im looking to hit about three different places. Willing to travel all over New York will be traveling by car.

      1. re: Mfood

        When are you coming to NYC? Specific dates/days of the week are most helpful.

        Where are you traveling from?

        Your request for three places to eat is still very vague.

        What meals are you looking for? Two dinners and a lunch? Three breakfasts? Or a breakfast, lunch and dinner?

        What kind of atmosphere do you seek? Will you have attire appropriate for an upscale restaurant, where you may wish to see what other pastry chefs are doing?

        Do you plan to make reservations or are you ok waiting for a table?

        1. re: kathryn

          I will be in New York on Sunday, traveling from California will be there for one day then after that going out of the country. Looking for breakfast, lunch and dinner but im not afraid to eat more than three meals as im really never in New York and want to get as much as i can. I have appropriate attire and i know many of the top tier restaurants have bar area's that don't require reservations and I'm willing to wait.

          1. re: Mfood

            OK, a few thoughts:

            Since you're here on Sunday, a LOT of the really upscale fine dining establishments will be closed, unfortunately.

            So no Brooks Headley (Del Posto), Johnny Iuzzini (Jean Georges), Dominque Ansel (Daniel), or Michael Laiskonis (Le Bernardin).

            So that kind of limits restaurant desserts you can try but there are some options open like:

            Karen Demasco's desserts and pastries at Locanda Verde
            April Bloomfield's desserts and pastries at The Breslin
            Christina Tosi's plated desserts at Momofuku Ko or Ssam Bar
            Marc Aumont's desserts at Bar Room at the Modern (note: formal dining room will be closed but the more casual front room is open on Sundays)
            Gina de Palma's desserts at Babbo
            WD-50 (Alex Stupak has left but it seems like the pastry program is still going strong here)

            Locanda Verde, the Breslin, and Momofuku Ko/Ssam Bar are all open for both brunch/lunch and dinner. Only Ko requires reservations, the rest take walk-ins and/or don't take reservations.

            Per Se might be an option, too. You can dine a la carte in the salon if you wish -- however, the desserts on the salon menu seem like one plated dessert and a selection of sorbets, so maybe not as interesting to you. Plus you're from CA and maybe you've already been to the French Laundry.

            Bar Room at the Modern is open continuously all day so you could stop in for dessert and coffee mid-day.

            For dessert-only places, check out Chikalicious or Spot Dessert Bar.

            If you're never really in NYC, I would make sure I get my fill of New York-y foods like:

            Russ & Daughters for a bagel sandwich. Smoked salmon of your choice, cream cheese, capers, tomato, red onion. They have mini bagels as well. There are also benches outside the store. Takeout only.

            Katz's for pastrami on rye with mustard.

            A slice of pizza at Joe's or South Brooklyn Pizza

            Here's some other threads about having only 1-2 days in NYC:

            One night stand in the East Village

            2 chefs, one day - sub in Pegu Club or Little Branch for Tailor which has since closed

            RGR's Lower East Side Gustatory Tour -- note: sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles:

            Per Se
            10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

            50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

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

            Pickle Guys
            49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

            110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

            Little Branch
            22 Seventh Ave South, New York, NY 10014

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

            Pegu Club
            77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

            Locanda Verde
            377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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

            Spot Dessert Bar
            13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

            Percy's Pizza
            190 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

            1. re: kathryn

              Johnny Iuzzini creates the desserts for the more casual Nougatine, which is open on Sunday. Not as elaborate as those he does for Jean Geroges, but still excellent.

              J.G.'s signature Warm Chocolate Cake is on Nougatine's dessert menu:

              Here are photos of a few others we've had at Nougatine:




              1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

              1. re: kathryn

                Del Posto IS open on Sunday, FWIW. There's even a few tables open on Opentable, currently.

                That said, I'd have:

                Breakfast at Prune
                Snack at Russ & Daughters
                Lunch at Momofuku Ssam Bar (rotisserie duck over rice)


                Dinner at... Del Posto, WD-50, Babbo (if you're willing to wait in line), Falai (if they've reopened), Soto, Kyo Ya (pre-order the kaiseki menu), or.... well, we could be here all day...

                50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

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

                110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

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

                68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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

                54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

                1. re: kathryn

                  I second RGR's Lower East Side Gustatory Tour ( minus yonah schimmel's which I dont like). It is a nice afternoon activity which explores a great NY neighborhood while consuming a lot of very solid NY food.

                  Yonah Schimmel's Knishes
                  137 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

        2. I enjoy visiting The Bar Room at The Modern (Museum of Modern Art) every couple of weeks. Not only are Chef Kreuther's savory dishes amazing, the desserts are also fantastic.

          Some recommendations: Alsatian Country Soup, Roasted Long Island Duck Breast, Spice-Dusted Organic Squab

          For dessert, I've enjoyed the Beignets and the Caramel Dome.

          You can find pictures of my meals here, if you're interested:

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

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          1. re: Cheeryvisage

            Ok i booked a reservation for Del Posto at 4:30 I'll call this a place to wet my appetite for a late night dinner at around 7:30 8:00 but will arrive at the other restaurants when they open because i will probably have to wait. I'm thinking about going to Nougatine. For lunch I'm thinking pizza i heard good things about Keste's can anyone vouch for them?

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

            1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

            1. re: Mfood

              Keste is OK. It is Naples style and on the doughier/wet side. I feel uncomfortably full after 1/2 a pie there. I personally prefer Motorino for a lighter, airier crust.

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

              349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

              1. re: kathryn

                The food at Nougatine is generally good, but I've experienced horrible service there twice in a row in the recent 2 months. :/ Also, no need to order the lobster dish if you go, it's completely underwhelming.

                I haven't been to Motorino's, but Keste's pizza does get quite wet in the center. I've enjoyed my 3 meals there, however.