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Hi All,
I have a work conference in Tribeca this Tuesday and Wednesday, so, I'll essentially only have two evenings to explore in your amazing city.

I am a bit of a foodie, but have never made my way out to NYC. I'm hoping to try one semi nice dinner (nothing too stuffy), and, considering I'm a HUGE pizza freak, I'd like one of my two dinners to be pizza.

With that said, what are some thoughts on places to eat, things to do, etc, during my short visit? I'm thinking Marc Forgione (my hotel is one block from Forgione) or Momofuku Noodle Bar one night. Thoughts? As for pizza, what are some suggestions, preferably somewhat close?

Also, are there any great bars (I'm into intricate, unique, cocktails) in Tribeca? I'm completely lost on where to go, what to see, where to eat, etc, considering what a short trip this will be, yet I do want to take advantage of my short time there. (i.e. do I waste my time going to Times Square, Empire State Building, etc). Again, I'll have from only 6pm onward for this Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Thanks in advance!!

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Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Marc Forgione
134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

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  1. You're coming here from the other reasonable claimant to the title Food Capital of America, so I'd try to skip anything that could be done as well (or better) in San Francisco. I've never been to Marc Forgione, but his concept seems like something that would be very familiar in your area.

    David Chang is an archetypal New York chef, however I wonder if his sort of fusion (dare I use this term?) would be all that interesting to someone from the West Coast. Don't get me wrong, Chang is very good at what he does, but I'm not sure his Noodle Bar is the place to appreciate this. Well, the pork buns are very good... You might try to aim for at least the Ssam Bar.

    Pizza is something New York does well, but do you want New York-style pizza, or 'proper Italian' Neapolitan pizza? Do you enjoy (quasi-Jewish) deli food?

    New York is a more urban environment than San Francisco, so I might look for dinner at some place that offers the energy and excitement of The City. A decade ago I probably would have pointed you to Balthazar or Nobu. Red Rooster seems the sort of place that's very uniquely New York (though it's quite far from Tribeca!). The Dutch seems to be Balthazar's 21st-century heir and would be close to your hotel.

    There is quite a cocktail renaissance under way here, though I'm not sure how it compares to SF or Portland.

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

    Red Rooster
    310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

    The Dutch
    131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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    1. re: Winterpool

      Agree that Ssam Bar would, at least, be the one restaurant from David Chang to sample. I do know that this type of fusion is not available, or at very least, if available not as well-executed, in the Bay Area. The pork buns and the latest duck items on the menu (lunch) are recommended, plus a quick stroll across the street to Milk Bar for the sweet tooth and some ice cream.

      The Noodle Bar is the least impressive in Momofuku's chain, imho.

      1. re: Winterpool

        Good input, thank you.

        As for pizza, I think I'm looking for NY style pizza, as we have our share of very good Neapolitan pizza in SF. Yes, I absolutely love deli food, but at the same time, not sure if I'll have the time to do pizza, a nice sit down, as well as a deli or two....especially considering I'll be in all day conferences both days that I'm there.

        1. re: Winterpool

          The cocktail renaissance has been well underway here for quite some time--it's a much bigger and diverse scene than the West Coast with the Sasha Petraske empire, Audrey Saunders and Julie Reiner's places, plus the places founded by their alums: PDT, Death & Co, Mayahuel, Vandaag, etc. And the newish El Cobre/Cienfuegos/Amor y Amargo complex, not to mention the work being done at Peels, WD-50, EMP, Raines Law Room, 1534, Ward 3, and the newly opened Tippler, JBird, Etc.

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

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

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

          Death & Co.
          433 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

          Raines Law Room
          48 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

          Mayahuel
          304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

          Ward III
          111 Reade St, New York, NY 10013

          Cienfuegos
          95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

          Vandaag
          103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Peels
          325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

          1534
          20 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

          El Cobre
          95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

          Amor y Amargo
          443 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

          The Tippler
          425 W 15th St, New York, NY 10014

          Jbird
          251 W 48th St, New York, NY 10019

        2. For pizza, for one person, it may be difficult, as the best coal oven NY places don't do slices, only whole pies.

          That said, John's of Bleecker is my recommendation. It's in the West Village, not too far from Tribeca.

          For artisanal/bespoke/etc. cocktails in Tribeca:
          Ward 3
          Weather Up
          Silver Lining

          This may help:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/809852
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8050...

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

          Ward III
          111 Reade St, New York, NY 10013

          Weather Up
          159 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

          Silver Lining
          75 Murray St, New York, NY 10007

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          1. re: kathryn

            Any love for Grimaldi's? I've heard some amazing things...

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

            1. re: deylamian

              How recently have you heard amazing things, and from who? IMO they undercook their pies now.