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Nov 1, 2011 02:25 PM

too many places too little time

my wife and i and my brother and his wife will be in NYC for 4 days in the middle of Nov. it's our second visit, their first. We are loaded up on the "destination restaurants", lunches at EMP, Jean Georges and Per Se and our final dinner at Le Bernardin (my poor mastercard!). We are also doing the LES tour mentioned before on CH - Russ&Daughters, Katz's, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, et al for our fourth lunch and a dinner at Peter Luger. What i need help on are our two open dinners. One will be pizza - been to Patsy's in Harlem, leaning towards Motorino's; the second dinner a fun, relaxed Italian place - been to Scarpetta, have a reservation for Ciano but what we really want is a neighbourhood spot with good food, fun atmosphere and a reasonable winelist - options include (but certainly not limited to) Da Andrea, Al Di La, Bamontes, Apizz, Frankies Spuntino, Anthony's Pizza. One option is trying Roberta's and having our pizza/ pasta at one place. Oh yeah, somewhere in there i've got to squeeze in Sammy's Halal and would like to hit a Shake Shack as well. Advice?

Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Da Andrea
35 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

Sugar Sweet Sunshine
126 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Sammy's Halal
6th Ave W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

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    22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

    1. sounds like a good list.

      a couple of roberta's pizzas are on par with motorino (notably the beastmaster), but as a whole i like motorino's pizza better. i think the motorino's in bk is still closed, though, so you'd have to go to the one in the EV, which i think has a kind of unpleasant, rushed atmosphere. if you're going more for the overall experience, i like eating at roberta's better.

      349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

      1. Motorino would be my pick for pizza. They don't take reservations, so the wait may be long.

        For Italian, how about dell'anima?

        Roberta's pizzas are very good but pasta isn't necessarily their strong point; also the wait there is going to be very long as well.

        38 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

        349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003