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Nov 2, 2011 01:36 PM

Please critique my eating approach

I'm tagging along with my wife for a few days in NYC and am getting tired head deciding on where to eat. We love food, but we aren't really into the multi course chef's menu, gastro anything, etc. We like good, simply prepared food preferably in a relaxed setting.

We've both been to NYC a few times but it was earlier in life when we didn't have the appreciation of food or the finances to afford what we didn't know to appreciate. We'll be eating dinner Sunday-Tuesday and I'll be on my own for lunch all those days.

I started thinking about Keens vs. Luger and have read about every thread here on the subject. Needless to say it resolved nothing. Why not just resolve it ourselves?

We land early enough on Sunday to do lunch at Luger. The one consistent knock between the two Brooklyn vs. Manhattan locations. Doing lunch makes it a destination only affair. We'll get the steak for two, bacon and fries and call it a day. We can also hit the Brooklyn TKTS location as I here the line is much shorter than in TS.

That night I currently have reservations at Stanton Social. We'll probably be in the mood for a lively atmosphere and a bit smaller plates. We're either going to a show if TKTS comes through or to the Comedy Cellar afterwards.

Monday lunch I'm going to Katz's to get the pastrami AND the knoblewurst. I was thinking we would hit Keen's. My wife loves lamb and the mutton chop seems to be a must get item. I'll probably either get the lamb chops or a steak if I'm still in the mood.

Tuesday night I had planned for us to go to the Spotted Pig for dinner.

I'm open right now for Tuesday lunch. I was thinking of trying the chicken at Barbuto but the reviews are mostly miss. Too bad Minetta isn't open for weekday lunch, was looking forward to trying their burger.

Any NY only experiences for lunch? I've read of a few places that do Korean fried chicken. I can't get that where I live.

Other things on our list:

Ginger Man for beer
Burp Castle (and Pommes Frites) for beer
Moldy Fig for jazz

How does that sound?

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  1. One flaw is that Brooklyn is a very big borough, and the Brooklyn TKTS location is nowhere near Luger's.

    In fact, it's easier to get to the Manhattan TKTS location from Luger's than it is to get to the Brooklyn one.

    1. You won't be able to get tickets in Brooklyn

      Why? Because the Brooklyn TKTS booth is CLOSED Sundays.

      Unfortunately, a lot of Broadway shows don't do Sunday evening performances. Many shows do matinée performances on Sunday instead, and are dark Sunday evening. Also a lot of shows are dark on Monday as well, so for the most variety, see the show on Tuesday night.

      See this chart here to see if what is running on what nights:

      Shows that were available at TKTS as of last week:

      Peter Luger is in Williamsburg which is unfortunately about a 30 minute train ride to any of the open-on-Sunday TKTS booths: Times Square (Broadway and 47th) or South Seaport (199 Water Street). Assuming you DO hit up Lugers, one of the Manhattan TKTS locations, Stanton Social, and a Broadway show, that is a LOT of running around on the same day that you get into town. You may also miss your curtain time if there's any delay during dinner -- the places closer to Midtown are more used to the pre-theater rush.

      Minetta Tavern also serves their famous burger at brunch, so head there instead to try it.

      I would do this:

      Brunch at Minetta Tavern to try the burger
      Dinner at Tertulia for lively atmosphere/small plates & a location close to Comedy Cellar

      Lunch at Peter Luger
      Dinner at Katz's Deli

      Lunch at Spotted Pig -- the lines are WAY shorter at lunch, or The Breslin, her other restaurant
      Dinner at Keens, which isn't too far from some theatres, actually, or perhaps Bar Room at the Modern

      Your itinerary also seems very very heavy on the meat. Not sure if that will be an issue for you....

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

      Spotted Pig
      314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

      Minetta Tavern
      113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

      Stanton Social
      99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

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

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

      359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      2 Replies
      1. re: kathryn

        Thanks Kathryn,

        I wasn't very clear on my intentions, we'll be seeing Rock of Ages, which plays on both Sunday and Monday. We're staying in SOHO, so instead of the Brooklyn TKTS we'll just go to the Seaport location. My wife will probably want to go back to the hotel and nap/relax for a bit after lunch on Sunday so I'll break off and try the TKTS then.

        Luger is a no go for Monday lunch, my wife is in training all day on Monday and Tuesday and I can't do that without her. Same for Spotted Pig.

        As far as meat heavy, I also didn't divulge that we're pretty heavy Paleo/Primal eaters. Meat heavy is all we do. I'm certainly not against a carb binge when warranted though.

        I'm not to worried about that part, we don't have an issue paying full price since we know what show we want to see.

        Spotted Pig
        314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

        1. re: Bucky

          That makes much more sense now.

          For Sunday night dinner, I still think you should dine closer to the theater, just in case.

          You may wish to keep Minetta Tavern as a possibility for post-theater. 7:30pm start time + 2:25 running time = ~10pm you'll be out. They serve the full dinner menu until midnight, and change to a supper menu afterwards.

          If you like Korean or Japanese style BBQ, check out Takashi in the West Village. Meat centric and a different take on meat that's totally delicious. I love their chuck eye tartare with a quail egg and sesame seeds, short ribs, skirt steak, beef cheek, beef belly, spicy cucumber salad . They also have a great dish that is chuck flap topped with sea urchin and fresh wasabi on shiso leaf and nori.

          Last time I was there, they had a special of US Kobe marbled chuck flat steak (actually I think it's technically Washugyu beef?). A 6 oz portion for $30. They said it was from Lindsey Farms in Oregon, who I looked up later, and they supply and feed cattle for Super Prime Beef, which ships a ton of it to Europe and Japan as well as some of the best restaurants in the country. They have also recently added a foie gras stuffed kobe beef hamburger with chocolate sauce, served with a fried egg, which I haven't tried yet.

          Minetta Tavern
          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

          456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10011

      2. I'd like to point out that Keens is pretty close to the Times Sq TKTS location, if that might sway u there instead of Lugers...also, given limited time, i wouldnt go to Spotted Pig as there are much better options (Breslin, etc)...also since u are staying in Soho, i'd Balthazar, Blue Ribbon, and Cercle Rouge as options...

        Spotted Pig
        314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

        80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

        Blue Ribbon Brasserie
        97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

        Cercle Rouge
        241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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

        1. I haven't been to Peter Luger's since I was a kid. The Great Neck location was close to us, and it was always my Mom's pick for a special dinner.

          I would just like to point out that you might want to get the Sliced Tomato & Onions with their special crazy delicious sauce as an app. And also the creamed spinach.
          Those two items and the steak are what I remember all these years later, and I am drooling just thinking about them. . I have no recollection of fries or bacon...

          1. Now I'm waffling on Lugers Sunday. We're as much about the experience as the food, which is why we had Luger so high on the list. Having said that we're also fans of a great burger.

            We only get to NYC once every 4-5 years. If you HAD to pick just one, would you have the burger and Minetta or the steak for two at Luger. Think about experience + food for an out of towner.

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            1. re: Bucky

              Neither: i'd have the mutton chop at Keens :)

              1. re: Bucky

                Steak at Luger's.

                (I'd also have the steak at Minetta over the burger at Minetta.)