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Nov 28, 2011 10:50 AM

Upcoming Trip...advice on place and specific dishes

In town for two days. My plan is as follows:

Lunch - Le Bernadin at bar.Please advise on must have dishes/drinks?

Drinks prior to dinner - Per Se or EMP? I have been to Per Se Salon and I loved every minute. I torn between going back to PerSe or trying the bar at EMP. Which would you pick and what would you order?

Dinner - Tertulia, Catch, or Saxon and Parole/Public, Monday Room. Looking for decent food with great atmosphere.

Drinks after dinner - Raines Law Room, Pegu Club, PDT? Looking for sleek, dark intimate setting with great cocktail and wine list.

Location and price points are not an issue. Would like the after dinner drink spot to be close to dinner spot.

Thanks so much in advance!

Friday - I will hit Vanessa's Dumpling, Payard's Bakery, Torrisi (Parm), and Dutch.

Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

Vanessa's Dumplings
220 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

The Monday Room
210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

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

359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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  1. For Le Bernardin, my favorite dish there is the Barely Cooked Wild Salmon as the main course.

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

    1. I can't see going to Per Se or EMP just for drinks. Though EMP has some of the better restaurant cocktails in the city, probably in the top five.

      As to dinner - I'd go with Public, out of your choices. I think Farmerie has really been batting above his price point of late, and the food is the most adventurous of the choices listed. Saxon & Parole is good, but Public is his real baby. Catch is still a bit of a question mark - no one I trust has weighed in yet, early word seems to be that the food is fine if not particularly creative. Tertulia's only problem is they're no rez, so depending what time / what night you go it might be a long wait.

      If you were to go to Public for dinner, there are any number of drinking options - walk up to the East Village to PDT (make a rez, though), Death & Co, or Mayahuel. You could go South to Chinatown for Apotheke or Pulqueria. Or East to the bar at WD-50, which has probably the best cocktails of any restaurant bar. The latter might even be a good choice for dessert as well, if you forgo the desserts at Public - which are good, even very good, but WD's are exceptional. The new pastry chef (who was the old pastry sous) has had to bear the cross of being "Not Alex Stupak" but he's really making a name for himself in own right.

      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

      50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

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

      210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

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

      9 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

      304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

      11 Doyers St, New York, NY 10038

      359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      21 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

      Saxon + Parole
      316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

      2 Replies
      1. re: sgordon

        We plan on eating apps at EMP or PerSe. We want to have an evening at a few places vs. one long evening at PerSe or EMP.
        Thanks for your rec of Public. Is Monday Room inside of Public?
        I am thinking PerSe then to Apotheke for drinks. Still not sure about dinner, which will be late. I love Minetta Tavern however I am forcing myself to try something new.

        1. re: six dower

          The Monday Room is inside of Public, yes. It is located directly behind the host stand.

      2. Pegu Club is fairly big and not really intimate.

        Thursday night, after dinner, Raines, Pegu, and PDT will all likely have a wait to get in. For PDT, the wait can be especially long. Sometimes they never get to your name on the list.

        I'd show up at PDT at 6pm, have a drink at the bar, have dinner at Public, then have your post-dinner wine at The Monday Room.

        In addition to Payard, I'd look into Mille-Feuille, Bosie Tea Parlor, and Dominique Ansel.

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

        The Monday Room
        210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

        Bosie Tea Parlor
        10 Morton St, New York, NY 10014

        552 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

        Dominique Ansel Bakery
        189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

        2 Replies
        1. re: kathryn

          Thanks Kathryn...I was waiting for your response. I have been to Mille Feuille. Loved each thing I sampled. I am smitten with Payard's twice baked choc. and almond croissant. I used to love Bouchon's, however Payard's is my new fav.
          I will try Dominque's new spot on Friday. Have you been?
          I know you are a fan of Tertulia. What should I order? Stay away's?

          Bouchon Bakery
          10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

          Francois Payard Bakery
          116 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

          1. re: six dower

            My thoughts on Tertulia here:

            If you are near the West Village and like macarons, Bosie Tea Parlor is worth a visit for their Isaphan.