Critique/fine-tune my solo dining itinerary for this week: looking for additional places
OK, now that things with my trip are more clear, I would like my food picks to be nitpicked and for suggestions to be made on what I could change or even additional places to go that I haven't thought of yet. Based on my preferences and where I will be.
I will be in the city from Thursday to Tuesday. I'm staying in the East Village, and by myself as noted in the title.
I don't have a set food itinerary, but here are some places I'm thinking about:
Grand Central Oyster Bar-Thinking about for lunch first day or second/some other day, wanted to hit it last time but Irene prevented that.
Dean's Pizzeria Tribeca
Inatesso Pizzabar-ate there before, but would love another trip if there is extra time
I will also be in BPC/Tribeca/Lower Manhattan for quite a bit, but in other areas as well. Any good spots in the Villages? UWS?
I would like to try Blue Smoke in BPC but have heard nothing but negative. I take it North End Grill is not open yet as I cannot find anything on it.
I am going to a Knicks game and a Broadway show (Broadway is the first night), would love suggestions for somewhere to eat pre-theatre. Either close by or on the way.
I have my casual places covered, Shake Shack, Charlys, etc. Any good 24-hour places I haven't heard of? I will be out late a few nights, so recommendations for that will be great as well.
I will probably only be able to have an actual real sit-down dinner a few nights, and I realize I didn't list that many places, but I have a lot of maybes and plan to do some heavy researching tomorrow to even better prepare myself.
I have heard of Hearth, and might do that along with a bunch of other maybes. Some nice places with bar or counter seating would be good.
Bakeries? I have done Grandaisy and Bouchon. Where could I get some delicious cinnamon rolls? But open to all kinds of sweets.
My taste of pizza is Sicillian and Naples/wood fired, but other kinds are great too. I've already done Motorino.
Thanks for any suggestions you can provide. As I said I have a bunch of maybes right now, but looking to narrow that down when I get into it tomorrow. Looking for suggestions on sit-down places, along with the ones I've mentioned, more than anything.
Lots of solo friendly places in TriBeCa, Soho, West Village:
What is your list of Maybes? You've gotten some good advice here on previous threads, it might be helpful to share.
Pre-game and pre-show, any cuisines you seek? Price range? What is "on the way" --- where are you coming from? East Village? It might be better to eat there first.
For late night dining, how late is late? Some (non-diner, non-cheap eats) restaurants are open until 2 or 3am, especially on weekends like Balthazar, Blue Ribbon, The Dutch, etc.
For cinnamon buns I have heard good things about Two Little Red Hens' version. I think all of the bakeries I listed here are still good:
I would add Dominique Ansel and Mille-Feuille to that list.
For Naples style pizza, you'll probably want to try Keste or Company. Artichoke has a good Sicilian but can be hit or miss.
Two Little Red Hens
1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028
80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003
230 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Keste Pizza & Vino
271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
552 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012
Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Scratch all these - are mediocre:
Dean's Pizzeria Tribeca
375 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
349 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
28 West St, New York, NY 10006
339 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
I agree with the scratch list. I do think that Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe, Keen's bar, Oytser Bar (in the saloon) are wonderful places if you're a single diner.
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
Grand Central Oyster Bar
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018
Union Square Cafe
21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003