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Dec 26, 2011 10:09 PM

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
Tribeca Grill
Locanda Verde
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.

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  1. NYC is VERY solo diner friendly. More ideas here:

    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

    The Dutch
    131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

    552 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

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

    2 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks again kathryn, always helpful. I was actually going back to your prior suggestions you gave me.

      Places like Union Square Cafe, Hearth, Momofuku are in my head right now. Thanks, should be pretty easy now.

      1. re: kathryn

        Kathryn (or anyone) - do you happen to know what time The Dutch starts serving their late night menu on weekdays?

      2. Scratch all these - are mediocre:
        Dean's Pizzeria Tribeca
        Tribeca Grill
        Inatesso Pizzabar

        Tribeca Grill
        375 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

        Dean's Pizzeria
        349 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

        28 West St, New York, NY 10006

        339 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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        1. re: thegforceny

          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.

          Gramercy Tavern
          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

          1. re: bronwen

            Sushi Yasuda, at the sushi bar, as reviewed in the NYT, for one is just a great experience; lunch or dinner.

            Sushi Yasuda
            204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

            1. re: bronwen

              Agree w/ the scratch list: especially Sarabeths and Tribeca Grill, which are very lame places t and must-avoids on such a short trip