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deknor Dec 29, 2011 12:42 PM

So, I lost my 12-year old labrador a few days ago and I am completely devastated. He was the perfect dog and left a hole that won't ever be replaced.

Because of that, my wife and I decided to head to New York, a city we love but haven't visited in a few years. We can't bear to stay at home and remember my dog in everything we do.

Under normal circumstances, I would be really excited about dining at the best restaurants. And I hope I can muster the strength to do that. If so, what restaurants should I not miss?

We like all kinds of food and are looking for the best in NY. We will be in New York for 8 days.

Thanks in advance for the advice.

Marcus

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    H Manning Dec 29, 2011 02:00 PM

    I'm sorry about your loss. I hope you'll find the energy of NYC to be healing in some way.

    To help with such a broad request:

    Do you have a food budget in mind (before drinks, tax, and tip)?

    Are you partial to any specific types of cuisine?

    Are you limited to certain neighborhoods in the city?

    Upscale or casual?

    Will you consider places that do not take reservations?

    Which restaurants have you enjoyed (or not enjoyed) during your previous visits?

    Have you seen these lists of "best restaurants" in NYC?

    Michelin stars 2012
    http://www.michelintravel.com/methodology/new-york-city-2012-starred-restaurants/

    NY Magazine's 101 Best Restaurants
    http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/12/new-york-city-101-best-restaurants.html#photo=1x00006

    NY Times Sifty Fifty (get the app for an updated list
    )http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/03/sam-siftons-50-current-favorite-new-york-restaurants/

    Eater's 38 Essential NYC restaurants
    http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/10/...

    Visiting friends often enjoy the following restaurants, but of course we all have our own preferences:

    Per Se
    Le Bernardin
    Marea
    Babbo
    Momofuku Ssam Bar
    Ma Peche
    Keens
    Minetta Tavern
    Scarpetta
    Bar Boulud
    Motorino
    Keste

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    Per Se
    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

    Momofuku Ssam Bar
    207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Minetta Tavern
    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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

    Bar Boulud
    1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

    Scarpetta
    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    Keste Pizza & Vino
    271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

    Marea
    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

    Ma Peche
    15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

    Motorino
    349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: H Manning
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      deknor Dec 29, 2011 02:22 PM

      Thanks for the reply. As for your questions, we do not have a budget in mind. I am willing to pay top $ for great food.

      We enjoy most cuisines. I guess we don't care much for indian food, but everything else would be fine. We love to try new things.

      We will be staying in midtown (52nd street, i believe...) and will rely on taxi and public transportation to get around.

      Would be good to have a mix of upscale and casual, but with special attention to upscale dining.

      Yes, we could go to restaurants that dont take reservations. I just want to keep busy...

      Last time i was in NY I wasn't much into food. And I was too young. I do remember enjoying some of the signature dishes at Nobu. But that won't help much..

      I have seen a few lists, but since we decided to take this trip earlier today, I haven't had any time to do any research. I know i would like to try (if i can get a table) some restaurants probably featured in these lists like Per Se (i like Thomas Keller) and Le Bernardin. But i will check out those lists right now.

      Any other tips?

      Thanks!

      1. re: deknor
        h
        H Manning Dec 29, 2011 02:47 PM

        The Michelin three stars would be a good place to start. Also consider Corton, which has two stars, and The Modern, which has one. I'd make reservations immediately and look into the dress code since some of them require jackets.

        Other recommendations (sure to incite some debate)

        Italian - Scarpetta, Lincoln, Marea, Babbo, Ai Fiori, Maialino

        Japanese - 15 East, Tori Shin, Yakitori Totto, Ippudo

        British (sort of) - Spotted Pig, The Breslin, Whitehall

        New American (sort of) - Tocqueville, Craft, Gramercy Tavern

        Spanish - Casa Mono, Txikito, Tertulia, Boqueria

        Steak - Keens, Wolfgangs

        Pizza - Motorino, Keste, Co.

        Korean fried chicken - Bon Chon, Mad for Chicken

        Asian-influenced (but not authentic) - Ma Peche, Momofuku Ssam Bar, Kin Shop

        Mexican (upscale) - Empellon Taqueria, Yerba Buena Perry

        Szechuan (order from the Szechuan menu) - Legend, Szechuan Gourmet

        Cantonese - South China Garden, Congee Village, Amazing 66

        Thai (Isan style, i.e. no pad thai) - Zabb Elee

        Desserts - Lady M. Bouchon, Payard (at the Plaza Hotel), Cafe Sabarsky

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        Yakitori Totto
        251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

        15 East
        15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

        Gramercy Tavern
        42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

        South China Garden
        22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

        Bouchon Bakery
        10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Casa Mono
        52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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

        Momofuku Ssam Bar
        207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

        Tocqueville
        1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

        Amazing 66
        66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        Congee Village
        100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

        Cafe Sabarsky
        1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

        Szechuan Gourmet
        21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

        Craft
        43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

        Wolfgang's
        4 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Boqueria
        53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

        Ippudo
        65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Scarpetta
        355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

        Txikito
        240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

        Co.
        230 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

        Keste Pizza & Vino
        271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

        Marea
        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

        Yerba Buena Perry
        1 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

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

        Maialino
        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

        Ma Peche
        15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

        Motorino
        349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

        Legend
        88 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Bon Chon Chicken
        325 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Kin Shop
        469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Lincoln
        142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

        Ai Fiori
        400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

        Empellon Taqueria
        230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

        Zabb Elee
        75 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Tertulia
        359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Turntable Mad for Chicken
        314 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

        Whitehall
        19 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

        1. re: H Manning
          p
          Pan Jan 3, 2012 01:18 AM

          I think any list of dessert places should include Spot Dessert Bar. It does happen to be in my neighborhood, but there are other dessert places around here, and at none of the other sit-down places am I a regular. It has a casual ambiance, but the chef used to work for Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and his combinations are really imaginative and to me constitute fusion cuisine in the best way.

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          Spot Dessert Bar
          13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

        2. re: deknor
          k
          kathryn Dec 29, 2011 02:47 PM

          My condolences on losing your beloved pet as a fellow dog owner.

          What are your travel dates? I assume very soon, yes? I would get on OpenTable.com and start booking soon.

          Per Se is closed December 31st through January 11th, unfortunately.

          Le Bernardin may be tougher to get into because they open their books on the first of the month for the following month, i.e. all of January became available on December 1st.

          Right now on OpenTable I see, next week, for dinner:
          Jean Georges, January 4, 8:45 for 2 people
          Del Posto, January 3, 8:30 or January 4, 8:15
          Le Bernardin, January 4, 10:30pm or January 6 10pm
          Daniel, a handful of 5:30 or 10pm over the next week
          Eleven Madison Park, no availability for lunch or dinner, but you can get on the wait list and they do serve the full lunch menu in the bar area (has both a counter and some free standing tables)
          Per Se, no availability/closed

          Also if you can't get into some places for dinner, make sure to consider lunch -- Del Posto in particular does an excellent prix fixe lunch that is not as expensive as dinner.

          In addition to the 4 star NYT restaurants, we have a wealth of Italian restaurants here, including but not limited to Babbo, LV, Scarpetta, Maialino, Ai Fiori, Ciano... It really depends what you are looking for. More casual vs upscale. Refined vs. rustic.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/811679

          We also have many excellent Asian restaurants. For an upscale experience, consider Kyo Ya or Jungsik, which often have last minute availability.

          A self-guided food crawl might help keep you occupied during your trip.

          I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles and note that Economy Candy's address is incorrect:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333

          My favorite "unique" places in NY serve Xian (Chinese) food, Issan (Thai) food, organic/local/sustainable Japanese BBQ, authentic Basque (Spanish) tapas, creative diner food, pretzels, hot dogs, halal food, steak, upscale rustic Italian, Italian subs, creative Italian-American, high end non-sushi Japanese (like kaiseki), creative desserts, molecular gastronomy, mixology/creative cocktails, and upscale brunches (brunch is served every day here, sometimes even for dinner).

          My list of favorites is here:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/805088#6795276

          Restaurants that don't take reservations -- advice for a last minute trip to NYC
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/820198

          Don't leave NY without eating these foods
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610739

          2 Day NYC Tour focusing on eating, please help with suggestions...
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/809852

          Restaurant Advice for 2 day trip to NYC
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/805088#6795276

          For non-Western European/American
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/729498
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/731732

          Foreign Street Grub
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701278

          totally obscure, odd, and intriguing menu items
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/722130

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          Eleven Madison Park
          11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

          Babbo
          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

          Del Posto
          85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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

          Kyo Ya
          94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          Scarpetta
          355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

          Ciano
          45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

          Locanda Verde
          377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

          Ai Fiori
          400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

          Jung Sik
          2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

          1. re: kathryn
            d
            deknor Dec 30, 2011 05:59 AM

            Thank you so much for the lists and advices. I just checked in at our hotel in NYC and will now try to select a few restaurants from the options above.

            1. re: deknor
              k
              kathryn Dec 30, 2011 06:27 AM

              I'm not sure you'll get this in time but Per Se also serves a la carte in their lounge. If you don't mind lounge seating, I might try to pop in today. They are open for lunch as dinner on Fridays.

              1. re: deknor
                d
                dyrewolf Dec 30, 2011 07:25 AM

                I feel for you. I have a 17 month old black lab and I am attached to say the least.

                While not a top flight place... maybe even just OK (but good for lunch for meatloaf, burgers, chicken parm etc and a beer) but dog themed and with walls covered in dog pics and named for a black lab... Fred's on the upper west side (Amsterdam and about 83rd)

                Not sure if being there and seeing all the dogs would make you feel better or worse...

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                Fred's
                476 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                1. re: dyrewolf
                  d
                  deknor Dec 30, 2011 05:16 PM

                  Right now, I don't think I could take a dog themed restaurant. Too soon I guess.

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