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Arriving this Friday 7pm, and need a rec for dinner Midtown East. We are very adventurous eaters and prefer to eat what we can't find or cook at home. Because of a hectic travel day, we want to stay close to the hotel that night.

Saturday and Sunday, we plan to eat our way thru Manhattan and looking for recs in any neighborhood and any type of food. Wine shops, Farmers' Markets, food stores, dives, hidden gems...

Lastly, celebrating a 50th Bday on Sunday, so what would be a not to miss experience? brunch or dinner? Not looking to spend $200 a head or for anything overly formal or touristy, as this is a laid back trip. Just want to eat like a local and explore.

So, if you had 2 days, 3 nights and were going to the chair on Monday, where would you eat? And yes, I've searched this board extensively, but would appreciate any input.

Thanks!

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  1. Midtown is not the most adventerous place to eat - would check out Ma Peche tho.

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    1. re: griller in the mist

      I know, but it's where we're staying. thnx for the rec!

    2. Marea for your 50th birthday.

      "So, if you had 2 days, 3 nights and were going to the chair on Monday, where would you eat"

      Corton
      Lincoln
      Picholine
      Minetta Tavern
      15 East

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

      Minetta Tavern
      113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

      Picholine
      35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

      Corton
      239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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

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      1. re: peter j

        thnx for the suggestions!

      2. Try Sakagura for that first evening, ec -a nice, adventurous place to go, not too heavy & close to where you're staying, I suppose.

        http://www.sakagura.com/

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        Sakagura
        211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

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        1. re: Phil Ogelos

          good to know...thnx

        2. > Arriving this Friday 7pm, and need a rec for dinner Midtown East. We are very adventurous eaters and prefer to eat what we can't find or cook at home. Because of a hectic travel day, we want to stay close to the hotel that night.

          Depends exactly where you are in Midtown East, but some ideas:
          Cafe China
          Tulsi
          2nd Ave Deli - this is an NY style deli w/ chicken in a pot with matzoh balls, pastrami sandwiches, etc.
          Aquavit
          Hunan Manor

          > Saturday and Sunday, we plan to eat our way thru Manhattan and looking for recs in any neighborhood and any type of food. Wine shops, Farmers' Markets, food stores, dives, hidden gems...

          The Union Square Farmers Market fits into your schedule. The Union Square Greenmarket is open year round, 8 a.m. thru 6 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. You would be able to go Saturday but not Sunday.

          However, it's not very large and impressive right now since it is still winter. Take a look at this what's-in-season list and decide if it's worth a stop:
          http://www.grownyc.org/files/gmkt/uns...

          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

          Maybe scoopG's self guided Chinatown tour:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7116...

          A West Village food crawl. Here's a similar food tour I put together for the West Village:
          https://foursquare.com/kathrynyu/list...

          The possible stops are:
          Washington Square Park
          Mille-Feuille Bakery for croissants
          Third Rail Coffee
          South Brooklyn Pizza on Bleecker
          Blue Ribbon Bakery Market for their housemade matzoh
          Victory Garden for goat milk soft serve
          Famous Joe's for a slice
          Grom for gelato
          Rocco's for freshly filled cannoli
          Amy's Bread
          Murray's Cheese
          Faicco's Pork Store
          Bosie Tea Parlor for cookies/macarons
          Blind Tiger for beer
          Joe the Art of Coffee
          Jeffrey's Grocery for oysters and beer
          Taim for falafel
          Magnolia Bakery for ice box cake
          dell'anima for a Negroni Sbagliato cocktail
          Chelsea Market
          The High Line

          An East Village food crawl, too, perhaps?

          Porchetta, Butter Lane, Luke's Lobster, Caracas Arepa Bar, the Big Gay Ice Cream shop, the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream shop...then when you're done you can hit up PDT, Death & Co, or Mayahuel right when they open.

          For food stores: I like Chelsea Market, Despana (Spanish), Union Sq Greenmarket, Kalustyan's (for spices), Murray's Cheese/Meats.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/831071

          > Lastly, celebrating a 50th Bday on Sunday, so what would be a not to miss experience? brunch or dinner? Not looking to spend $200 a head or for anything overly formal or touristy, as this is a laid back trip. Just want to eat like a local and explore.

          I'd do nice NYC brunch. For the best brunch in town, purely based on food:

          Breslin - lamb burger with thrice fried fries, deep fried PB&J, full English breakfast, grilled 3-cheese sandwich (with cheese on the outside), excellent bacon, great pastries

          Clinton St Baking Co - blueberry pancakes with warm maple butter, biscuit sandwich with cheddar, egg, tomato jam, and bacon

          Prune - dutch baby, deep fried monte cristo, "prune juice" (lemon, orange, lime, and grapefruit

          )

          Shopsin's - sliders, sneaky pete, mac and cheese pancakes, maple glazed donuts, blisters on my sisters, slutty cakes, swine blues pancakes (blueberry bacon), orange julius, milkshakes

          Minetta Tavern - black label burger, ham baked in hay, shirred eggs with morels or truffles, latkes with poached eggs, brioche french toast, duck hash

          Locanda Verde - "tre-stelle" juice (pomegranate, blood oranges and valencia oranges), sheep's milk ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast, pastries, poached eggs with cotechino hash, spinach and tomato hollandaise, shaved porchetta sandwich

          Of the list I provided, Minetta Tavern & Locanda Verde take reservations, the others don't.

          Shopsin's also doesn't take parties larger than 4, everyone must order a meal, no allergies/substitutions, but they do have some vegetarian options on the menu. Cash only.

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          After your brunch, the rest of the day exploring and walking around, working up a big appetite.

          Then go get in line for a seat at Babbo around 4:30pm right when the bar opens.

          After dinner, go to Pegu Club. Drink lots of cocktails.

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          Murray's Cheese
          254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          Faicco's
          260 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          Kalustyan's
          123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

          Joe the Art of Coffee
          141 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

          Aquavit
          65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

          Taim
          222 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10014

          Union Square Greenmarket
          Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

          Rocco's Pastry Shop
          243 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          Despana
          408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

          Shopsin's General Store
          120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

          Magnolia Bakery
          401 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          Minetta Tavern
          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

          Caracas Arepa Bar
          93 1/2 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          Second Avenue Deli
          162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

          Amy's Bread
          250 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          Blind Tiger
          281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          Joe's Pizza
          7 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

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

          Dell'Anima
          38 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

          Prune
          54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

          Grom
          233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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

          Porchetta
          110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          Butter Lane
          123 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          Mayahuel
          304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

          Locanda Verde
          377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

          Third Rail Coffee
          240 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

          Clinton Street Baking Co.
          4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

          Luke's Lobster
          93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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

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

          Tulsi
          211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

          Jeffrey's Grocery
          172 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

          Mille-feuille
          552 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

          Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
          125 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          Victory Garden
          31 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

          Blue Ribbon Bakery Market
          14 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

          Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
          48 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

          Hunan Manor
          339 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

          Cafe China
          13 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016

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          1. re: kathryn

            beautiful...we love to graze! much thnx!