Recommendations for memorial day weekend trip to NYC
I'm a DC chowhounder heading up to NYC for a wedding over memorial day weekend. I'm staying in Manhattan on Friday a bit south of central park (at the muse hotel (kimpton)). Then I'm staying in Brooklyn for the next two nights. I need a dinner recommendation for Friday night and lunch recommendation for Saturday. My husband and I enjoy really good food and have been to some phenomenal restaurants (French Laundry, Spago, Ad Hoc, etc). We also enjoyed more laid back restaurants as well, most important thing is good food. As well, I'd like to be able to make a reservation. I'm not into that whole show up and wait 90min for a table thing that is becoming too common. We don't want to spend crazy $$ (i.e., french laundry style), but $30-40 for an entree is perfectly fine. Only food restrictions are that I'm pregnant, so I'm trying to avoid raw seafood (big bummer!).
We may consider going to Pok Pok NYC as we went to Pok Pok in Portland, OR and it was one of my most favorite meals ever. Only thing is that they're only doing dinner service as of now and I don't want to schlep to Brooklyn on Friday night...
Thanks for the helpful suggestions - we just decided to stay in Brooklyn for the full weekend, instead of Manhattan for Friday and schlep to Brookly for Saturday/Sunday. Good thing is we can hit-up Pok Pok and hope it's not too crowded! I'll head over the the "outer Boroughs" board for recs in Brooklyn.
For your Friday night dinner, you might want to consider dbBistro Moderne, fairly close to your hotel, on 44th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs. It's one of 4-star Chef Daniel Boulud's restaurants. I prefer the rear dining room to the front room. Also, a reservations around 8 p.m. will allow you to avoid the pre-theater crush and rush.
The full-service restaurant just opened in Brooklyn. The more snackish takeout place, specializing in chicken wings, is on Rivington on the Lower East Side. ... http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/text/pok/all-areas/all-neighborhoods/all-cuisines/
Some Chowhound comment on the Manhattan location ... http://www.chow.com/digest/104388/fro...
The Muse Hotel is on 46th between 6th and 7th, quite a bit south of Central Park, which starts at 59th Street. I would describe it as being closer to Rockefeller Center or Times Square.
For Brooklyn, you need to post on the Outer Boroughs board.
Also since Pok Pok NY is so new and doesn't take any reservations at all, you'll have to risk a long wait. Hopefully it won't be too bad as many NYers go out of town on Memorial Day, but you never know just how long it'll be.
For your Friday night meal, if you are interested in fusion Asian, you might like Ma Peche, which is takes reservations on their web site. It is one of the Momofuku restaurants.
Downtown, try Fatty Cue or Wong, both of which are on OpenTable.