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Hello Chowhounders,

We are planning our food itinerary, and need a bit of reassurance/advice. We are budget-minded, mostly vegetarian (eat meat, just not much) and have been to New York several other times to eat. We walk a lot in between meals....

Thursday

Dinner: St Anselm (I know this is in Brooklyn, but everything else is in Manhattan) for steak and truffle mashed potatoes. We want a good steak meal, and have heard this is affordable, good and fun. Also never been to Williamsburg.

Friday

Shopsin's for breakfast. This has been on my list for many trips, going to try it out. Should we anticipate a line-up on a weekday morning?

Wundee Siam for lunch. We wanted not to expensive Thai. I love super-spicy food, partner needs mild. Wanted to try Zabb Elee but don't think partner can find much to eat on the menu that is not spicy.

Motorino for dinner. We love good Neapolitan pizza. Really liked Keste last time, want to try Motorino, but open to other suggestions.

Saturday

Clinton Street for breakfast

Kefi for lunch. Wanted inexpensive good Greek (cannot get it at home)

Da Andrea for dinner. We want really good home-made pasta, not too pricey....

Sunday

Breakfast - suggestions? Not brunch, as we like to spend our actual mornings out and about, so it needs to be open early enough. Preferably not too carb-heavy as lunch will be heavy.

Streetcha for lunch. Partner adores home-made pierogies, and this sounds like fun, cheap food.

Take-out from Eataly (or Parm?) for the plane ride home....

We will also stop at Donut Plan (which we adored the last two times), Puddin' NYC, Levain for chocolate chip cookies, and City Bakery for croissant bagels/hot chocolate.

Thanks everyone.....

Hannah

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  1. > Friday
    > Shopsin's for breakfast. This has been on my list for many trips, going to try it out. Should we > anticipate a line-up on a weekday morning?

    It shouldn't be too bad.

    > Wundee Siam for lunch. We wanted not to expensive Thai. I love super-spicy food, partner
    > needs mild. Wanted to try Zabb Elee but don't think partner can find much to eat on the menu
    > that is not spicy.

    You can also ask Zabb Elee to make things mild (1 on a scale of 4), but I don't know what the tolerance of your partner is like.

    > Motorino for dinner. We love good Neapolitan pizza. Really liked Keste last time, want to try
    > Motorino, but open to other suggestions.

    Great choice, but probably will have a bit of a wait for dinner. I like it much more than Keste. Make sure to check out the specials board. They might still have their ramp pie.

    > Saturday
    > Clinton Street for breakfast

    Anticipate a GIANT line unless you get there 1/2 hr before opening at 8:30am.

    > Kefi for lunch. Wanted inexpensive good Greek (cannot get it at home)

    Souvlaki GR is nearby if you find yourself still on the Lower East Side by the time you get hungry again. It's a brick and mortar version of a food truck, so not super expensive to begin with.

    > Da Andrea for dinner. We want really good home-made pasta, not too pricey....

    I have also been hearing good things about the $15 fresh pastas at Otto:
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...

    Frankie's 570 is also worth considering for fresh pastas at a reasonable price:
    http://www.frankiesspuntino.com/570/5...

    > Sunday
    > Breakfast - suggestions? Not brunch, as we like to spend our actual mornings out and about, > so it needs to be open early enough. Preferably not too carb-heavy as lunch will be heavy.

    How about pastries somewhere? Like Dominique Ansel or Bosie Tea Parlor?

    Or share something somewhere? Maybe eggs scrambled with smoked salmon at Barney Greengrass?

    > Take-out from Eataly (or Parm?) for the plane ride home....

    I think the some of the famous items at Parm are served hot, though (eggplant parm/.chicken parm). Maybe Faicco's, Defonte's, bagel sandwiches from Russ & Daughters?

    > We will also stop at Donut Plan (which we adored the last two times), Puddin' NYC, Levain for chocolate chip cookies, and City Bakery for croissant bagels/hot chocolate.

    BTW, not sure if you are aware, but there is now a Chelsea Doughnut Plant, in addition to the LES one. The one on the LES just renovated to have more seating, I still the Chelsea one just for subway convenience.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Kathryn, my understanding was that Zabb Elee had a scale of 1-5, not 1-4. Are you sure 4 is the spiciest they do?

      1. re: Pan

        That's what a waitress told me on my first visit, but that might have changed. We never order higher than 4.

    2. At Wondee, I've found that when you don't make sure they make everything really spicy and not sweetened for American tastes, the flavors become unbalanced and just plain not as good. So my recommendation to you is to go to Zabb Elee and order an appetizer at spiciness level 2. If even that is too spicy for your partner, order everything else at level 1. But though lately they haven't been oversweetening things for me, you might want to try to remember to ask them to make your somtom (etc.) really sour and not sweet.

      For Sunday breakfast, if you're going to be in the East Village, consider going to Cafe Mogador. I believe they open at 9 AM every day including Sundays. They do have brunch, but it doesn't have to be carb heavy. I like their egg dishes very much, like their Moroccan, Middle Eastern, and halumi eggs (the Moroccan eggs are a personal favorite). For anything that's supposed to come with fries, you can substitute mixed salad if you like. Another possibility would be to simply order a meze plate. The only potential problem is, after breakfast, you have to figure out what to do between breakfast and your lunch 3 blocks away. :-) But you can always walk around the neighborhood.

      I had dinner last week at the vegetarian counter at Eataly (Vegetale? Verdure? something like that). Their eggplant "lasagna" special, which had no pasta, was delicious and, with a glass of good rosato, just what the doctor ordered that evening, but it wasn't cheap.

      1. I would switch up your breakfast order a little and head to Clinton Street Baking Company on a Friday morning and do Shopsin's on a Saturday. The line for Clinton Street on weekends is really really long, even if you get there before it opens. The line for Shopsin's is a little more manageable.