Californians looking for help with our annual NYC food trip
My husband and I are looking for some help for our annual culinary visit to NYC.
In the last few years, we have vistied the following and liked most of these:
Momofuku Ko, Ssam, Noodle
Blue Hill NYC
Il Posto Acconto
Katz, Carnegie, Russ and Daughters etc
Milk and Cookies, Magnolia (bannana pudding!)
Balthazar, Morandis, Pastis
Pearl Oyster Bar
Pegu Club and Raines Law- drinks
Hester Street Fair
We will be in NYC for a few days in early June. Here is our list... please add anything you think we might enjoy based on where we have already been. We are looking to skip one of the biggies this time (no La Bernardin, EMP). Maybe next trip.
We would love a great suggestion for pre-theatre meal.
We are staying at the Mondrian Soho.
I know we are a little late for a really hot rez, so keep that in mind with suggestions.
Ma Peche - lunch
Eataly... worth it? Suggestions?
Where are you from in CA? SF, LA, SD? Other? Our recommendations could change dependent upon where you're from...
You might want to try Locanda Verde. It is easier to get in for lunch if you have trouble getting a dinner reservation. Locanda Verde's signature dishes include the sheep's milk ricotta, blue crab crostini, the lamb meatball sliders, My Grandmother's ravioli, the orecchiette, the fire-roasted chicken for two, the porchetta sandwich, and the maple budino. Though it is hard to remember to save room for dessert. The sheep's milk ricotta is pretty filling due to the bread it comes with, which is in addition to the standard bread basket, if I recall correctly.
You might also like Maialino.
> Milk and Cookies, Magnolia (bannana pudding!)
I would recommend this thread:
I would recommend Motorino.
> Pegu Club and Raines Law- drinks
PDT, Death & Co, Flatiron Lounge? The new NoMad hotel's Library Room might work for you as well.
Momofuku Ssam also has a new molecular/experimental cocktail bar, Booker & Dax, that is excellent.
> Bar Bouloud
See also the new Boulud Sud and Epicurie Boulud (retail store) next door.
> Hester Street Fair
Look into Smorgasburg in Brooklyn.
You might want to look into my favorites list here:
Ma Peche is doing a menu change, soon, just FYI. They are removing a lot of the Vietnamese influences, but very few other details have been announced. You might also want to look at Wong, Fatty Cue.
Also Momofuku Ssam Bar is doing an all duck lunch, now, on weekdays. I don't see Momofuku Milk Bar on your list either.
Takashi is definitely worth it, but get there early for dinner, as they don't take reservations for two. No lunch service, only dinner.
Even though you want to avoid the very high end, you might want to check out WD-50 and The NoMad (same people as EMP).
Second the recommendation for Txikito (I like it better than Casa Mono). I'd be careful not to overdose on too much Batali, and bring some more balance to your itinerary.
I live in Santa Barbara but grew up in the Bay Area.
I have been to Spotted Pig (more for cocktails than anything else). Is WD 50 same price as Per Se? Just trying to go a little easy on the pocketbook:)
Do you suggest Takashi pre theatre... subway uptown after?
Thanks for the other suggestions. Look forward to more suggestions:)
Go to Spotted Pig or the Breslin for a meal. The cocktails are better at the Breslin. Both do a great brunch, too. The Breslin also does weekday breakfast.
Another very NY place you might want to go is Minetta Tavern. Lunch/brunch is easier to get into. They don't serve lunch Mon-Tues.
WD-50 has two tasting menus, the cheaper one (from the vault) is $75pp. You can also order a la carte from the bar. Two items for $25, each additional for $15, a great deal.
I think Takashi is too risky for pre-theatre given that they don't take reservations. I'd do somewhere closer to the theatre. Maybe Bar Room at the Modern, Esca, db bistro moderne?
Degustation recently had a change of chefs and the new chef has gotten poor reviews on these boards. I would suggest a substitution. It looks like you haven't been to Txikito. Why don't you go there? It's a Basque tapas bar, it's excellent, and I think you'd enjoy it.
Another restaurant whose name I don't see on your list but that I think you'd enjoy is Tocqueville. Lunch is way cheaper than dinner there. So something else to throw into the mix.
Eataly- worth it for what? What do you want to do there? It's worth walking through if you're already going to be at Madison Square. And I had a good vegetarian meal at their vegetarian counter, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. There have also been some positive reports on Manzo, a Batali restaurant there, but it's expensive.
Pre-theater is a topic that comes up several times a week. Just do a board search. Recent recommendations will all remain valid.
Thanks for the suggestions! I will check out Txkito and Tocquecille.
I feel like everyone says we neeed to go to Eataly. So, I guess to see and hopefully eat something (lunch? snack? drinks?) Willing to take some advice in this department. We would not be in the neighborhood, so it would be a trip just to see Eataly. Thoughts?
I will scope the pre-theatre topic.
I haven't been to Manzo, so I can't comment. My general comment about Eataly is that it's a fairly large group of food stores. I doubt it's worth a special trip for you, but since it sounds like you'll wonder what you missed if you don't go, go. You're planning on having lunch at Shake Shack, anyway, so walk over to Eataly after lunch; it's right across the street, essentially.