2 Days/Nights in Manhattan. I think I have it right... but do I have it right?
Coming into Manhattan for a little R&D with a small group of friends to both eat and be inspired. The goal was to hit a bunch of spots that share a common element: simple but well executed plates in a engaging restaurant enviroment. All of the places are well-known across the board but please advise if you think something is missing or should be replaced as we have enough lead time to switch it up.
Dinner One: Casa Mono
Dinner Two: Babbo
Dinner One: Prune
Dinner Two: DBGB
Please of PLEASE don't go to DBGB. Daniel Boulud should be ashamed of this place (I like all his other restaurants). Their homemade sausages are fine, but overall I think the food is pretty mediocre. I've been there 3 times I think and the last time I was like "why do I come back here, its just not very good!". Haven't been back since. I would direct you to Boulud Sud or Bar Boulud which are both much, much better.
If you're looking to filter in something cheap you could do shake shack or hit up the mile end offshoot in Noho. With only 2 days I wouldn't do a mario batali place twice.
How big is your group?
When is this trip?
Do you already have reservations for these spots?
If you're chefs/foodies looking to be inspired, I'd head to Momofuku Ssam, Empellon Cocina, Fatty Cue, Txikito, Mission Chinese...
Given the portion sizes and long wait at Casa Mono, I don't think you'll be able to hit up Babbo te same night. You also won't be getting the full Babbo experience.