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Jul 18, 2012 06:01 AM

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.


Day One

Lunch: Open(?)

Dinner One: Casa Mono

Dinner Two: Babbo

Day Two

Lunch: ABC

Dinner One: Prune

Dinner Two: DBGB

Day Three

Lunch: Open(?)

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  1. I'm a little're planning on having 2 dinners, or are you asking for us to chose between your dinner one and dinner two choices? Is this over a weekend or weekday?

    1. If I were you, I wouldnt waste my money and time at Prune. I had the worst meal of the yr there not too long ago. Not one dish was tasty. A couple who sat next to us agreed too and their tables are so close together, it wasnt comfortable at all.

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      1. re: Monica

        Ah, sorry, should have clarified. We will be eating two dinners each night. Basically one dining experience spread over two places. Reservations have been confirmed for all. Have two open lunch spots and am open to changing reservations if convinced.

        1. re: insideman

          So it's basically (for dinner) a place for appetizers and then another place for an entree, or an entree and then dessert? So I would stick with Casa Mono for tapas and choose restaurants with fabulous desserts (like Gramercy Tavern) for the next course.

      2. 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.

        1. 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.

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          1. re: Renguin

            Agreed - I would do North End Grill and Marc Forgione instead of DGBG and Prune...