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Thanks to everyone's help on this board, I've gotten my eating itinerary down for my NYC trip, yahoo! The only thing I need to settle on is a restaurant for Saturday night, Nov 4th. My plan is to go to Raines Law Room close to 5:00, when it opens, then head over to Pegu Club (which opens at 6:00). I know that Pegu Club has some great food, too, and I may not even need a dinner reservation.

I have made Opentable reservations at Saxon + Parole and Kin Shop. Since I will be cocktailing, I don't really want Italian. I've been to Kin Shop once and really enjoyed it, but have only read about Saxon. Is there anything within a 5-10 minute walk from Pegu Club (or one subway stop away) that I'm missing? It does not have to be a place that necessarily takes reservations.

Thanks so much for any assistance!

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  1. I am a very very big fan of Rouge et Blanc.

    Also, of course, Acme.

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    1. re: Sneakeater

      I had also considered Jane at one point, but then decided against it after searches revealed that it does not pop up on this board very often and people seem to want it more for brunch.

      1. re: pizzajunkie

        I agree with you that Jane, while perfectly pleasant, is not worth it.

        1. re: Sneakeater

          Thank you! I feel validated! :)

        2. re: pizzajunkie

          I had a mediocre, overpriced dinner there a few years ago. Everything just tasted like butter.

          1. re: Pan

            Pan - if you are also talking about Jane, thank you again for validating my call to eliminate it! :)

            1. re: pizzajunkie

              Yes I am.

              1. re: Pan

                thank you! stay safe!

      2. I was surprisingly impressed with Hundred Acres which is right around the corner (much closer than the other places you mentioned) and is reasonably similar to Saxon + Parole (I preferred it, actually). The cocktails were great, and food-wise the highlights were the shrimp & grits and mustard greens. And I'm not normally a big dessert person but the brioche bread pudding has to be one of the best sweet things I've tasted this year.

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        1. re: chowbabychowbaby

          Make that Saturday, November 3, not the 4th. Oops!

          Chowbaby -- Hundred Acres looks exactly along the lines of what I was looking for. And according to Opentable it's wide open for Saturday night.

          Sneakeater - Acme appeals to me also. Thanks for the Rouge et Blanc rec, I am definitely making a note of that for a future trip.

          1. re: pizzajunkie

            I had dinner once at Hundred Acres and drinks and dessert two other times. In my limited experience, it's straight-ahead American food, well made, but merely solidly good. What's special is the bread pudding chowbaby refers to. Cocktails are good if you're sitting at the bar and tell the bartender to please not make them sweet; otherwise, they're too sweet.

            1. re: Pan

              Agreed. I would not go out of my way to dine there, nor would I call it a destination.

              1. re: LeahBaila

                That sums it up.

              2. re: Pan

                Pan - good to know, thanks!

                1. re: Pan

                  I'd agree with that - however I would say that I had a better meal there than at Saxon and Parole which the OP was already considering. It could also have been that we just ordered a couple things that were really good - the shrimp and grits was really great (in a non-traditional sense). It was soupier than normal and and sauce was incredible, especially soaked up by some bread. The mustard greens (cooked with bacon) were also great.

                  We did get a couple other things that weren't so memorable - a dandelion greens salad which was too awkward to eat (huge leaves/stems) and didn't have much flavor, and something else that I can't even remember.

                  As for the cocktails - I remember a ginger one that was huge (served in a pint glass) that was very good. The highlight, cocktail-wise was something made from tomato vodka, pickle juice, and dill. Excellent, and definitely not sweet!

                  Overall I think I was impressed because based on the reviews I read beforehand, I didn't expect much. I would definitely go back though, get the shrimp and grits (and definitely the brioche bread pudding) and try some other stuff - which is more than I can say for 90% of the restaurants I go to, including some which are rated much more highly.

                  1. re: chowbabychowbaby

                    chowbaby - thanks for the clarification. The cocktail you had sounds really cool!

                2. re: pizzajunkie

                  Hundred Acres was a perfectly mediocre dining experience, it being wide open for Saturday would be a good testament to that.

                  1. re: Spiritchaser

                    Spiritchaser, you crack me up! LOL But a very good point - I wondered about it being wide open. Well, the menu looked good....

              3. Raoul's on Prince St., Blue Ribbon brasserie on Sullivan (if you have a large party or can't get there before 7, skip it - no reservations), Vin et Fleurs on Thompson south of Spring, Boqueria on Spring, Lure on Mercer and Prince, or Burger & Barrell on Houston, near Mercer.

                While I like Rouge et Blanc, it's invariably empty, which is a bit of a buzz kill when you're on vacation in NYC. I've had nothing but mediocre meals at Hundred Acres; in my view, it's the most underwhelming of the family of restaurants (Five Points and Cookshop being the others).

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                1. re: Desidero

                  Second Burger & Barrell

                  1. re: Desidero

                    Thanks Desidero!

                    1. re: Desidero

                      I've heard good things about Bouqueria and and checking out the others you mentioned - we're only a party of 2 so hopefully that will make it a bit easier to squeeze in.

                    2. Pegu opens at 5pm as well, and while the food is good, I'd make dinner reservations somewhere.

                      Maybe sushi at Ushiwakamaru afterwards? Though I did love my burger at B&B this weekend.

                      If you can post the rest of your itinerary, we may be able to help fill a gap knowing more about the rest of your schedule.

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                      1. re: kathryn

                        Kathryn, you're right! I think I was just hoping to be there by 6:00. I wonder if I should flip it around, and do Pegu Club first, and Raines Law Room second........

                        I was trying to avoid posting my whole itinerary - trying to keep it simple, LOL -but I can! I've never heard of Burger and Barrel, that sounds good. Will post my itinerary tomorrow (in this same thread). Thanks Kathryn!

                        1. re: pizzajunkie

                          would definitely keep the order the way you have it. while pegu does get crowded on weekends, raines law room is always busy and does not have standing room, which pegu does. in terms of food, hundred acres is very good, but merely that; no frills or truly memorable food. acme is worth a detour on its own, but isn't that close. second or third the rec on rouge et blanc; it is often somewhat empty, but does truly excellent food. however, not sure what the rest of your itinerary looks like, but personally i would go to raines, skip pegu, and head over to death and co for better drinks as well as delicious food. however, it will be imperative to get their close to opening as they fill up (extremely) quickly.

                          1. re: cubicles

                            Technically at Raines, there's a little standing room in the kitchen.

                            I was just correcting the opening time for Pegu in case others are reading this thread in the future.

                            Death & Co is already on the OP's itinerary for another night.
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/871656

                            1. re: kathryn

                              kathryn - I am seriously in awe of you! You don't miss a thing!

                            2. re: cubicles

                              okay, thanks cubicles - I will keep them in that order!

                          2. re: kathryn

                            kathryn - here is the itinerary:

                            WEDNESDAY:

                            Land at JFK (hopefully) at 1:40 pm - taxi to hotel - check into hotel in Murray/Curry Hill area. Head to Eataly to combine eating and shopping (guessing this will be around 3:00 pm?). Have read that it is less crowded weekdays so it seems a good time to go there.

                            6:00 - Death + Company, then Pouring Ribbons afterward.

                            Depending on what time we finish at PR, thinking X'ian (open till 9:30), OR Szechwan Gourmet (9:30), and have a backup Opentable res at Spina.

                            THURSDAY:

                            Noon: Eleven Madison Park

                            Have read that EMP will last 4 hours. Hoping to pop into MoMa afterwards to see The Scream (open till 5:30, have been to MoMa before)., then pop in Jacques Torres, Milk Bar, and La Maison in Rockefeller Center area for gifts/snacks for room.

                            8:00 PM - ONCE

                            Possibly Danji afterward if we hot-foot it over there, closes at midnight, last call is 11:00.

                            FRIDAY:

                            10:30-ish - Nom Wah Tea Parlor (no reservations, correct?) - NoLa has virtually no dim sum - have been to Yank Sing in SF (loved!) but don't necessarily need the carts experience.

                            12:30 - 9/11 Memorial Reservations.

                            Afterward - thinking of catching the 1 and heading up to High Line and walking it from the bottom. Also stopping at McNulty's Coffee and Tea (for gifts). Will probably skip Chelsea Market as I have read that it is a mob scene on weekends.

                            5:15 pm. - Osteria Morini (apps and pasta only)

                            8:00 pm - GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS

                            11:00 pm - Reservation at Milk and Honey ( read in May it was moving, but it appears to still be on Eldridge Street, right?)

                            SATURDAY:

                            11:30 am - meeting friends in town (with their kids) at John's on Bleecker (cash only). Heading to Jacques Torres flagship after (think the kids would love that). Walk around that area, probably buy some chocolate at Kee's, shop, etc.

                            5:00 pm - Raines Law Room
                            6:30 pm-ish - Pegu Club

                            8:00 - Burger and Barrel or Hundred Acres? Maybe something else? Have Opentable res at Saxon + Parole also.

                            After that - if still have energy, maybe try Employees Only?

                            SUNDAY:

                            11:45 - Jean-Georges

                            Afterward, shop at Zabars, Grand Central, then pick up bagels from Ess a Bagel, etc. Head to airport around 6:00 pm. (NYC Marathon should be overwith well before that time.)

                            That's it! If there are any huge flaws in my plans, logistically or otherwise, I value everyone's opinion. Thanks again, NY chowhounders, for all the help. Hopefully Sandy won't cause a huge snowstorm!

                            1. re: pizzajunkie

                              I think Szechuan Gourmet stops SEATING at 9pm.

                              If you're already in the EV, go to Xian!

                              Chelsea Market on a Friday should not be too bad. However, bouncing between the High Line, Osteria Morini, and the theatre district doesn't make logistical sense.

                              Milk and Honey has not yet moved, you are correct.

                              1. re: kathryn

                                kathryn, thank you! Your help is invaluable. I ended up rescheduling my trip for the following weekend, but my itinerary will be very similar. Thank you so much for the help, and stay safe up there! I will be watching Sandy and thinking of you all.