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Dec 8, 2012 08:46 PM

10 Day restaurant tour in January

hi all,

Firstly, seasons greetings, hope everyone has a great Christmas and a even better 2013.

My family and I will be visiting NYC for 10 days in January 2013, I have done much research and with some business's collegues suggestions (based in Europe & Asia) I have complied the below list of restaurants we would like visit. Obviously, we can't visit all of them, some I have added to the list from previous visits to NYC, others from chow hound the rest my collegues who are regular visitors to New York have recommended.
Please let me know your thoughts. I'm talking about Lunch & Dinner.

il Postino
The Dutch
The modern
Norma's (@ Le Parker Meriden)
Keens steak house ( from previous visit family want to go again)
Per Se
Oyster bar (@ grand central station)
Eleven Madison Park

Someone suggested 'the suckling Pig' but perhaps they meant 'The spotted Pig'?

We are a group of 5 staying at Trump SoHo in Spring St, traveling anywhere around Manhattan isn't a problem. Clearly by the above list we like a variety of food, price isn't an issue. As I said earlier we can't do all of the above and I'm open to other suggestions especially any left field non tourist different type establishments.

Thank you all very much in advance, meanwhile I'll continue to read all your wonderful posts and keep confusing with more & more suggestions, but eventually come early January I'll narrow it down to 10 to 12 great places.


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  1. When in January are you coming?

    Some restaurants on your list like Eleven Madison Park are tough to get into. You need to book exactly 28 days in advance at 9am NY time, and it is possible you'll end up on a long waiting list. Per Se isn't that easy either.

    Where are you traveling from? From overseas?

    Consider Kyo Ya also if considering Brushstroke.

    Pastis is fine but not all that special; I prefer Balthazar.

    Norma's is not good, there is better brunch around. Minetta Tavern, Locanda Verde, The Breslin, Clinton St Baking Co.

    Love Spotted Pig but a group of five is going to be a long wait at dinner. Do lunch instead.

    Sounds like you've been to NYC before but the rest of the family hasn't?

    I'm not familiar with the Italian restaurant on your list--what about somewhere like Babbo, Scarpetta, etc?

    I don't see any other Asian on your list except for Brushstroke and Buddakan. What about Szechuan Gourmet, Mission Chinese, Zabb Elee, Momofuku Ssam Bar, Takashi...?

    If so, for your trip. I would recommend you focus on things that are either unique to NY, feel very New York-y, or that you can't find in at home. Try some only in NY type foods: bagels and smoked salmon, pastrami on rye, hot dogs & papaya juice, black and white cookies, cheesecake, egg creams, pickles, halal carts.

    I would also caution you not to overload on fine dining.

    My favorite unique places in NY serve Xian (Chinese) food, Issan (Thai) food, organic/local/sustainable Japanese BBQ, authentic Basque (Spanish) tapas, creative diner food, pretzels, hot dogs, halal food, steak, upscale rustic Italian, Italian subs, creative Italian-American, high end non-sushi Japanese (like kaiseki), creative desserts, molecular gastronomy, mixology/creative cocktails, and upscale brunches (brunch is served every day here, sometimes even for dinner).

    My favorites are here:

    If traveling from outside the USA, I might look into Pies 'n' Thighs, the Redhead, Blue Smoke, Hill Country, Pearl Oyster Bar, Luke's Lobster, in addition to classic NY places like Russ & Daughters, Katz's Deli, John's of Bleecker, etc.

    Don't leave NY without eating these foods

    I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles and note that Economy Candy's address is incorrect:

    2 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks Kathryn, I follow your posts, you're a true gem on this site. We're traveling from Australia, I've been to NY several times, the others once before.
      I have arranged with a manager of the hotel to book some restaurants for me, so if I decide the fine dining like per se, eleven etc I have decide on those in the next day or so as we arrive on the 10th January.
      You're right about 'unique New York' and that type feel so I might dump Norma's and Pastis and get stuck into google and look into your suggestions.

      If you had say 3 fine dining choices which would they be?

      1. re: magpie78

        I've not been to Daniel, Per Se, or Bouley. But I love Eleven Madison Park and the Modern.