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missbidon Jan 24, 2013 03:01 PM

I'll be taking the megabus from Boston. Arriving at Penn Station around 8:30pm next Friday. I'll be joining my husband who is already staying at the holiday Inn on 6th Ave.
Where do you think we should get dinner just after I arrived? I was thinking about going to Birreria because of its proximity and also because I've never seen Eataly (worth going??)
Any suggestions not too far? (not looking at breaking the bank... but up to $50-60 per person is fine. )
The next day (Saturday), I'll be walking by myself (mostly shopping and going to some bakeries) ... any place I should really hit for breakfast and lunch? Seems to be so daunting to pick a place: I was thinking about
maybe a food truck (korilla? munchies mobile?) or any other good suggestions?
At night we are planning to go to Momofuku.
The next day, we need to be at Port Authority by 12:30pm ... any brunch place worth exploring close to Port Authority?


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    foodwhisperer RE: missbidon Jan 24, 2013 03:34 PM

    Eataly is definitely worth checking out, whether you eat there or just have a coffee . It is a great place. Basta Pasta is near there and the pasta is good there.

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      kathryn RE: missbidon Jan 24, 2013 03:35 PM

      > Where do you think we should get dinner just after I arrived?

      Dinner near 26th and 6th will have FAR many more options than Penn Station.

      What cuisines do you like? How long would you be willing to wait for a table? You'll be near Hill Country BBQ, the newly opened Hanjan, Junoon, The Breslin, John Dory Oyster Bar, Hill Country Chicken, Ilili...

      Koreatown is also fairly close by.

      I love Eataly but it might be crazy on a Friday night. Not with people shopping but with people dining.

      > The next day (Saturday), I'll be walking by myself (mostly shopping and going to some bakeries) ...

      Where will you be? Soho? UES?

      If you're going to be hitting up some bakeries anyway, that could be breakfast (Maison Kayser? Dominique Ansel? Payard?)

      Food trucks can be hard to find on the weekends. A lot of their business is office workers.

      > The next day, we need to be at Port Authority by 12:30pm ... any brunch place worth exploring close to Port Authority?

      Marseille might work for you. Or you could just go to Doughnut Plant near your hotel, buy a bunch of doughnuts, and call it a day!

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        foodwhisperer RE: kathryn Jan 24, 2013 03:47 PM

        South Street Seaport will have food trucks,, Greenwich Street near Chambers St usually has one of the Lobster trucks and a few other trucks, plus the "farmer's market".
        I'd throw in ,Ceci Cela as a bakery, Veniero's, ( although not as good as it used to be), and All Good Things. Maybe go to Eileen's for a piece of great cheese cake.

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          kathryn RE: foodwhisperer Jan 24, 2013 07:03 PM

          Every time I have been to South Seaport for the New Amsterdam Market (Sundays), the only food trucks of note were 3-4 Mister Softees and the Amorino cart. There was nothing else on a weekend. Also have you been down there since Sandy? A lot of it was still shut down last time we went, late Nov/early Dec.

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            foodwhisperer RE: kathryn Jan 26, 2013 05:55 AM

            I have not been down by South St. to eat since Sandy. Some of the restaurants I liked are closed for good, since the storm.
            Before the storm there were many food trucks, from dumplings, to Crushed ice thingies, to Hot dogs, many more. In the summer there were like 30 food trucks lined up.
            I was there yesterday but not to eat, and didn't notice any food trucks. Not sure about the weekend. But the neighborhood got hit really hard by the storm.

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        GaryUES RE: missbidon Jan 26, 2013 07:10 PM

        For Sunday, I agree with Marseille, and would also recommend Chez Josephine (which has excellent food--altho Marseille probably tops it--but has piano music and a little nicer, quieter atmosphere).

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          missbidon RE: GaryUES Jan 28, 2013 06:16 AM

          Thanks for the suggestions! I'll skip the food trucks. Marseille looks good.
          I didn't realize that there was a doughnut plant so close to our hotel. (it doesn't show on google maps when you do a search).
          40 min wait is at most what we are willing to wait, preferably not indian. We might just drop by Eataly and see how busy it is and then decide where else we could go.
          For shopping: being pregnant, I am not up to clothes shopping as much... so apart from hitting a few TJMaxx, I was looking forward to go specialty food shopping. Is Zabar worth it?

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            kathryn RE: missbidon Jan 28, 2013 06:58 AM

            It shows up on Google Maps for me:

            Doughnut Plant
            220 W 23rd St, New York, NY
            (212) 675-9100

            For food/grocery shopping, try Chelsea Market, Despana, Union Sq Greenmarket, Kalustyan's, Murray's Cheese, Di Palo as well as Eataly. While Kalustyan's is in "Curry Hill" it is has a lot more than just Indian spices & ingredients.

            On your shopping day, I'd start in Soho so you could hit up a bunch of bakeries like Dominique Ansel, Balthazar Bakery, Ceci Cela, etc. and also you're a short walk from Despana, Di Palo in Little Italy, and Murray's Cheese in the Village.

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