NYC Itinerary needs matching restaurants & cafes
somehow I lost the time and didn't realised that I would be heading to NYC this week! So a sort of last minute panic about my not set list of restaurants & cafes. Which means I would need your help to sort me out!!
A food lover, travel & food lover who loves to discover new places & food.
I have been to NYC back in 2009, doing the major sightseeing bits and , trying out a few places like Burger Joint, posh lunch set menu, Chinatown...
Now I would need matching recommands for my NYC itinerary, as I don't see any point in travelling back and down to fit either in it (but would do it for something unforgettable).
Staying in LIC - close to the F tube station but not afraid to use the metro for dinner!
Trip to the Woodbury Outlet store - back around 4 pm
Metro Line 7 to Queens
Brooklyn Hights & Brooklyn Bridge - 9/11 Memorial at 10.30 am - Walk trough the area to Luke's Lobster for early lunch - 1.30 pm FED tour -
nothing planned for the afternoon (maybe Moma)
Lunch: Luke's Lobster
Dinner: Early dinner at Burger Joint
MET at 6 pm
Guggenheim Museum - Metropolitan Museum of Art - American History Museum with Central Park in between - Williamsburg - maybe Harlem
High Lane - Chelsea Market - Soho - Greenwich- maybe Union Station
Lunch: Momofuku Ssam Bar
Dinner: Early option needed as I'm off to the airport at 6.30 pm (departure 9.50 pm)
On the list aswell is the Momofuku Milk Bar - and since I do have a sweet tooth I would love to fit in a trip to a bakery & cafe each day aswell - any recommandings for the area I'm in too?
On my shopping list are aswell kitchen & baking ware - any good places to recommand?
For Queens recommendations, you need to post on the Outer Boroughs board.
You itinerary has a LOT of running around. I would trim down and allow for more relaxation time.
You're going to be spending a significant amount of your vacation waiting for or on the subway otherwise.
You will also most likely be exhausted from so much walking. Both to and from destinations as well as taking tours and walking around museums.
> Brooklyn Hights & Brooklyn Bridge - 9/11 Memorial at 10.30 am - Walk trough the area to Luke's Lobster for early lunch - 1.30 pm FED tour -
This is about a 2 1/4 mile walk. It may be chilly. If Almondine has opened by next week (which is iffy), you may wish to stop by. Jacques Torres also has a store nearby. And there's One Girl Cookies.
Plan to take public transit if it is raining.
BTW, there are no restrooms at the 9/11 memorial. When I went last spring, the only exit from the 9/11 Memorial was on Albany St and the West Side Highway. There was still lots of construction around the memorial site. Plan extra time to get around.
> Dinner: Early dinner at Burger Joint
Burger joint is OK, not my favorite. When I'm in that neighborhood I prefer to grab some halal meat over rice instead. The famous 53rd and 6th Halal Guys cart is right by MoMA (southeast corner during the day, southwest corner after sunset). Or you could walk to Kwik Meal.
Near the Metropolitan Opera, you can grab some pastries, etc. from Epicurie Boulud. Or walk up from the MoMA and pass through Bouchon Bakery.
> Guggenheim Museum - Metropolitan Museum of Art - American History Museum with Central Park in between - Williamsburg - maybe Harlem
You will be exhausted doing 3 museums in one day. Also the Guggenheim is closed on Thursdays. I think you meant Thursday?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and AMNH are both very large and have lots to see inside.
If you want, you could get your burger fix at the Shake Shack near the AMNH. Grab some coffee at Joe The Art of Coffee's UWS location. Momofuku Milk Bar's UWS location is nearby. There is also a Magnolia Bakery. You could also get a cookie from Levain Bakery.
On the UES, there are some excellent bakeries but most are a bit of a walk from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The closest is probably Cafe Sabarsky or Lady M. If you want to go out of your way for a bakery, you could go to Two Little Red Hens, Maison Kayser, or Laduree.
Then choose somewhere easy and closer to where you're staying for dinner.
> High Lane - Chelsea Market - Soho - Greenwich- maybe Union Station
I think you mean the High Line, not the High Lane. Start at the northern end, come out the southern end, walk through Chelsea Market. Then walk down Bleecker through the West Village. You can then walk easily down 6th Ave to Soho.
You can take my noshing tour, but in reverse, if you are coming from the High Line to 6th Ave/Bleecker. You will probably be interested in Sarabeth's, Amy's Bread, 9th St Espresso, L'arte de Gelato inside of Chelsea Market. On Bleecker St, there is another Amy's Bread, as well as Bosie Tea Parlor, Bisous Ciao (macarons). For bakeries near the WV and Soho, you have a lot of options: Mille-Feuille, Payard, Dominique Ansel, Birdbath, Ceci-Cela, to name a few. Not to mention Grom (gelato), La Churreria (churros in Nolita), Kee's (truffles and filled chocolates of unusual flavors).
Union Station is in Washington DC. Greenwich is in Connecticut (among other places). I think you mean Union SQUARE and Greenwich VILLAGE?
Have an early dinner at Momofuku Ssam Bar (they open at 5pm) and grab something from Milk Bar for the plane.
Momofuku Ssam Bar is not really near Greenwich Village or Soho or the High Line.
For cooking and bakeware, try Broadway Panhandler, NY Cake, and the kitchen supply stores on the Bowery (I usually go to the one on Bowery & Houston catacorner from Whole Foods). There is a kitchen supply store in Chelsea Market as well, but the prices will be higher than the ones on the Bowery.
This is the kind of non-food advice we're not supposed to give here, but it is very hard for me to imagine how you could fit Williamsburg into the same day as uptown and Harlem.
Also, just so the natives are able to understand you if you ask for directions, please understand that we refer to the "tube" or the "Metro" as the "subway".