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Mar 22, 2013 05:33 PM

Help us plan 25th anniversary trip to NYC with friends

Heading up to NYC to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary with friends for 2 nights the end of May. We have tickets for Matilda for Sat matinee before our 6 pm train back home, and also got discount tickets for Vanya on Thurs eve. We are staying near Grand Central station at the Roosevelt Hotel. Our friends haven't been in NYC for decades, and definitely want to get to MOMA for their free entrance hours on Fri pm. They are game to take the subway with us.

Hubbie and I want to return to Katz's for his pastrami sandwich plus Economy candy, Tulu's or babycakes for gluten free treats for me, Bistango's (hubbie had good seafood pasta dish, and I loved having so many gluten free choices) & Kalustyan's (spice shop nearby).

Since it will be the end of May, could consider food truck for a meal (would make the guys very happy), but, need at least one nice meal. Am thinking lunch Thursday or Friday to take advantage of pre-fixe lunch specials at a nice restaurant. Was wondering whether we should return to Bouley's (we liked it better than Jean Georges) or try Le Grenouille or other for our special lunch. Bar at the Modern was delicious but noisy later in evening. Have enjoyed Cafe Mogador in the past.

Hubbie and I have enjoyed doing versions of the RGR self-guided foodie walk in Lower East Side and were wondering whether one exists, or could be developed in East Village (near Tu-Lu's) or Midtown East/Kip (near Kalustyan's)? We enjoy markets and our friends also thought going to Kalustyan's would be fun. Is Union Square Greenmarket good on Fridays? Or, better on Saturdays? Or, is there another market to aim for?

Can you help us make decisions about:

1) Pre-fixe lunch at a nice restaurant for (Thurs or Fri)

2) Brunch/lunch before Matilda on Saturday

3) Food truck suggestions

4) Self-guided foodie walk and other Itineary suggestions

Here is what we have so far:


Arrive by Amtrak at 12:05 pm

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” at John Golden Theater, 252 W 45th St at 7 pm


Self-guided foodie walk?

MOMA, free 4:00 to 8:00 p.m (friends)

American Folk Art Museum 5:30 pm free concert (us?)

Morgan museum free 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (us?)


Self-guided foodie walk?

"Matilda" at Shubert Theatre, 225 West 44th Street at 2 pm

Amtrak train departs at 6:05 pm

Thanks so much.

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  1. 1. What's your budget? $55 pp, the price of Bouley's lunch?

    There are also more casual prix fixe lunches you may enjoy.

    2. Pre-theatre:

    3. Notable food trucks/carts:

    Do note that a lot of the more modern trucks are on a schedule and not in Midtown on weekends, and they also switch up their schedules a lot, due to parking complications, etc.

    4. I can't tell if you want tons of GF options for the foodie walks. If you enjoy RGR's, though, maybe that's OK to have some stops you skip? That said...

    A West Village food crawl ending at Friedman's in Chelsea Market, maybe? They have GF options!

    Here's a similar food tour I put together for the West Village:

    The possible stops are:
    Washington Square Park
    Mille-Feuille Bakery for croissants
    Third Rail Coffee
    Blue Ribbon Bakery Market for their housemade matzoh
    Victory Garden for goat milk soft serve
    Famous Joe's for a slice
    Grom for gelato
    Rocco's for freshly filled cannoli
    Amy's Bread
    Murray's Cheese
    Faicco's Pork Store
    Bosie Tea Parlor for cookies/macarons
    Blind Tiger for beer
    Joe the Art of Coffee
    Jeffrey's Grocery for oysters and beer
    Taim for falafel
    Magnolia Bakery for ice box cake
    dell'anima for a Negroni Sbagliato cocktail
    Chelsea Market/Friedman's
    The High Line

    An East Village food crawl, too, perhaps, alongside Tu-Lu's?

    Porchetta, Butter Lane, Luke's Lobster, Caracas Arepa Bar, the Big Gay Ice Cream shop, the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream shop...

    Friday is fine for the Union Square Greenmarket! Take a look at this what's-in-season list closer to your trip:

    1. The Cinnamon Snail food truck is vegan, and I think they have gf items as well.

      1. Thanks so much for the suggestions. Yes, the Bouley fixed price lunch is our top price ($55 per person).

        Have spent some time checking out menus from your suggestions, and have narrowed the list for the special lunch down to 2 American, 2 French and 2 Italian. Any of these I should drop off the list at this point (ratings I pulled from Opentable)?

        • Bouley, 5 course $55 lunch, French, fine dining, Casual celebratory, jackets are required., TriBeca, 4.5*, Lunch Mon-Sat: 11:30am - 2:45pm. 11 min from Penn station, 22 min from hotel,

        • Del Posto, 3 course $39 lunch, Italian, fine dining, meatpacking district, 4.5*+, Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-2:00pm, jacket preferred, 12 min from Penn station, 25 min from hotel,

        • Riverpark, 3 courses $32, 2 courses $25, American, casual elegant, murray hill, 4.5*, smart casual, 21 min from Penn station, 19 min from hotel,

        • Toucqueville, 3 course $29 lunch Mon-Sat; $44 pre-theater, American, casual elegant, Union Square, 4.5*, Monday - Saturday: 11:45am - 2:00pm, jacket required, 12 min from Penn station, 13 min from hotel,

        • Felidia, 3 courses, $29.50 (mentions gluten free), Italian, fine dining, Midtown East, Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, 4.5*, jacket preferred, 18 min from Penn station, 12 min from hotel,

        • Le Philosophe - $18 prix fixe - Choice of appetizer and entrée / Add dessert $6, French, casual elegant, Midtown East, Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, smart casual, 17 min from Penn station, 17 min from hotel,

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