Coming to NYC in August
Hi. I will be traveling to the city in August for a work conference and will be staying at the Hyatt Grand Central near Grand Central Station. I am looking for restaurant suggestion for the following meals:
I am open to any suggestions. I have been to NYC 5 times and am looking for great food at a reasonable price.
I know a lot of people will ask for more details before trying to assist you so I'll try to cover what would be most helpful.
Are you willing to travel within the city?
Price point for "reasonable"?
Will you be dining alone?
What kind of food do you like or dislike?
Reservations only or are you okay with winging it?
Regardless of your answers to the proceeding I have to just say you should go to Bouley for your Friday lunch. Based on a recent experience it was the perfect afternoon.
Great questions by Spiritchaser -- the more we know about your needs, the better we can help you. Manhattan has thousands of restaurants so the more direction, the easier it is to narrow down options.
Since you've been to NYC 5 times before, what did you try in terms of restaurants previously? What did you like or dislike?
Any cuisines or foods you feel that you want to have while you are here? Allergies? Dietary restrictions?
Ok I will be more specific. Friday lunch I will be dining with my best friend. I know a lot of the top rated restaurants have a set lunch menu for $30-$70. I would like suggestions on which restaurant has a decent set lunch menu.
Tues/Weds/Thurs night I will be dining alone. I am happy to wing it. I like all cuisines, but would love a recommendation for a great Italian restaurant. I am willing to travel anywhere by subway. I am willing to spend $50-$75 a meal. I have tried to research great restaurants in NYC ( i have read several blogs, and websites) and there are so many I just don't know where to begin. I am a die hard foodie. I think food is art and love to watch iron chef, top chef, next food network star etc. I am not sure if this helps you but let me know if you have any other questions.
Here are places I have eaten in the past: Buddakhan, Baltahazar, Grimaldi's, Lombardi's, Central Park Boathouse, Serendipity, Cafe Lalo, Becco, Spice Thai, Sarabeths, Shake Shack, and the burger joint.
SO for the lunch with your best friend I reiterate the Bouley recommendation, $55 lunch tasting (sans alcohol, tax, tip).
For dinners alone:
Italian, I love MIchael White's Ai Fiori, maybe you would feel comfortable at the very nice bar because I still think the dining room is a little too corporate (but the food is fantastic).
Maysville, The Marrow, Gramercy Tavern Bar Room, Jean George (maybe Nougatine due to budget)