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Another NYC trip 3 dinner + lunch/brunch. Ready to try something new and exciting! Early 30's from Newport Beach.

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Last trip (2 yrs ago) we had Beauty Essex and Buddakahn for dinner and Stanton Social for lunch. They were fun! We missed our reservations to ABC kitchen because we couldn't get a cab after the show. We are trying to get reservations there again this time. We might have a group out to eat one night. Staying in Soho at the James but don't mind a cab to else where! Thanks in advance!

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  1. So it sounds like you want another trendy restaurant? What's your price range, per person, before tax, tip, wine/drinks? It's a party of 2?

    What about the big group dinner, how large is that group? More than 4 is usually a big group in Manhattan and you'll want to make a reservation. Especially if it's a Friday or Saturday night.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Just the two of us for the first 2 nights. Don't want to spend more than around $300 for the two us. The other night our ny friends want to go to L'artusi as a group 6 ppl - seemed like the restaurant is good so we will just go with it. I have the dates to call back and make reservations...but might need backups just incase.

      Here's what I'm thinking:
      Day 1:
      Lunch: Balthazar
      Dinner: Carbone, need a backup

      Day 2
      Lunch/brunch: Extra Virigin, Felix or Cipriani
      Dinner: ABC kitchen. backup ABC cocina

      Day 3
      Dinner: L'artusi, backup Babbo?

      1. re: lilbearjess

        > Here's what I'm thinking:
        Day 1:
        Lunch: Balthazar
        Dinner: Carbone, need a backup

        You could try their other restaurant, Torrisi Italian Specialties. But Italian 2 nights on a 3 night trip seems a bit much to me.

        > Day 2
        Lunch/brunch: Extra Virigin, Felix or Cipriani
        Dinner: ABC kitchen. backup ABC cocina

        Why these brunches? What about Locanda Verde, Minetta Tavern, The Breslin, etc.?

        See also:

        > Day 3
        Dinner: L'artusi, backup Babbo?

        Babbo has only ONE table for 6 people and is hard enough to get into as it is -- not a good "backup" for L'artusi. In fact most would argue it would be the other way around. L'artusi as a backup for Babbo.

        Also look at Perla.

        Except for ABC Cocina, your list is very Italian/French/American-heavy.

        What about Momofuku Ssam Bar? Tertulia or Txikito? Mission Chinese? Acme?

        1. re: kathryn

          I AGREE. The italian recommendations were from friends I am not set on it. L'artusi they really want to go. Do we have an okay chance of getting in?
          I am open to changing night 1 to something not italian. It's my husbands bday dinner so something bday worthy!
          Are any of the ones you recommended good for a birthday dinner.

          Not set on my lunch spots except balthazar. I will look into the ones you sent. I've seen locanda verde has a great brunch, is this only sundays?

          1. re: kathryn

            Well l'artusi only has 6pm or 10:30pm for party of 6 oct 12. I need help finding something from 7:30-9 that night. Any recommendations?

            1. re: lilbearjess

              Did you call or only look on OpenTable? I ask because they may be holding tables back from OT.

              Or it may just be their policy to never take a party that large during prime hours.

              L'Apicio, their sister restaurant, has 7:30, 8pm, etc.

              1. re: kathryn

                I called and opentable. :(

                1. re: kathryn

                  Is L apicio the new one you mentioned before?

                  1. re: lilbearjess

                    Yes. I believe it is much larger than their other two restaurants, which probably helps explain their availability.

                    1. re: kathryn

                      Great thanks so much! I made the reservations there. I really appreciate your help!

            2. re: lilbearjess

              I'm a bit confused as to the $300 for the two of you - is that $300 per day? Per meal? Total for the two days it's just the two of you? Or total for two over the three days?

              I say this because lunch at Balthazar plus dinner at Carbone could (would) easily break $300 on your first day.

              Speaking of which. how much do you drink - a glass of wine each with dinner? Two glasses each, one white one red? Two bottles, one white one red? That can affect the budget greatly.

              1. re: sgordon

                around $300 Per dinner would be a good place to start, if its less that would great. Not much of a budget anyhow. We just want to go have a nice time. No need for any $500 dinners though.

            3. re: kathryn

              I should also mention its my husbands birthday night 1.

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              1. re: lilbearjess

                L'artusi isn't really one of those high demand restaurants like Babbo is, and the folks behind it recently opened another restaurant, L'apicio. Given that you friends are planning so far ahead, I wouldn't worry.

                For something birthday worthy, I guess it depends what you're looking for. The fireplace room at the NoMad? A table with a view of the garden at The Modern? An old guard French dinner at La Grenouille? Annisa? The newly opened Juni?

                Locanda Verde does breakfast on weekdays and brunch on weekends. Not just Sundays.

                1. re: kathryn

                  These restaurants look amazing. I am considering Nomad. Is the food much different than what we would be eating at abc kitchen?

                  My husbands work people in nyc are recommending valbella. Have you heard of it?

                  1. re: lilbearjess

                    It is not good. It's an overpriced meatpacking place for people who really aren't into food. It's not in the same league as The NoMad or ABC Kitchen.

                    1. re: thegforceny

                      Thats what I could tell. Thanks for confirming!

                    2. re: lilbearjess

                      The NoMad is pretty different. More composed and refined. Same folks who do Eleven Madison Park. Make sure you reserve the one in the NoMad Hotel and not the East Village one without the capital "m."

                      1. re: lilbearjess

                        For drinks and pretty people, sure. For food? Not so much....

                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                          which restaurant are you referring to? thanks!

                        2. re: lilbearjess

                          My husband and I were just there in August and ate at ABC Kitchen for lunch, and then went to NoMad for another lunch. We loved both of them.

                          1. re: Missmoo

                            Thank you! We were able to secure dinner reservations at ABC Kitchen (thanks to Amex platinum concierge). If we don't do dinner at NoMad then we will try to go for lunch! :)