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Foodie Trip Itinierary

My husband and I are planning a 5 night trip to NYC at the end of October for my 30th birthday this year. We have some meals planned and a list of restaurants we want to go to and we're now trying to figure out the most effective way to do this without criss crossing back and forth a lot. We're staying in SoHo for 2 nights and the East Village for 3 nights. This is what we have so far:

Thursday - arrive in the AM, brunch at Balthazar, AIA boat tour
Friday - Kappo at Ma Peche for dinner
Saturday - hanging out with family in Brooklyn and dinner at Pok Pok
Sunday - Dinner at Lure Fishbar
Monday - thinking Locanda Verde for dinner
Tuesday - fly out at 4:30

Aside from the places we have planned these are the places we want to go to:

Shake Shack
Eataly
Red Farm - probably dim sum brunch
Levain
Kin Shop

We also wanted to see the Met, MoMA and the High Line and just wander around and explore. This will be our first time visiting together, my last trip was in 2008 and his was 2006.

Any help with working out a loose itinerary and/or additions and subtractions from places to eat would be great appreciated. Thank you!

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  1. Glad to see you're going to Kappō at Ma Peche; it's wonderful and Chef Paul is the best!

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    1. re: ellenost

      Great to hear - I'm really looking forward to it!

    2. Where to Eat Near MoMA:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771459
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767638

      The MoMA's cafes are actually pretty good, as is the Modern next door. The formal dining room is great as well as the more casual bar room, which has a separate, small plates menu.

      Just be aware that MoMA's UNIQLO Free Friday Nights, held every Friday evening from 4pm to 8pm, get really, really crowded.

      Where to Eat Near Museum Mile (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney, Guggenheim, etc) on the UWS:
      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906331
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793684
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/795435
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793684

      My West Village food crawl takes you from Washington Sq Park and ends at the High Line/Chelsea Market:
      https://foursquare.com/kathrynyu/list...

      The High Line has some excellent food vendors until Sunday, October 27 (is that the weekend of your trip?). Blue Bottle Coffee, Brooklyn Soda Works, Delaney Barbecue’s SmokeLine, La Newyorkina, L’Arte del Gelato, Melt Bakery, People’s Pops, Sigmund’s Pretzels, and The Taco Truck, as well as Terroir at The Porch. More info:
      http://www.thehighline.org/about/high...

      I'm a big fan of SmokeLine, La Newyorkina, L’Arte del Gelato, Sigmund’s Pretzels, especially.

      You'll also be here just in time for Madison Sq Eats, which ends Oct 25. It's right outside Eataly and Shake Shack/Madison Square Park.
      http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/news...

      I think you'll have a great time at your choices but I'm not a huge fan of Lure Fishbar's cheesy cruise ship look. What kind of seafood are you looking for? Maybe you'd prefer to Upstate in the East Village or Grey Lady on the LES?

      I'm also having a hard time figuring out what attractions you plan to see on what days.

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      1. re: kathryn

        Thanks for all this info!

        Yes, the 27th is the weekend we're there so maybe we'll try to hit Madison Sq Eats on Friday. Your recs for the Highline eats sound right up our alley so I don't want to miss those. Maybe we could do your walking tour and end at the highline on Sunday.

        I'm not sure what to do on what days so thats why it's a little all over the place. I'm thinking it would be better to go to museums on weekdays. So maybe MoMA and Shake Shack lunch on Friday and the Met on Monday.

        1. re: kathryn

          Kathryn, I too will be in NYC soon and would love to check out the Madison Sq Eats but don't see on the website when they are opened, thanks for any info.

          1. re: kmcdonne

            Mad. Sq. Eats is located between 24th and 25th Streets at the intersection of 5th Ave and Broadway. The market will be open daily from 11am-9pm from September 27th until October 25th. - See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/news...

            1. re: kathryn

              Thanks Kathryn, I didn't see the times or dates on the website, must have missed it. Thanks again, can't wait to take a look.

              1. re: kmcdonne

                There's also an ongoing thread about MSE a few pages down

          1. re: thegforceny

            I agree. If it's not too far uptown, try Oceana. Other possibilities for seafood are Millesime and Aquagrill.

            LV is loud and the service is perfunctory. If that is OK with you, the food is pretty good. I would prefer Maialino or SD26 for Italian, or Spina in the East Village (less fancy but very good).

            Kin Shop is a great choice.

            1. re: thegforceny

              Yes-swap out Lure!! not bad, not great.Much better choices to choose from.

            2. My husband requested a great seafood place but it sounds like we should swap out Lure. We really loved Providence in LA and enjoyed RM Seafood in Vegas. We don't want something quite as pricey but we would love to have oysters and crudo style dishes. Would love to do Le Bernadin...

              Aquagrill looks great. What about Bar Boulud or Boulud Sud?

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              1. re: SFBurns

                Bar Boulud & Boulud Sud for seafood? Or in general? Were you planning on being near Lincoln Center already?

                Also look at Prima in the East Village for raw bar items. You might also be able to squeeze in happy hour at Upstate while you're here.

                1. re: kathryn

                  Not planning to be around Lincoln Cwnter, just wondering is Bar Boulud & Boulud Sud are recommended in general and/or for seafood.

                  Right, I didn't even think of happy hours - great idea! I also saved your cocktail lounges list.

                  1. re: SFBurns

                    Here's a long thread of oyster happy hours:
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/851364

                    I do like those Boulud restaurants but DBGB is going to be closer to where you're staying. And if you're concerned about criss-crossing the city too much, it might not be worth going out of your way, unless you're planning on pairing them w/ a trip to Levain and walking down.

                    1. re: kathryn

                      How about Marea for lunch/brunch? You can get many of the same amazing fish and pasta dishes as on the dinner, but for a great deal during the day.

                      I'd also second Upstate for oysters and drinks.

                      1. re: zeeEats

                        We've fallen for the Marea crudo selection on their dinner menu. Would you recommend Marea over Locanda Verde? Deciding if we want to do so many big/formal/$$$ meals.

                        1. re: SFBurns

                          If you're looking at Monday dinner, I'd go with Locanda Verde. The food is rustic and amazing, and the place is much more comfortable and calmer during the week than on weekends. One caveat being that you should still expect to spend at least $100-120 on food alone for two; that's about $200 total depending on how much you drink.

                          I guess dinner at Marea would be closer to $350 altogether. That's why I think brunch/lunch is a phenomenal deal.

                          1. re: SFBurns

                            Perhaps swap out Redfarm brunch for Marea on Sunday? That way you can hit both LV and Marea.

                            1. re: zeeEats

                              We decided to go for Marea for dinner - the crudo menu for dinner is huge so we're excited for that. We'll just decide as we go if we still want to do LV, or maybe do LV for brunch. What do you think of LV for brunch?

                              1. re: SFBurns

                                LV has one of the better brunches in town, but it's also very popular. So if you can't secure a reservation during primetime (12-2pm), plan to get there around 11am. Of course you could also sit at the bar.

                                I love the sheeps milk ricotta, uovo modenese with cotechino hash and scampi & grits.

                                1. re: SFBurns

                                  Really like LV for brunch. Stick to the pastries of the day, sheep's milk ricotta, eggs "modenese" or "al forno," porchetta, etc. I don't think they are as strong in waffles/french toast/pancakes.

                    2. re: SFBurns

                      Aquagrill is superb, highly recommend for their oysters and seafood dishes. Plus, it's close to Kee's Chocolates.

                    3. for what it's worth, Red Farm just opened on the Upper West Side, not far from Levain. Shake Shack is up that way, too. If you're going to be near High Line, check out Chelsea Market. ?uestlove has a fried chicken shop there now. plenty of good food options.

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                      1. re: coasts

                        How do you pronounce ?uestlove? I had the chicken a few months ago (about 3 days after they realized no one is paying $4 per drumstick and cut the price in half) and it was surprisingly not bad considering the reports I've read.
                        I'm liking Chelsea Market lately. Tacos is next
                        We need a new list from Kathryn

                        1. re: Ziggy41

                          ?uestlove = "quest love"

                          "Surprisingly not bad" is not the same as good, hmm?

                          1. re: kathryn

                            Ok, I'm upgrading to Good! Big and juicy, just like I like em.
                            Meaning the chicken

                            1. re: Ziggy41

                              Oh, so it's only $2 a drumstick now? Geez, $4 just seemed like an insult.

                              1. re: Ziggy41

                                "Meaning the chicken"
                                -Smiling out loud {;-/)

                                1. re: porker

                                  Sorry about that ladies ;)

                                  Yes. They went from $4 to $2 in one shot. Assuming its still $2
                                  Talking about an experiment

                                  1. re: Ziggy41

                                    I noticed that the price on the drumsticks was lowered too, $2 seems much more reasonable.

                                    However, they still can't manage to attract a crowd whatsoever. At least not with Los Tacos no 1 right across!

                                    1. re: Ziggy41

                                      Just to come full circle here, ?uestlove plays drums as part of The Philadelphia Experiment, along with Uri Caine and Christian McBride. It's a great album that brings three elements of Philly music together - hip hop, classical and jazz.