Aussies reporting back
We had a wonderful time in NYC. Thank you all for your recommendations.
So, how did we do? We did not get to eat at all the places we wanted to go but still had a fantastic time trying a few places.
We decided against any specific places for breakfast and just grabbed some bagels, yoghurt and fresh OJ most days near the hotel.
21.09 - Mudville 9. The buffalo wings and the ribs were amazing!!! We ended up with a larger group than originally planned. The service was prompt and the food was great. I am making this an official stop to get my buffalo wings fix every time I am in NYC. DH had fish and chips and said they were just OK.
Brunch: Nook. Another recommendation from a local. We had to wait over 30mins for a table. The place is tiny and only accepts cash. We had the nook scrambled eggs, and the eggs benedict with salmon. Everything was tasty. The eggs had the bacon mixed into them. I had never had scramble eggs like these, awesome. One tiny thing, the scrambled eggs were supposed to come with french fries. They replaced them with puree. I have no idea what was in that puree but it was really good.
Dinner: Kanoyama. For the price we payed I would recommend this place. It is not the best sushi and oysters I have had but it was good, with nice service at a reasonable price
Dessert: ChikaLicious. This was recommended by one of our local friends. My understanding is that there are no reservations accepted. What a great experience! We had to wait about 20 mins to get a table at this tiny place. My understanding is that menu changes on a regular basis. We had the $16 prix fixe (Amuse, Choice of Dessert and Petits Fours). Everything was good and pretty.
Lunch: Joe's Pizza. Good pizza, prompt service. Maybe I am just picky with my pizza but I did not think it was amazing and will probably skip this place next time.
Coffee stop: first good coffee I had in NYC on this trip at Eataly.
Dinner: Parke & Quinn, 64 W 39th St (between Avenue Of The Americas & 5th Ave). This was pretty average and with so many options available in NYC I would not recommend anyone to have dinner at this place.
Late lunch at Toloache. At first, we were a little bit worried as we were the only couple at the restaurant at this time of the day. All worries were gone when the guacamole with chips came out. It was delicious. We had the tuna ceviche for entree which was just OK. DH had the Pescado tacos (fish) and said that he would be happy to have this food every day as they were the best fish tacos he had ever had. I had the Torta Ahogada (pork) which was really good and very filing.
After this, there was no need for us to buy food to take to the Yankees game.
Lunch: Locanda Verde. I loved going here. The ambience is nice and we had no issues with the service. For antipasti we had the crostino of the day, arugula salad and tartara piemontese. For entree DH had the scampi ravioli and I had the pappardelle with bolognese sauce.
For dessert DH had the tiramisu which he sanctioned as just OK (he prefers traditional instead of deconstructed). I had the lemon tart which was delish.
Dinner: BlueSmoke. I had the ribs. They were good but after the ones I had at Mudville 9, these were just OK. DH had the fish of the day, also OK
Lunch: Eataly, 200 5th Avenue. This was not in our plans. But a friend insisted he wanted to have lunch here. It was OK and I would limit visits here for coffee and groceries.
Dinner: Babbo,110 Waverly Place. Really hard reservation to get. DH stayed awake the night the reservations opened for the day we wanted to go and after much discussion with the reservations team we had a 5.45 pm reservation. We were showed promptly to our table. I was a bit annoyed that we were given the table that was by the kitchen/bathroom.
For primi I had the Goose Liver Ravioli with Balsamic Vinegar and Brown Butter and DH had Spaghettini with Spicy Budding Chives and a One Pound Lobster. The two were very good but DH thought it needed a pinch of salt.
For secondi I had the duck and DH the sea scallops. Really nice too.
Breakfast: Friends of a Farmer,77 Irving Place. Quaint place with solid good breakfast.
Lunch: Salumeria Rossi, 283 Amsterdam Ave btw w 73rd and w74th st. We order the gnochi, a pasta dish, caprese and anchovies. Everything was good and the service very nice. The gnocchi were soft not chewy, a rare find.
Dinner: Momofuku Ma Peche ,15 w. 56th street btwn 5th + 6th ave. This was very exciting!!!! We had the caviar, the soft shell crab buns, the pork buns, the porgy and chilled noodles. All was great but the noodles felt a bit bland. The desserts were strange and different and I enjoyed the popcorn and the peanut butter desserts the most. The chocolate dessert was a bit too strong for my taste.
I wanted to have lunch at Pearl Oyster (18 Cornelia St between 4th St & Bleecker St) but forgot to check if it was open for lunch on Saturdays.... it is not. Decided to look for a place around the area and ended up in a place called Street Cafe where I had some soup and DH some eggs. Nice place with acceptable food. After this, we attempted Bosie tea parlor but there was a 90 min wait. Decided to walk away.
Bought some desserts (banana pudding and red velvet cupcakes) at Magnolia Bakery and headed to High Mile to have our desserts. Loooved the banana pudding.
Dinner: Turkish Kitchen, 3rd Av b/n 27 & 28 Str. Solid sharing plates. All was really nice.
Brunch:Balthazar, 80 Spring St. We had a 12 o'clock reservation. The place was packed! Again, a bit worried this was just a tourist trap. The food was great!! We had the onion and goat cheese tart and the onion soup first. They were amazing. Then we shared the omelette and the pancakes. Yes it was a lot of food and we ate it all. Service is prompt without being rushed. Waiters are constantly monitoring tables. Really liked it. Will come again.
Thanks again for all your help!!!!