NYC Classics Tour - 2 Questions
So, for my 50th, I'm taking my wife and 12yo son to NYC (from Washington DC). Trying to do places I remember my Dad taking me, and places that might still be around for my son to take his son. All reservationns confirmed. See below.
I have two questions. Can anyone recommend a place in Chinatown? Probably large, bustling, old school Cantonese that would be open on Tgving Day? Also, need a place for Weds lunch on Arthur Ave. Prefer old school, white table cloth, red sauce, veal piccata type place.
Sun Lunch: PJ Clark's
Sun Dinner: Babbo
Mon Lunch: CG Oyster Bar
Mon Dinner: Four Seasons Pool Room
Tues Lunch: Katz's Deli
Tues Dinner: La Grenouille
Weds Lunch: Arthur Avenue (Bronx)
Weds Dinner: Le Bernadin
Thurs Lunch (Tgiving): Chinatown
Thurs Dinner: 21 Club Bar Room
I wouldn't leave Arthur Avenue without sharing some distinctive appetizers, namely the "burek" at BOTH Giovanni's (across from the Retail Market) and Tony & Tina's (corner of East 189th Street).
Giovanni's: Spinach and/or cheese burek.
T&T: Pumpkin, cheese or spinach.
There's a nicely-curated craft beer selection at the Bronx Ale House inside the Market for a quick Happy Hour break.
Back in the day when the family had a special occasion like a graduation we'd all, seven of us, head to Radio City Music Hall for a show and then to Tad's Steak House. The steak "dinner" was cheap, maybe $2.99. That's all my letter carrier dad could afford but it was an amazing and memorable day and dinner. I am glad to see there are some Tad's Steak Houses still around.
Pappy, thanks for bringing back some fond memories.
I know that you said Cantonese, but if your son has never experienced a big, bustling dim sum place, then I would recommend Jing Fong on Elizabeth St. I have taken my out-of-town relatives there for many years and they love it. My nieces even tried the chicken feet (without knowing what they were at first). You would probably be seated at a table with 6 or 7 other people, which can be fun (you can ignore them or exchange information).