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
Does it have to be Chinatown? I was just having a discussion with my Chinatown friends and they were saying how the dimsum and large Cantonese restaurants have all migrated to Flushing, Queens.
For Chinatown there is only Jing Fong or Golden Unicorn. Go before 10:30 or be prepared for a long wait. There is always a huge crowd on Thanksgiving.
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).
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 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.