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Jan 6, 2014 11:09 AM

Mother-Daughter NYC Trip Eats

Hi All, I used to live in NYC but years ago, so I'm not quite up on what's the best anymore. My Mom and I will be enjoying a mother-daughter long weekend in the city in a couple of weeks, and I'm not quite sure where to begin. I know that there is so much info here on Chow Hound...

I hear that Anthony Bourdain loves the Burger Joint, is that one of the best for burgers/casual lunch one day? We'll be there for 2 dinners, and at least 1 should be in/near the theater district. Nothing completely astronomical, but something to the equivalant of DB Bistro Moderne price-wise is great. (We used to love Eleven Madison Park). We love Mexican, Italian, Greek, French Bistro, American (My Mom loves seafood and I don't). Is Locanda Verde a good find? How about Toloache for Mexican? Craft Bar vs. Craft?

Also a food truck for lunch or snack is great (midtown, east or west, or the Village) and a great place for brunch, too-- someplace a little creative is always welcome. Price is pretty open. I was thinking maybe Bar Boulud?

We'll most likely be staying in midtown but will probably be traveling down to SoHo/the Village. Other than the theater one night, the other night we could travel anywhere for dinner (in Manhattan).

I hope this isn't too vague, but if you could suggest your favorites that would be great. Thank you!

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  1. Burgers:
    - Minetta Tavern
    - DB Bistro Moderne*

    - The NoMad
    - Betony*
    - Acme

    - Toloache*
    - Mission Cantina
    - Empellon Taqueria
    - Yerba Buena Perry

    - Perla
    - Lincoln
    - Esca*
    - Locanda Verde
    - Babbo
    - Scarpetta

    French Bistro:
    - Benoit*
    - Le Philosophe

    *in or near theater district

    I'm sure others will chime in on Greek, food trucks and brunch. Personally, I would suggest Colicchio & Sons instead of Craft or Craftbar, and Benoit instead of Bar Boulud.

    11 Replies
    1. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

      Wow, thank you so much! I really appreciate all of these recommendations... We've eaten @ DB a few times and Esca looks like mainly seafood, but there are tons of others on here that are good contenders, will look into them-- thanks for taking the time to recommend!

      1. re: slozier

        From the previous suggestions minetta tavern, nomad, and locanda verde are also great brunch options.

      2. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

        I have to say, Yerba Buena Perry looks great, I'm trying to figure out how we can fit that in, even for brunch!

        1. re: slozier

          We have had 2 poor experiences there. DOnt alter your schedule for it

          1. re: princeofpork3

            Oh, that's disappointing. The menu looks so good... Was it the food, service, both, that weren't good?

            1. re: slozier

              I've been to YBP three or four times and enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere. Though I haven't been there in a year I think it's worth a try.

              1. re: Scott_C

                Let me clarify, the meal we had on Perry was OK, the 2 we had on the LES were awful. The food was just not good across the board.

                1. re: princeofpork3

                  I think we're going to try it for brunch... We'll see...

              2. re: princeofpork3

                I've also had 2 mediocre experiences at YBP. Not worth a trip if you just have a few meals in NYC.

                1. re: Barcelonian

                  We have decided to try it for brunch, I will let people know the feedback... We're also going to try Bar Boulud, Bar Americain, and now we're deciding b/w Extra-Virgin (which doesn't take dinner reservations!), Perla, Locanda Verde, and Balthazar... A mix of stuff, I know. We'll see!

          2. I enjoy Toloache's food but the noise at prime hours is unbearable to me. The only way to talk is to shout. I only go for lunch between 2.30 and 4pm.

            1. This website is great- you can find food trucks based on your current location, or cuisine. My favorite is cinnamon snail- they're off the road for a few weeks but may be back by the time you visit:

              In the same neighborhood as bar boloud is salumeria rosi, they take reservations and have a great wine list and small plates selection:

              Burger joint can have a crazy line- especially weekends, fyi. Burgers in nyc are hotly debated, this guide from serious eats has some great suggestions:

              2 Replies
              1. re: Ttrockwood

                Wow, that website is awesome, thank you! Good to know about the long lines at Burger Joint, that may not be so great then. Will check out your other suggestions, great!

                1. re: slozier

                  I personally love burger joint although turn around and leave at the sight of a line much longer than the entrance way. Try for off-peak times if at all possible.

                  I also notice pizza is not on your list but with limited time I can see why.

                  I highly recommend Perla for dinner one night. My wife and I love the place.

                  Have a great time.

                  Oh - and French bistro...Balthazar.

              2. I think for one event (maybe afternoon tea or snack), you and your mom should take in the scene at the Bergdorf Goodman Restaurant, esp. if you are already staying in/around midtown.

                Grab a seat by the window, sip some tea, nibble on some scones, petite cupcakes and macarons, and cherish the moment between mom and daughter.

                Hope you guys enjoy your visit to the city.

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Maybe something about the poster's overall posts indicates that what you describe at Bergdorf's is a great fit for them personally (could be, although part of the request was for food truck recommendations), but there is not a single female in my family of any generation -- all born in NYC except one German grandmother -- who would remotely enjoy spending their time or money in NYC this way, let alone cherish it.

                  1. re: barberinibee

                    I agree. BG really isn't what the OP was asking for.

                    1. re: MrGrumpy

                      Yes. You can take in plenty of that "scene" just by browsing in the store.

                      1. re: loratliff

                        If you want to see a Real Housewife in the flesh, BG is the place to be.