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Feb 19, 2014 11:19 AM

A 10 day visit in April....have your say :)

Visiting NYC (2 people total) for 10 days and staying at two hotels which are:
Eventi Hotel 851 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10001
Langham Hotel -400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018
We love to walk but nothing is out of the question as far as location.
This will be our 4th-5th visit to NYC-we love the city so much but I do have a few questions:
1. What modern steakhouse would you eat at? (Keen's and Peter Luger's looks a little too old school)
2. Looking for a great place for Peking Duck.... which does not call for a minimum of 4 diners
3. Which April Bloomfield restaurant would you dine at??
4. We have been to Brooklyn twice now but feel we are not hitting the right spot.... is there a area we can go to which has shops and restaurants all together that spans a few blocks? Totally want to visit BAKED Bakery but as I have read it's not really in such a foot traffic area....
5. Looking for breakfast recommendations near our hotel
6. Any cool breweries/ bars near hotel?

Of course any other dining recommendations would be lovely near our hotels.
Really hoping to eat at The Dutch, Parm, Minetta Tavern, Eataly's rooftop Beer patio, Ippudo, Maialino, Tuck Shop and Yakitori Totto
Many Thanks, indeed!!

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  1. For a "modern" steakhouse, I loved my dinner at American Cut at the end of November. Loved the pastrami rubbed ribeye, the potato latkes, and the cracker jack sundae. Service was very friendly and attentive. I was dining solo, and was given a lovely half booth. Definitely plan to return.

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    1. re: ellenost

      Thank you! I have not heard of American Cut and would say that's quite a plus since it is Chef Marc Forgione.

    2. 1. minetta is my choice for manhattan steak but ive been intrigued by the high praise for american cut lately. i also still support keens for an old school ny steakhouse.

      2. cant help you there.

      3. i find bloomfield to use way too much salt and fat for my taste but ive found myself going to john dory for whelks and a glass of chablis often recently. i also think breslin is kind of fun for an out of towner. spotted pig is too much of a sh$t show for me.

      4. baked is in red hook and there's very little there within walking distance. id suggest carroll gardens on court and smith street since there's a few options pedlar, battersby for dinner, prime meats, brooklyn inn for a beer, mile end for brunch...all within walking distance.

      5. breakfast spots are hard near there...i love 2nd ave deli for appetizing and breakfast food...thats a few blocks from there. breslin has breakfast if i recall.

      6. lots of bars nearby. david copperfields is a pretty well known beer bar near your hotel. i love terroir...even the one in murray hill on 30th and 3rd ave near you.

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      1. re: sam1

        id actually recommend you skip a bloomfield restaurant and go to vinegar hill house for dinner. just find the food to be much better and similar in nature to her places. get the pork chop.

        and thats in brooklyn so you can check out some stuff in brooklyn heights and dumbo before dinner...

        1. re: sam1

          Thank you, Sam! Well, thinking Baked might have to take a rain check. Let's hope I can score a table at Minetta :)
          I never heard of whelks till watching MAN LAB with James May on the BBC .

          1. re: sam1

            Are you sure youre thinking of David Copperfields?

            1. re: MVNYC

              ugh...i cant explain it but i meant to say 'the ginger man' on 36th street for the beer bar.

          2. 1) Costata or Minetta Tavern
            3) Breslin, first choice, then Spotted Pig.

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            1. re: thegforceny

              Will have to look up Costata web site-never heard of them before, thanks for the heads up!

              1. re: nemis

                Costata is also very good for steak; although I found my ribeye didn't have as great a flavor as my ribeye at American Cut. Loved the pasta: garganelli alla fiamma! I was dining solo so I couldn't order the famous Costata.

            2. 1) Minetta Tavern - cote de bouef

              2) Hakkasan - Best Peking duck in NYC hands down.

              3) Breslin - Great lamb dishes.

              4) Baked is my favorite bakery in NYC for American style baked goods, but it's not easy to get to. Is someone driving, are you taking a cab?

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              1. re: Pookipichu

                Wonderful ideas! Been to Hakkasan in London-quite tasty indeed! Brooklyn would be taxi most likely or walking across the bridge. CHeers!

                1. re: nemis

                  You're not going to walk across any bridge to get to Baked.

              2. Love Minetta Tavern but it's more Rat Pack than contemporary. And hard to get a reservation at a decent time unless you know someone. I found American Cut to be hit or miss, my pastrami steak was far too salty. Quality Meats might work... Why must it be modern?

                Or a non-steakhouse place that has excellent steaks like Craft, Momofuku Ssam, Resto, Tertullia.

                Do breakfast at The Breslin. One of my favorites. Maybe weekend brunch at The NoMad. Both are also good for cocktails.

                Doughnut Plant if you can't find good ones in your hometown.

                Middle Branch isn't too far from your second hotel.

                For Brooklyn post on the Outer Boroughs board. Sounds like you might want try Williamsburg. I've done nights that hit up any combination of Maison Premiere, Dram, Pies 'n' Thighs, Brisket Town....

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                1. re: kathryn

                  Kathryn, Thanks for the recommendations, LOVE doughnut Plant. Looks like the Breslin is a Must and seems to be winning hands down. Just feel like the "old school" steak houses - been there and done that kind of feeling. I'll check out the menu for Resto, forgot about them.

                  1. re: nemis

                    The Shop at the Andaz (edit: just realized Ttrockwood is talking about it when mentioning the cafe at the Andaz), close to the Langham, might be a spot you'd like for a coffee and pastry breakfast. The Shop was carrying Dough doughnuts last time I was there, in case you were interested in trying another NYC bakery's doughnut.