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

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nemis Feb 19, 2014 11:19 AM

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. ellenost RE: nemis Feb 19, 2014 11:24 AM

    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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      nemis RE: ellenost Feb 20, 2014 08:07 AM

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

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      sam1 RE: nemis Feb 19, 2014 11:31 AM

      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 there...cafe 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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        sam1 RE: sam1 Feb 19, 2014 11:39 AM

        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...

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          nemis RE: sam1 Feb 20, 2014 08:23 AM

          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 .

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            MVNYC RE: sam1 Feb 20, 2014 08:26 AM

            Are you sure youre thinking of David Copperfields?

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              sam1 RE: MVNYC Feb 21, 2014 09:37 AM

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

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            thegforceny RE: nemis Feb 19, 2014 01:06 PM

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

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              nemis RE: thegforceny Feb 20, 2014 08:25 AM

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

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                ellenost RE: nemis Feb 20, 2014 08:57 AM

                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.

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              Pookipichu RE: nemis Feb 19, 2014 01:47 PM

              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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                nemis RE: Pookipichu Feb 20, 2014 08:27 AM

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

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                  Sneakeater RE: nemis Feb 21, 2014 10:11 AM

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

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                kathryn RE: nemis Feb 19, 2014 03:14 PM

                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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                  nemis RE: kathryn Feb 20, 2014 08:20 AM

                  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.

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                    prima RE: nemis Feb 20, 2014 09:14 AM

                    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.

                2. Ttrockwood RE: nemis Feb 19, 2014 06:01 PM

                  5) city bakery would be a bit of a walk from eventi(about 10blocks), great breakfast choices and good coffee.

                  Zucker's bagels (lexington ave location) isn't far from the langham, i'm sure they would also deliver to your hotel. The bagels are smaller compared to other shops with a sizable hole in the center.

                  6) +1 for terrior and middle branch. The bar area of artisinal has some small tables and great wines by the glass.
                  if it's nice weather wine 30 on 30th st just west of park ave has a nice back patio area. (The bar snacks are good, but dinner is nothing memorable)
                  The downstairs bar of the Andaz hotel on 5th ave is also great to grab a drink (their upstairs small cafe is good for an afternoon coffee and people watching thru the windows)

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                    nemis RE: Ttrockwood Feb 20, 2014 08:17 AM

                    Great! I will map City Bakery and Terrior- on the list! WOW! almost booked a room at Andaz, good to know! Thank You.

                  2. ipsedixit RE: nemis Feb 19, 2014 07:09 PM

                    1. Costata

                    2. Hakkasan (comes with free caviar)

                    3. Breslin

                    4. Chinatown maybe?

                    5. Ai Fiori (inside the Langham, get the duck hash)

                    6. Flatiron Room (about a 5-10 min. walk from the Langham)

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                      nemis RE: ipsedixit Feb 20, 2014 08:09 AM

                      Many Thanks! Have never heard of your 1 and 6 and will definitely try out number 5.

                    2. MVNYC RE: nemis Feb 20, 2014 08:25 AM

                      1. I prefer Wolfgangs for more old school but BLT Steak is good for a bit more modern take.
                      2. Peking Duck House in Chinatown will do this. Their duck is good, other dishes not so much
                      3. I like John Dory for seafood
                      4. Go to Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Lots of interesting restaurants and bars.
                      5. Don't eat breakfast out
                      6. For beer bars the Langham is near Rattle N Hum and the Gingerman. Both have good selections but I prefer Rattle N Hum.

                      Regarding your other choices they are all good though I am not enamored with the beer at Eataly. Their food on the roof is good and its a nice place albeit with a somewhat obstructed view.

                      For the Tuck shop get your pies to go. There is a bar around on First ave called DBA which lets you bring food in.

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                        nemis RE: MVNYC Feb 20, 2014 12:40 PM

                        MVNYC, Thank You! Extremely helpful- I forgot about the BLT restaurants... can't wait for Tuck Shop I adore savory Pies!

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