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10 days in NYC - itinerary feedback please

My husband and I will be visiting from San Francisco for 10 days in late April. Staying on the border of Chinatown/LES, but definitely willing to travel for a memorable meal. We've been to NY about 6 times in the past 5 years or so and have always eaten well as a result of the good advice found here. Have a few favorites we'll be returning to but are also interested in checking out some new spots.

We'd like dinners to average less than $100/person for food only before tax and tip, and enjoy doing a mix of high and low-end spots. As always, we're far more interested in great food than a hipster scene, and strongly prefer places where we can reserve.

Here's what's on our list so far:
*Lunch:
Bouley - already reserved
Katz's (and a stop by Russ & Daughters - when is the cafe opening?)
Xian Famous Foods (Love this place; two visits on our last trip!)
Anjappar
Danji
An outer buroughs crawl (will post on that board - probably Flushing)
Mighty Quinn

*Dinner:
Spicy Village (perhaps the night we arrive, since it's close to where we're staying)
Annisa - already reserved
Dell' Anima or l'Artusi
Fedora or Jeffrey's Grocery (we loved Perla the last 2 trips)
Louro - any feedback on the Monday night dinners?
Bobwhite Counter
Considering the bar area at EMP

Places we've been to in the past and liked:
The NoMad, Zaab Elee, Perilla, Szechuan Gourmet, Legend, Motorino, Ciano (lunch), Jean Georges (lunch), Aldea, Momofoku Ssam Bar, EMP, Osteria Morini, Il Buco Vineria, Cafe China, Calliope - any word on where the chef may be landing?

We'll be seeing jazz and ballet at Lincoln Center two nights and could use recommendations for good options that are an easy subway trip from there. Many thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions.

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  1. I recommend drinks and fresh seafood at the newly opened Black Crescent on LES

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    1. re: AubWah

      Black Crescent looks great and it's certainly convenient to our location. Thanks for the tip!

      Have not yet made it to Great NY Noodletown but walked past last visit and might check it out if we are looking for late night eats.

    2. I am very curious about where you are staying near to Spicy Village (which I love).

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      1. re: swannee

        We'll be at the Wyndham Garden Chinatown - Bowery at Hester. Stayed there last year and were very happy with the room (view!) and location, especially for the price. Convenient for the downtown restaurants and cheap eats we tend to prefer, and away from the tourist hordes.

        1. re: dolcevita_sf

          Very cool location. Have you been to Great NY Noodletown? They are a NYC institution, open until 4 am. Very close to your hotel, highly recommended for a fun late night meal after a few drinks

      2. Really nice, comprehensive list. No Japanese? Perhaps you get enough in SF?

        1. If you are going to Lincoln center, you HAVE to check out Lincoln restaurant. Their lunch deal is amazing..I liked it so much better than Bouley and JG.. if you don't want to have a meal, you should stop by for their amazing cocktail at least.

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            1. re: Monica

              +1 on Lincoln. The had some hiccups early on, but they've been in a great groove for the last year or so. They also have a great lunch deal, if you want to hit them before the show.

              1. re: sgordon

                I'd say Lincoln is one of the most underrated restaurants in NYC right now.

                1. re: Monica

                  Agreed. It's a case of restaurants being reviewed too early, to some degree. They definitely had some kinks to work out early on (and the notorious $24 single scallop appetizer established many impressions of them as overpriced, which they were at the time) - but now they're really great. I'd go there over any of the other big Midtown Italian places in a heartbeat.

                  They're easily worth three stars now, if they ever get re-reviewed by the Times.

                  1. re: sgordon

                    I must say my RW experience was less than stellar, but it's RW. The best thing by far was the nut and honey cake with the Satsuma Sherbet.. man it was good. Planning to come back in a few weeks for the regular menu. Any musts?

                    1. re: Ziggy41

                      The menu changes pretty frequently, so it's hard to say there's a "must" on there. The regional tasting menus are usually a good deal for the price, if you're into tastings - $75 for five courses. Currently it's Emilia-Romagna - hearty braised meats and such - but it might be different in a few weeks. Personally, I don't usually do tasting menus unless I'm dining solo.

                      But yeah, never judge a restaurant by an RW menu. Only a few places actually do it well.

            2. I'm guessing you are fond of Jazz since you'll be seeing it at LC and since you said you liked The NoMad this is something fun you might like to give a try; "Upstairs at The NoMad". On Thursday evenings they are having jazz performances in the Johnson Room at The NoMad, cocktails and light bar food/snacks are available.

              FYI - I replied to your other post and I think EMP bar area is a great idea.

              I am not a fan of Louro at all because my experience there (which happened to be a MND) was horrible due to it being deafeningly loud and the service was horrible.

              If you like Little Wisco restaurants (Perla, JG, etc) I highly recommend Chez Sardine

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              1. re: Spiritchaser

                I also am not fond of Louro- I've been 3 times - 2 for Monday night dinners that were just mediocre. I'm not sure why it gets so much love here but after 3 times, I think I've tried it enough to form an educated opinion.

                I'd also recommend Narcissa, Pearl and Ash, Estela, Ippudo,

                1. re: Barcelonian

                  the monday night dinners at louro are unique, but the food isn't that great. i'd recommend going on a different night and trying a bunch of dishes from their regular menu

                  i'll throw out suggestions for le philosophe, public, hearth, kin shop

                2. re: Spiritchaser

                  Thanks for the suggestion! "Upstairs at the NoMad" definitely sounds intriguing - will check to see who will be there on our dates and look here for info from those who get there before our arrival.

                  It sounds as if Louro may not be worth an evening and I think we'll try a different option.

                  My choice of Jeffrey's Grocery or Fedora versus the other Little Wisco venues is primarily due to the fact that those two take reservations. Menus at all of them look appealing. Any opinions re which has the best atmosphere or most interesting food?

                  1. re: dolcevita_sf

                    Fedora has a slightly better atmosphere/room.

                    1. re: kathryn

                      Based upon our dinner last week at Jeffrey's Grocery I will never go back to JG, service sucked and my skirt steak was awful.