Trip next week - what's new, interesting, and delicious right now?
I'll be making a trip back to NYC, my last trip was about 5 years ago, just looking for a few lunch and dinner recommendations on things that have popped up in the last few years that are worth checking out.
I'll probably visit a few favorites like Momofuku Ssam, Ippudo, Noodletown, and either Jean Georges or Eleven Mad.
A few new spots I have read about are The Brindle Room and Black Tree.
So I'm looking for a few casual dinner recommendations, probably $50 pp including a drink or two. About the only styles I'm not interested in are Sushi and Mexican.
Locations: I'll be staying in the Meatpacking Dist so probably anywhere around or below Midtown.
I'm planning on doing one solo nice lunch, I have loved JG and Eleven Mad, should I considering something else?
Hopefully this is enough info, thanks very much!!
The NYTimes Best of the Year Lists might be helpful for you to "catch up" as well.
Best of 2013: Sushi Nakazawa, Carbone, Betony, Uncle Boons, Hanjan, Mighty Quinn's, The Elm, Estela, Pearl & Ash, Alder
Best of 2012: Gwynnett St. (chef has since left, though), Calliope (ditto), Blanca, La Vara, Perla, Pok Pok NY, Empellon Cocina, Ichimura at Brushstroke, Atera, The NoMad, Il Bucio Alimentari, Mission Chinese (currently closed for renovations)
Best of 2011: Danji, Red Rooster, Tertulia, Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan, Empellon Taqueria, M. Wells (closed), Ciano (moved to the UES), John Dory Oyster Bar, Boulud Sud, the Dutch
Best of 2010: ABC Kitchen, the Breslin, Casa Lever, Colicchio & Sons, Fatty Cue (Zak Pelaccio left though), Kin Shop, Maialino, Osteria Morini, Recette, Torrisi Italian Specialities
Best of 2009: Marea, Locanda Verde, Prime Meats, Minetta Tavern, DBGB, Oceana, Le Relais De Venise L'Entrecôte, Co. aka Company, Fatty Crab, Rockaway Taco.
As mentioned by kathryn if you loved EMP (as do I) a great alternative would be The NoMad since it's DNA is so closely related, a slightly less obvious choice would be Betony because it is helmed by several EMP alums and it is FANTASTIC.
Also, for new spots, just had a wonderful dinner (which I am in the process of writing up) at The Gander, was very happy with it.