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dinner near MoMA

Do you have to pay the entrance fee into the museum before you can go to the Bar at Moma - or do you get a concession for MoMA by eating at the bar? Or are the two unrelated?

Mar 23, 2010
Melendez in Manhattan

Suggestion for somewhere near Benjamin Hotel

One last question for you chowhounders and I'll leave you alone, set off by the picture of the mutton chop mentioned above.

How do restaurants feel about splitting\sharing dishes or under ordering? We'll be going out to nice enough places at least 7 nights in a row, and frankly, I'm not sure the system will take going the whole hog in each of them, yet I want to try out as many different places as possible.

Would we get snooty waiters looking down on us if we shared a "chateaubriand for two" between three people in Keens, or if we ordered an antipasta and a pasta in Maialino or Laconda Verde and left the "secondi" alone?

Aplogies btw, I know I've found a topic on splitting or sharing on the board before but got interrupted before I could read it. Using search words "splitting" or "sharing" is doing me no good this morning in trying to find it.

Mar 15, 2010
Melendez in Manhattan

Suggestion for somewhere near Benjamin Hotel

"I love Keens "
"NY is really not known for its barbeque. Steakhouses though, you can do fine. "
"but with so little time why miss out on Keen's?"

OK I'm convinced. Keens is booked. After seeing a picture of the Mutton chop on Yelp, which I'll have to get, I think I'll have to ditch the BBQ, and look for dainty refined meals to fill the rest of the program.

Mar 09, 2010
Melendez in Manhattan

Suggestion for somewhere near Benjamin Hotel

If I could get free Breakfast vouchers I'd be made up. Sadly, good things like that always seem to happen to other people. I'll stroll around the lobby looking hungry for a few minutes every morning just in case though. It's handy to know the kitchen can produce good stuff.

Mar 09, 2010
Melendez in Manhattan

Suggestion for somewhere near Benjamin Hotel

Yes 50th & Lexington, one 13 year old, no special requirements - really I'm only looking for a drink and a bite to eat after a long day travelling from Ireland, so nothing too elaborate. At the same time, I don't want to waste a limited opportunity to test somewhere good out. Before wine, I wouldn't be looking to spend more than $50 per head on two courses before drink(we're not really dessert people).

What I've found within a couple of hundred yards of the hotel are ...

Mr K's
Pampano
Relais de Venise
Chin Chin
Amma
Zarela
la Bellezza Pizzeria
Sofia Wine Bar Cafe
Smith & Wollenski (not really interested, will try another steakhouse elsewhere)

Any of these particularly worth trying, and would fit the bill, or any particularly worth avoiding? Any gem I've missed? Likewise if anyone has eaten in the hotel recently I'd be interested to hear what they thought of it.

I'd still be interested to hear about a decent breakfast place nearby, I suspect this will be an expensive week without knocking up a big tab for breakfast as well.

So far I've booked L'Ecole, Balthazar Locanda Verde and DB Bistro Moderne (Pre Theatre), so I've only 4 to go, and then only if I can squeeze 1 in on arrival night. Momofuku Ssam Bar is one I really want to try but can't book. I have to try a steakhouse, probably Keens, and a BBQ (Blue Smoke?)but was playing with the idea of going to Charrascaia platforma to pretend I was covering both. I know it covers neither really but it sounds a fun night out and might suit the boy. Anthos, Artisinal and MAS look nice. Chinatown has to get a go. I have to find the best burger. I'll have to slip quietly into a Japanese place while the wife is off shopping. Yet there's only so much I can eat and so little time.

Mar 08, 2010
Melendez in Manhattan

No Jacket Required

Thanks for replying, that was just the information I wanted.

Mar 08, 2010
Melendez in Manhattan

Suggestion for somewhere near Benjamin Hotel

I'll be arriving in JFK at approx 7.30pm. Assuming I can through security and get checked into the hotel by 10pm (is this realistic?) is there anywhere within about 5 mins walk of the hotel that I can get a quiet relaxing tasty supper with the family at that time, and without booking? Is the restaurant in the hotel ok? or is there one? The website seems to be more focused on the Emery bar for food, it sort of looks like they are between restaurants.

Also what is the best nearby place for a decent, cheap and cheerful breakfast?

Mar 08, 2010
Melendez in Manhattan

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I was going to book Balthazar for Sunday Brunch but then realised it was Easter Sunday. Do any restaurants make a fuss of the Easter B/Lunch that would make them particularly worth a visit on that day, or is it just another Sunday in Manhattan restaurant land.

Are bookings harder\easier to get over the Easter weekend? I'm trying to stay as flexible as I can, and have a "must try" list at this stage that I'd need a year to get through, and getting longer, which allows plenty of scope for manoeuvre. But is it a case that Easter Weekend is particularly popular and every decent table in the city gets booked out? Or does everyone run out of town and leave hungry visitors the opportunity to pick and choose on a whim?

Mar 04, 2010
Melendez in Manhattan

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I like the look of them, particularly Artisanal and MAS Farmhouse.

I'd love to try a decent Japanese restaurant. We aren't overrun with japanese restaurants in Dublin. I've stared at the pictures on Megu's home page for longer than can be considered healthy, but I can't justify a budget blowing treat when wife and sprog won't eat raw fish, which rules out great lumps of the menu, plus looks a tad child intimidating. Maybe it would be worth calling in for lunch to get a cheap sighter of the place (or others - I'm staying within a couple of blocks of Seo, but it doesn't have a website and it's hard to get a handle on what sort of place it is)? Any better solutions?

Sadly, I've also just noticed the thread "Your 2010 'must try' list". I'll be on the internet for a solid month.

Feb 05, 2010
Melendez in Manhattan

No Jacket Required

Thanks for the reply. I suppose that's why I'm posting here. 7 nights, 7 meals, few restrictions and a mind-boggling array of restaurants to chose from. I don't really have any retrictions on cuisine - it would be nice to get out with a final bill of $300 for three with 1 bottle of reasonable wine.

I suppose I'm looking for those restaurants that put particular care and attention into sourcing the best of ingredients, treat them with respect in preparation and put them on a plate without letting them fall off, rather than restaurants who present food as a work of art, are faultlessly meticulous in their cooking and the ingredients won't kill you. Does that make sense? Or narrow the field?

I'm glad to hear most places don't require jackets, I was under the impression you would be out of line at least without one in the likes of Keens, Balthazar, L'Ecole and places of that ilk, no? The jacket was just symbolic for lack of stuffiness really.

Feb 05, 2010
Melendez in Manhattan

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Hi, I'm visiting from Ireland in a few weeks for the first time and I was hoping for recommendations for more informal restaurants. Wife and teenager will be with me and we don't intend taking eloborate wardrobes (teenager doesn't have elaborate wardrobe) or sitting around in posh michelin star type places. I'm not necessarily looking for cheap and cheerful, expensive and cheerful is fine (don't get me wrong, cheap is good too).

I'm staying in Midtown East, but I'd invite recommendations for anywhere in Manhattan, with any style of cooking, that does really top quality food in a casual atmosphere.

Feb 05, 2010
Melendez in Manhattan