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In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well? (Brooklyn Edition)

A bar hop! What a great idea. Thanks for the suggestion! I've heard too many good things about Char No. 4 not to give it a try — I mean, c'mon, what can go wrong with bacon and bourbon? — but I'm thinking I'll give Prime Meats a pass for this trip.

I still can't believe how many places I haven't even heard of before today. It is truly staggering, even for someone who grew up in Los Angeles County (admittedly, in the suburbs), to behold just how many restaurants — many of them excellent — reside in New York City. It's evident why NYC is considered a culinary mecca.

Feb 13, 2010
orpheum in Outer Boroughs

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well? (Brooklyn Edition)

Well, I don't know if I'll make it to all of the places that have been recommended to me in this trip, but I shall certainly make a note of them for the next time I find myself in NYC. As for the restaurants and shops on my list, I don't think it's unreasonable — two or three meals a day, and wandering around specialty shops in between (just snacking, probably). It's still a lot of food to process in a week, I'll grant you, but I feel up to the challenge. I'll waddle home, fat and satisfied, and know that I truly enjoyed an extravagant swath of New York's culinary spectrum. :)

I appreciate your recommendations as well, Pooki — I've heard quite a bit about Egg, and shall have to review their menu again. There seem to be an embarrassment of riches when it comes to New York restaurants, and many appear to have lauded brunches, so I'll have options for many subsequent trips to (and possibly future residence in?) NYC. :)

Feb 13, 2010
orpheum in Outer Boroughs

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well? (Brooklyn Edition)

I'm already planning on Blue Ribbon Brasserie for their famed bone marrow with oxtail marmalade, but I haven't found any oyster places yet — thank you much! :)

Feb 13, 2010
orpheum in Outer Boroughs

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well? (Brooklyn Edition)

What a wealth of delicious-sounding restaurants! I've heard of Egg, and the Rothko dish definitely caught my eye. I'm tempted by Prune and Char No. 4 for their own brunches, but I won't rule Egg out. I don't mind if Bark is closer to "haute dogs" than dirty water dogs — I'll be going to Gray's Papaya for my comfort food fix. ;) These are certainly going on my list of places to research further. I wanted to thank you for your friendly, and very thorough, responses to both of my threads. :)

Feb 13, 2010
orpheum in Outer Boroughs

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well? (Brooklyn Edition)

So many places I haven't read about! Clearly, I didn't do as much research into Brooklyn as I should have. >.> I'm actually staying in Brooklyn Heights, just down the street from Jack the Horse, so I expect I'll stumble over there one night for drinks. ;) Thanks for the suggestions!

Feb 13, 2010
orpheum in Outer Boroughs

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well? (Brooklyn Edition)

I'd planned on visiting Char No. 4 for dinner, but based on your glowing recommendation — among others here and elsewhere — I've decided to go there for brunch instead. Their various bacon-infused dishes sound incredible, and I love a good Bloody Mary. Much obliged! :)

Feb 13, 2010
orpheum in Outer Boroughs

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well? (Brooklyn Edition)

I found both of those during my research, and they are indeed tempting; I fear that my budget for this trip may not be able to support the prices they demand, but I'll definitely check out at least Peter Luger should I find myself with a surfeit of cash. Thank you for the tips! :)

Feb 13, 2010
orpheum in Outer Boroughs

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well?

Thank you all for your insights — I'm so glad to have a community of food-minded fellows whom I can ask for help. Please, if you're willing, keep the suggestions coming! I'm not leaving for about a week-and-a-half, so my research isn't even approaching completion. ;)

Feb 12, 2010
orpheum in Manhattan

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well?

I haven't heard of Kee's or Takashimaya! I'll add them to the list. Thank you! :)

Feb 12, 2010
orpheum in Manhattan

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well?

Thanks for your reply! I'll have to check out L'Arte. I may end up going to Otto for their appetizers and gelato, both of which have been raved about, and skip the pizza. ;)

Feb 12, 2010
orpheum in Manhattan

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well?

What do they specialise in? I can research this myself once I get home, but I figured maybe you'd be able to tell me what, in particular, you'd recommend checking out. Thank you! :)

Feb 12, 2010
orpheum in Manhattan

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well?

Yeah, I'm not sure whether I'll end up regretting my experience at The Spotted Pig — it's another concession to my traveling companion. I'll admit, though, that their sheep's ricotta gnudi have received favorable reviews. Any thoughts on whether The Breslin is any better?

Feb 12, 2010
orpheum in Manhattan

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well?

Momofuku has too many proponents for me to dismiss it entirely, but I'll look into Ippudo for ramen. I do, however, appreciate your thoughts. As for McSorley's, I'm largely going there for atmosphere and history; if I enjoy the ale, all the better. :)

Feb 12, 2010
orpheum in Manhattan

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well?

Both Shopsins and Prune came under my reconnaissance, and I was interested in trying them for breakfast and dinner, respectively. (The bone marrow and sweetbreads at Prune come highly recommended.) I'll have to look at Prune again. I did quite like their wide selection of Bloody Marys...

Feb 12, 2010
orpheum in Manhattan

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well?

I've read about Motorino as well, and it sounds promising — I'll have to keep it in mind, given your recommendation. Both seem to be reputable, though, so I'll let you know my thoughts if I end up going to Kesté. Their pizza del re sounds especially tempting. :)

Café Mogador is actually a concession to my friend with whom I'm traveling; she wants to go to a Moroccan restaurant, specifically to have a tagine dish, and Mogador was one of the better-rated offerings in Zagat. Can you suggest any notable Moroccan places?

I made a reservation for Babbo a few weeks ago — fortunately, I learned of their reservation policy early on in my research. :) I'm also considering the prix fixe lunch at Del Posto (a bargain at $29), about which I've heard excellent things. Any thoughts on that?

Sorry for not specifying — I'd planned on visiting Blue Ribbon Brasserie, particularly for their famed bone marrow with oxtail marmalade. Should I make reservations for these two places? I'll likely be alone, in any case, and I don't mind waiting in the slightest.

I'm aware of the reputation Joe Dobias has earned for himself — having read of his threats toward a writer for "New York" magazine — but a good number of reviews I've found say the food isn't to be faulted. I must admit, I was tempted by their Eggs Benedict with pork cheek (which I can only assume to be guanciale), which sounds decadently delicious, and their vaunted chilaquiles. I'm open to other brunch recommendations, however, and I've come to understand that you're the Queen of Brunch around here. I won't make you repeat yourself from your very informative thread, however — I can check that out in further detail once I get home from work. (I'm on lunch at the moment.) :)

Feb 12, 2010
orpheum in Manhattan

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well?

Thank you for your insights! If you don't mind my asking, what dishes did you have at Convivio? Would you recommend Lupa instead?

Feb 11, 2010
orpheum in Manhattan

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well? (Brooklyn Edition)

Good evening, Chowhounds! I've been lurking on these boards for a while now, largely as part of my research for an upcoming trip to New York City (Feb. 23 — Mar. 2). I've scoured every resource I can and come up with a tentative list of restaurants (or specialty shops) to try. Below are the places I'd like to visit in Brooklyn; I have another post geared for Manhattan.

Would anyone recommend against anything on this list? Add anything crucial to it? Any help you folks can offer would be appreciated. And let me know if you'd like to grab a bite to eat! :)

Bark
Char No. 4
Prime Meats
Bierkraft
Spuyten Duyvil
Rye

Feb 11, 2010
orpheum in Outer Boroughs

In New York for a week — did I pick restaurants well?

Good evening, Chowhounds! I've been lurking on these boards for a while now, largely as part of my research for an upcoming trip to New York City (Feb. 23 — Mar. 2). I've scoured every resource I can and come up with this tentative list of restaurants (or specialty shops) to try.

Would anyone recommend against anything on this list? Add anything crucial to it? Any help you folks can offer would be appreciated. And let me know if you'd like to grab a bite to eat! :)

Lunch:
Baoguette
Txikito
Kesté
The Spotted Pig
Café Mogador
The Breslin
Momofuku Noodle

Dinner:
Convivio
DBGB
Babbo
WD-50
Bridge Café

After-Dinner:
Momofuku Ssäm
Blue Ribbon

Brunch:
JoeDoe

Specialty Shops:
Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Di Palo Dairy
Absolute Bagels
Salumeria Biellese
Economy Candy
Zabar's
Ito En
Grandaisy Bakery
Doughnut Plant
McSorley's

Feb 11, 2010
orpheum in Manhattan