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Ricette, The Gander, or ?

I was there last night for a 9pm reso and the entire restaurant was packed. In fact, they couldn't even seat us until 15 minutes after our reservation because people weren't getting up and leaving.

Oct 10, 2014
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Mid-trip dining updates!

We are on day 3 of our 6 day visit and so far our meals have been (mostly) amazing.

Dinner the night we arrived: Little Owl. We just adore this place. We come every year and it never disappoints. I had the Halibut wifh corn and peas, beet salad with bibb lettuce and sunflower seeds and, of course, split an order of french fries with my husband. Hubby had the salmon and was impressed (and this is coming from a Seattleite!) Everything was delicious.

Lunch Day 2: After walking the Highline we decided to stop into Porteño. Unforunately neither my or my husband's meals were at all appetizing. I had the quinoa salad and it actually made me nauseous. Not sure what was up as this place has great reviews.

Dinner Day 2: Recette. Loved it. Although we didn't do the tasting menu we were still treated well by the waitstaff. Drinks were good and my pork belly with sherry caramel and romesco was the stuff dreams are made of.

My husband had the lamb loin and the portion was so small (as admitted by the server) they comped one of our veggie sides. Thoughtful of them to compensate but it would have been preferable to just have a full-sized entree.

The duck fat fries and fall veggies were both extremely flavorful.

We opted against dessert, as I'm gluten-free and the only gluten-free option didn't read well on the menu. The server wouldn't take no for an answer and brought the aforementioned gluten-free cake on the house. Holy hell I'm glad he did. It was incredible. The cake was moist and delicious and was accompanied by a lavender meringue (which scared me at first but was light and lovely) and my husband enjoyed the ginger buttermilk ice cream.

A charming meal with great, attentive service. I'm glad we went.

Coming up...

Today:
Brunch at Minetta Tavern
Dinner at The Modern Bar Room before Book of Mormon

Tomorrow:
Brunch at David Burke Kitchen
Dinner at Identia Golose

Sunday:
Brunch at Lincoln Ristorante
Dinner at Quality Meats before Avenue A

Still no dining plans for our last day, Monday. We don't fly out (of Newark) until 6:30 so there's time to squeeze a decent meal or two in. Just not sure where.

Oct 10, 2014
macaronette in Manhattan
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While we're at it, review our dining itinerary?

Employees Only is a must on every trip. We also tried Little Branch but it was a bit too trendy (long lines, too), for us.

Sep 13, 2014
macaronette in Manhattan

While we're at it, review our dining itinerary?

Corporate boring sounds awful. The last thing I want. Italian is tough as I'm gluten-intolerant...

Sep 13, 2014
macaronette in Manhattan

While we're at it, review our dining itinerary?

I've had the black label burger! Delicious!

Sep 13, 2014
macaronette in Manhattan

While we're at it, review our dining itinerary?

Okay! Thanks to your recommendations I have an updated dining itinerary. Still looking to fill in a few lunches (especially something leisurely and nice for Monday, the day we fly out).

Wednesday - Dinner at Little Owl

Thursday - Lunch at Tartine, Dinner at Recette

Friday - Dinner at Oceana before Book of Mormon (good post-show drinks?)

Saturday - Dinner at Identia Golose (Brunch ideas? we'll probably skip lunch this day to make room for a huge dinner. Maybe something uptown?)

Sunday - Dinner at Quality Meats before Ave Q (good post-show drinks?)

Monday - Need brunch/lunch suggestions - we don't fly out of Newark until 6:30pm

Sep 12, 2014
macaronette in Manhattan

While we're at it, review our dining itinerary?

Beautiful recommendations! Made a reservation at Recette which I'm really excited about and we'll definitely lunch at Tartine. Thank you!

Sep 12, 2014
macaronette in Manhattan

While we're at it, review our dining itinerary?

Seattle!

Sep 12, 2014
macaronette in Manhattan

Dress code for Identità Golose?

Perfect! Thank you! Anything else to share about the dinners? How much, if any, interaction do you get with the chefs?

Sep 10, 2014
macaronette in Manhattan

Dinner at Annisa at 5:30 - question about making curtain time

We have a 5:30pm dinner reservation at Annisa and tickets to Ave Q in Hell's Kitchen with an 8pm curtain time. Will we have enough time if we don't do the tasting menu?

Sep 09, 2014
macaronette in Manhattan

Dress code for Identità Golose?

I have tried 3 times and have been unable to get a hold of anyone.

Sep 09, 2014
macaronette in Manhattan

While we're at it, review our dining itinerary?

Thoughts/opinions on our selections?

Wednesday (day we arrive): Dinner at Little Owl (our favorite)

Thursday: We plan to visit the Highline so are thinking The Park for lunch. Need dinner ideas for this night.

Friday: Dinner at Oceana pre-BOM

Saturday: Identita Golose

Sunday: Dinner at Angus Bistro pre Avenue Q.

Monday (day we leave): No plans at all. Need help!

Looking for lunch recommendations for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. We're staying in the West Village but willing to travel wherever for excellent food. Budget not a concern.

Sep 08, 2014
macaronette in Manhattan

Dress code for Identità Golose?

My husband and I have reservations at the 2014 Identità Golose (http://www.identitagolose.com/sito/en...) dinner and are wondering about dress code. Jacket for him? Would I be overdressed in a semi-fancy dress? Has anyone attended this event in the past?

Thanks!

Sep 08, 2014
macaronette in Manhattan

Identità Golose

My husband and I got tickets to Eataly Identità Golose. I'm wondering about dress code. Has anyone been before who can let me know?

Aug 18, 2014
macaronette in Manhattan

5 days in NYC coming up. Review our eating itinerary?

Well, things feel a lot more real now that we've been able to actually make reservations. Being limited to exactly 30 days out is tough for a planner! Here's what we believe to be our final itinerary, although we know how things change:

Thursday
Dinner at Club A

Friday
Breakfast at Balthazar
Lunch at Union Square Cafe
Dinner at Craft

Saturday
Brunch at The Little Owl (perhaps not THE BEST brunch in the city, but holds emotional significance for us)
Open lunch wherever we might find ourselves
Dinner at Babbo

Sunday
Brunch at Minetta Tavern
Pizza lunch in East Village
Dinner at Apiary

Monday
Bagel Breakfast
Lunch at Katz before heading to the airport

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Little Owl
90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

Balthazar
80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Aug 05, 2011
macaronette in Manhattan

5 days in NYC coming up. Review our eating itinerary?

We got a reservation at Babbo and are going to give it a shot. Can't believe what a pain in the arse it was to get that stupid 6:15pm reservation. Hope it's worth it!

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Aug 04, 2011
macaronette in Manhattan

5 days in NYC coming up. Review our eating itinerary?

I was told I wouldn't like Babbo, as I'm not into organ meats, veal, rabbit, duck, squid ink, etc. Looking at their menu, it didn't appear that they had much straightforward food that wasn't a little more on the "haute" side of things. Am I right?

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Aug 03, 2011
macaronette in Manhattan

5 days in NYC coming up. Review our eating itinerary?

In looking at breakfast menus I'm noticing that not many (or any, so far!) places offer waffles. Is there a surefire place to go to get a good waffle for breakfast?

Aug 03, 2011
macaronette in Manhattan

5 days in NYC coming up. Review our eating itinerary?

Thanks for all of the replies so far! I've adjusted the itinerary to look like this:

Thursday
Dinner at Club A

Friday
Breakfast at Balthazar
Lunch at Union Square Cafe
Dinner at Craft

Saturday
Unsure about breakfast
Unsure about lunch
Dinner at Apiary

Sunday
Brunch at Minetta Tavern
Pizza lunch in East Village
Unsure about dinner

Monday
Unsure about breakfast
Lunch at Katz before heading to the airport

Any help with the "unsures"?? Looking at the itinerary, we don't have a fabulous Italian meal, yet...

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Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Aug 03, 2011
macaronette in Manhattan

5 days in NYC coming up. Review our eating itinerary?

I heard from a friend who's a former NY'er that she loved Haru. We've never actually had sushi before and she said that was the place to go for our inaugural experience! Is there someplace else you'd recommend?

Aug 03, 2011
macaronette in Manhattan

5 days in NYC coming up. Review our eating itinerary?

Great point about the brunch/lunch thing. Although the brunch will be early, I'll move the lunch to another day.

Thanks!

Aug 03, 2011
macaronette in Manhattan

5 days in NYC coming up. Review our eating itinerary?

Chem - Sorry about that. I thought seeing the places we've already decided on might help inform on our tastes.

We love good food, but don't consider ourselves "foodies". We try to stay away from the more eclectic and stick to classics done really, really well. Simple is good. We don't mind paying for a good meal, up to $250 total including a few glasses of wine.

Aug 03, 2011
macaronette in Manhattan

Pintxo Seattle

Meh. I didn't love it. I think I might not be a fan of the tapas format in general (seems to add up SO quickly and doesn't seem like a good value). The food was decent, nothing incredible. We were debating between ordering more plates after our first round, but decided to leave instead.

Aug 03, 2011
macaronette in Greater Seattle

Upscale Birthday Celebration

Canlis is your best bet. It's the premier spot in Seattle for absolutely incredible service, beautiful views and amazing food.

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Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Aug 03, 2011
macaronette in Greater Seattle

3 nights, 3 days--Where to eat in SEATTLE?

Excellent choices.

If it were me, I would go Dahlia Lounge (my favorite favorite) and Staple and Fancy for dinner, Steelhead Diner and Walrus and Carpenter for lunch. Steelhead diner is a must - it's so wonderful!

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Steelhead Diner
95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

Dahlia Lounge
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Aug 03, 2011
macaronette in Greater Seattle

Best Burger in Seatown?

There is only one place to go for the best hamburger in Seattle, and that's the Lunchbox Laboratory. Seriously, you will NOT find a better burger. They are incredible, huge, greasy - everything you want a hamburger to be. They also have zillions of different options, and make sure to get the bacon - it's incredible!

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Lunchbox Laboratory
1253 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Aug 03, 2011
macaronette in Greater Seattle

5 days in NYC coming up. Review our eating itinerary?

My husband and I live in Seattle but adore NYC and make a point to go once a year. We'll be there 9/1-9/5. I'm putting more of a focus this year on eating at great restaurants. Last year we only made one dinner reservation (Little Owl) and winged it the other nights. Here's what I've got so far:

Thursday
Dinner at Club A Steakhouse (got a LivingSocial deal, and the Yelp reviews were decent)

Friday
Breakfast at Balthazar
Dinner at Craftbar

Saturday
Lunch at Haru Sushi
Dinner at Via Della Pace

Sunday
Brunch at Jane
Lunch at Union Square Cafe
Dinner at...?

We'd love to have a "very NYC" dinner on Sunday night. Any suggestions? Also, yay or nay on Craftbar? We haven't made that reservation yet, so would be open to other, better suggestions.

Thanks!

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Via Della Pace
48 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

Club A Steakhouse
240 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

Aug 03, 2011
macaronette in Manhattan