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Pre-theater Aureole vs. DB Bistro Moderne vs. other?

There's Oceana. Nothing revolutionary but pretty much the model of consistency over the 4 years I've eaten there.

Oct 10, 2012
OverseasEater in Manhattan

Breakfasts close to Renaissance Hotel 57

Go big or go home - Four Seasons hotel is just down the block.

What? You've never dropped close to 3-figures on breakfast?

Oct 09, 2012
OverseasEater in Manhattan

Critique my eating itinerary - Early Nov

I caved in and reserved a table at Wd-50 for the Saturday, so I guess I'll be doing the vault menu in instead of just a sampler. I rarely do tasting menus but 5 courses should be within my limit.

Switched EN for Oceana for the thursday as well, not the most inspired choice but I realized I had no other real seafood place on my itin and Oceana appears to have a high lower limit.

Oct 05, 2012
OverseasEater in Manhattan

Critique my eating itinerary - Early Nov

So, thanks to all the wonderful feedback and comments here I've ALMOST managed to nail down our itinerary. It's not as ambitious as I first envisioned it mainly because we have some shopping to take care of that will require

Wed 31st Oct:
Dinner: Keen's Pub room
Drinks: Library at The NoMad

Thu 1st Nov:
Lunch: River Café or Luke's Lobster downtown (depending on the time taken to get musical tickets and walk the Brooklyn bridge)
Dinner: EN Japanese Brasserie (might change depending on what musical tickets we get)
Drinks post-theatre: ?

Fri 2nd Nov:
Lunch: Jean-Georges
Dinner: Minetta Tavern
Drinks: Employees only

Sat 3rd Nov:
Lunch: ? (will be moving around Chelsea market, likely Buddakan)
Dinner & Drinks: WD-50 coupled with the many options on Clinton St.

Sun 4th Nov:
Brunch: Balthazar

Oct 04, 2012
OverseasEater in Manhattan

Michelin Stars 2013

Another thing I'm reacting to is the pear shaped distribution of the stars. There are seven 3* and seven 2* restaurants in NYC but no less than fifty-two 1*. Add to this that you could make an effective argument that the current list has more legitimate 3* than 2* (again, Gordon Ramsey, looking at you).

Is Peter Luger really of the same caliber as Gotham Bar & Grill? How about WD-50 compared to A Voce? I can't help but feel that the the 1 and 2 stars could use some rearrangement.

Oct 03, 2012
OverseasEater in Manhattan

International Hounds Chowmeeting in NYC, Part 1 - Jean George

Interesting read. As mentioned in another thread I have an upcoming reservation for lunch at JG in Nov.

Based upon your review I think we will stick to the 2-plate menu as a sampler.

Oct 02, 2012
OverseasEater in Manhattan

Michelin Stars 2013

I have long been a fan of the Michelin Guide (I even supported them when they felt like calling themselves Guide Rouge). Lately however I've started having doubts about their criteria. As mentioned Gordon Ramsey at The London's two stars have been questioned since they opened.

I guess Obama can feel hip now and tell people how he ate at The NoMad before they got their star. He'll only be missing the pastel Wayfarers.

Oct 02, 2012
OverseasEater in Manhattan

Help me pick a steakhouse

I see Yelp loving Club A but I thought it was mostly due to the generous 30% off hours it keeps at Savored.

Oct 02, 2012
OverseasEater in Manhattan

Critique my eating itinerary - Early Nov

Was that at the dinning Room or Bar room?

Oct 02, 2012
OverseasEater in Manhattan

Critique my eating itinerary - Early Nov

I won't argue that the drinks were well-made at Pegu. But New York or not I have little tolerance for service with attitude, especially when you're not getting what you're ordering.

I realize I might be asking too much to be finding a great dining place in close proximity to a great bar/lounge on a Saturday night in Manhattan.

Oct 01, 2012
OverseasEater in Manhattan

Critique my eating itinerary - Early Nov

Isn't it usually packed at post-theater hours though?

Oct 01, 2012
OverseasEater in Manhattan

Critique my eating itinerary - Early Nov

Thanks for your pointers.

I should have mentioned that due to the late arrival on Wed we are staying at a hotel closer to the airport in Queens (also because I could use some hotel point there). Hence the backwards trek to The Campbell Apartment which I love the decor of (visited previously). You are correct that they do not offer any particular drinking experiences though (I have not tried their special prohibition punch).

Pegu club on the other hand I have not enjoyed previously, wrote about the experience here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/pegu-club-new... (don't hold it against me that I'm on Yelp

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Little Branch does look cozy, I'll have to do some more research on it. Thanks for the tip!

Hearing you on the WD-50 situation. I might sling that idea completely and opt for Pastis which I've had recommended though it's a completely different experience. Dufrese's particular style of cooking was mostly the only thing that drew me to the area.

Oct 01, 2012
OverseasEater in Manhattan

Critique my eating itinerary - Early Nov

I'm spending 4 nights with my lovely GF in NYC early Nov and I've endeavored to make this trip a culinary journey.

I have most of it planned in minute detail but since it's all been planned from afar and from online research there might be hindrances such as logistics, same-samey flavours or plain bad ideas that I would love to hear you point out. We're Scandinavian and have never been able to finish any tasting menu we've come across and American size portion generally leave us tackled to the curb. I would greatly appreciate any feedback on the following itin!

Wed:
Arriving late to La Guardia so won't dare make a reservation in case there are delays. Will get a cab to Keen's Steakhouse and hope that there will be a spot for 2 open in their Pub room. After their Mutton chop we'll have a night cap at The Campbell Apartment in Grand Central Terminal.

Thu:
After locating a good breakfast spot in Battery Park City (where we'll be staying) it's off to Brooklyn for a tasting of Grimaldi's and Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. We'll burn off the calories by walking the Brooklyn Bridge back and getting in the line at the TKTS ticket booth at the South Seaport. Depending on how much the ice cream and pizza slice has filled us up it's either time for a quick snack at Luke's lobster's downtown address or The Exchange at Setai if we still have plenty of room.

Dinner will have to fit with whatever musical tickets we get (likely Mamma Mia if available). Right now I'm thinking I'll just find something close by the theater through Savored but I'm open for ideas.

Fri:
The two-course lunch at Jean Georges is in the plans. I was initially considering Asiate which is close by but it seems that it is only the view that's superior there to JGs.

For the evening I'm hoping to score a reservation for Minetta Tavern to try our hands at the Black Label burger. Having followed the last week how they are looking at Open table 30 days out an early evening table shouldn't be a problem. After that it's a show at Comedy Cellar next door and a drink at The Standard or Ph-D later.

Sat:
We'll be rummaging through Chelsea market and the Union Square Market during the day. I know there's superb sushi to be had at the former and the latter has Union Square Café close by.

Dinner here is completely up in the air though. I want to try the 2 for $25 dishes at WD-50, I assume these are fairly bite sized so would probably had to follow up with a smaller main course nearby. Doesn't seem to be all that many options in the area that appeal to me though. Possibly DBGB...

Death & Co is close by for drinks afterwards at least.

Sun:
A power brunch at Balthazar before we fly out sounds like a plan. I want to fill up real good so I pass out on the plane on the way back over the Atlantic.

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Well there it is. Is it doable? Or am I being far to scheduled and ending up with an odd mix?

Oct 01, 2012
OverseasEater in Manhattan