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Trip report for coffee / pastries and inexpensive meals

First, let me say thank you to everyone who took the time to answer my many questions. Thanks to everyone I was organized and prepared. This is a trip we will always remember.

We arrived Sunday afternoon. After a couple of hours of sightseeing we ended up at Times square, tired and hungry. I was prepared tho, I quickly pulled out my list of restaurants and off we went to Shake Shack. Big mistake! Shake Shack was packed! We sat in the middle of a crowded restaurant with my mom in a wheel chair while my kids walked around eying people as they ate, trying to figure out who was almost done so we could grab their table. While we were getting settled, my son was ordering our food. The food was good but we couldn't enjoy it because it was just too hectic. I wish we had went somewhere else.

Monday morning on our way to GMA show, we stopped at Bouchon for a creme puff and coffee, then Financier Patisserie for a Chocolate torte and another cup of coffee. Both excellent but I like Financier better.

Then we headed to Coney Island to eat a hotdog, some pizza and ride some rides. It started to rain so we thought we would wait it out at totinos pizza but they were closed....so much for being prepared. We headed to Nathans for Hotdogs.Nothing better then a chilli dog on a cold rainy day. Everyone enjoyed Nathans. The rides were closed due to the rain so we walked around, reminiscing and taking pictures. In the early evening, we headed to Chelsea Market. We ate pudding, orange/choc cookie and a Rugelach. The pudding was just ok but the cookie and rugelach were delicious. We left there and headed to Hells Kitchen, I wanted to eat at Limon but it was closed (we later found out it had moved location). We ended up eating at El Centro. I had an excellent Chicken Chilaquile for 15 dollars. Both of my kids had grilled steak burritos...the steak was so tender and delicious....price 17 dollars. Very Budget friendly for New York. Was a great choice for dinner.

Tuesday, We ate at the Kitchenette for breakfast, in the downtown area. Very convenient for walking to 9/11 memorial site. I had the french toast....oh so yummy..but I wish I would have only order one slice as two pieces was too much to eat. I had a mocha which good also. Everyone else had pancakes, eggs and sausage...everything was excellent. On our way back to the hotel we stopped at got sandwiches at DeMarco's, I ordered a mocha....excellent! Dinner we headed over to Motorinos. Pizza was excellent. Loved this little restaurant.

Wednesday we ate at Doughnut planet....wow...the doughnuts were so good..we tried six or seven different kind. All yummy! Then we headed over to Grumpy Cafe...wow...great coffee. We went to economy candy, sweet life, the pickle guys and ll Laboratorio del gelato. For late lunch/early we ate a katz deli. Well worth stopping for. My mom loved the sandwiches.

Thursday, breakfast in our room. Lunch we ate at Juniors...not that great for the money. Dinner at Don Antonio. The fried pizza was excellent.

My mother and daughter went home Friday. I will post the second part of my trip in the next couple of days. Thanks again!

Jul 10, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

breakfast near wall street

We have tickets for 10am on Tuesday for the 9/11 memorial. Some suggested that we should eat breakfast near wall street. I we would enjoy people watching while we eat breakfast. Does someone have a some suggestions on places to eat nearby.

Jun 28, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

food tour or crawl ideas needed

We are planning that on Saturday or Sunday. Thanks for all the help. I can't wait to see and taste it all!

Jun 26, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

food tour or crawl ideas needed

Thank you for the links. Here , on the first Friday of the month, we have a street fair in our arts district. Lots of food trucks, small resturants, bands, artists..etc. It makes a nice evening of walking around sampling different tpyes of food and people watching. Guess I was thinking along those lines. So, thank you for letting me know we need to plan for during the day rather then the evening

Jun 26, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

food tour or crawl ideas needed

I appreciate the suggestions and thank you for adding what area they are in. That helps me get am idea of a layout.

Jun 26, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

food tour or crawl ideas needed

Thank you for the suggestions in one area. They all sound great.

Jun 26, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

food tour or crawl ideas needed

I forgot to mention I cannot eat shell fish

Jun 25, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

food tour or crawl ideas needed

I have asked many questions regarding my upcoming trip to New York . I hate to ask more questions but I was considering an international type of food tour, and a dessert tour but with all the suggestions on great pastry and coffee shops.. I really don't need the dessert tour. I need to just mapquest the suggested places and make an afternoon of it. As for the international type tour ..I was hoping I could get some suggestions. It would be just my older son and I. I was thinking..fun..evening..perhaps Friday, Saturday or Sunday night. Food trucks, hole in the wall, eat as we walk is fine. Just want to experience something we do not have the opportunity to experience here in Kansas city. I should mention that I am already planning to do RGR LES tour.

Jun 25, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

Best place for coffe/pastry

Thank you to everyone for not only great suggestions but for an education in coffee! I enjoyed the discussion and learned a lot. I have made a list of all the coffee shops and pastry shops. I plan to visit many of them. I cant wait to get there and I will post about the places I visit....hopefully as I go. Thanks again

Jun 15, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

Best place for coffe/pastry

Great suggestions! thank you so much.

Jun 15, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

Best place for coffe/pastry

Thank you for the links and the detailed information about places to eat based on our itinerary. It is just what I was looking for. I feel more organized now and not so overwhelmed. I really appreciate your time and help

Jun 15, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

Best place for coffe/pastry

I had economy candy on mylist...but I am adding sweet life now. Thank you

Jun 13, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

Best place for coffe/pastry

I appreciated the links The links really answered my questions. I just posted my itinerary for suggestions of places in the area we will visiting.

As for the food truck ,it really doesn't matter what kind of cuisine... My daughter just has that as her top three "must do" in new york.

We are picky on cusinie for places to eat. Just looking to experience New York. Budget is flexible. Trying to keep inexpensive most meals. Mainly because we want to snack and sample lots of different places. With two out of the five nights at a nicer resturant.

Jun 13, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

Best place for coffe/pastry

My son wants pizza. My daughter..hotdog at Nathan's and a food truck. I want coffee and I love sweets. My mom who is 75..wants to eat at some delis.

We like casual places. Here in Kansas city we like to eat at a few places that are family owned...a couple that are new small restaurants in our arts district..one is fusion..one is Italian. But.. we really want to experience New York. If that makes sense

Jun 13, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

Best place for coffe/pastry

Here is a rough itinerary for part of the trip with my mother. From reading different post I realize it is easier to ask for advice on places to eat based on an itinerary.

Sunday either TOTR or times square. (Anyone know the hours of the m&m store).

Monday. GMA...then coney island.....early evening which ever we didn't get Sunday night..TOTR or times square.

Tuesday. Nine am 9/11 memorial. Saint Paul's afterwards. Wall street. Back to hotel to rest. Grand central station.. walk and pics of Chrysler building and empire state building.

Wednesday....tenement musuem...RGR LES walk....east village stroll

thrusday...statue of liberty..chinatown...rest then somewhere to watch fireworks.

Friday....Saint John the Devine or St Patrick . Airport by one for my mothers flight.

Not sure if this is a realistic itoneray so I may need to change some things. Any suggestions are appreciated.

Jun 12, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

Best place for coffe/pastry

We are staying at the affina 50. Is there grocery stores around there

Jun 12, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

Best place for coffe/pastry

Thanks for the links. Just what I was looking for

Jun 12, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

Best place for coffe/pastry

Alice's tea cup looks perfect. I looked at their website and its a little confusing. Do I need a reservation for 3 on a weekday?

Can't wait to try Lafayette....more then once by looking at their menu

Jun 09, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

Best place for coffe/pastry

Yes, there are four of us. We arrive on Sunday June 30th. My mother and teen daughter will leave on Friday July 5th. My son and I will stay until Tuesday., July 9th.

I was just guessing on the food budget. My daughter wants to eat hotdogs one day at coney island and her all time wish...a food truck. My son wants to try a couple of pizza places. My mother wants to try some deli's as that is one of her favorite memories when she visited New York with her Dad. So, that is how I came up with 15 dollars for lunch. Not to mention that we plan to sample food as we go so I am not sure how hungry we will be.

As for dinner, I was not including drinks or tip. I just didn't want to pay 50+dollars per person every night. Also, my mother likes casual places. I should mention , we are staying in a suite with a kitchen. I read a trip report from one couple, that bought dinner a couple nights at the grocery store across from their hotel....i believe it had a cafe in it...and took it back to their suite. I was thinking that we should keep that idea in mind as my mother is 75 and will be tired in the evening.

After they leave my son(who is 30) wants to try some of the more hipper places (if that is the correct term for "not family style") I do not have a budget in mind but i am sure his budget is limited.

Thanks for the recommendations on the tea shop. I do expect to pay more then 20 per person here. I just want a place my mom will love.

Thanks for all the coffee and pastry reviews. I plan to map the mentioned coffee shops so that as we tour I will know where to get a cup of coffee. We will all enjoy trying the pastries.

Jun 09, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

Best place for coffe/pastry

Great ideas! Thank you

Jun 09, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

Best place for coffe/pastry

It might have been the Bongo room we did eat there but I guess I was thinking it was somewhere else....we ate at so many places I couldn't keep them straight.
As for the dinners..I wasn't very clear, we will be there for nine days so I was looking for budget friendly meals for dinner and lunch. Maybe a nice place for dinner two nights. For my moms birthday we were thinking of a tea room. My mom wouldn't like formal...more cozy, sweet and girly

Thanks for all the ideas on places for coffee and pastries. We will be all around the city so I don't mind traveling for coffee and pastry shops.

Jun 09, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan

Best place for coffe/pastry

I will be staying at the Affina 50. I am looking for a place to eat breakfast. I ate at a restaurant in Chicago and they had a unique breakfast menu....red velvet pancakes...many other delicious almost like desert dishes.

I am also looking for the best pastries shops around....I love pastries and sweets. Also, I am looking for a good coffee shop. One near the hotel plus some that are just the best in New York City.

Last but not least, some family restaurants that are not really expensive. I am bringing my mother for her 75 birthday, my older son and my teen daughter. Not sure what to budget for food. Is twenty dollars per person for dinner good? Lunch 12 to 15? I have no idea what to expect so any help would be appreciated.

Jun 09, 2013
dawnmccloud in Manhattan