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Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

Hello everyone

Thank you all so much for the assistance on this trip. It was very helpful and we will use this information again.

Here is a list of what we did (no review, just list):

Saturday night (arrival day): Toloache

Sunday: Doughnut Plant in LES. Then a stroll to the San Gennaro festival where we split an Italian sausage sandwich. Dinner was Bobby Van (boo)

Monday: City Bakery for breakfast, then a stroll to Chelsea Market to wander. Birreria for lunch. Campbell Apartment for drinks. Dinner was Bar Americain.

Tuesday AM before we hopped on the train for the HV: Doughnut Plant in Chelsea.

Friday afternoon back in town, "dinner"/late lunch at R Lounge which was really, really good. Grilled Cheese as well as Philly Cheesesteak, and drinks. Don't scoff but that small meal scored very highly - much higher than Bobby Van's and to be honest I'd go back there before Bar Americain! After a movie we had Cheesecake at Juniors.

Saturday: Wandered to Orwashers for pastries (found on Yelp, wanted something on Upper East Side as I was hoping we'd do Museum Mile). Kind of blah but nice walk along 78th and then Madison. Then snacks on top of Met roof. Grimaldi's pizza for late lunch. We had Kinky Boots tickets and we were too full to eat before it, but, had Shake Shack cheeseburger and fries right afterwards.

Sunday: Brunch at Petrossian.

Sep 24, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

Hi everyone

Thank you again for all the recos. This is a partial update - we are here, actually in the Hudson Valley since yesterday, and back in Manhattan Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon.

Saturday night was Toloache (already reserved) and Sunday was supposed to be the LES food tour but after the Doughnut Plant (excellent, four doughnuts) we wandered to the San Gennaro festival and eventually split a grilled sausage sandwich.

We had 2 PM LES TM rez and so there went the rest of the time to do the LES food walk because we also had to fit in not only the 911 memorial but also the Brooklyn Bridge walk. Mom did fabulously, by the way. Completely full of energy and kept the pace all day. Sunday Sept 15 marked the 6 month mark after her last chemo treatment. We took cabs from point to point. Sunday was a regrettable dinner at Bobby Van's. Never ask the concierge for recos.

What I didn't do (and shame on me) was to print and map out these wonderful recos other than the LES food walk. Our plans have been somewhat on the fly and other than the LES I didn't map out locations very well. I really should have taken the advice to specifically map out places near the Hilton. Shame, shame on me. This is what happens when you spend all day sightseeing, get back and just want something to eat.

Monday morning was City Bakery (planned - and yay) and lunch was Birreria (planned). Monday night, again, tired, and since I knew Bar Americain was nearby we went there.

Tuesday AM we just had to go back to Doughnut Plant and this time went to their 23rd street location and then ate a few in the park near the Flatiron Bldg. Those were 50 dollar doughnuts. 24 in cabs and 26 for doughnuts and coffee/chai. Ouch. We made it back in time to get the cab to Grand Central Station for our HV portion of this trip.

Back on Friday - and I am definitely using the recos here. Our time Friday afternoon/Saturday will be mostly Hilton area and north since we did so much to the south already. We didn't have pizza yet, though, so we might have to venture south at least once...

BTW we did walk through Chelsea Market but since we had just eaten at City Bakery and had the Birreria planned as well we didn't eat a thing there. That would be a good place for meals though.

Thank you again for all the great tips. Even if I don't use all recos this time, I will be coming back to this thread for subsequent trips, too.

ps. although if anyone has a really good pastry shop reco near Central Park South we'd love that because I can see another breakfast being a walk with pastries and coffee... :)

Sep 18, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Hilton Head Island area foodie places?

I can confirm it's quite good. Not cheap though - you'll pay DC area prices, easily.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Southeast

Hilton Head Island (HHI) - Report on Food

I thought an update was in order. While HHI and Bluffton had dismal restaurants in 2007, the food scene has improved drastically since then. It's still not Charlston or Savannah, but they have upped their game considerably.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Southeast

First visit to Savannah

You've got a great list. Not sure what else you are looking for?

Crystal Beer Parlor is fun with good food, I would go back.

I've heard Local 11 Ten is fantastic, but haven't been yet. Two different friends with excellent taste raved about it, so there's that.

The NOLA place on the riverfront is decent and has an outdoor patio if you want that.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Southeast

Driving from Pittsburgh to Hilton Head, good food cities along the way?

Town House Restaurant in Chilhowie, Virginia, would have been a good choice but apparently it closed. It was a destination restaurant out in the middle of no-where.

ps. once in Bluffton/Hilton Head/Savannah you will be spoiled for choices.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Southeast

Where to eat in Bluffton??? (Staying at Inn at Palmetto Bluff)

Neo is fairly new and is a great choice.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Southeast

Brunch in NYC, near High Line.

This sounds fantastic.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

OMG! You go to Peru for 36 hours and look what is waiting for you when you get home. I'm putting my big THANK YOU up near the top so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle. Still getting used to the embedded replies which seem to start their own little side conversations.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

New restaurant in Lima: IK.

Lima has become quite the food destination over the past decade. I went with my team to a brand-spanking-new restaurant on Monday night. This was a quickie business trip, I don't live in Lima.

It was called IK (ee-kah) and is only two weeks old. It's the initials of the owner/chef who died in December and his brother is carrying on the torch for him - left his own restaurant in Barcelona to run this one in Lima.

Apparently the owner/chef and some of the team came from El Bulli if I am not mistaken. I didn't quite get the whole story but I found this below.

http://www.peruthisweek.com/food-ivan...

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

Thank you. We are all so glad Mom is doing so well.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

Whoa! Thank you Kathryn. Lots of fantastic ideas. How to narrow it down to so few meals though!

And thanks for the HV reco too. I made rez at the CIA, I will now make rez at the place you mentioned.

David, thank you as well.

Aug 04, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

My Mom isn't the most adventurous eater. I don't think 8 would fly. Now, if we're talking blinis, that's one thing - she'd be all over that. But chicken feet, etc. - no way.

I visited Toloache with a friend after a play a year or so ago. Yep, it was loud. We did sit on the main level.

Aug 04, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Very Casual Italian Restaurant Suggestions for Sunday Evening

Hi,

If I could butt into this thread with a question of my own...

I've been to i trulli and liked it, so there's that.. it's Apulian, yes (trulli?)...?

Of any of the above in this list, have you had killer ravioli in a butter / sage sauce at any of them? And who makes the best bolognese sauce, in your opinion?

Many thanks.

Aug 04, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

Thank you for the recos. I know of a few places nearby that we will dine - Toloache, for one.

I probably should have mentioned - I'm not into the touristy places (Eataly, notwithstanding, we have to visit) and Mom's more or less up for anything but seafood.

I was thinking of "what pizza place can we just not miss" etc.

Our last visit together was just a weekend and we went to Bouley's and also Balthazar. I'm thinking that our lunches will likely be near the current site visited and breakfast and dinner could be wherever. For instance, we will be hauling our butts down to City Bakery one morning for sure.

Thanks again for all thoughts.

ps. Maze - will check it out. For some reason I think I've been to Rue 57 before.

Our last visit had us at the Michelangelo which is more or less the same 'hood.

EDIT AGAIN:

I did some digging, someone had a nice list of what they consider to be ten food experiences to aim for:

1. A bagel with Nova and a schmear.
2. A slice (of Pizza, silly)
3. Jewish deli food
4. A steak house
5. Something from a street vendor
6. An expensive power-scene restaurant
7. A hip and swank new place that is turning out cutting edge food for beautiful people
8. Odd ethnic food that is only found in NY or the original country. (Check the boards!)
9. An old, crusty, NY establishment
10. That one only-in-New-York restaurant that you've always dreamed of going to.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/213576

I would probably knock off 4 6 7 and 8.

Aug 04, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

Thank you so much Charles and Rottyguy!

We will take it easy on the "bad for you, but so good, foods". Maybe those places will be just a visit and a taste instead of an actual meal. Or she can taste what I order, and we'll get something better for herself.

Aug 04, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

Good morning

This is a celebration trip that I have planned. I want it to be special for my Mom.

I am taking her on a week long visit to NYC (with three nights in the Hudson Valley). She had a really rough year - diagnosed with breast cancer just a few weeks before her 71st birthday (by the time of our September arrival it will be just about one year since her diagnosis) and had to deal with three surgeries and then chemo. Her last chemo was March 15 and she's doing great. Her energy is back and she's eating with gusto.

I have been taking her on annual trips to Europe with me for the past several years but I figured something closer to home might be nice - no jet lag to contend with.

So: where to eat? I visit NYC usually 1-2X a year (I live in metro DC) but those tend to be weekend trips and many times theater menus.

We won't be leaving Manhattan with our five nights which means 5 breakfasts and five dinners, and four lunches. Snacking too!

When I think of NYC I think of pizza and bagels and delis. That sort of thing. But, where to go to get them? And what else says "New York"?

We are staying at the Hilton on 53rd, and will probably be all over the map - the Frick, the Neue Galerie, the UN, the Met, the Tenement Museum, the Highline, Soho, etc. I tend to doubt we will go much above 86th street, though (although if the food is amazing, we might!).

Thank you for any thoughts.

Aug 04, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Philadelphia Mike's in Reston is closed?

OK, thanks. At least there are options. I will check out Jimmy's and The Deli.

Hudson Valley farmer markets - also in NYC itself (below Central Park)

Thank you everyone, I've noted the comments. Will hit up Union Square for sure.

Jun 21, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Philadelphia Mike's in Reston is closed?

Oh woe is me! I hardly ever leave the Town Center at lunch, and today was the day I had the chance to do so - I was hankering for a good slobbery cheesesteak.

They are gone! Did they move? Why did they close?

Where do you go in the Reston/Sterling/Herndon/Ashburn area for good cheesesteak sandwiches?

Good Sunday brunch which is "like" Masa 14 but that "is not" Masa 14

Thank you again everyone, we went to El Centro. To be honest I wasn't as impressed with the food as at Masa 14. Too heavy.

We were in the basement, which was great for talking, but so dark you literally could not see the food very well. To me, the food mostly tasted the same and I wonder how much of that was not being able to see it - maybe you need to see food as well as smell it to get anything out of it.

I would not put this high on the list to return. Now that we have a great list of brunch places, though (and thank you so much) we are going to work our way through them. Zengo soon...

Hudson Valley farmer markets - also in NYC itself (below Central Park)

Hi

I will be in NYC and the Hudson Valley in the fall, for one week, with my Mom.

We'd both like to hit at least one farmer's market in the city and in the Hudson Valley.

Any tips on really good ones?

Our HV stay will be Tuesday-Friday, with the two weekends in NYC itself.

Many thanks.

Beth

Jun 20, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Good Sunday brunch which is "like" Masa 14 but that "is not" Masa 14

Thank you everyone. I will start googling these places tonight... :)

Good Sunday brunch which is "like" Masa 14 but that "is not" Masa 14

I love everything about Masa 14 Sunday brunch - except for the noise levels. Which other DC brunch spots have a similar sort of brunch - keep 'em coming small plates and drinks?

I don't even mind the noise levels at Masa 14 when the total party is 4 people. You still have to talk loudly to be heard but they are right next to you or in front of you.

I am, however, planning a brunch with 8 of us, total. And from past experience, no matter how good the food and limitless drinks are, it's an intolerable situation for trying to maintain conversations among all 8 people - even though the table is only 4 across from 4.

The last time we tried that, I simply could not hear people who were just two seats down from me - and I was in a middle seat, not an end seat. Even worse for those on the ends who can't talk (or listen to) half the table.

I was possibly thinking about Oyamel or Estadio, maybe, although I'm not sure if their brunch is like that or not.

I will be with friends who really enjoy a wide varieties of food which is another reason we like Masa 14 - lots to choose from and you can order them all. Bummer about the noise levels. I think it has more to do with the cement floors/tabletop materials than just the people because naturally it's nice to be around that much energy.

Many thanks.

Jean Georges, lunch, not a seafood fan (alternatives?)

Good morning

Very infrequent poster here.

I am heading to NYC with some friends to see Driving Miss Daisy in early April. We have decided to have a nice leisurely lunch instead of dealing with pre-theater dinners - likely a cocktail before the show and then a dinner after.

I hear so many good things about it, but then in reviewing the lunch menu it looks seafood-heavy. Not a big seafood fan. Take the plunge anyway?

If I'm going to be disappointed, any of similar quality but less seafood specific that you would recommend instead?

Many thanks.

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Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Mar 13, 2011
flygirl in Manhattan

Old Town eats - foodie but not spendy

Hi

A bunch of Burbs girls are heading to Old Town tomorrow for lunch and would like to have some "un-suburban" fare that isn't spendy.

Any suggestions? Up to 30 bucks a head including tax/tip is fine.

Thanks!

Vidalia, Komi, or Restaurant Kolumbia

thanks everyone. What would you order at RK, or Vidalia? anything special?

I have given up on Komi for tonight..

Vidalia, Komi, or Restaurant Kolumbia

of the three, which ones could we get away WITHOUT making a reservation?

Vidalia, Komi, or Restaurant Kolumbia

thank you!

I agree, I love Corduroy. I haven't been to the three above and I'd like to try one.

we are both 40. (but young hip and single 40!) (despite living in Ashburn!) (really!)

Vidalia, Komi, or Restaurant Kolumbia

Hi all

I live in Ashburn and don't get to DC nearly as often as I used to. I am meeting a friend who is coming into town this afternoon. She will be at the University Club near 16th and M. I think we are going to try one of the above. which would be your top choice?

thanks.