My husband and I are heading to NY over memorial day from Friday-Tuesday. My last trip to NY was about 3 years ago so I know many openings and closings have occurred since. We tend to do more grazing when we travel as opposed to large sit down dinners so we get the chance to go to more places and experience more.
Fri/Sat nights we are staying in Midtown East at either the Omni or Marriott East Side. I have stayed in this area several times in the past so I am pretty comfortable with the neighborhood and what I can find there. We get in late Friday so am thinking we will just hit La Bateu Ivre for a late French dinner. Has anyone been to the Lebanese restaurant Naya in Midtown east? Or is there another Lebanese restaurant that you would recommend in place of it? I am 50% Lebanese and we are definitely lacking good Lebanese food (that isnt fast casual).
For Sunday/Monday nights we are staying in Soho/Tribeca (right now I think either Sheraton Tribeca or Hilton Garden Inn Tribeca). We have really just started our list but so far we have the following on it:
Aquagrill for oysters
Blue Ribbon around the corner from Aquagrill
Is a Cronut worth trying? This would only be if I was able to order online, I am not a stand in line kind of girl.
Babbo- We are doing this for lunch, are we missing out if we don't do dinner there?
Balthazar- I usually just go here for some wine and an app, its just become a habit to stop
Ferrara Bakery Little Italy- This is just a tradition, I have been going here since I was 15 w/ my aunt so now I still stop by every trip
Katz's Deli and maybe Russ and Daughters
momofuku- not sure which one yet.
Pearl and Ash
We still have a lot of work to do on our list yet and would appreciate any other recommendations that you have. I know Kathryn has quite a few posts out there so I will be reviewing that as well. For this trip we plan on being relatively casual so no jacket requirements. Living in Chicago we have our share of steakhouses so unless my husband strong arms me, we won't be doing any steakhouses. One thing I haven't done before is any of the food tours as I usually kind of create my own, but are there any of them that you would recommend paying for? Any places that you local NY hounds just can't get enough of right now? Any great must visit bakeries right now?
Wine bar and creative cocktail lounges are a plus for us as well as any place we can either share something, get appetizers or small plates to continue through our "grazing" mentality although we are open to full sit down dinners as well.
Budget- Ideally we would like to keep it under $100 per not including alcohol for any sit down dinners.
I look forward to your suggestions and advise!