I'm visiting from Toronto and haven't been here in 6 years. Last time I was here, I was fortunate enough to sample Gramercy Tavern, Fleur de Sel, Bouley, Dim Sum Go Go, Dimple, Katz's.
This trip combines the US open with some good eating (mix of high and low end). I would appreciate feedback on my itinerary. Yes, I know I will need to pace myself during the day in order to do justice for some of the dinners, but will prioritize based on NY hound advice.
Note: Will probably get a 7-day MetroCard for the week. (Aug 26 -Sept 1)
Lunch: Pearl Oyster Bar (lobster roll)
Dinner: Get there @ 5:00 to snag a bar seat @ Babbo.
Wed. US open tennis
Early am: Patisserie Claude -- since he is retiring.
I plan to be at the Open all day and won't get out until after 8:00 or 9:00 pm if I'm lucky. In case I don't get to go to some of the places in Flushing I would like some recs for late noshing in Manhattan after 10:00 pm -- nothing too fussy: Dinosaur BBQ or Hill Country BBQ; Blue Ribbon Brasserie / Bakery; Kuma Inn; Village Yokocho; Tia Pol??
Thurs. US Open tennis
Early am: Grandaisy Bakery
Same issues as Wed. for dinner
Morning -- Russ & Daughters, Kossars' Bialys, Kees
Lunch - Jean-George
Dinner - Momofuku ssam
Morning & Lunch - Union Sq Greenmarket, Katz's, il Laboratorio del Gelato; Doughnut Planet
Dinner - Degustation
Late Snack: Veniero’s Pastry Shop (cannolis, black & white)
Morning and Lunch - Shake Shack, Patsy's Pizza (East Harlem), no time for di Fara's.
Dinner - Devi
Late Snack: Rocco's Pastry Shop (cannolis, black & white)
Mon - (Labour Day)
Before I leave for the airport around 5:30 pm:
1) Spotted Pig? Dumpling House? Dosa Man? Mandoo Bar? Sugar Sweet Sunshine?
2) Explore Trader Joe's, Dean and Delucca, Zabar's, or Chelsea Market for snacking and foodstuffs to bring home? Are these places open on Labour Day? If they aren't, please advise for best noshing on this day. I wouldn't mind strolling about and grabbing snacks for the most part, maybe hit one sit-down place. Any neighborhood in Manhattan, closer to Chelsea would be a bonus, no restrictions re: type of food or budget (however, prefer a more casual/ neighborhood atmosphere as indicated by my choices, e.g. not like a Bouley or J-G.)
US OPEN viewing in Manhatten: In case I don't get theatre tix, are there any places with good snacks that I can watch some of the US open during the evening Fri - Sun? I remember someone mentioning that one year AMEX had set up a screen in the park where Shake Shack is located. So not necessarily a sports bar, if that's possible.
Appreciate any advice - thanks.