Hi hounds. Just a follow-up to my original post.
We had a lovely time and except for one horrendous incident with my son it was overall a successful trip. We arrived in town around noon so we got settled in at the Hilton and my husband went to his business meeting while my son and I went to BRASSERIE JO for lunch. They immediately brought crayons and a sleeve of bread and we were all set until the lunch came. Not earth shattering but a nice lunch and the place was big enough that we could sit far enough from the main group. We then headed out to the Public Gardens and spent hours at the Tadpole Playground and ride on the Swan Boat and we were eager for dinner.
My son was looking incredibly dapper (as commented by several observers) and we headed out to EASTERN STANDARD for dinner. The drinks are amazing and the Whiskey Smash was the absolute best out of several we tried. I loved the decor and as much as I originally wanted to compare it to Balthazar, except for the menu, it was different. I'm a stickler for proper lighting in restaurants and it was perfect. We started our meal with the bone marrow and salt cod fritters. Both good but have had better bone marrow at other places. For dinner I had the duck confit and hubby had the beef bourginone (sp). Both entrees very nice but the drinks were rocking it! My son had a side of macaroni and cheese which I tasted and thought it was very average. We didn't make it to dessert b/c of the worst possible scenario which I'm still in utter shock over but will only share and say that the staff at ES was unbelievable helpful and professional. I called management the very next day and will write them a letter yet again expressing my gratitude (on my work's letterhead to give it a little more cache) and will leave my trip report on ES at that.
On the way back to the hotel we stopped by JP Licks and had some ice cream. Good not great.
Late breakfast-early lunch at BRASSERIE JO again and we headed off to the Aquarium. My son wouldn't stop chasing the seals back and forth outside of the Aquarium and we could have saved ourselved $40 bucks but that wouldn't be right. After spending several hours looking at fish that wasn't going to be on my plate we decided we needed a much needed break and went to SEL DE LA TERRE. We just took a table (with the leather seats) by the bar and had a mid-afternoon snack (the flatbread with bacon and caramalized onion) and several glasses of wine and beer. That was the perfect siesta break for two exhausted parents and headed back for more fish and seals.
Dinner time. ANTICO FORNO. I love this place. It's so simple and good and I have yet to have Linguine and Clams this good. We have several places in NYC that cooks primarily with the brick oven and I've yet to see anyone do what they do with this dish. Peasant in Manhattan is close but not the same. Anyway, I couldn't eat the dish fast enough and our only complaint was that we wished it was made with a little more pasta. We also started our meal with the fried calamari but I didn't care for the aioli sauce. My son slept through most of the meal and woke up just as we were ordering our Limeoncello's so he quickly devoured his pasta dish and we enjoyed eating most of our meal in adult silence.
More ice cream. We stopped at Emack and Bolio's if only for location. Good not the best.
Last day we just slept in and headed back to Antico Forno for lunch and stopped by Mike's pastry for some goodies to bring home. I preferred going to Modern but let my husband get his way, if only once this trip.
Thanks for hanging in there and your recommendations. I am already deciding on my eating itinerary when we go to Vegas in November....sans the kids!!!