My friend and I are going to New York for the first time and we are looking for your guys help to pick places to go. I have read quite a few posts and will try to be as specific as possible and ask to the point questions. Here goes nothing!
The financials and basics:
We have decided that it may be cheaper to just do lunches at more expensive restaurants to still get top notch food but with a lunch special budget. For these days, we were thinking about keeping it anywhere from $30-$50 per person, including drinks. For dinner, we were thinking of some places that may have decent drink specials as well as reasonable food prices around $20-$30, not including the drinks. Keep in mind that we are hoping to budget maybe two expensive splurge lunches or dinners and spend about $150-$180, which will be explained later.
I figured if I threw out some favorite dishes, then some suggestions about which restaurant(s) would be geared towards this particular dish.
Specifics- Macaroni and Cheese (upscale and traditional mom-style), Hamburgers (particularly burgers of the black and blue style or with some sort of goat cheese), Lasagna (traditional style), cupcakes (red velvet and anything peanut butter inspired), Sushi (mainly into delicious roes or fancy roes), Pizza (a place that offers a nice thick sweet sauce and a place that offers a more acrid or tangy sauce and thick crust and mainly meat toppings), general tso’s/tsu’s chicken (needs to have a nice sweet and spicy sauce), Crab Ragoons (something a little on the sweet side), enchiladas (basic simple mole like a gravy but not green chili or red sauce),tiramisu (nice light and fluffly), Goat cheese inspired appetizers (not only those with bread points), any dessert containing peanut butter, quesadillas (something that contains different mixes of cheese outside of the shredded blend), black and white cookies, amazing bagels (with cream cheese or breakfast bagels with cheese and meat), chicken ( just a staple food and really any dish), medium/mild heat of spices, looking for some modern takes on food, looking for some traditional foods that have just been perfected.
Ideas and thoughts on places we’ve found online-
Is the luxury chocolate tour worth it? We both enjoy chocolate and want to enjoy a great experience!
Is the Greenwich village food tour worth it?
Where are the best places to do a menu tasting that reasonable and worth the expense ($150-$180 each). Also, when doing something like this is do you have to have a reservation, sorry still new to all of this? We were thinking either American foods, Italian, or French inspired foods.
Finally, we are staying in the northern part of Greenwich Village and just a few blocks shy of Chelsea on the Westside. If you can give any extra insight into little breakfast places (cheap prices but good quantity/quality), lunch (just great places), dinner (must tries), bars (with decent specials and not sports bars), and bakeries.
Thank you in advance for all of your help!! I have been blown away by how many people write and help others on here.