My husband so enjoyed his visit to NYC late January (thanks to your great suggestions) that he has invited his two friends and their wives to join us the last weekend in March. Most are not planners, and, the folks from Florida don't want to stand in line and prefer making reservations. This is the first time that we have traveled together so really need your help. We want this to go well and we already know that have some food issues (me--gluten, hubbie--milk products), as well as a wide variety of food preferences represented. Our friends want Italian, and "ethnic." I love French, and the ladies liked the idea of both Bouley's and Bar at the Modern. The guys prefer more casual places.
We have made three reservations (Bouley's, Locanda Verde, Tolache) and really welcome your suggestions. We will be staying at the Wyndham near Penn Station.
It has taken us several weeks of email and phone discussions to get this far. You will love this--my hubbie said "not French" and then I pointed out to him that the wonderful place that he enjoyed so much the end of January--Bar at the Modern--is Alsatian French. Our friends from Florida have heard of it, so that is definitely on our list.
The ladies have overcome the guys anxiety about Bouley's and Bar at the Modern but we now need more casual, less expensive places so they don't grump too much. The guys wouldn't mind food trucks, diners etc. but as I said, one of the wives doesn't want to stand in line and they are from Florida so the weather will seem cold to them.My husband hates crowds so don't know whether Eataly is even something to consider.
After checking several of your earlier suggestions for italian pre-theater (some wouldn't reserve for a party of six, some wouldn't take any reservations, some got so-so reviews or were too expensive etc.), we decided to fit Italian into another meal
Here is our tentative itineary:
2:30 pm lunch at Bouley's
Pick up soup/salad at Whole Foods or similar?
Broadway musical tickets at 8 pm
100th anniversary of Shirtwaist Factory fire in Greenwich Village?
Walk/shop Bleecker Street?
1:30 pm lunch at Locanda Verde (Del Posto lunch is unavailable)
Free museum hours 4-8 pm
8 pm dinner at Bar at the Modern
Visit Ellis Island?
5:30 pm dinner at Tolache
Broadway shows at 8 pm
Self-guided walking tour in LES
So, we need breakfast suggestions for Friday & Sat, suggestions for Italian for Friday or Saturday (is Locanda Verde worth traveling to after Greenwich Village?), suggestions for picnic stuff we can take to Ellis Island (buy along Bleecker street the day before?). If Chinese, where would you recommend in Manhattan? Our friends are not interested in going to the suburbs.
Thanks so much.
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