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London Chowhound coming to NYC again (long)

Ibrahim.Salha | | Aug 3, 2011 01:49 PM

Hello there New York City 'hounds! Long time no post on this board. In fact, the last time was nearly two years ago when I returned from this trip: (I posted photos of what I ate here, if you can't be bothered to read that thread / want to see some food porn:


I'll be coming back in September from the 13th to the 20th.

I've got a long list of places which I've noted down and consider interesting - some of which I've been to before and enjoyed enough to want to eat there again.

I'll be coming over from London with my girlfriend and we're both in our early twenties, and can finally drink in the US (yes!). Not sure what sort of food I'm NOT interested in, but I guess we can rule out Indian (it's pretty good here), Middle Eastern (I'm Lebanese) and neither of us really has much of a tolerance for spicy food…I guess that's it?

Budget: doesn't matter apart from where noted. Not saying this while swimming around in gold coins as if I'm Scrooge McDuck, but we can spend a lot of money when we want to, but we are also into good cheap eats so I've included places to cater for all budgets, though bear in mind that we do appreciate variety. Location also doesn't matter - we'll go everywhere (will also consider posting on the Outer Boroughs board for recs outside of Manhattan but have included some below). No idea where we're staying yet...think either East Village or Williamsburg maybe?

Here goes:

Tuesday 13th September 2011:
Lunch - Slice of pizza somewhere (enjoyed Joe's, NY Pizza Suprema and Patsy's East Harlem last time)
Dinner - Shake Shack

Lunch - Part of RGR's LES tour again (Katz's, Russ and Daughters mainly)
Dinner - Momofuku Ko OR Kyo Ya for kaiseki OR another place with an interesting tasting menu for around the same price (need some help here - realise the difficulties [still difficult?] of getting a Ko reservation, and have read up quite extensively on here and other sites about what I'd be getting with each place but still can't decide…some more opinions please! We prefer easy-going service if that makes a difference. In fact, if you want to recommend another high-end place with a tasting menu which shouldn't be missed then by all means go ahead)

Breakfast - Clinton Street Bakery OR Shopsin's (didn't make it down to the latter last time and I still really want to go, but also don't mind not being shouted at while eating breakfast, so the former could suit, even if we had to wait. Any other good breakfast options?)
Lunch - Red Hook Lobster Pound OR Luke's Lobster OR another good lobster roll place (I'm guessing it won't be as good as the stuff I had in Maine, but I really want a lobster roll)
Dinner - Minetta Tavern

Lunch - Del Posto (we have pretty decent Italian in London but their set lunch seems great value...worth it?)
Dinner - Peter Luger OR Keens OR another steak house? (Once again I think I know the differences between Peter Luger and Keens, but what's the best for all-round experience? Is there a better steakhouse right now than these two that I should be looking at?)

Lunch - Smorgasburg
Dinner - Ramen place of some sort: Momofuku Noodle Bar OR Ippudo OR somewhere else?

Lunch / Brunch - Fette Sau OR RUB BBQ OR another BBQ place (went to Fette Sau last time and thought it was alright, but I think my friend ordered badly as a lot of people still seem to reckon it's the best you're going to do for BBQ in a city which isn't regarded for it's low and slow cooking. Thoughts? Josh Ozersky seems to like RUB, I've watched a few of his videos on the place and it looks decent. I know some will say the best option is to skip BBQ altogether but I'm pretty sure anything we get in NYC will be better than London's offerings)
Dinner - Mark Burger (I really like a good review in A Hamburger Today. Any other good sliders in the city, apart from at Shopsin's?)

Lunch - Motorino OR Paulie Gee's
Dinner - Torrisi Italian Specialties

Breakfast - I guess we can use this final breakfast to go to Clinton Street or Shopsin's, depending on what we do for breakfast on the Thursday. Unless there are other places that you guys really rate for breakfast, of course...
Lunch - Sushi of some sort would be good - anywhere downtown which is great quality and isn't obscenely expensive? Say $60pp for some good nigiri?

Other considerations: walking around Eataly and seeing what's good; Otafuku for takoyaki as a snack; Prosperity Dumpling; Burger Garage (Long Island City); Smashburger; Steak N Shake (if their NYC location is open by September); Baohaus; Halal cart on 53rd and 6th; JG Melon.

Thanks a lot in advance!

208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Kyo Ya
94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

Momofuku Ko
163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Prosperity Dumpling
46 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

236 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Torrisi Italian Specialties
250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010