After many months of stalking these boards and doing other research it's coming to crunch time to make some reservations for a trip to your city in mid june! We are London foodies (regulars on the UK board) coming over for 6 nights with 4 nights in Chicago sandwiched in the middle.
We're late 20's - food is a big priority for us so I'm investing quite a bit of time into this side of the planning! In terms of taste we're pretty open minded - we have a good variety of stuff in London especially French, Spanish, Gastropub and Indian. I'd like to focus on the stuff we can't get back home so a lot of the US/NYC classics as well as any other international foods NYC excels in. I also love Italian (clean fresh options rather than the heavy/stodgy end of things) and seafood - especially shellfish.
Another big factor for us is to find good fun buzzy places - not necessarily glitzy but somewhere with a good atmosphere and energy - not keen on hushed reverence or empty spots.
Also, we are currently hugely sun-starved over here so the idea of places out in the open or at least in 'summery' spots is rather appealing! Hopefully mid-june will be hot but not too humid for some al fresco dining?
We'll be based in an apartment in the West Village (Charles Street) so also always good to have a few local gems up our sleeves if lethargy takes over.
The itinery is currently something like this (alarms already set for the EMP/Babbo reservations):
Day 1 (Wed)
Lunch - Katz
Dinner- John Dory Oyster Bar
Bar - Good rooftop bar nearby?
Day 2 (Thurs)
(early start for ESB)
Breakfast - Penelope
Lunch - Shake Shack
Dinner - EMP/Babbo (Scarpetta back up if Babbo doesn't work out)
Bar - Little Branch/Employees only
Day 3 (Fri)
Breakfast- Russ & Daughters
Lunch - Ippudo
Dinner - Momofuku Ssam
Bar - Death&Co/PDT
Day 4 (Sat)
Lunch- Union Sq Market picnic / Peurto Rican day parade festivities
Dinner- Spotted Pig
Day 5 (Thurs)
Lunch - Johns of Bleekers
Dinner - [undecided]
Day 6 (Fri)
Breakfast Perhaps Clinton Street
Lunch Burger joint/Xian Famous foods/Halal cart (maybe) - may leave this slot free for last day wandering.
Dinner- EMP/Babbo (which ever we didn't get for Day 2)
Key areas I feel I'm missing are Sushi/Japanese and some ethnic spots - maybe Thai or Indonesian? Babbo/EMP are probably our high-end meals covered so our budget for the other nights is more like $80/head including drink/tax/tip. The sushi recommendations I've seen like Yasuda and 15 East seem a notch or two above this - any good spots which are more mid-ranged? Again, atmosphere is a big plus for us - I sometimes find sushi spots in London can be a little temple like.
Many thanks for your help - hopefully I can help some of you on the UK boards going forward.