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London 'Hound seeking list refinement, advice and tips (bit long)

Ibrahim.Salha | | May 8, 2012 12:06 PM

Hello NY Chowhounds.

I'm coming over in a couple of weeks (arrive on 23rd and leave on 31st May) with my girlfriend and my brother and I'd appreciate some help with our eating schedule/list.

Just a few things to note/questions:

- We're aged between 23-25 so we tend to lean towards places with a younger crowd but feel comfortable dining anywhere

- We're staying on East 2nd street, between 1st and 2nd

- We don't really have budgets - we've booked a few lunches at higher end/more expensive places (see below) as it seems the best value for money. We'll keep it more casual at night generally

- It's Memorial Day Weekend while we're there. What sort of effect does this have on restaurants in the city generally? Emptier? Do they close for the weekend? Any change at all?

- This might sound a silly question but… Can anyone explain Russ and Daughters, please? I have been there before and am planning on going again, but would like an outline of how it generally works. The one time we went we just went up to someone and asked for a lox bagel, which was pretty good - the fish and other components were very nice, but the bagel was pretty poor. Are you encouraged to try different slices of fish and then make a decision? What should we get if we dislike the bagels they use?

- The first night we'll want to stay reasonably close to the apartment we're staying in as we'll probably be quite tired. Redhead looks a good option. Thoughts?

- We've been to Momofuku Ssam Bar before and enjoyed it about two years ago. Is it still good for dinner? We're aware of the duck lunch, which looks fantastic, but dinner might be our best option.

- We're staying reasonably close to Clinton Street Baking Co., Prune and Shopsins, and are anticipating a wait at all three. Which is the most comfortable wait out of those three? Or is there somewhere else close-by to get pancakes etc. that isn't quite as packed as these?

- We won't actually have working phones apart from for wi-fi use. I know some places take your number down and call or text. Is there any way around this if you don't have a phone?

- Which bars should we be drinking at? I've seen mentioned: Angel's Share, Please Don't Tell, Death and Company, WD50 bar. Other good ones?

Our schedule:

23rd May (date of arrival - evening)
Dinner: Redhead / something else in the East Village

24th May
Lunch: Minetta Tavern (booked)
Dinner: Momofuku Ssam Bar

25th May
Lunch: Torrisi Italian Specialties (booked)
Dinner: Free spot = Unsure - somewhere in the East Village, perhaps? Somewhere fun, not too mobbed if possible

26th May
Lunch: Smorgasburg
Dinner: Empellon Cocina (booked)

27th May
Brunch: Clinton Street Baking Co. / Prune / Shopsins / Another East Village or LES brunch spot
Dinner: Katz's

28th May
Lunch: Free spot
Dinner: Free spot

29th May
Lunch: Del Posto (booked)
Dinner: Free spot

30th May
Lunch: Eleven Madison Park (booked)
Dinner: Free spot

31st May
Lunch: Our last lunch in New York. We'll need to be at JFK at around 4pm or so. Perhaps somewhere in the East Village where taking luggage won't be too problematic. Suggestions?

Other places we've seen and are interested in:
Paulie Gee's
Shake Shack
Crif Dogs / PDT
Mad For Chicken
Joe's Pizza
Gramercy Tavern (Tavern)
Caracas Arepa Bar

Thanks in advance :)