I used to live in the city from '99 - '03 but it has been over 6 years since I have lived out of state. My husband and I are coming up to celebrate our 1 year anniversary and I would love some suggestions. I used to be much more familiar with the restaurant scene but I am very out of practice! As much as I would love to splurge, we can't do any of the super-expensive top of the line places on this trip.
Here's what I am looking for:
Friday lunch - (solo) quick lunch near Grand Central before I take the Metro North to Westchester to visit a friend.
Saturday night- dinner with friends. Not sure if I get to choose, but I would like to have some suggestions ready. They live on UWS, but would be open to other neighborhoods too.
Sunday brunch - UWS with baby. My default is Sarabeth's - anything else worth trying? I have been to 5 Points downtown on another trip an enjoyed that very much. Maybe something similar...
Monday - dinner to celebrate anniversary, under $150 check (we're not drinkers). Last trip we went to Little Owl and loved it. I eat anything but husband is less adventurous. Need somewhere with a steak/shortrib type option on the menu but NOT a steakhouse. We have plenty of those here in Miami.
Tuesday - free day to get some treats. Last trip I discovered the Momofuku pork bun and loved it. Might have to go back! Feel free for any bakery or unique to NYC suggestions.