Hi all...I'll be heading out to NYC from LA this July/August for 3 nights 4 days and have composed the following list of chow places based on my semi-extensive lurking on this list. I will be with my fiancee and staying in the LES. I will be turning 30 on this trip and my girl is a year younger. Price range will range from cheap to $$$$ (i.e. $175 per person w/o drinks, tip, tax). We enjoy good flavorful food with some creative twists. Will eat most things but not too keen on offal. Our itinerary is as follows:
Arrive early a.m. and hit Shopsin's for slutty and mac n' cheese pancakes.
Afterwards, walk around and do some sightseeing and shopping until around noon.
Katz Deli - Pastrami sammich to share (and pickles) with a possible hot dog on the side.
Pre-dinner drinks at Eastside Co. Bar
Stanton Social. It is close to our hotel and are looking for some sort of trendy, not-so-serious scene with small bites.
After dinner we plan to go bar-hopping in the area and party it up until we get hungry again. For late-night eats, I was thinking we would go up to Criff dogs and try to dip into PYT for a specialty dog and some inventive cocktails. Do y'all recommend making a res for a table for such a late-night visit (around 1:00 am)?
Grab some good donuts from Doughnut Plant (cake donuts appear to be the hit on this board).
Afterwards we will head up to the MET and Central Park.
This is where it gets kind of difficult. I would like to make a res at JG for lunch but am worried about overplanning our days and not allowing for spontenous dining. Alternatively, I am considering, Shake Shack (shake burger and fries to be eaten in Central Park) or grabbing some picinic goods from Dean & Deluca or some other place so we could picinic in the Park. Suggestions?
Morimoto for trendy sushi place with good to decent food. We want to eat light at this point since we will be meeting friends for dancing, etc. afterwards.
Choices are: Corner Bistro (for a burger), Pizza slice (not sure where yet but know that Rosario's is near is our hotel - is this place decent?), or maybe Blue Ribbon.
Somewhere in the LES. Any suggestions?
Maybe a good sandwhich, a slice of pizza or some meats, cheeses, breads. On this day we do not have anything planned so we could theoretically go/eat anywhere without filling up too much.
Hoping to get a res at Babbo. Will see what happens. If that fails, maybe Scarpetta or another place.
Afterwards will grab a drink at the flatiron lounge or maybe take in the view at 230 Fifth.
Thinking Inoteca but may fill this in with a good slice or burger if we do not make those ventures earlier in the trip.
We plan to make several stops for sweets and would like to try the Momofuku Milk Bar and Sugar Sweet Sunshine. Open to other suggestions as well.
All in all, I know this list needs some work so I am hoping some of you chow experts can fill in the blanks. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance!