Hi, Los Angeles hound here, we have visited NYC several times over the past decade. We're familiar with the city, subway system and have no problems walking a lot. Our last visit was in 2009 and we received some great suggestions in my specific question. Link here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/594579 Much thanks to everyone on that thread, with a special shout out to Kathryn. I can't find my trip report post, I could have sworn I posted one. I found a rough draft in my laptop but I did remember having computer problems after my return and maybe I never got it up, apologies if that happened. I'm a big believer in posting reports.
We're arriving at Penn station on a Monday early evening and leaving for JFK mid evening Friday. Staying in LES. We might devote a day to Brooklyn and Luger's but not sure yet.
Anyway, I saved some notes from that 2009 thread and have done some recent research. We prefer food that are hard to find outside NYC. We have some standbys for every trip, Katz's, Russ and Daughters, Pommes Frites, Chickalicious, pizza, egg creams, hot dogs, that kind of stuff. We've done RGR's self walking tour, that was a lot of fun.
Our usual m.o. Is to compile a list for areas of town. That way as we wander around, we have options when the mood hits us. We're used to eating at off hours to avoid crowds and make reservations as needed. Budget, prefer to keep it at $100 for two before tax, tip and alcohol, but can go up to $150 or a bit more if food is worth it.
In addition to the standbys, last trip we really enjoyed Irving Mill and Momofuku bar. The afghan kebab place was also great and worked out really well around the museum visit. Thanks to Pan for that suggestion.
Below is the current list of new or only visited once places I have and would appreciate any feedback.
Cafe D'alsce (had this in 2009 and really liked it
Near Murray's Cheese
Faicco Pork Store
Keen's (if we don't make it to Luger's)
Is Prune still worth a visit? We liked it back in 09 but that was before her book came out. Not sure if it's too packed now and if the kitchen gets overwhelmed.
Thanks in advance for any help. It's always a treat visiting NY and being able to wander the city, enjoy the great art, theater and food with a great subway system to help us get around.