Finally making this trip which has been waiting to happen for quite some time now. Last time I was in NYC was in April of 2005 and did not do much eating. So, this time I am going to do it right. This trip has only one purpose, and that is to eat and do only that. Also important, I will be making this trip solo and will be doing most of my eating solo as well.
I have been monitoring these boards as well as the Outer Borough boards daily for the past few months and have been taking notes and doing my research. I have also been reading other NYC food specific online blogs and sites so I feel pretty darn up to speed as well as very hungry. I will be staying in Prospect Heights in Brooklyn but figured I would post here because I will probably spend most of my time eating and exploring in Manhattan. But, I will go out of the way to anywhere if worthy so feel free to give me recommendations not limited to Manhattan. I will be using public transportation the whole trip.
I would like all of your help with some narrowing down of the restaurants as well as some advice on the hierarchy between some common spots.
I plan on eating every meal out, as well as some snack-age in between. Budget is very open and not restricted but I would like some variation in there so not $$$$ every meal.
First, I would like to mention that I already snagged my reservation to Eleven Madison Park on Thursday the 10th in the evening. Very excited about this one.
Here is a list of the places I am really interested in:
-Clinton Street Baking Company
-Russ and Daughters(Is there an overall favorite of the smoked fishes here or are they all good? Favorite bagel sandwich?)
-Pies 'N' Thighs
-Momofuku Ssam or Ko? Both?(Never been to a Chang spot and was wondering if the price for Ko at lunch is worth it or should I eat at Ssam for the first time? The food at both sound really great)
-Spotted Pig or The Breslin?( I am leaning a bit more towards Breslin)
-Xian Famous Foods
-NoMad(Still worth checking out even though I am going to EMP?)
-Motorino, Keste, DiFara,Co., ???(If you had to choose 2 places for pizza in NY where would it be?)
-Shake Shack(I know I know but I feel like I need to try it once)
-Minetta Tavern(Black Label Burger)
-Mile End Delicatessen
-Best Italian currently?(Was looking at Babbo, Lincoln, Scarpetta, Ai Fiori, A Voce, Del Posto, Marea. Never been to Babbo or any of his places so I was thinking Babbo might be a must? What's second?)
-WD-50(Still worth it?A la carte or tasting?)
-Torrisi Italian Specialties
-Jungsik(After reading all of the great reviews on here I feel like its a must go. Nothing like it in SF)
-Chefs Table at Brooklyn Fare(I know its in Brooklyn and that they only take parties of 2 and 4 but does anyone know a secret for a solo diner to get in there last minute? And is it really that good?)
-Blanca(Same as above^)
What is your current cant miss/absolute favorites? Besides EMP, what would be your next top two fine dining places?
Is there an overall agreement on the best right now? I have heard the best may be at:
-Momofuku Milk Bar
Favorite must stop at bakery?
I am so, so excited for this trip. Like I said, my one and only reason for the trip is to eat my way though NY so anything goes.
It's 3:15am now on the west coast so I may not have done my best listing all of the places I wish to try, so expect some more updates and questions shortly. And thank you to all who are helping me out. If anyone would like to join me for any of these outings just let me know and I would be thrilled.