Hi guys ! I'm going to be going to NY on a biz trip for 7 yummy days, and I'm busily compiling my dine list. Its been 10 years since I've been to NYC and a couple of matters of dining etiquette I need the help from the friendly New Yorkers
I'm pretty comfortable dining out alone when I get sent to Beijing, Seoul, Singapore and other parts of Asia, but who know how an American maitre d' will react when I rock up with a "table for 1 please" request. For example, will I get a table at Peter Luger's or Keens right next to the gents room ? Do i need to make reservations ? Some places just don't like giving up a whole table for a bill for 1. Single females usually get left alone in Asia, but if I'm at the bar at corner bistro for a beer and burger by myself, will I look like I'm trying to pickup ?
Tipping etiquette - I'm told 10-15% is the way to go for everything if you don't want your change thrown back at you. This is for everything ? pushcarts ? cabs ? a sit down meal ? takeaway food from a counter ?
Here is my list for the moment
Peter Luger / Keens
I'm looking for good ol Americana - no fusion japanese, sichuan, thai (why get it in NY when its at my doorstep in Asia ?). However I am missing a couple of items I want to get down my gullet before flying out.
A really good Pecan Pie
And a good hot dog pushcart for lunch like the sort Liz Lemon goes to on 30 rock (omg i'm such a tourist). Work is near Lexington & 59th so anywhere close by for lunch would be good.
Suggestions ? anything missing from my list ? Calories are not an issue