Group of 4 headed to the city for a friends 30th birthday. We are staying in the Upper West Side, but can travel. Need to keep our events and meals grouped together by location to make the most of our short trip. We've all been to NY before, but it's been a while and now that we are very sophisticated adults (just kidding) we want to do it right! We like all kinds of cuisine and aren't afraid of an expensive meal, but we want to be responsible and savy and make our $$ go far. I would appreciate suggestions for our meals. This is what we're thinking:
*Check in at hotel-need a quick, light lunch spot UWS
*We may check out the Museum of Natural History
*5:30 rez at Lupa
Friday (forcast calls for rain-yikes-what to do all day?):
*Pastry and Coffee near hotel?
*Head to the Financial District for WTC museum workshop
*Prix Fixe lunch somewhere like Gotham Bar & Grill or other?
*Light dinner before a show
*no real plans...thought about doing the self guided LES Food Excursion I found on chowhound
*We have rez for 6 (meeting another couple) at Ocean Grill and Sushi Samba. We want dinner to be the main event this night. Which place, or should we keep shopping?
*Need Brunch spot-preferably not too far from UWS
Any other spots we need to hit? Suggestions appreciated. Thanks, yall!