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First time to NYC...

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First time to NYC...

Miss Andi | Dec 31, 2007 07:58 AM

...well, for my husband at least. I've been a few times, but that was 8 and 10 years ago, on a shoestring budget. We're only in town a total of four days, and while we are hitting many tourist spots (Empire State Bldg, anyone?), we do love good food.

My goal is to hit some really great spots and mix them in with "famous" spots. After doing a few searches on the boards, I got some great jumping off points. I do, however, have a few spots left to fill in. We may just wander around fill them in (as that's what we like to do from time to time), but I'd hate to miss out on some gems. Plus, if it's too cold outside, I'm not going to want to wander around. We'd love to hit Gray's Papaya, a good deli, and have a great slice of pizza. Where we currently live is, well, restaurant-challenged.

Ok, here goes, 4 days in NYC:

Night 1:
Keen's -- Hubby and I both like steaks and wanted an institution that was tasty. Hubby is a huge scotch fan, and I read they have a great scotch bar. Thought about Peter Luger, but frankly, our flight is incredibly long, and I don't want to schlep.

Day 1:
breakfast -- Midtown East suggestions?
Lunch -- Any thoughts on good lunch around the Natural History Museum?? Is the food inside good?
Dinner -- Trying for Babbo. I use one of his cookbooks all the time, so I'd really love to try it. I know it's not everybody's top pick. We shall see. If we don't get a table/bar seat (they're already booked!), we may head to Little Italy for something tasty there.

Day 2:
breakfast -- good thoughts around midtown east-bordering west?
Lunch -- We'll probably hit the Met, the MOMA, or the Guggenheim. Any good suggestions there? Is the restaurant in the Met tasty?
Dinner -- This will depend on whether or not we go see a show. We may hit Gray's Papaya for an afternoon snack and then head to the show and on to DB Bistro for after show dinner.

Day 3:
breakfast -- something in Soho --we have some stores we'd like to hit down there.
lunch -- Nobu on Houston
Dinner - pre-Lincoln Center at Bar Boulud if it's open. If not, maybe Josephina's. Any other places to get a nice snack pre-Lincoln Center? Post-theatre, we're thinking Esca. My husband was drooling over the menu.

Day 4:
LateBreakfast-- Downtown?

Here are some things we love, love, love:
Korean Barbecue
Regular Barbecue (was thinking Hill Country if we go)
Seafood (Mary's Fish Camp sounded fun and tasty)
Chinese food of any sort
French Bistro (I think french onion soup and a glass of beaujolais is divine)
Pho (although the consensus on the boards seem to be that there isn't great Pho in Manhattan. I can get great Pho on the West Coast.)

If only they served Korean and Texas Barbecue for breakfast!!! I'm seriously wavering on DB Moderne. I think I'd rather hit a late night Chinatown spot...or Korean BBQ.

Hm, I think that's it. So many other restaurants look good, but I don't want to spent a lot of time running uptown and downtown. We'd rather eat tasty treats near where we will be actually seeing some sights.

Thanks!

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