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First-Timer...Looking for a Critique of my Meal Choices

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First-Timer...Looking for a Critique of my Meal Choices

HTownCowboy | Dec 4, 2009 07:51 PM

Hi guys....I've posted before (a big rambling one with little info for you to work with), but now I think I am very, very close to nailing down my eating plan! Still need your help though as I am a little nervous about screwing something up.

My gf and I are coming in for New Years and spending a couple of days with friends and a couple to ourselves. My only job is to pick out our food (except for cupcakes...she loves cupcakes and has her places to visit for that).

We are looking for a food experience.....we are not exactly foodies. More like wanna-be foodies, and this is our chance to experience the best of the best - within our budget anyway. One thing we definitely want to try is a tasting menu. Another is street food.

So far....I have booked a reservation at Scarpetta for our final night in town (Saturday Jan 2nd). Babbo was my first choice, but after 45 minutes on the phone, I gave up. I am perfectly fine with Scarpetta as my first alternate though - unless there is some strong dissent from you guys. For Friday's dinner, I'm torn.....I have a reservation at Nougatine (seemed to have a nice $68 prix fixe), but am wondering if I should just bite the budget bullet and upgrade to Jean Georges....it could be years before I return to NYC after all! Another thought was Degustation. Leaning towards something more French however.

For lunches....had thought about Shake Shack on the UWS....possibly Momfuku Noodle Bar....and the street food angle. Trying to keep the lunches very reasonable and splurge more on dinners.

Looking for some place to eat on New Year's Eve lunch without messing with large crowds and wait staff angry at working on the Eve.....at a total loss here.

Thanks for any help and guidance you can give!

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