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Trip Report & now going back & need recs

GoChow | | Sep 2, 2009 05:35 PM

Hello. I managed to scour these board prior to my trip a few months ago and this is what I "accomplished" in a week:
Day 1
Katz's Deli - Pastrami on Rye
Russ and Daughters - Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Bagel
Doughnut Plant - Creme Brulee, PBJ, Blackout Cake Doughnuts
Otto - Margherita Pizza, Pasta and it was the gelato that blew me away - Creme Fraiche, Olive Oil and Pistachio
Day 2
Sushi Yasuda - sublime. It was sockeye salmon season so that was very good.
Went back to Otto for the gelato - Meyer Lemon Blackberry Swirl, Salty Caramel
Day 3
Shake Shack - burger was just meeh IMHO but the custard was very tasty
Day 4
Cafe Un Deux Tres for lunch - it was close to hotel. Food was good
Had cheesesteaks @ Yankee game. So so food.
Day 5
Ssam Bar - interesting dishes although it didn't all work for me
Crif Dogs - deep fried dogs, what is there not to love?
Rice to Riches - I found it way too sweet
Day 6
Balthazar for Brunch
Cafe Habana - grilled corn rolled in butter and cheese. Why did I not think of that before?
Spotted Pig - fried pigs ears, cheese stuffed dates (yummy)
Day 7
Halal Cart on 53rd and 6th
Day 8
Shopsin's - sliders and mac and cheese pancakes
Doughnut Plant - got doughnuts to go
left for airport (I know...last hurrah)

Now I am coming back to your lovely city yet again. I was hoping to get some feedback and also some recommendations as well. I will be around for 6 nights and here is what I have so far:

Getting in Tuesday around 2pm. I am going to be dining solo on all.
Thinking of going to Co. for a late lunch
I have theater tix
I have late dinner reservations at Degustation

Wed - Lower East Side
I am thinking of going to Clinton Street Baking Company for breakfast as I have reservations at the Tenement Museum
Lunch - Shopsin's again? Any other places nearby that is quick and good?
Snacks-pre theater?
I have theater tix then I do have late dinner at Perilla

Thurs-FiDi/Wall Street
Any early breakfast places and a quick lunch nearby or should I head to Chinatown?
I have a couple of tours around Wall Street area then I am heading to Brooklyn/DUMBO area to see the bridge from the Brooklyn side. Is it worth to go to Grimaldi's? I am a frequent chowhound reader and I know the must eats in Brooklyn are Di Fara and Peter Luger. I have been told that they are not close to where I am at though. Any suggestions?

If not Di Fara's or Peter Luger, anything I am missing for dinner that is a must try and not hard to get reservations the day/night of?

Friday - I have lunch reservations at Jean Georges

Saturday - US Open

Sunday - I am hoping to walk in to Babbo when they open.

Whew. Sorry this post is long. I have been a long time chowhound reader but first time poster. Any suggestions, corrections will be appreciated.