I am about a month out from a trip to NYC (last week of March) and am putting together my list of places to hit. I will be in the city for five days (M-F) with my boyfriend. We are two graduate students from San Diego, so we are on a bit of a budget (but we have been saving up for this trip!) and we aren't interested in finding Mexican food. We will be staying at the Hotel Chelsea (and yes we will be going to the new Doughnut Plant) and will probably be spending most of our time south of midtown. We are both fairly adventurous eaters. I may be slightly more adventurous than my boyfriend, but then I am also a vegetarian (no fish!) so that cuts possibilities down a bit. I've picked out a few nicer places I would like to hit, but then am planning on populating the rest of eating schedule with relatively cheap, mostly ethnic eats. We aren't much for wine at dinner, but love creative cocktails.
Without further ado, here's my list. Thanks in advance for any comments/substitutions/additions!
THE "NICE" PLACES
Modern Bar Room--planning on a day at MOMA, have heard great things about the cocktails here and the creative food (even for vegetarians!)
Del Posto--seems divisive on the boards, but the $29 lunch seems to make it worth checking out, and I want to try the fig and celery dessert
EMP--this will also be a lunch for budget reasons, been here before and absolutely loved it!
Locanda Verde--would like to hit their weekday breakfast, intrigued by the sheep's milk ricotta
GOOD AND REASONABLY PRICED
Murray's Bagels--seems to be the best bagel near the hotel, any other cheap breakfast in that area? I can't eat doughnuts every day!
Xian Famous Foods--skin noodles for me, hand-pulled noodles or lamb burger for my partner
Grand Sichuan--another stop to get our Chinese fix!
Pukk--friend tipped me off to their $6 lunch special, sounds like an awesome deal if we're nearby
Banh Mi Saigon--is this still considered the best banh mi in town?
Num Pang--came out of my search for creative sandwiches, good choice?
No. 7 Sandwich--really want to check out the Ace Hotel and feel like the Breslin or the John Dory aren't really going to be veg-friendly, and...I may have a thing for weird sandwiches
Mamoun's--for falafel, of course
Dumpling Crawl!--Prosperity Dumpling, Vanessa's, etc (will the Chinatown dumpling places all have veg options? some better than others?)
Chelsea Market--Amy's Bread, some tasty cheese to make a picnic on the Highline
Pizza--have been to Motorino, want to hit Keste, possibly Artichoke
Deli--boyfriend would like to go to Katz, but I don't really see much I can eat there. Any recs for a compromise?
Death and Co.--went here last time I was in town and loved it
Cienfuegos--saw it was run by the Death and Co people, thought it might be fun to go to happy hour and drink punch
Vandaag--we have both spent time in Scandinavia/Northern Europe and would really like to check out cocktails made with aquavit
Rye House--is this place any good? My boyfriend loves whiskey, particularly rye.
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