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What could be better than a week in NYC?

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What could be better than a week in NYC?

peppermint pate | Aug 31, 2006 05:42 PM

Well, I suppose the right answer is "two weeks in NYC" but I'll take what I can get. Returning with pleasure this September - for this trip, since we're there for longer, we've decided to book a few dinners and a couple of lunches but then wing it for the rest, armed with a shortlist of options. To give you a sense of what we like - recent favourites include Hearth, Tides, Red Cat, Sripraphai (SO worth the easy ride to Queens), Cafe Gitane, Mary's Fish Camp and Prune.

I know you guys are inundated with tourist requests on this board but I'd be grateful for your thoughts on the following (by the way, we're splitting our time between midtown and the Village but we'd travel anywhere for good chow) - what to add, subtract, special dishes, etc. - the ones we've previously been to and loved are in CAPS:

*Breakfasts*
Clinton Street Bakery
CAFE GITANE
RUSS & DAUGHTERS
Barney Greengrass
Patisserie Claude
Pastis
Cafe Habana

Do any of these have great espresso-based coffees or are there other places to suggest for this? We once went to Joe on Waverly - loved the place but found the coffee to be just so-so.

*Lunch*
Lupa (people seem to suggest lunch over dins, no?)
MARY'S FISH CAMP (or is Pearl Oyster the reigning lobster roll these days)
BANH MI SAIGON BAKERY
SHAKE SHAKE
CAFE GITANE
Chelsea Market
Momofuko Ssam or Noodle Bar
Kumar's Dosa Cart (Washington Sq. Park)
Bao Noodles or Bao 111

*Dinner*

Eleven Madison Park
Tia Pol
Babbo
TIDES
HEARTH
RED CAT
SRIPRAPHAI
Ditch Plains
Chinatown Chow Tour (culled from recent posts)
JOJO (haven't been there in years but it's a sentimental choice for this trip - is it still good?)
Di Fara or Una Pizza Napoletana (is Di Fara worth the trip?)
Falai

*Brunch*

Freeman's
Stanton Social
Cafe Orlin
August
Five Points

*Random Snacks*
Rice to Riches
Otto - I have to try the olive oil gelato

I've also got the list of award-winning food carts so thought we'd try out a few of them if we were in the 'hood.

Thoughts? Thanks in advance. I'm getting hungry just thinking about all of this. And I always post reports. Cheers!!

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