Hi Big Apple eaters!
I'm traveling to New York in the first week of September (right before the Labor Day weekend) for the US Open tournament. I also want to check out some great places to eat, so this is the list I've culled from reading reviews etc. on the Web. I wanted to get your feedback on which places below I should definitely try and places that are overrated and probably could be dropped from my list.
Some things to keep in mind in terms of what I'm looking for in my dining experience in New York:
1) I'm traveling alone, so looking for places that are conducive to solo dining (i.e., has full menu at bar, allows walk-ins, etc.)
2) I hate traveling with a lot of fancy clothes and New York tends to be hot in August, so I'll be wearing comfortable, casual clothes. So definitely don't plan on going to places that require suits or ties. Big plus will be places that have a great environment but don't have the attitude about attire. (BTW, I'm not a slob. I will have a nice pair of slacks and long-sleeve dress shirt with open collar for somewhat fancy places.)
3) I don't really want to make reservations so I can keep my iteniary fluid. So looking for places that I can walk-in. I do plan on trying places more during lunch to avoid the night crowds, or if I dine at night I usually eat on the early side around 6-7 p.m. But I'm not opposed to making reservations for one or two places if you feel they're a must. So let me know if any of the places I noted below are only possible with reservations.
OK, ON TO THE LIST (in alphabetical order, not necessarily places I want to go to first)
Clinton Street Bakery (mostly for breakfast)
Di Fara Pizza
Enoteca at Del Posto
Ippudo (for ramen)
James (in Park Slope, where I used to live briefly so I like going to dinner one night in my old hood)
Momofuku Ssam Bar or Noodle Bar? (which one if you had to choose)
Porchetta (probably just for lunch)
As you can tell, my list is way longer than my opportunity to eat in the 7 days I'll be in New York, so your help in whittling down this list will be greatly appreciated. I know already that two days will be lost to spending all day at the US Open, so won't have time to explore eating then.
Also, I want to spend a day hunting down good Chinese food in Flushing. I read about the "underground" malls with the food courts, but no one ever specifically mentions a favorite food item or food stall to try. If you can steer me to any must-trys, that'll be great!
And a final request, if there's any hot food trends in New York you think I shouldn't miss, please let me know!