Hi everyone, yes, I am new, but I'm happy to report back on my trip once I'm done. I'm visiting New York with family for 10 days at the end of September. I've been before with my wife, but my family (Dad, sister, her BF) haven't. I would say I've done a lot of research, here, and on other food discussion/review sites (not sure if I can name them). I've seen kathryn's response to people elsewhere, so I'll try and give as much background and an overview of what I've booked/have in mind already.
It is a long trip, with a lot of scope, so any helpful "if you like the sound of that, then you might like this" tips are appreciated. Beyond that, I do have some specific questions I'd like to ask. (Feel free to answer little parts, I do realise I'm asking a lot and I appreciate the answers).
So, I've visited before, nearly 8 years ago, where the highlights were Per Se (tasting) and Veritas (Scott Bryan was still there). There is a definite Anthony Bourdain influence to my choices, as we also ate in Les Halles and Yakitori Totto (wasn't open too long then I think). We won't go back to Per Se (even if it was amazing) purely because of the increase in price since then and especially because I think the wine list is now very expensive. For 5 people, it'll be crazy. While I know we won't get 'the best' BBQ or dim sum in Manhattan, we do want the best experiences we can.
Budget is pretty open, certainly 100 dollars a day aside from special meals. For those special meals, I have EMP in mind because it's raved about here, I'd like to get lunch reservations for Le Bernardin, and I'd like to eat at two of David Chang's places (Bo SSam to take away being the most likely, and maybe a drop-in somewhere.
While I wouldn't rule out Les Halles, BXL, Eataly-type places for casual/unplanned meals closer to Midtown (unless you think I should), I'll mainly avoid French/Italian places, as we're in Europe and I can just go there pretty easily. Likewise, Greek/Turkish food is less appealing, and we can get good Thai too. Good Mexican and Vietnamese would welcome.
I've just made a reservation for Rosette for the first evening we arrive based on the recent comments about it (we're staying very nearby in LES), I'm planning a trip to Russ and Daughters (and Barney Greengrass, which we loved last time), and I have a reservation for Blue Smoke too.
I'm not looking for 'best place near X' tips, but if there's something unusual or exceptional near certain things, please suggest those. A recommendation for a seafood/raw bar place would be welcome (we also visited GCOB, and the reports in the interim seem very mixed), even if it's validation that the platter at Balthazar is worth it.
Without launching a massive pizza debate, is there anywhere that does good white pizza?
We're omnivorous (and whatever the liquid equivalent is), happy to snack just to try something, will stop regularly for breaks (and drinks) because of my Dad, and don't worry, there'll be plenty of dumplings, hot dogs, bagels, and slices. We're comfortable with fine dining or plastic furniture, cocktail bars and dives.
The pretty solid agenda (in terms of our planning) would be:
Friday evening drinks LES (169 Bar?) and Rosette
Saturday morning run to Russ and Daughters, lunch/foodcart near the High Line, drinks (where?), then Blue Smoke Battery Park City. Drinks maybe in Whiskey Tavern or Apotheke.
Sunday morning Dim Sum (Jing Fong or Golden Unicorn), maybe a baseball game and Bo SSam to go.
Monday, open during the day, general sightseeing, dinner in EMP and drinks afterward (half price wine in Les Halles?)
Tuesday, breakfast in Barney Greengrass, Natural History, omakase in Sushi Yasaka (largely because it's a good deal; we like sushi but I'm not planning on a $200+ each sushi experience), possibly dessert somewhere (was considering Per Se Salon, but leaning against it now).
Wednesday and Thursday are open; suggestions? A different BBQ place? Sweet Chick to get fried chicken? More unusual Chinese food?
Friday, Le Bernardin for lunch (if we can pop in and out of MoMa), and yakitori (Totto? Torishin? Somewhere else?) for dinner.
Saturday, we definitely want to visit Smorgasburg at some point, so maybe that day.
For the last 'big' meal, I was considering a Sunday evening trip to Picholine, but due to location (and thinking it looks awesome), I'm leaning towards WD-50 now instead.
Where can we get a 3*-style dessert tasting?
I know there are enough great places to fill a month-long trip, but I think this is as much as I can fit in my head so far.
Any substitutions or validations? Thank you again for any tips, and reading this far if you've persevered...