Hi NY hounds!
Next week, I'll be in NY for the second time, and I'm looking forward to a great food adventure! Unfortunately, I will only be there one day (laguardia at 9AM) and I will have to be at Grand Central from 12p to 1:30p. So that's not very much time for a city brimming with delicious choices! Which is why I'm seeking your advice:
I've done some research, and I've made reservations at Momofuku Ko and Yasuda (i'll have to cancel at least one of these). Other options that I'm looking at are Sushi Nakazawa (on waiting list, probably my top choice), Soto, Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, Le Bernardin, The Halal Guys, JeanGeorges, Boulud Sud, etc.
Things I'm looking for:
1) Something not available in Chicago: No Italian, Chinese, Hot Dogs
2) "Lighter" food: which is why I'm looking into sushi and a lot of seafood rather than steakhouses, pizza (to some extent), pork-shank-cooked-in-bacon-fat-with-chicharron-and pig ears
3) Seafood; specifically uni if possible. Although I'm not generally impressed by cooked fish
4) $200 budget for the entire day
5) not a big sweets person, but will try if special
6) Also something that I could buy for breakfast the next day would be nice
7) I am generally amused by creative momofuku-type dishes, but I'm not feeling it for this trip. Looking for something more "tried and true"
8) If there's a specific african cuisine that NY does Extraordinarily well, i'd love to know about it. So far, I've Loved all the ethiopian, nigerian, and senegalese food I've come across
9) laksa, if it's really good
So far my plan is:
Breakfast: something like Russ and Daughters,
Lunch: Maialino(I really just wanted the olive oil cake), Le Bernardin (might break my budget), Di Fara (worth the trip?) or Jean Gorges?
Dinner: Nakazawa/Yasuda, Dinner #2 at Per Se salon (how much of a stink eye would i get if I only ordered ...... oysters and pearls?)
Would love to hear any and every comment you have! Thank you in advance!