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April trip - soliciting opinions please

sean_f | Apr 4, 201209:58 AM

Heading up to NYC from PA the last week of April for work, the wife is coming up on Thursday and we're staying until Saturday. Having lived in NYC 10 years ago, I always enjoy showing my wife around and doing all the research on what's hot and great at the moment. Hating midtown (mostly), we usually stay below 14th and try to explore the different neighborhoods - WV, LES, SoHo, etc.

As I stated before in another thread, I've got reservations for Friday at Babbo and we couldn't be more excited! That being said, I'm a little torn for what to do on Thursday. Since we are staying in TriBeCa this time, my original plan was to shoot for dinner at Locanda Verde. Then, when we decided to splurge on Babbo to celebrate recent promotion, I thought that might be too much Italian back to back. Would you agree?

So I made reservations at The Dutch...was in the area last year when they were opening and vowed to make a visit. But reading the reviews I'm really torn now - seems overhyped and not entirely impressive to diners. Sure, we love the idea of a loud crowd and the scene...but what excites me most is the Oyster Sliders...which my pregnant wife won't be able to enjoy. So maybe do that one night by myself? And it's supposedly way overpriced for what you get.

So here's what I'm stewing about:
1. Is Locanda Verde not a good idea the night before Babbo? And how much should I plan on spending at LV (before tax and drinks)? And what are the odds of getting a reservation around 8 this late?
2. Is there somewhere else to recommend, if I really should consider keeping cost low since Friday night will get pretty expensive? We eat anything, but love fun and scene-y and delicious "blow my mind" food.
3. Should I just relax and go to The Dutch? Thought about Minetta Tavern but that almost seems more expensive than The Dutch. And reservations will be next to impossible for our desired time slot.

Last question: I often annoy myself with this Analysis Paralysis...but I love everythign to be perfect. She'll be exploring TriBeCa all day on Friday - getting a prenatal around 11:30 and also need to figure out where to send her for breakfast - she's up early and likes eating right away! Is there a great bagel spot near the Tribeca Grand?

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