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My brother (the chef) comes to NYC - with 6 days notice

biondanonima | Apr 13, 200802:21 PM

I may have yet another enemy to add to my ever-growing list. My family is really doing a number on me these days! I just finished planning the big parental visit in May, and now my brother calls me and says "hey, I'm coming to NYC in 6 days, let's eat!" He's never been here before, so at least I don't have to worry about repeat restaurants. And he's not really a theatre goer, so we don't have to eat anywhere near Times Square!

However, he is a chef (albeit an inexperienced one - he finished culinary school about a year ago) AND he's from Chicago, so he's no stranger to places like Alinea, Charlie Trotter, etc. He wants to check out a few places while he's here, but since the parents won't be funding the trip, we definitely have to watch our budget. He specifically requested WD-50, and I'm sure he'd love to try one of Daniel Boulud's, Jean-George's, Mario Batali's, or Thomas Keller's places, or whoever else doesn't have a Chicago outpost. Recommendations that won't break the bank would be MUCH appreciated. He's in his late 20s and a little bit of a stoner, so things that are a little more hip and with more of a "scene" would probably be good. I was thinking of Lupa or Otto over Del Posto or Babbo, for instance. I could also really use some recommendations on cool places to have a drink or three - I don't really do bars, so I'm completely useless in that regard. He's interested in both beer and wine, not so much liquor. Places with live music get bonus points (as long as the music is stoner-approved!).

I'm not sure yet what his travel schedule will be, so I can't make too many plans. although I did manage to book WD-50 for 11pm on Saturday, yuck (I'm going to pray for a cancellation so we can get in earlier). I'll know more tomorrow, hopefully, but if you hounds want to load me up on ideas now that would be great. I live in Queens and I will definitely be taking him for a culinary tour of Queens' finest, so we've got ethnic food covered. He'll also be wanting to do some food shopping - we may check out Arthur Ave, Russ & Daughters, etc. Any suggestions you have for that would be appreciated as well!

Thanks guys! I don't know if I could survive familial visits without Chowhound!

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