You can't believe how many permutations and combinations my eating choices have gone through since I made my plans to come to New York. I'm like a kid in a candy store. I THINK I've pretty much added and rejected enough that I'm pretty secure about my choices, but will be interested in hearing comments.
My final list has been greatly influenced by the extension of RW. I WILL be back in New York again, and at that time we can go to everything I hoped to go to but replaced. There are just too many choices.
Anyway, background: Solo married 57 year old who loves New York, has been umpteen times (not to mention living 5 fabulous years in New Jersey at one point), focus of trip was seeing the Yankees play the Red Sox for the very last time, ever. Husband didn't want to come, so we decided I'd go alone. Very excited.
My final list:
Day one: Late arrival, quick pizza by hotel. Won't even say where, because a bad New York pizza is better than a good pizza where I live.
Day Two: RW lunch at Payard, quick dinner at Nanoosh followed by ice cream at Grom (sandwiching this between watching a tv show being taped and an 8 pm curtain).
Day Three: RW lunch at Cafe Boulud, followed by a matinee, followed by a leisurely Tasting Menu Royale at Picholine, using my $50 anniversary gift card.
Day Four: Pastrami at Second Ave. Deli, followed by junk at Yankees game, followed by RW dinner at Brasserie Ruhlman, followed by my farewell to New York high up at Top of the Rock.
Things I jettisoned for the RW and other bargains...L'Atelier, EMP (I only wanted to do one huge tasting menu, Picholine won out on value plus I love cheese and loved every course of their tasting menu), and I'm sorry to say I jettisoned a couple of ethnic choices. Also jettisoned a steak dinner at the Knickerbocker in favor of Brasserie Ruhlmann.
I feel I'm a little heavy on the gourmet, but what the heck, you only live once, and while we don't have a huge number of ethnic restaurants where we live, we have fewer high end choices.
Breakfast is included at my hotel daily, but I don't plan on eating a lot then, rather save my self for the good stuff.
To all of you who have put up with my endless questions, I really do thank you.