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Critique My Gastronomic Adventure Plans for Labor Day Weekend in NYC?

the mess | Aug 29, 201110:50 PM

I am so excited to be coming to New York this Saturday, where I'll be staying in the Lower East Side until I fly back to SF on Tuesday night (9/6). The following are the establishments currently on my gastronomic radar (some recommended by people i trust and others which I have been researching online.) I would greatly appreciate any feedback from locals on which places I can skip out on and which are not to be missed!

Prune : I can't budge on this one, because I am absolutely in love with Gabrielle's book and the restaurant as she describes it. How have New York diners responded to the release of Blood, Bones, and Butter?

Xi'an Fine Foods - lamb burger and whatever else looks good

Katz's pastrami - please advise on this... is it really as amazing as some people have led me to believe?

Russ & Daughters - just a snack

Fatty Crab - worth all the hype? which location is better? why does only one of them accept reservations? Is it hard to get a table for a Sunday lunch in the meat-packing district FC? Anyone wanna recommend Fatty Cue instead? (I'm happy to venture into Brooklyn for some truly great food.)

Speaking of Brooklyn, Roberta's: is it actually better than pizza in Manhattan?

Korzo Haus - really close to wear I'm staying, and looks pretty damn awesome.

Momofuku - super psyched to try any of them except Ma Peche (I can't imagine it's different enough from the Slanted Door in SF). I am waking up tomorrow at 7am (pacific) to book a dinner at Ko, though I won't be heartbroken if I can't get in. Is dinner worth the cost? This would be my one major splurge.

Torrisi Italian Specialties: yeah, I saw it on Bourdain's show. It looks like I would love it. Care to share your impressions/experiences?

And I think at some point I need to experience a real NYC halal cart?

Is it necessary to try a Danny Meyer restaurant? I've already been to Shake Shack, which was great but definitely didn't change my life.

Feel free to throw in some other names if you feel they're really apt. Thank you!

I have been to New York a few times, but have always been visiting my strictly kosher russian and uzbekistani family there. I'm sure you can imagine why i have yet to try any of the above restaurants!

Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Fatty Crab
643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Ma Peche
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Torrisi Italian Specialties
250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Korzo Haus
178 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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