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So much to eat in so little time! Advice please!

juliemarie8 | Oct 20, 2013 09:07 AM

Beloved Chowhounders! Would love your advice to help narrow down food choices for a short trip in November. My friend and I live in Paris (but we're Americans), and we're both food lovers who are more excited about eating on this trip than anything else. With only 6 meals, it is SO hard to narrow it down.

We each have been to New York several times and are adventurous eaters. Willing to splurge so not too concerned about budget. Since we live in Paris, we are trying to avoid French food and focus more on places we could only have in New York. We are skipping bbq and Mexican as well because we will be spending the next week for work in Texas and will get our fill there.

We will have 3 lunches and 3 dinners, and the only thing currently reserved is Betony for Sat night (recommended by a friend but open to changing that based on your feedback). Please help me fill in the itinerary!

Friday dinner
Sat lunch
Sat dinner: Betony
Sun brunch
Sun dinner
Mon lunch

Top of the list right now:
-Pearl & Ash (Friday night?)
-Mission Chinese Food (any thoughts on going for lunch v dinner?)
-Momofuku Ssam (I've eating at Momufuku Noodle Bar before but not at Ssam. Thinking of reserving for the duck or bo ssam dinner. Probably will go for duck just because we only have 2 other friends in NY so the bigger bo ssam may be too ambitious, but we've also thought ab reserving for 6-8 people and seeing if any other Chowhounders would want to join for a fun random evening. Any opinions on duck vs pork?)

Next tier of choices we're interested in:
ABC Kitchen
Xi'an Famous Foods (I love Asian!)

Brunch (trying to choose one=impossible):
Red Rooster
Clinton St Baking Co.
The Dutch
The Breslin
Locanda Verde

Pizza/Dogs/Burger/Meatballs for lunch or late night:
-Meatball shop
-Pizza (trying to choose just one spot with such a short stay and we are probably going to try to squeeze this in as a late night option. Okay with buying a whole pizza just to get a slice or two if we have to. I have heard that Motorino's margherita is to die for but I have also been to many famous pizza spots in Naples {hate how snobby that sounds but Italy is so close!} so I'm thinking a classic NY style may be a better choice. Although cremini & sausage sounds delicious. I also saw Kathryn highly rated a well done pie from John's so that could be a great choice close to our apt rental. Just curious ab people's favorites!)
-Crif Dogs
-Burgers: Shake Shack or Umami burger (for lunch)
-Halal guys at 53rd & 6th

Bagels, Bakeries, & Desserts:
-Russ & Daugters: Super Heebster sandwich, bagel w cream
cheese/salmon/onion; egg cream; chocolate covered jelly rings; schmaltz herring
-Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
-Dominque Ansel Bakery: cronuts (are these still impossible to get unless you're up at 6am?), magic souflee, DKA, frozen s'more
-Doughnut Plant
-Magnolia Bakery (have never been - worth the stop?)
-Absolute Bagels
-The City Bakery - pretzel croissant and choc. chip cookie

Looking for any opinions on places we should definitely go to (or any places that are not necessarily worth it). Just need help figuring out what to choose here. Have combed through lots of posts and blogs to get to this point but still open to anything I may have missed. Have been to Katz's and other pastrami greats which is why that's not on the list. Tried to reserve Per Se but all booked. Looks like Eleven Madison Park and Gramercy Tavern are full, too. Otherwise we'd try to fit in a Michelin lunch if we could.

Greatly appreciate any input you may have in helping to narrow down this list and make our choices. Thanks!!

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