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June itinerary - critique/suggestions welcomed

Scuders | Jun 3, 201207:18 AM

Hi all - my first post to the board :)

Am flying to NYC on June 25th for my honeymoon - we get married the day before.

This isn't our first trip to Manhattan, it was here I popped the question Easter weekend 2009.

Last time our favourite spots were BLT Prime, Delmonico's, John's, Burger Joint and Norma's. We both love steak, grilled meats. I love nose to tail dining, pâté, terrines, shellfish but unfortunately my OH does not like any of these things.

This time I'm aiming to break up the steakhouses with some fine dining options.

Let me know what you think of my lunch and dinner choices so far and feel free to make any recommendations if you think I'm missing out on anything or have any clashing selections etc...

Arrive Monday 9pm staying Mondrian Soho, hoping to get to Mudville 9 for beers and wings if not too tired.

Tues, Katz - BLT Prime
Weds , Fatty crab - EMP (booked)
Thurs, Blue Smoke - pre theatre (thinking red sauce Italian, suggestions?)
Fri, Spotted Pig - River Cafe (booked)
Sat, Minetta Tavern - Keens
Sun, Balthazar - Gramercy Tavern (Just booked!)
Mon, Brooklyn (undecided) - Marc Forgione
Tues, Shake Shack - Fly home PM

I'm happy with the choices, but except for BLT am only going on reviews, articles etc.. I had considered Babbo, Del Posto for Italian but decided on GT for American cuisine instead. I loved the sound of The Breslin's menu, but not being able to make reservations steered me towards Minetta Tavern. We never got to Balthazar last time and is a must-do this trip.

20 more sleeps to go!

Thanks in advance, Scuders

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