Granted, I'm not coming to town until next month, but I only get out there once or twice a year, and want to have as much planning out of the way beforehand as possible, to maximize fun while I'm there. I've tried to strike a good balance between my obsessive reading of this board and love for NY, and the fact that I'm a KC tourist....meaning that dining at a Mario restaurant like Babbo will give me serious "street cred" with my favorite server at Lidia Bastianich's restaurant here in KC (so it stays on the list, no matter what), but if there's something that would make Gramercy Tavern, Blue Hill and Veritas too similar to visit in one week, I'm pretty open minded. Basically wanted to get a feel for any problems I may have with obtaining reservations during the week (assuming thirty days in advance is enough time), and if any of the dinner options would not be as good if I happen to be stuck dining alone that evening. Just wanting to put together a list worthy of telling my friend Im staying with in Manhattan
"Hey, I know I don't live here, but you can definitely trust these restaurants....and try not to worry about the fact that we're going to spend more than a month's rent in four days.". He's a good friend, so I'm not TOO worried about impressing him, but he knows his food and wine, so I do need to be on top of my game. Anyway, huge thanks for all the info on this board, I'll try not to drive you too insane with my questions in the next thirty days. I promise that my trip report will far outweigh any rambling questions. Not sure if that's a promise or a threat.....
Lunch- Carnegie Deli (Just my weird, personal 15 year tradition of ALWAYS going there before anywhere else when I get to town. Promise to try all the big names like 2nd Ave. at some point.)
Breakfast- hang around Chelsea Market
Lunch- Del Valle, Tehuitzingo or similar (have never had huitlacoche and want to try it)
Dinner- Blue Hill
Lunch- Gramercy Tavern
Dinner-Veritas (or Asiate, just because I want to experience one new "scene" restaurant while I'm there, and the Per Se fire kind of killed the original plan)
Friday, before leaving for Massachusetts for 2 days
Breakfast- Barney Greengrass or H&H Bagels (Seinfeld tie-in w/H&H...my big tourist moment other than Carnegie Deli.)
Lunch- Grand Central Oyster Bar or Pearl Oyster Bar (Strike still a factor at Grand Central?)
Brunch- New Green Bo
Late Night/Post-Drinking Candidates- Les Halles, Blue Ribbon
I know I'm very lacking in ethnic picks, but wow, narrowing it down to just the above was tough enough without trying to decide on specific ethnic cuisines and locations. And oh yeah, forgot to mention that my friend lives clear up on friggin' W. 160th, so if there HAPPENS to be something good up that way, it may be good to know about.