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Help with laid back birthday weekend in nyc

Gelato_in_Roma | Jan 14, 201509:11 AM     25

Hello everyone. I am planning my 40th birthday celebration in NYC the third weekend in February. Coming from Chicago and staying at the Andaz down on wall street.

We've done big dinner celebrations before... We've eaten at Next in Chicago and WD-50 the last time we were in NYC. I can't say we enjoyed either all that much. Therefor, we've learned that while we appreciate good, flavorful food in intimate spots with good service, we don't enjoy spending a lot of time or money on meals. Also, my husband and I are "light" eaters, so tasting menus usually make us want to crawl into bed.

I've been reading posts and reviews trying to figure out where we would enjoy eating. We like to go to places we haven't been to before and need a bit of help...am I on the right track or are there are other spots that might be better?

Here is what I've got so far...

We get in around 11am on Friday. We are planning to see Sleep No More that night so we were thinking of spending the day wandering and window shopping in Chelsea . I'm thinking the Nomad Bar for the Chicken Pot Pie with truffles and foie gras for dinner before the show. But what about lunch? It can be anywhere between the hotel and the show.

On Saturday, we are thinking of Spending the day the Metropolitan Museum of art... with brunch at Maison Kayser and dinner at Flex Mussels. Maybe with a cocktail afterwards somewhere. We love whiskey and bourbon. We'd even love to try and stay up late enough to do Katz's in the middle of the night... But we're not night owls.

We're still on the fence over what to do on Sunday. Our flight isn't until 7ish. We're thinking the Guggenheim might be fun. For food, we're tossing around the idea of Russ and Daughters, Shopsin's, or Jane... I also have Cookshop bookmarked.

Last time we were in NY, we had brunch at Clinton Street Baking Co., which we loved... though, we detested the 2.5 hour wait. And, even with reservations, we didn't like Sarabeth's very much.

Any thoughts? Opinions?

The NoMad Hotel
Russ & Daughters
Russ & Daughters Cafe
Shopsin's
Cookshop
Sarabeth's Upper East Side
Sarabeth's Upper West Side
Maison Premiere
Flex Mussels
Maison Kayser
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