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Manhattan for a January weekend


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Manhattan for a January weekend

Sandrat | Jan 4, 2009 05:49 AM

I am lucky to be travelling to NYC for the weekend as a special treat. That's a treat because I haven't been to NYC sans kids in a few years. I have been pouring over the boards sussing out different restaurants and coffee places but still need a couple of recommendations/ideas.

Here is what I have so far:

I arrive late morning and am thinking of the Prix Fixe meal at Eleven Madison Park. I'll be running around in the afternoon doing some shopping and will have coffee at either Casa Cupcake Cafe, Fika, or Joes.

I am going to see August: Osage County at the Music Box that night. Here's my first question. The play starts at 7:30pm so I am restricted by both time and location for a restaurant. I suppose, though, an early start time might work in my favour as cabs will be more available compared to an 8pm start. Where should I eat? Money is no object (within reason). I would prefer somewhere with great food that is not a "publicity machine type restaurant". Not full of tourists. Have been to Babbo and loved it.

Saturday morning am thinking Clinton Street Baking Company. I will be then up at the Museum of the City of NY plus the Metropolitan. Eisenberg's sounds good for lunch and I know that'll mean zooming all the way back downtown again. Worth it for the egg salad and bacon sandwich or tuna melt?

Will also be making a stop at Books of Wonder and City Bakery across the street.

Saturday night is the Village Vanguard at the 9pm show. Thinking of Balthazar - worth the hype or can I do better? Should I try Babbo again? Where should I go for a drink in the Village that is neighbourhoody?

Sunday morning might be Viand on 86th & 2nd or Sarabeth's as I will be at the Jewish Museum. Any other UES ideas for an earlier morning breakfast on Sunday?

Can't wait to be back!

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