My 64 year old mother, 16 year old daughter and I just spent a week in NY, chowing our way through Manhattan. We are back in S.F. and I'd like to report where we ate, thanks to so many chowhounders' recs:
Mama Mexico: Sunday (Easter): it was near our hotel and we were tired and hungry...arrived at 10 til 4 but the brunch menu posted outside (brunch served til 4) was, inexplicably, not an option. Waitress had some weird attitude, but dinner was delicious, chicken mole, enchiladas and orgasmic guacamole made tableside...no ice tea refills and 2nd beverages finally came when we were ready for the bill...off to Dessa Rose at Lincoln Center
Sarabeth's (upper w. side): late lunch on a stormy Monday. Tomato soup, yummy fluffy eggs, goat cheese, kept that ice tea coming, dessert and bread sooo good. Reminded us of S.F.'s Cafe for All Seasons (a good thing).
Tuesday: City Bakery for decadent hot chocolate, coffee, pretzle croissants.
Sullivan St. Bakery: zucchini pizza, potato pizza, pomodoro pizza. Perfect snack, you can order one and eat it while deciding what else to get. Excellent bakery!
Babbo's for dinner (yeah, no reservation, we just happend to be walking by, and someone going inside saw my mom staring at the menu all drooly. He asked do you know Mario, and my mom said, "I tread every morning to him in my bedroom", and she disappears inside for a while and comes out with a 6:15 reservation). We had an 8 pm show at Lincoln Center (Light in the Piazza), so showed up at 6 and mentioned our time problem. We were seated, treated with charm, kindness, and given helpful ordering advice. Tilefish, goat cheese tortolloni, lune pasta with pumpkin, sage, etc., roasted beet salad, fennel salad (omg!), wild mushroom crepes, and off we went, got to theater with 10 minutes to spare...dessert, we shared a Joseph Schmidt easter bunny before bed.
Weds. best cup of coffee ever at Reunion before a walk through Central Park...dinner was a bread and cheese picnic on the hotel room floor after Ave. Q.
Thurs.: Spent good part of the day in N.J. and ate at Friendly's with my old h.s. best buddy and her two little ones. What can one say about a Fishamajig and a Jim Dandy? Later, back in nyc, saw off b'way debut of "The Audience" featuring one of my daughter's friends from S.F. The show...well?! The post theater dining, "Larry Tate" a spicy slice from Two Boots pizza in Lwr. E. Side. Spicy-licious! Friday: Last day, so back to Sullivan St. for Illy coffee and Ceci Cela choc. croissants (perfect, even better than S.F.'s Tartine's...), some shopping, walking, haircuts (Aveda Institute for me...I know this isn't a hair rec. page, but for $18. you get an excellent cut and a 15 min. aromatherapy massage), Astor Place for my daughter (23 years ago I went there...and there was no Gap or Starbucks on Astor...progress???) and then we took our new hair to lunch at Bread around Mulberry/Eliz./Mott. Tomato soup to rival Sarabeth's, 1/2 sandwiches on ciabatta bread...more wild mushrooms, more goat cheese, red peppers, and on my kid's sandwich, fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatos...astonishingly delicious and a fun, fresh atmosphere. Time is ticking and we need to get back to hotel, get bags and head to airport. Wait, there's Ceci Cela, the bakery that supplies Sullivan St. with those croissants. A chocolate eclaire for daughter, which she called a chocolate hot dog and graciously offered me a bite. Not hungry, but not stupid, I ordered a piece of chocalate cake and carried it around with me like a newborn until we were airborn, then I ate it and nearly cried with love, lust, and regret (that we were leaving).
THANKS-from the bottom of our tummies-TO ALL WHO HAVE SUGGESTED ANY OF THE ABOVE PLACES.