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last minute trip, please help critique my ideas!

movesalot | Aug 31, 201107:16 AM

We're planning a last minute trip to New York this weekend (labor day). We'll be staying at the Rtiz Carlton from Friday evening until Monday afternoon. Anything that is a short (ie less than 15 minutes) cab/subway ride away is fine. We will have our toddler with us so unfortunately many of my "dream" NYC restaurants will be unsuitable (well that and we probably couldn't get reservations at this point anyway). We like EVERYTHING and when I say everything I mean it, except my husband isn't that into Korean food. We are into places that favor seasonal/local ingredients but the most important thing is that they provide a unique experience. We are looking for 3 lunches (Sat, Sun, & Mon). All will have to be takeaway or very quick. We are also looking for 3 dinners (at least two will need to be under $100 including 2 glasses of wine). We will need to sit down to eat by 5:00, but even earlier, like 4 or 4:30 would be better if that's possible. One of our main criteria is that our son has a milk allergy . What this comes down to is that we need to eat at places that either have an allergy menu or where the servers know what is in the food they are serving or aren't afraid to check with the chef on the ingredients. This isn't usually a problem at good quality restaurants unless the servers are too snobby to bother. This has unfortunately happened to us a few times. Anyway, we bring some food for him but basically we just need to be able to get him some pasta and red sauce, a coconut milk curry, or chicken/vegetables prepared without butter. He's not really picky, we just need to be able to accomdoate his allergy.

I read on some other posts that you can take children (provided they are well dressed and well behaved) to almost anywhere in New York and not feel uncomfortable? Do you feel this is true?

We'll be at MOMA one day Can we eat with a kid at the Modern/Bar Room for lunch and/or dinner? I know we could do the cafeteria but that wouldn't be my first choice.

We've had some really good dim sum in places like San Fransisco and Richmond BC. Would we want to do dim sum in NYC?

I normally try to do a bit more research than this but we've had no power until this morning due to Hurricane Irene and I want to get this thread started as soon as possible. Here are some possibilities I am looking at:

spotted pig
ma peche
halal cart (near moma, 53rd and 6)
blue ribbon
I see Nobu does carryout on weekdays, I am going to check and see if that is a possibility on labor day

Thanks in advance for your critiques and suggestions!

105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

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