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Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

flygirl | Aug 4, 201307:56 AM

Good morning

This is a celebration trip that I have planned. I want it to be special for my Mom.

I am taking her on a week long visit to NYC (with three nights in the Hudson Valley). She had a really rough year - diagnosed with breast cancer just a few weeks before her 71st birthday (by the time of our September arrival it will be just about one year since her diagnosis) and had to deal with three surgeries and then chemo. Her last chemo was March 15 and she's doing great. Her energy is back and she's eating with gusto.

I have been taking her on annual trips to Europe with me for the past several years but I figured something closer to home might be nice - no jet lag to contend with.

So: where to eat? I visit NYC usually 1-2X a year (I live in metro DC) but those tend to be weekend trips and many times theater menus.

We won't be leaving Manhattan with our five nights which means 5 breakfasts and five dinners, and four lunches. Snacking too!

When I think of NYC I think of pizza and bagels and delis. That sort of thing. But, where to go to get them? And what else says "New York"?

We are staying at the Hilton on 53rd, and will probably be all over the map - the Frick, the Neue Galerie, the UN, the Met, the Tenement Museum, the Highline, Soho, etc. I tend to doubt we will go much above 86th street, though (although if the food is amazing, we might!).

Thank you for any thoughts.

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