Hey NY Chowhounds. It's time for my annual thread on the Manhattan board asking you incredibly helpful people for a bit of dining advice. Me and three others are coming over at the end of this month (31st March) and will be in NYC until 9th April.
We're staying in an apartment in the Lower East Side, on Rivington Street, and I think we're likely to stick to lower Manhattan for most of our eating.
I've got a vague idea of where we'll be eating on most days, but there are a few gaps and a couple of spots where I'm unsure what we should go for, which is where you guys come in. Our budget is pretty high and we prefer relaxed places to stuffy and formal restaurants.
Here's what we have in terms of an eating schedule so far:
SUNDAY 31st MARCH
Arrive 1905pm at the airport - we'll go to our apartment at around 9pm, from past experience
Somewhere in Lower East Side for dinner - Katz's Deli? We're big fans of the place so we thought we might as well go on our first night as it's close to where we're staying. Unless there's somewhere near our apartment that would be better for dinner (we're staying on Rivington St, between Clinton and Ridge)
MONDAY 1st APRIL
Lunch - Minetta Tavern - I know some people find the burger gimmicky but I think everyone in my group agrees it's the best burger they've ever tried. I need to have it at least once a year...
Dinner - Babbo (booked for 4 people, 8pm) - pasta tasting menu
TUESDAY 2nd APRIL
Lunch - Parm - their sandwiches look pretty good and we're fans of Torrisi Italian Specialties
Dinner - Momofuku Noodle Bar - Chicken dinner (6 people, 6pm) - this is something I wanted to get opinions on. A friend of mine recently had the chicken dinner and said it was pretty bad. He actually encouraged me to cancel the reservation and go eat somewhere else... Now I'm not sure what to do. I've been wanting to try it for a long time and I'm a massive fan of Noodle Bar and Ssam Bar, and I love fried chicken. Should we stick with it or go somewhere else as a group of six? Any recommendations?
WEDNESDAY 3rd APRIL
Lunch - Momofuku Ssam Bar - duck lunch - we had this last year and really enjoyed it. My brother wants to go there again, I'm not too fussed...
Dinner - Briskettown/Delaney Barbecue - looks really good and we all love brisket
THURSDAY 4th APRIL
Dinner - Empellon Cocina
FRIDAY 5th APRIL
I need a recommendation for an anniversary dinner on the Friday night. Ideally it would be somewhere quite relaxed, not too difficult to book and no more than around $150pp (after tax and tip, with drinks). Does such a place exist? Right now I'm thinking Momofuku Ko, if I can get a reservation, but is way over budget, although I wouldn't mind for a particularly great meal. Otherwise, I was thinking of Perla, Gotham Bar and Grill or Union Square Cafe... Thoughts?
SATURDAY 6th APRIL
Lunch - We'll probably head on over to Smorgasburg, it's always a pretty fun day out
SUNDAY 7th APRIL
Dinner - we're going to the MetLife Stadium so I think we'll have to grab something there. I presume the options aren't great?
LATE NIGHT SNACK?
MONDAY 8th APRIL
Dinner - we're off to the Izod Center so similar to Sunday night, grabbing something in the stadium or near Penn Station
TUESDAY 9th APRIL - 2115 flight to London
Dinner - probably something in the airport
Minetta Tavern, Gramercy Tavern, Mile End Sandwich, Parm, Russ and Daughters, Momofuku Ssam lunch, Momofuku Noodle Bar fried chicken, Empellon Cocina, The Breslin, St Anselm, East Village crawl - (This Little Piggy, Mark sliders, South Brooklyn Pizza, Luke's Lobster, Caracas Arepa Bar, Big Gay Ice Cream), Clinton Street Baking Co, Shopsin's, Meatball Shop, JG Melon, Mighty Quinn's, Perla, Il Buco Alimentari, Mission Chinese Food
For reference, here are the threads I've started before: