Hi Manhattan - this is my first post ever to Chowhound!
I make it to your great city about once a year. My spouse, 3-year old and I are visiting from the sticks in California, and we'll be there in a couple weeks for 5 nights. We're staying near Prune in East Village. Given our food-deprived hometown, we make sure we indulge when we're on the road. This year, I intend to focus lunches on great places for sandwiches and Sicilian/square pizza. I'd love to hear your comments on what I'm thinking, as well on the dinner spots for which we have reservations. Dinner rice preference is moderate (roughly 50-60 per adult incl tax and tip; 2 smaller plates or 1 big plate, plus 1 glass wine or beer). Thanks!
Sandwiches (lots of options depending on where we are at lunchtime)
Eggplant Parm: narrowed it down to Parisi and Torrisi. Prefer hot versions vs warm or cold. Heard Torrisi eggplant might not be hot, so leaning toward Parisi.
Italian Combo: Faiccos
Meatball Parm/Sliders: Little Owl, Best Pizza (Brooklyn)
Burger: Little Owl, Shake Shack
Hot Dog: Grays Papaya, Crif Dogs, Shake Shack
French Fries: Pommes Frites
Sicilian/square Pizza (Been to DiFaras (awesome) and Maffei and Joes (both ok)
Want to try: Artichoke, Best (Brooklyn), Adriennes, Bens?, any others?
Thin Pizza (Been to DiFaras, Joes, Bleecker St, Lombardis, Johns, Nicks-UES)
Want to try: Motorino, Rubirosa, Best
First night (Wed) right after long flight: Walk to Frankie 17. Crostini, cavatelli and ravioli!
Thu (~6PM): Open. Any suggestions? Was thinking Spanish or Indian
Fri: Have 6PM reservation at Rubirosa (for pizza and pasta). Any recs on pasta?
Sat: Have 6PM reservation at Balthazar (daughter loved running around in there last year). I love steak frites. Would consider Le Parisien or Cercle Rouge.
Sun (~6PM): Open. Would like to try Ciano but they're closed. Went to Lupa last year.
Can't wait! Thanks again!!