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Shortlist for April trip: constructive criticism welcome!

medgirl | Feb 15, 201205:29 AM

Myself, the husband and our 4 and a half year old boy will be travelling to NYC for 2 weeks in early April (around Easter break). We will be staying with my sister and her husband on West 106th Street. We have been to Manhattan before just for a couple of days when the boy was only 6 months old, which limited us a bit in terms of eating options, but we did manage to get to Katz’s, which was unlike anything we can get in London (England). I’ve been trying to draw up a shortlist of places and would love your expert feedback. Already learnt that Momofuku Noodle Bar fried chicken dinner is perhaps not the greatest thing to attempt with a 4 year old. My current list, in no particular order:

- Spotted Pig (lunch without 4 year old, for the Cubano sandwich and gnudi, maybe the burger, but I don’t like rare and hubby not into blue cheese)
- Maialino (Is the Maialino al forno good for a family dinner, ie 4 adults and a small child? We would order other stuff as well, another special, or a couple of pastas. Of the lot of us, only my husband has a massive appetite)
- Shopsin’s plus a wander round Essex Street Market
- Babbo lunch (just me and sister), but might try Scarpetta (we will probably look at the menus and see which ones has the pastas we like the sound of most)
- Katz’s for the pastrami sandwich (lunch, with 4 year old, who had a great time at Katz’s last time round, the sandwich was almost bigger than he was! But recs for anywhere else with a good atmosphere and great pastrami sandwich would be much appreciated. We are more tourists than pastrami connoisseurs though!)
- Momofuku Ssam Bar for the duck lunch (probably without 4 year old)
- Momofuku Milk Bar
- Peter Luger’s (lunch, with the 4 year old)
- Keen’s (dinner, just me and hubby)
- I need to research posts on pizza in Manhattan, haven't got round to it.
- Amy Ruth’s (with whole family, mainly for fried chicken and waffles)
- Dinosaur BBQ (I grew up in Kansas City, so I’m not really looking for great BBQ in NYC, just somewhere where I can take a kid and maybe use the discount from savored.com)
My husband and I love walking round markets, so we were going to have a wander round Chelsea Market as well. Apart from Katz’s and Milk Bar, do all of the other places need reservations in advance? How far in advance?! I’m keeping my plans pretty loose at the moment and will fix them properly once I’ve made reservations that need to be made. Thanks!

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