I finally joined the board and am delurking, as I am traveling with my 70 year old mother to New York at the end of September. We are staying in the Village very close to Lupa.
I don't like to have every minute of a trip planned, but I am thinking we will have one nice meal out each day and then grab things to go from delis, Murrays Cheese, bakeries, etc., to have in our apartment/eat at a park or on a bench. I would prefer the dress code to be casual, and the atmosphere to be laid back, and not super loud, though I don’t mind one of the three meals being at a sceney, loud place. (See my Minetta Tavern comments below). Right now, I am planning on the big meals out to be: lunch or dinner Thursday; dinner Friday; and lunch or brunch on Saturday. My mom does not eat eggs unless used in baking, so a brunch spot with multiple, non-egg options would be great.
I don’t eat meat often but will for a really good dish, and if I know the restaurant sources meats that are responsible raised. My mom’s palate and sense of adventure is limited, so I am looking for places to eat that focus on American/Italian/French. She also does not drink, so 30$-55$ per person excluding tax, tip, and alcohol.
I know I want to go to an Italian place with great pasta for one of our meals. I have been to Babbo and loved it. I am currently considering: Lupa, Otto, Osteria Morini, Malatesta, and Bar Pitti. I am also thinking about trying to get a reservation 30 days out at Minetta Tavern for a Thursday meal or Saturday brunch. Would it be worth going there even if we didn’t order beef? We love potatoes, and both the pommes anna and aligot intrigue me. Other restaurants that I have researched include: Little Owl, Joseph Leonard, ABC Kitchen, and Blue Ribbon Bakery. However, I have read so many great suggestions on this board for restaurants in the West Village that sounded great, so I am open to any and all ideas that fit our limitations.
Thursday, we are going to stick to walking around the Village and Soho. The next two days are interchangeable as far as activities, but I am leaning towards: Chelsea Galleries and the High Line on Friday and the Met and Central Park on Saturday. I know the Met and Central Park will be more crowded on Saturday, but I visited the High Line on a Saturday last fall and it was packed.
Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for reading such a long post!