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First time to NYC, planning restaurants for trip on a budget


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First time to NYC, planning restaurants for trip on a budget

szw | Aug 21, 2010 08:00 AM

Hi all,

I know you guys probably have requests like this all the time but I'm planning a last minute trip and trying to get the restaurants I want down so I don't waste any meals on something subpar.

I'm looking for some advice on my first trip to NYC. My girlfriend and I are there from the 27th to the 1st. I am not really a big spender but I also don't have a set budget that I have to adhere to, just trying to enjoy ourselves without spending too much. Also to girlfriend is not really a "chowhound" person....

I've made a few reservations and have plans for a few restaurants already, please give me your input on what I have chosen so far.

Degustation: I have reservations for dinner, was planning on having the 10 course tasting menu.

Jean Georges Nougatine: They have a very affordable lunch prix fixe that I want to try (my plan is to try these higher tier restaurants at lunch to make them more affordable and have the cheaper options for dinners)

Le Bernardin:To be honest I don't even usually like fish dishes other than sushi however I want to see what the hype is about. They have a $70 prix fixe for lunch, is it worth trying for me? Is it very stuffy there? I made a reservation for lunch and they reminded me that jackets are required for dining. Neither of us drink wine, so I fear we may be a bit out of place. I'm still not sure yet if we will keep this reservation or not.

I'm a big sushi lover so I want to try out Yasuda but I'm a little hesitant because I heard it can get very expensive. My girlfriend will not be indulging too much at yasuda like I will be (she doesn't really appreciate it that much), are there cheap options that she can dine on there? I'm thinking of cancelling Le Bernadin lunch and going for Yasuda instead.

Other things I have on my mind: NY Pizza somewhere (definitely...not sure where though), mexican somewhere maybe, shake shack, momofuku (noodle bar or ssam???)..maybe ippudo or another ramen shop, korean fried chicken maybe...

Also some recommendations for some good places to go for dessert would be very appreciated. Either evening dessert places or late night dessert places (some of each would be nice).

We are not planning on having any Chinese because we are from Toronto where we have really amazing authentic Chinese there, however I might look to try a Malaysian restaurant though...recommendations?

Also was thinking about a good italian place but something cheaper, hopefully 80 per person without wine.

As for locations...we are staying at a former W Hotel (now called St. Gilles or something) near Grand Central. I hope we will be taking the subway all over, and we are also doing the usual tourist stuff so those are the areas we will be around.

I know my post was kind of all over the place but I'd appreciate any suggestions!


Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

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