Hey gang.....I will be making my first ever visit to NYC this year. My gf (who has been a couple of times) plans on showing me the basic tourist sites (Rockefeller Center, Statue of Liberty, Empire St Bldg, a few museums, a Broadway show, Little Italy, SoHo...whew!) My job is to plan most of the meals, and this is proving to be a difficult task with all the great restaurants you have up there. I was hoping you could offer your best suggestions (the Central Cali Chowhounders helped greatly when we visited there). Here is our general plan/likes/hopes/limitations.......
No cuisine is off limits, but we generally don't like Indian, places heavy on fish (tho we probably need to open our minds on this one), Mexican (we are from Houston and eat it A LOT). I would really like to include one of the nicer restaurants as a special treat - never have done a tasting menu before and think this would be the city to try it in) - Jean Georges, maybe EMP, I think Per Se would break my bank account. We love Italian by the way, and are interested in trying one of Batali's restaurants, but don't see a lot of love for him on the board, so maybe my funds would be better spent elsewhere (Scarpetta, Convivio, Locanda Verde)? Want to try the famous street food as well, and I have seen a lot of good prix fixe lunch and dinner deals on the board and interested in those too. My gf loves sweets and has targeted a few cupcake shops, and I have seen a few places mentioned on the board for sweet treats - Chikalicioous, Pinisi, La Maison du Chocolate. Oh...and David Chang seems to be the hottest guy going now, so toss his restaurant empire into the "hope-to-see" category. Our food budget for the whole trip is probably about $1100 for the both of us over the 4 days, so I know our choices will be limited.
We arrive Wednesday, Dec 30th at 1pm.....staying with friends in Queens Wed & Thurs. I know we will be headed to Brooklyn (got to see the bridge!) Wed evening for a "Pizza Crawl"! Our friends are leading the way, but I've heard good things about Di Fara, Franny's, Lucali, and Totonno's....any advice on these or others? Will also need an idea for a light lunch on Wed in Queens.....something to tide us over till we hit the pizza places.
Thursday is NY's Eve.....not sure how to handle this one, but will need ideas for all 3 meals (and maybe a good snack for later that night post-celebration). I know a lot of restaurants push their prices up on holidays, so maybe this is a good day to avoid the trendy and the touristy. Will be in Queens for breakfast.....lunch and dinner will be spent in Manhattan near the museums I think.
On Friday morning, we are watching our crazy friend jump in the ice cold river as part of his Polar Bear Club.....will need a warming breakfast after this! After this, headed back into Manhattan to check into our hotel near the Grand Central terminal....good lunch spot nearby would be appreciated. Dinner in Manhattan some place....wish I could tell you more.
On Saturday, I know we have tickets to tour the Statue of Liberty at 11am, and we will probably go see a show that evening. Any good food spots near these areas?
On Sunday, we will have time for a nice brunch and that's about it before we head to the airport.
I know this is a lot of info, so if you made it through....bless your soul :) NY has a lot to offer that I have never ever experienced and I don't want to miss anything....but time and dollars will limit my ambitions. I would appreciate your suggestions on how to fit in as much as possible given my constraints. I'll be sure to let you guys know how it went. Thanks!