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Unpretentious Italian restaurant booked; help with the rest of my itinerary please.

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Unpretentious Italian restaurant booked; help with the rest of my itinerary please.

sportcat | May 10, 2015 09:20 PM

Dear Chowhounders,

Thanks for all your help so far! I wanted to run our itinerary by you to see if you have alternative suggestions or if you think I’ve chosen well. My husband and I (from San Francisco) are in NYC staying at the Ludlow in the LES with a couple of friends from the UK for five nights starting May 20 and arriving mid-afternoon. We are celebrating two birthdays, my husband’s at Maialino (from your recommendations) and our friend’s at Keens as he is a lover of steak—is this the best place to go? I know it’s an institution, but are there better places for a truly excellent dry-aged steak?

Weds: Dinner at Yopparai (we wanted somewhere walking distance from the hotel and we love izakayas) Any suggestions for somewhere you prefer? And we can take a cab for a fabulous izakaya.

Thurs: Lunch Ivan Ramen or Momofuku, dinner at Sushi Dojo

Fri: Breakfast at Russ and Daughters cafe, lunch at Ed’s Lobster Bar, dinner at Maialino

Sat: Lunch at Chelsea Market (after walking on the Highline and on our way to the new Whitney), dinner at Keens.

Don’t have a dinner reservation for Sunday, and I was wondering what you think of Dirty French? We’re staying in the hotel, but I’ve read really mixed reviews of the restaurant.

Also, would love recommendations for Sunday brunch, would Lupa work for that?

Thanks so much for all your help!

Maialino,
Keens Steakhouse,
Yopparai,
Momofuku Ssäm Bar,
Momofuku Ko,
Sushi Dojo,
Russ & Daughters,
Russ & Daughters Cafe,
Ed's Lobster Bar,
Dirty French,
Lupa Osteria Romana,
Ivan Ramen,
Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop
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