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Upcoming trip to NYC in December. Please evaluate plans.

topeater | Nov 3, 201309:04 AM

My husband and I usually come to NYC about 1-2 times a year. We enjoy almost all food with the exception of Indian…we like it, but something doesn't sit well for my husband. We are fine with paying around $200 without drinks, tips & tax, although, we don't want to do that for every meal! We are not big eaters any longer, so we are limiting meals to 2 a day. This is what we are planned so far. I need to firm up plans in order to start making reservations. In the past, we've eaten at EMP, Per Se, Balthazar, Union Square…really too many to name.

Here's the plan so far…

We arrive at JFK (from Austin) at 10:30am, Wednesday Dec. 11. Will check into hotel which is located around Battery Park. Plan to have lunch at Locanda Verde.

We have tickets for a play Wednesday night which will be out around 10pm. Plan to have dinner at the bar at Minetta the steak & burger. Do they take reservations for the bar?

Thursday lunch we are thinking about Hakkasan after reading the reviews of the Pipa duck. Thoughts? (I don't mean to stir things up).

Thursday night is open. We are going to the early show at the Blue Note. Was thinking of some place to eat at a bar, have some drinks & relax.

Friday we are planning on lunch at Jean Georges (have never been). Dinner is open, thoughts????

Saturday we are trekking up to The Cloisters for a concert at 1pm. Any thoughts on a place for brunch beforehand? Most of the brunch places I considered don't start until 11am. Guess I'm looking for breakfast rather than lunch. Saturday night we planned on 15 East. Ate there last December and loved it.

Sunday, we are planning brunch at the NoMad (gotta try the chicken sandwich). Dinner is open.

Sadly, we have to catch an early plane Monday am.

Places we are considering:

Ippudo (have been there several times & love it, especially if it's cold & raining).
Il Buco (met a guy in a restaurant in Austin that suggested going there a few years ago)
Tanoshi sushi

Other suggestions or glaring holes in the itinerary? We don't need suggestions on BBQ or Mexican since that's plenty in Austin. What about good bar places to have a bite & drinks?

Thanks to everyone for suggestions.

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