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Visiting NY 5/29 - 6/1: Help with food itinerary

Tony | May 20, 200811:50 AM

Hello Chowhounders,

My wife and I (we are in our late twenties) will be vacationing in the East Coast (New York, Boston, Maine, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Hamptons) We are from the Los Angeles and Orange County area and wanted some help with a food itinerary. I have been searching the boards and found some restaurants that might fit into what we are looking for. Please feel free to suggest otherwise. We will be staying on the New Jersey side and taking public transportation into the city, so we would like to keep most of our choices within Manhattan unless a place is a must.

We are looking to spend no more than $60-90 for the both of us during lunch for a few special lunches, but the cheaper it is the better for us. For dinners we would like to spend no more than $100-130 for our special dinners. I don't drink alcohol and my wife does occasionally.

We are both open to all kinds of cuisines but we aren't looking Asian or Mexican food.

We would like to eat at some of the high end restaurants without breaking the bank. I have heard that eating lunch (prix fixe) at many of these restaurants is the way to go. Could anyone recommend a few places with great food and great lunchtime prices? I have found a few, are there better ones out there?

EMP - Lunch $38
Jean Georges - $28
Perry Street - $29

We are also planning to go to Degustation, Babbo, and possibly one of the Momofuku's for dinner. Would it be too late to get a reservation for either of these? We are open to any other suggestions.

Also looking for must haves during our stay in New York. Some places we would like to go are Katz for their pastrami, Il Labratoria Gelato for some great gelato, Pizza, I have heard about Artichoke, Difara's, Lombardi's, and Grimaldi's. We have been to Joe's Pizza translpant in LA. Any must have hot dog spots? Gray's Papaya? Or any other very New York and must have's? Shake Shack?

I have read about RGR LES food tour but haven't seen it in its entirety. Could someone describe or link it?

Feeling pretty lost right now with distances with all of these restaurants and how much eating we will be able to get in a day.

I apologize for the long post, but wanted to be as precise as possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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