Dining in the Big Apple

Old Oct 24th, 2006, 04:59 PM
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Dining in the Big Apple

Any suggestions for interesting dining in NY. Will be staying at Trump in November and the choices are many. From high end to plain just great food...help.
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Old Oct 24th, 2006, 05:24 PM
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It's tough to answer that question because it is so open ended. That said, here's my list of some the best places I've eaten in NY.

Very EXPENSIVE:
Babbo (if you don't mind loud rock music to accompany your gourmet Italian meal.)

La Grenouille - It's been around forever but STILL the best place in NY for a romantic dinner or decadent lunch.

Le Benardin - Spectacular in everyway.

Expensive but not EXPENSIVE:

BLT Steak - More of a European style steakhouse. (Sister restaurant BLT Fish is also very good.)

Union Square Cafe/Gramercy Tavern: Same owner. Both make you feel like a regular even if you're visiting the first time.

Mesa Grill - It's been around for a bit but still a unique spot. (Southwestern inspired dishes.)

WD5O - You either will love it or just think it's ok. The dishes are very unique which leads to some unusual combinations (My appetizer had green tea ice cream.) A must try for real foodies.

UN Delegates Dining Room - One of the most unique spots in NYC for lunch. Because of the diversity of the UN crowd, numerous options.






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Old Oct 24th, 2006, 05:55 PM
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Here is a list of my favorite restaurants in Manhattan:

Chanterelle
Le Zie 2000
Payard
Balthazar
Picholine
Punch
Les Halles
Union Square Cafe
Green Bo
Babbo
La Gouloue
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Old Oct 25th, 2006, 05:32 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions. Is there a place for ice cream called Serendipity..or was that just a movie? Tavern on the Green..y/n? And how about the hot dog vendors on the street? I have heard about Babbo being great but worry that our experience will be more of me screaming WHAT DID YOU SAY than WOW. I have stepped into Geizer land...
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Old Oct 25th, 2006, 05:44 AM
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Rosa Mexicana is right around the corner from Trump. It's a lovely restaurant, very good Mexican food.
 
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Serendipity is near Bloomingdales and famous for their "frozen hot chocolate" as well as other ice cream delights and actually good sandwiches and chili.

This thread took a major nose dive down when you mentioned Tavern on the Green, a pretty and atmospheric spot which does not even belong in the same thread as all those places listed above.

Geizer land?
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Oh. Delayed reaction. Did you mean Geezer Land -- the land of senior citizens?
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I rarely venture out to restaurants uptown, so my knowledge of restaurants around your hotel is negligible. These are suggestions for you if you happen to be wondering downtown.

These are of few of my favorite casual restaurants that are bit more moderately priced (~$100-$150). All of them (except Little Owl) serve new American food:

The Red Cat (Chelsea)
Goblin Market (SoHo)
Blue Ribbon (SoHo)
Landmarc (Tribeca)
Little Owl (Mediterranean, W. Village)

Blue Ribbon doesn't accept reservations and can entail a wait. Landmarc doesn't take reservations, but I've never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a table.

You can look at the menus for these recommendations, as well as the ones in other posts on www.menupages.com .
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Old Oct 25th, 2006, 05:49 AM
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Wandering downtown! Oops
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Old Oct 25th, 2006, 07:41 AM
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Tavern on the Green is ok if you go for lunch and don't expect much (from the food or service) but pretty setting. The Boat House in Central park is also a pretty spot for lunch.

Serendipity is known for their frozen hot chocolate dessert and waits for a table for dessert are historic. If you go for a full meal (lunch or dinner) you can make a reservation & avoid this wait. Food is basic but fine. Just save room for dessert. Another way to do this is put your name down for a table and leave. Go to Bloomies for a shop, Dylan's candy bar down the street for a look around or walk over to 2nd ave. and take a tram ride over to Roosevelt Island (and back) for a nice view.

Near your hotel, some of the nicest restaurants are

Le Bernardin--very very fine French/seafood.

Jean Georges in your hotel (they have a nice prix fixe lunch that's not too pricey).

The new Time Warner building is right across the street from Trump. The "IT" restaurant in NYC is Per Se in there. Your concierge can probably get a reservation if you're prepared to spend something like $200-300/person. Other options in there are Asiate (inside the Mandarin Oriental on the 35 floor of the building) -Asian/French with great views. Cafe Gray is also supposed to be very good.

There's a Whole Foods market inside Time Warner that's good for take out and casual dining (serve yourself).

Telepan is a newish place a bit north of your hotel and hard to get a reservation.

Picholine and San Domenico are mediterraneans nearby. Both upscale.

For breakfast near your hotel, Le Pain Quotidien on 7th ave. & 58 st is good. Cafe Botanica inside the Essex House is nice for brunch.

Some more moderate places (not cheap but not outrageous) just north of you are O'Neal's, Nick & Toni's, La Boite en Bois.

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Old Oct 25th, 2006, 07:50 AM
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I don't think the Roosevelt Island tram is running anymore, right?
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I find it curious that Babbo receives such high marks. I had dinner there last week, and it was excellent, but I certainly appreciate why Michelin awarded it "only" one star, which upset Mario -- its not in the class of the restaurants declared to be two- or three-star restaurants, and its not nearly as good as Italy's top restaurants.
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Old Oct 25th, 2006, 08:07 AM
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Well it isn't in Italy.
 
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That's true. I have been to a lot of Mario's one-word name restaurants (Po, Otto, Lupa and Babbo), so I obviously like his food, but I just don't hold any of them to be in the very top tier. So, I understood Michelin's decision, notwithstanding Molto Mario blaming his single star on extrinsic factors (like the music, which I didn't even notice last week).
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The Roosevelt Island tram is back in service.
http://www.roosevelt-island.ny.us/tram.htm
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Three interesting one's

1. Pigalle, French. Try the mussels and a Leffe Bruin beer.

http://www.pigallenyc.com/index.php

2. The Delta Grill, Cajun. Great brunches.

http://thedeltagrill.com/

3. Hallo Berlin, "NY's Wurst Resteraunt" German, and they have more beers than even *I* have heard of.

http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant...lin/index.html

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JUST received an email from opentable (booking service)about which Michelin rated restaurants can be booked on their website. Here's the list for anyone interested.
http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?...0&m=8&ref=1327
Obviously it's not all the Micheline starred places.
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Avoid Tavern on the Green at all costs. The food is mediocre at best and the service both poor and supercilious. It's only benefit is the beautiul setting in Central Park (which could justify a drink or a salad lunch) but in November the park will be brons and crunchy.

If you want a "Name" touristy spot I would go with River Cafe (good but not great food, incredible views) or Sea Grill (very good seafood and view of Rock Center skating rink). Not these are not the absolute best food - but are good New York experiences.

Serendipity would be fine except for the interminabe waits - IMHO not worth it.

For best food:

Babbo
Le Bernardin - best fish
Le Grenouille (Have not been recenlty - but used to work near there and go at least once a week - business - and if it;s still as good you can;t go wrong)
Don;t do steak - so can;t comment personally
For fun, casuale Italian: Trattoria del'Arte
And I still like Asia de Cuba - even though it's so far past trendy it has cobwebs
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You asked about hot dogs on the street - they are okay. They're boiled though. If you want to have that experience you won't be disappointed. I think the hotdogs sold at places like Grays Papaya and Papaya King are better though - they're grilled. There are a few around the city and make a good cheap meal.
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Just a quick note to say that Babbo books one month in advance to the calendar date (i.e. today is 10/25--they are booking for November 25). Reservation line opens at 10--use speed dial and don't give up.

You can get lucky sometimes, but you might end up with a 10pm or 5pm reservation.

Alternatively, there is seating at the bar--people do line up for that before the restaurant even opens.

I also second the recommendation for Jean-Georges. And Picholine is one of my favorite restaurants--Their fromagier (Max McSomething) is amazing and they have a fantastic selection. Going at 6 is always tough because of pre-theater dining, but you can probably get a reservation after 8.
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