new york city, here i come

(Edited:  April 2, 2011)

I am FINALLY going somewhere.  To be fair, we did travel to Ixtapa in January, but ate at the resort, all-inclusive.  Tres boring, but in a beautiful warm setting:

My generous husband got me a bucket-list-worthy birthday gift:  a trip to New York City.  Nope, I’ve never been.  My kind parents are flying out to look after kids.

I’ve begun The master list. This includes packing, shopping, and activity ideas.  And very importantly:  EATS.

I clearly have too many places and not enough days/room in my stomach to experience all of this.  I’m limited to Manhattan.  We are staying 2 blocks south of Central Park, but are planning on exploring different neighbourhoods on a daily basis.  AND going to a Yankees game.

I’ve collected these recommendations through yelp, chowhound, food blogs, New York Magazine and general digging around on the Internet.  The starred items mean:  MUST EAT, no matter what.

I have a few questions:
1.  Have I missed a MUST EAT in NYC?  Am I off the mark?
2. I am woefully lacking in bars appropriate for 40-somethings.  Or even better, dancing!  I mean, dancing for old people.
3.  I’d love to go on a food tour.  Any recommendations?

The master list:  EATS

Gramercy Tavern – flatiron district – can walk into tavern.  Dinner reservations 28 days before
Collichio and Sons – meatpacking district (tap room is the more casual)
ABC Kitchen – flatiron –
Spotted Pig – west village – walk in –
Lupa – Greenwich village
prune – east village, gabrielle hamilton’s place small, call for reservations 212-677-6221
locanda verde,- tribeca- breakfast, lunch, dinner – call for reservations, or walk in – tribeca

Coffee/Bakeries near hotel:
*Momofuku milk bar – desserts (open at 8 am)
Bouchon bakery

Casual food:
Norma’s – midtown – for breakfast
*Union square cafe – flatiron – lunch –
City bakery – flatiron district – breakfast, lunch 3 West 18th Street
Bird Bath bakeries – various locations
Little Owl – Greenwich village – 90 bedford street – higher end bistro, best burgers
via quadronno – cafe – breakfast, paninis – upper east side
di fara pizza – in brooklyn closed mon/tuesday
*shake shack – best burger – 17 minute walk from hotel – 691 8th avenue – towards hell’s kitchen
absolute bagel – upper west side – 2788 broadway
hot dogs – Gray’s Papaya – upper west side – 2090 Broadway
Crif Dogs – east village – 113 Saint Mark’s Place
Four and Twenty Blackbirds – brooklyn
*Torrisi Italian Specialties – 250 mulberry street, little italy
Pommes Frites – gramercy -123 second avenue
the redhead – east village – 349 east 13 street
vanessa’s dumpling house – lower east side – 118 eldridge street
*2nd avenue deli – midtown east – 132 east 33 street
Lexington candy shop – lunch counter – upper east side 1226 lexington avenue
Mayahuel– Mexican – east village – 304 E 6th street
porchetta – porchetta sandwiches – east village – 110 east 7th street
*Red Rooster – Harlem – 310 Lennox Avenue, reservations online.

Food trucks:
Big gay ice cream truck – various locations, check twitter –
Dessert truck – east village – 6 clinton street (closed)
Wafels and Dinges – check twitter –

the breslin – high end pub – flatiron – 16 west 29 street
Aria wine bar – Chelsea – 117 Perry Street
230 fifth – rooftop bar – flatiron district


3 thoughts on “new york city, here i come

  1. Holy Crap Sue! You’ll have to eat ten meals a day. 🙂

    I have only been to New York as a very small child and again a few years ago for about 2 days, and ate nowhere spectacular. So I’m pretty jealous. Most of the great places I’ve heard about are up there, except for Prune. I just started reading Chef Gabrielle Hamilton’s memoir and I’ve heard it’s a fantastic restaurant – you might want to look it up.

  2. AVOID Gray’s Papaya… eaten there both times in New York, the second time because we forgot about the first. We ended up throwing out most of our food and drink. I recommend walking into any deli and getting any of their salads, or panini’s; we were never disappointed and were almost always delighted with what ever we got. I am so jealous! Have a wonderful time. It is nearly impossible not to!

  3. Hi Isabelle – so good to hear from you. I just finished reading Hamilton’s book. It was SO delectable – the writing, the settings – that it has spoiled me for more mediocre books.

    I agree – I will add Prune to my list!

    And Resa! A blast from the past…duly noted about Gray’s…I will strike it from the list…any recommendations in its place?

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