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Would love some restaurant recs.

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Would love some restaurant recs.

Planning our trip to NYC May 5-9. Looking for good breakfast, lunch and dinner recommendations. We'd like to get reservations for one nice dinner, preferably at someplace quintessentially New York. Is it too late to get a good Friday or Saturday night reso? We like seafood and steak, aren't so much into ethnic food.

For lunch, cheap is good. I heard that Joe's is great pizza, so we plan to try that out.

We're staying at the Millennium UN Plaza, but we're happy to travel wherever for a good meal.

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1. Re: Would love some restaurant recs.

Most places only take reservations 30 days in advance, so you are still early.

There are so many restaurants in New York. You should eat breakfast near where you are. Same for lunch. When you say one nice dinner, what kind of budget are we talking? $50 a head? $100? $250?

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2. Re: Would love some restaurant recs.

When I think of something "quintessentially New York" I keep coming back to a slice of Pizza from a walk up stand. really. (And NOT Famiglia in Times Square.)

I'm not sure that's what you had in mind for dinner, but as a native and a local, that';s about as quintessential as you can get,

How about Dinner in one of the Museums? Take a look at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example. Or MOMA -- There was also an article in the Times last Sunday about a few new Museum restaurants.

Enjoy

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3. Re: Would love some restaurant recs.

Yeah, I get that I'm not quite grasping how big the city is. What I hate is arriving in a new city that I've spent so long researching, and then feeling at a loss as to where to eat. I thought maybe having a plan of where to eat would help us plan where we hang out.

For the nice dinner, I'd say $75/head is about right. Is that possible?

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4. Re: Would love some restaurant recs.

Not to make this more difficult, but maybe it would be good if you explain what "quintessentially New York" means to you.

For instance, there are the 'old New York' places like 21:

http://www.21club.com/web/onyc/21_club.jsp

But some people think of a New York atmosphere as referring to somewhere that's bustling and cacophonous and up all night, like Blue Ribbon:

blueribbonrestaurants.com/rests_brass_man_ma…

Whereas others might say it's high-end cooking in a friendly environment, like Gramercy Tavern (slightly over your budget):

http://www.gramercytavern.com/

For others, NYC = Italian, so Lupa:

http://www.luparestaurant.com/

Some trends that have taken NYC by storm in recent years are stripped-down, casual places serving either robust American food, like at Prune:

http://www.prunerestaurant.com/

or The Little Owl:

http://www.thelittleowlnyc.com/

or marrying European and Asian flavors and techniques, like at Momofuku Ssam:

http://www.momofuku.com/ssam-bar/

Here are Eater's picks for the 38 essential NYC restaurants right now:

…eater.com/archives/2010/03/the_38_essential…

Edited: 02 April 2010, 13:18
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5. Re: Would love some restaurant recs.

You may not realize there's a ton of info already on the forum on restaurants, dining, steak places etc. if you do a text search.

menupages.com

is a great tool for doing some of your own research. Your hotel is in the west 40's and breakfast places are typically in the diner & coffee shop section. So going to menupages, then clicking east 40's, then diners & coffee shops, then organizing them by rating, the best option is quite near you called Nations Cafe on 1st ave. & 49th st. John's coffee shop on 2nd ave. & 44th st. would also be a good bet.

Steakhouses are pricey so that could be your special meal. BLT Steak is very popular on the forum and not all that far from your hotel. It might be a bit more than $75 person with drinks, tip and tax though.

I haven't been in a long time, but Top of the Tower inside the Beekman Towers hotel is not far from your hotel. The views are very nice and it appears they serve breakfast, lunch & dinner or you can just go for drinks.

http://www.thetopofthetower.com/cuisine.html

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6. Re: Would love some restaurant recs.

Oops, typo in my post. Your hotel in the EAST 40's. :))

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7. Re: Would love some restaurant recs.

Don't visit NYC with going to Balthazar in Soho great ambience and celeb spotting book ahead though.

Azul a great Argentine restaurant the steaks are amaxing, thats Stanton St Lower East Side. Some great bars nearby too.

East Village have loads of restaurants check out Ave B between 3rd and 4th plenty of choice around there. Brazilian restaurant here but can't remember the name.

I love NYC and lived there for a while definately avoid the tourist spots hope this helps.

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