Wanted to pay it forward and hopefully help someone else planning for NYC. Keep in mind we've been 4 times and have done the "must do" list and throughly enjoyed. Myself ,24y/o & 22 y/o daughters share this info.
Hotel-The Michelangelo-TS area
Always a relief to enter the hotel you've chosen after agonizing over picking the right one. The Michelangelo far exceeded our expectations. Elegant,plush,traditional and serene-see my post under Hotel review. Will come here again.
Food-in the order we enjoyed
Artichoke Pizza-E.14th btwn 1st & 2nd-fabulous large by the slice-artichoke and spinach, cash only, no tables-so worth it. 3 slices/3 drinks $16
Led Zeppole-next door to Artichoke-fried oreos-enough said! 3-$4
Junior's-midtown after theater-pretty good food, fabulous big slice of strawberry shortcake cheesecake. $42, non-alcohol.
H & H Bagel-w.46th & 12th-walk in shop, great bagels but no frills and not so friendly staff. 3 bagels/cream cheese-$`7
Falal cart on 6th-around Bryant Park-okay food-wanted to find Alan's Falal but the weather was great and probably not all carts were out as usual. ~$10
Toloache-midtown west-before theater...really great Mexican...they were so king to fit us in without a reservation on a Sat night. Good Negra Modelo-braised brisket tacos, lobster tacos and chicken tacos...fresh yummy guacamole. Chef competed on Iron Chef. Dinner/Margaritas-$122
City Bakery-Union Square-hot chocolate with homemde marshmallow-beware-decadent, thick huge cup, delicious pretzel crossiant, baker's muffin...plenty to share & take home-$25
Republic-Union Square-quick service-fantastic food. Fried wontons,spicy coconut chicken soup,Vietnamese-style BBQ pork over noodles, Lychee martini-frozen...so wish we had one in New Orleans! $60
5 Napkin Burger-Hell's Kitchen-OMG! The original 5 Napkin burgers to die for! Had reservations one day before dining. Dinner(no alcohol) for 6-$119
Foods of NY tour-Central Greenwich Village-
Murray's cheese shop-awesome
O & CO-the most delicious olive oil I've ever tasted
Joe's Pizza-the freshest sauce...made me a thin crust convert-my fav.
Bleeker St Pizza-grandma style pizza-very good as well
Home-3 cheese Mac & Cheese-YUM
Soy & Sake-vegetarian Asian-pretty good
All of these were tastings included in the tour.
Amy's Bread-great cup of coffee and "better than Magnolia" red velvet cupcake.
Becco-rest. row-booked reservations about 10 days before trip. Great Italian, energetic atmosphere, attentive staff...like the numerous choices of wine by the bottle for $25 & under. Many of the other restaurants on the row were near empty and this place had people waiting to get in on a Monday night. Dinner & wine-$140
Wafels & Dinge's cart-so glad we sought out their location on Twitter. Now I know why so many TA posts suggested finding this cart. Linge wafel with speckulous and walnuts, also Linge with bananas, strawberries and Belgian chocolate. Not only were the wafels heavenly, the chefs were very friendly and patient. We looked up their website to order online when we got home.
Levain Bakery-UWS-voted #1 on TA and it's a bakery! Incredible warm enormous cookies, ordered milk of course. Melt in your mouth goodness. Met the owner/baker, she was very nice and VERY humble. Don't miss this place.
Gray's Papaya-my daughter needed her hot dog fix
Freddie & Pepper's pizza-UWS-another good one.
Will stop now and continue my trip report tomorrow. Thanks again to everyone who takes the time to post....we always rely on this info and once again TA rocks!