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Two totally different Manhattan dining experiences...

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I was in Manhattan this weekend on non-cruise related business.

 

In the never ending search for the perfect pizza discussion, I now introduce something completely different...

 

Upside Pizza

 

I heard of this through Apple News, and the New York Times (linked above). I was intrigued, so Friday evening, walking back to my hotel near Penn Station, I decided to go down 8th Avenue (always a good idea to avoid the zoo in Times Square), and found my way into Upside Pizza, at 39th and 8th Ave, just south of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. This is, from all appearances, a classic NYC pizza by the slice dive. There was one very small table, occupied by two people. If you read the link, the owners are specialists in the dirt cheap by the slice pizza. This was definitely not that! Wonderfully crispy-chewy pizza with a nicely spicy sauce. Wonderful!

 

At the other end of the spectrum, having been told by my wife to just do it, I went to the Lounge at Le Bernadin. I confess I did order off the full prix fixe menu, but the lounge menu was very nice as well. Le Bernadin is a treat, and not an inexpensive one, but it was pretty amazing sitting at the bar watching the choreography of the restaurant. I know we had someone posting recently looking for a truly nice place to dine alone, and having now done it, I will wholeheartedly recommend the experience!

Black Bass at Le BernadinIMG_1035(1).thumb.jpg.f4145fa80aae84366e39e82b356e20d1.jpg

 

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Upside sounds great.  I ate at the 2 Bros place around the corner just last month.  Don't recall seeing Upside, although we did walk up 8th Avenue, and I'm sure I would have skipped it if I did see it.  Not next time, though

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Love nyc pizza wife must have a least one slice every day we are in nyc many times this is after midnight 

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47 minutes ago, Got2Cruise said:

Do you need reservations for the LeBernardin lounge? 

No. In fact, they don't take reservations in the lounge. I got there around 7:30 and they were pretty busy. That's how I ended up at the actual bar.

 

They have a menu of small dishes in the lounge, including some "retired" dishes from the main dining room. Or you can order any of the three prix fixe menus.

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15 hours ago, markeb said:

I was in Manhattan this weekend on non-cruise related business.

 

In the never ending search for the perfect pizza discussion, I now introduce something completely different...

 

Upside Pizza

 

I heard of this through Apple News, and the New York Times (linked above). I was intrigued, so Friday evening, walking back to my hotel near Penn Station, I decided to go down 8th Avenue (always a good idea to avoid the zoo in Times Square), and found my way into Upside Pizza, at 39th and 8th Ave, just south of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. This is, from all appearances, a classic NYC pizza by the slice dive. There was one very small table, occupied by two people. If you read the link, the owners are specialists in the dirt cheap by the slice pizza. This was definitely not that! Wonderfully crispy-chewy pizza with a nicely spicy sauce. Wonderful!

 

At the other end of the spectrum, having been told by my wife to just do it, I went to the Lounge at Le Bernadin. I confess I did order off the full prix fixe menu, but the lounge menu was very nice as well. Le Bernadin is a treat, and not an inexpensive one, but it was pretty amazing sitting at the bar watching the choreography of the restaurant. I know we had someone posting recently looking for a truly nice place to dine alone, and having now done it, I will wholeheartedly recommend the experience!

 

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That would have been me

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15 minutes ago, Lois R said:

That would have been me

It would have been!

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Hi, I got interrupted when I tried to post earlier today...…….It would have been me (that was asking about restaurants and dining solo):classic_biggrin:.……..I will take a look at La Bernadin since you said it was so good:classic_smile:

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On 3/4/2019 at 6:20 PM, Lois R said:

Hi, I got interrupted when I tried to post earlier today...…….It would have been me (that was asking about restaurants and dining solo):classic_biggrin:.……..I will take a look at La Bernadin since you said it was so good:classic_smile:

 

Just came back to this. 

 

A couple of thoughts. Le Bernadin is in the Theater District. They do have early seatings for the pre-theater crowd. They are also open late. If you seriously consider them, look at late night, after a 90 minute show. You’re going to be there roughly two hours, even at the bar, if you order the full menu. If you order off the lounge menu, ignore the $46 price and order the tuna carpaccio with foi gras. This was a signature appetizer in the dining room that’s now in the lounge. Second, let the sommelier pick your wine. They are amazing and pair perfectly to your dish in the French fashion. Otherwise, enjoy!

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8 hours ago, markeb said:

 

Just came back to this. 

 

A couple of thoughts. Le Bernadin is in the Theater District. They do have early seatings for the pre-theater crowd. They are also open late. If you seriously consider them, look at late night, after a 90 minute show. You’re going to be there roughly two hours, even at the bar, if you order the full menu. If you order off the lounge menu, ignore the $46 price and order the tuna carpaccio with foi gras. This was a signature appetizer in the dining room that’s now in the lounge. Second, let the sommelier pick your wine. They are amazing and pair perfectly to your dish in the French fashion. Otherwise, enjoy!

 

Good morning, thank you for the post:classic_smile:.

 

I have decided to make a reservation at Gallagher's .  A good steak and nice glass of wine should make for a nice meal.:classic_biggrin:

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11 hours ago, markeb said:

 

Just came back to this. 

 

A couple of thoughts. Le Bernadin is in the Theater District. They do have early seatings for the pre-theater crowd. They are also open late. If you seriously consider them, look at late night, after a 90 minute show. You’re going to be there roughly two hours, even at the bar, if you order the full menu. If you order off the lounge menu, ignore the $46 price and order the tuna carpaccio with foi gras. This was a signature appetizer in the dining room that’s now in the lounge. Second, let the sommelier pick your wine. They are amazing and pair perfectly to your dish in the French fashion. Otherwise, enjoy!

Will most likely try tuna carpaccio with foi gras sounds sinful. About ten weeks to go, but have a cruise 🚢 n ten days. 

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