Five Napkin Burger - 9th Ave and 45th. Really good burger. Really good.
my buddy saw neil y last nite and i sent him to trattoria dell’arte which they liked quite a bit.
i would rather esca at 43rd and 9th any day but it’s a harder reservation.
fwiw trattoria is very close to carnegie
Thank you all for your ideas. It was a fantastic couple of days. I am in NY often for work, but it has been a very long time since I had any time just to do fun things. The Rene Magritte exhibit at MoMA, a new Steichen exhibit at the Whitney, Book of Mormon and Neil at Carnegie. Shopping at Tourneau.
We ate at Becco before the play, and had a very nice meal (and a surprisingly enjoyable 2010 Valdicava Rosso). Breakfast at Carnegie (twice; it is a block from the hotel). Lunch at Radiance Tea House. Dinner before Neil at Ma Peche Momofuku, with an absolutely delicious Benoit-Lahaye champagne. Also a light breakfast at Sullivan Street Bakery (very good quality stuff).
Despite the fact that it rained, snowed, or froze the entire time, we walked a ton and really enjoyed ourselves. Planning another trip in the spring.
BTW, The London NYC is a fantastic deal in mid-town. The rooms could definitely use a refresh, but they are HUGE by Manhattan standards, the service is excellent, the beds are comfortable, the location perfect (nice and quiet on 54th, off the avenues), the gym amazing, and generally the experience very enjoyable. We have stayed there 4 or 5 times, and really I can’t imagine staying elsewhere in midtown.
The show was fantastic. Basically a greatest hits show, done solo. It is simply astonishing that his voice hasn’t changed a bit since he was 20 (I know the Neil haters will see that as condemnation). The clarity and simplicity of his voice and the solo instrumentation and the brilliant acoustics made the show very enjoyable. We were in one of the boxes, and they are cramped and sight lines are poor, but we made friends with the other 5 people in the box and managed to arrange the chairs so that everyone had a decent view.
Really a fantastic night, and I am sorry I didn’t have tix for one of the earlier shows (although the set lists were nearly identical from what I can tell.)