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Locanda Verde

Jessica Schwartzberg

New York: Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch

Oh Manhattan! So much to taste, so little time. Here’s a foolproof plan for your bites of the Big Apple. Start the day with a visit to Locanda Verde (breakfast for two $35), best known for popular chef Andrew Carmellini’s magic at the stoves, but which happens to serve breakfast out of a daydream. Try cloudlike sheep’s-milk ricotta drizzled with truffled honey and moist, fragrant polenta muffins or olive-oil coffee cake from pastry princess Karen DeMasco. Save some calories for a mid-morning snack at the lovable Nolita spot Torrisi Italian Specialties (sandwiches for two $18), where a duo of young Café Boulud veterans creatively update Italian-American deli fare. (They also do fabulous prix fixe dinners.) Choose the chicken parm from the sandwich list, and do try an antipasto or two, since lunch will be blissfully light at ABC Kitchen (lunch for two $52). At this restaurant occupying the stylishly rusticated space inside the furniture emporium ABC Carpet & Home, Jean-Georges Vongerichten shines the spotlight on farm-to-fork vegetables. Even the simplest dishes—a cumin-infused roasted-carrot salad dolloped with sour cream; a delicious bowl of heirloom beans—deliver that signature Jean-Georges zing. Then again, if you’re not intent on being too virtuous, Má Pêche (lunch for two $72), the latest from the burgeoning Momofuku empire, with the fiercely gifted Tien Ho at the h


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