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Apr 13, 1999 07:04 PM

First time in NY- Help!

  • j

Wife's just turned 40 and I've promised her a weekend
in NY to see a show on Broadway and a couple nights of
dinner. Need help with great places for dinner.
Appreciate a dinner recommendation (in Manhatten) for :


I prefer biggg portions rather than food served as
artwork - and we're not rich. Heading to the city
from Ohio farmland (50 dairy cows in our back yard)

Thanks for the help!

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  1. f
    Frank Language

    You may not have a lot of time on your hands, but
    neither do we; it's been suggested before, and I'll say
    it again: there are a zillion back posts from people
    who are passionate about food. You can search the site
    to find just what you're looking for, and you may learn
    more from your research than if someone actually
    answered your "Quick: what's good to eat in New York?"

    Good luck.

    1. well, i'll try to help you a little bit just off the
      top of my head. please note, these are not necessarily
      my favorites but are ones i think might fit well within
      your parameters. for italian, i've heard gennaro's is
      pretty good. it's on amsterdam between 92nd and 93rd.
      but honestly, there are about a million good cheap
      italian places all over manhattan. as for seafood, you
      might want to try one of the "grills", blue water
      grill, ocean grill or atlantic grill. they're all run
      by the same person. they're pretty popular and trendy
      right now and slightly expensive but won't make you go
      broke and the food is very good. i personally love
      union pacific, but i think that would fall into your
      category of food as art, and is also a bit pricey. if
      you want steak, you cannot go anywhere other than peter
      luger's in brooklyn. almost everybody will tell you
      the same thing. make reservations now. it may be
      expensive, but worth it. if there's one night you
      should splurge, let it be luger's. as for pizza, i
      like john's on 65th between columbus and central park
      west. it's the very thin crust kind, and it's a
      restaurant, not a little hole in the wall where you
      have to stand by a counter and eat your slice. you
      might want to go to a bookstore and pick up a copy of
      the zagat new york restaurant survey. it will
      definitely help you in your quest. it's ten dollars,
      and i realize you're only coming out here for a few
      days, but believe me, your wife will thank you and it
      will make your life a lot easier. it will be totally
      worth it. good luck and hope you enjoy your stay in
      new york.

      2 Replies
      1. re: wonki

        Wonki mentioned John's Pizza, which is a good
        suggestion. There is also a branch of John's in the
        theater district - you said you were planning to see a
        show or two, so that might be convenient. I THINK it's
        on 44th St. near Broadway but I could be wrong. It's
        in a lovely old building that used to be a church, I
        Have a great trip!

        1. re: wonki

          Might I suggest Jim's book rather than Zagat's? You have to use Z with discretion, whereas most of the places in the Guide to Eclectic Dining are pretty inexpensive, and they're all guaranteed delicious.

        2. m
          Michele Fuchs

          As there are SOOO many wonderful restaurants in NYC
          and you have so little time, not to mention the
          parameters you have set for yourself, here are some
          places you may want to try that fit your bill:

          Pizza: Patsy's Pizza, 5 locations in the city. Thin
          crust pizza, big salads and big bowls of pasta. 3rd
          avenue bet 34th and 35th (by my apt.), 69th and 2nd
          avenue, University place bet 10th and 11th, 74th bet
          Columbus and CPW and one WAY up town.

          John's Pizza: thin crust pizza, etc. Bleecker st
          between 6th and 7th ave so (the original and the
          best), 65th bet CPW and CPolumbus, 64th bet 1st and
          york, 44th bet 8th and b'way.

          Steak: Without leaving Manhattan and heading to Peter
          Luger's in Bklyn, which is cash only BTW, I like
          Sparks on 46th bet 2nd and 3rd, Michael Jordan's in
          Grand Central not only serves good food (steaks/
          seafood) it is also an experience as you dine right in
          Grand Central with a view of the whole place, recently
          renovated. Also...down on park avenue bet 28th and
          29th sts, there are 2 places (siblings I think) that
          are little french steak/bistros a la Paris, Les Halles
          which even houses a small butcher shop and Park
          Bistro, the slightly more upscale of the two, being
          that there is no shop and the prices are a few dollars
          higher. Both are fun is you like a lot of activity and
          noise, like a french bistro (which I do at times). The
          steak frites are terrific and the crowd very hip and
          good looking. Oh did I mention the wine list!!!!

          Italian: One of my faves: Da Umberto on 17th bet 6th
          and 7th. Very Tuscan like, wonderful antipasto ,hip,
          and terrific friendly/ part of the family type
          service. As a matter of fact, I've sat next to Linda
          Evangelista and another time, Michele Marsh (NYC
          news). We even celebrated my 30th b-day there.

          Some on this site may argue that there is no good
          Italian in NYC, I disagree. I also recommend Le Madri
          on 18th and 7th.

          For moderate Italian, HUGE portions, and lively
          ambience...try Carmines. Family style, major garlic
          and very fun...great for groups. Theater district,
          44th bet b'way and 8th and B'way bet 90th and 91st.
          Uptown was the original.

          Seafood: I LOVE Blue Water Grill on 16th and Union
          Square West. Not only is the building a lovely old
          style bank with columns, etc. the downstairs is also a
          Jazz bar with great music and makes dinner into a
          whole evening of activity, Not to mention the nabe is

          Also, for both seafood and steak, and ambience,
          Maloney and Porcelli on 50th bet mad and park is
          great. It is known for its large portions, great wines
          (usually the special is terrfic AND reasonably
          priced), and try to sit by the windows, especially if
          the weather is nice.

          Two last things, Lola on 22nd bet 5th and 6th has a
          super Gospel brunch on Sundays that is terrific. The
          music is jumping and the food terrific. Also, if you
          walk along Bleecker in the west village, you are bound
          to hit upon tons of great, cheap eats, and Park Avenue
          South to fall in to a place for drinks and apps (Park
          Avalon is lovely in the bar area)! WALK-WALK-WALK.

          Most of all...ENJOY and Happy-happy to your wife!

          1. Thought I'd throw my 2 cents in re: food in Manhattan
            for your quicky trip here.

            For pizza, I do agree that John's (especially the one
            on Bleecker) is pretty darn good, can't say I love
            Patsy's, but Lombardi's on Spring Street (#32) between
            the Bowery and Mott is awesome. Like you died and
            went to pizza heaven. Stay away from lots of toppings
            (though the clam pie is very unique), and you will not
            be disappointed.