First time in NY- Help!
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!
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
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!
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
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!
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?"