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Aug 9, 2006 02:53 PM

Best of 9th Avenue

The next time we come to the city in October, we would like to check out lunch on 9th Ave. Peruvian, Argentinian, Turkish etc.
No Italian (though Amarone was quite good) or Indian. Any suggestions from seasoned city people?

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  1. One of the best shwarma in the city can be had @ Azuri Cafe on 51st Street just east of 10th Avenue. They close early on Friday and closed Sat. for religious observance.

    1. Try Empanada Mama at 51st - I like any of the nonbaked empanadas and the arepas; Pam Real Thai on 49th (or they have a second branch called Encore on 47th that I haven't been to) - best pad see ew; Rice N Beans (Brazilian) near 50th; and Riconcito Peruano for peruvian between 53rd and 54th.

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      1. re: allkindsoffood

        I second Empanada Mama! Try Uncle's Nick, go to the Ouzaria (two restos are side by side), Xing, and Delta Grill.

        1. re: trinyc

          i agree with the recommendation for uncle nick's. i have had many excellent meals there.

        2. re: allkindsoffood

          Second Rice 'N Beans, though it's a little overpriced for what you get. Also, when you're done with lunch, check out my favorite cookies in the city at Ruby et Violette on 50th(??) just off 10th Ave.

        3. I really like Turkish Cuisine on 45th-ish and 9th.

          1. i live right there and can say some of the best places to eat are on 9th ave. all of the above are great. i'll say that el centro has good mexican; i really like vnyl too (american classic and thai. there are TONS of thai places there: Q, tiny thai, breeze, but pam real thai is most authentic (and cheapest).

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            1. re: cma212

              I would try Wondee Siam, the one between 52nd and 53rd, over Pam Real. I find Pam Real to be pretty hit or miss.

              Wondee Siam has a thai menu, which you probably won't be able to read, but the waitstaff always helps me pick out something. Last time I had crispy pork with basil, and it was quite good.

            2. Grand Sichuan, just north of 50th, and Ariana Afghan Kebab House, between 52nd and 53rd (which I made a return visit to about a week ago) are both excellent. If you go to Ariana, get the salad w/o dressing and add the green hot sauce to it. It's a bit more expensive than a place like Grand Sichuan. My dinner at Ariana cost about $30, whereas a dinner at Grand Sichuan would generally be under $20.

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              1. re: Pan

                Big fan of Ariana's and I agree on the salad rec - they're a little heavy on the dressing for my taste, and the sauce is better. They have tons of veg options, and the bread is awesome.

                1. re: piccola

                  Yeah, really good crusty flatbread with nigella seeds, and it comes to your table warm. I like to eat it with some of the green sauce for flavor.

                2. re: Pan

                  Appreciate the tips. What do folks think of the kebabs and rice dishes at Ariana?

                  1. re: squid kun

                    Well, not surprisingly, I recommend them.