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LA Chowhound coming to NYC for a long weekend seeks guidance

misseatsalot Aug 17, 2006 06:20 PM

Hi, I haven't been to NYC in 6 years, and I'm excited to try some amazing eats. I'm on a little bit of a budget, so recommendations for meals in the mid range ($50 a person after tip) to bargain meals would be very much appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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    RGR RE: misseatsalot Aug 17, 2006 06:54 PM

    With hundreds of restaurants to choose from, it would help if you would narrow things down by telling us which cuisines especially appeal to you.

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      misseatsalot RE: RGR Aug 17, 2006 09:12 PM

      Good point. I'm in search of NY style pizza, transcendent (but not bankruptcy-inducing) Italian food in a cozy joint, and perhaps West-Indian style food.

    2. livetotravel RE: misseatsalot Aug 17, 2006 06:55 PM

      For starters, have fun wading through NY Mag's top "Cheap Eats" places . . .


      I can recommend Momofuku Noodle Bar,Una Pizza Napoletana,Tía Pol,and Lupa without a doubt.

      I would also recommend The Tasting Room in Soho on Elizabeth and The Spotted Pig in the Village. Jojo on the Upper East Side still has a $24 prix fixe lunch.

      Look at this site for more info . . .

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        misseatsalot RE: livetotravel Aug 17, 2006 09:10 PM

        Thanks so much -- Momofuku is definitely on my list of places to go (from my persual of Gayot and other sites). I appreciate having your vote of confidence for that place. Also might have to just try Franny's. Let me know if I can recommend any places for you in LA.

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          kenito799 RE: misseatsalot Aug 18, 2006 02:16 PM

          Just do NOT get the noodles at Momofuku--they are awful. Stick to other small dishes. Many much better Japanese noodle places around.

      2. Chandavkl RE: misseatsalot Aug 17, 2006 07:45 PM

        Also, here's last week's thread on a similar question from a fellow Angeleno (linked to another similar thread).


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          DonnyMac RE: misseatsalot Aug 17, 2006 08:37 PM

          From a fellow LA hound, here is what I recommend based on my visit last Fall.

          Try the Bar Room at the Modern for dinner. Unless you go nuts on wine or cocktails, you can keep it close to your budget. It's like a very un-LA version of A.O.C. - superb.

          Take a lunch break from shopping in Soho by walking over to the Village to grab lunch at 'ino - best rendition of a panini place and wine bar outside of Italy that I have yet been to - charming and delicious. Again, nothing like it in LA.

          I'll leave the rest to the NYC hounds.

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            misseatsalot RE: DonnyMac Aug 17, 2006 09:03 PM

            Thanks, DonnyMac. I love AOC and am definitely going to try the Bar Room. You've hit the nail on the head. I want to go places that I wouldn't find in LA.

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            adamandeve RE: misseatsalot Aug 17, 2006 09:15 PM

            If you are willing to do the trip to Brooklyn, skip Franny's and do al di la for your italian.

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              misseatsalot RE: adamandeve Aug 17, 2006 10:16 PM

              I'm staying with a friend in Brooklyn Heights, so it's easy. Al di La looks wonderful. Too bad I'm on there for 3 days.

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                RGR RE: misseatsalot Aug 17, 2006 10:26 PM

                For that pizza you're craving, the absolute best can be found at Di Fara, on the corner of Avenue J & 15th St., in Brooklyn.

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              beagleboy RE: misseatsalot Aug 17, 2006 09:58 PM

              Avoid the Bar Room at the Modern-it ain't cheap and it's not all that good.
              Spigolo on the UES(81st and 2nd or 3rd) is great for Italian that won't break your bank-
              Have you ever been to Pearl Oyster bar(Cornelia st)? Transcendent lobster roll, and the fried oysters are one of my favorite things in the world
              Get a hot dog at Sparky's too-it's on Lafayette and Bleecker-

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                misseatsalot RE: beagleboy Aug 17, 2006 10:35 PM

                Thanks for the advice. Will report back. Not going until September.

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