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My annual dining in Manhattan trip

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wellfedred Aug 29, 2006 01:24 AM

Well I can't think of a catchy title so hopefully I'll get some replies. So every year we come to Manhattan and eat a lot. I'm not as interested anymore in places they are too fancy frou frou pretentious...we used to always do that. What I mostly want is great food and am wondering what is new since we've last been there. What we have really loved the past couple of trips has been Prune, The Red Cat, and Lupa to name a few...if that helps you know our tastes...we love tapas, Italian, and Vietnamese and unfortunately can't eat sushi right now.

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    JeremyEG Aug 29, 2006 02:57 AM

    I would try to hit Tia Pol, the amazing tapas bar near Red Cat in Chelsea. How about doing Korean BBQ on 32nd Street? I like every place I've been to so you should search this board for recs. Lupa is still wonderful and now offers a tasting menu. You could also try Tides on the lower east side for a great seafood meal in a great neighborhood. Enjoy your trip and please report back!

    Jeremy

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      tamasha Aug 29, 2006 04:28 PM

      I was going to suggest Tia Pol too. It's one of my faves. Make sure you get the fried chickpeas.

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      melodyt1313 Aug 29, 2006 11:11 AM

      I'd try Spigolo on the Upper East Side for a cozy Italian. Great pastas, great desserts and a really nice atmosphere..It's one of my new faves this year..

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        serious Aug 29, 2006 11:55 AM

        I had two good meals recently:
        Austrian - Wallsee in the West Village, a handsome place, good service, well prepared fine food.
        Japanese - Donguri, 309 E 83rd. Not a sushi place but plenty of raw fish and other interesting offerings. Top of my list for a return visit.

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          DaveS Aug 29, 2006 01:24 PM

          I second Tia Pol and would add Falai (on Clinton street) for Italian.

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            ceeceee Aug 29, 2006 02:21 PM

            i recently went to crispo on 14th btwn 7th & 8th and it was awesome, not pretentious at all and WONDERFUL food. delicious pastas, and my favorite-zeppoles for dessert!

            for spanish, we love cafe espanol on carmine. cute small place, again not prententious, but great food. they have a lobster special that is fantastic. great paella!

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              evening Aug 29, 2006 06:44 PM

              Tia Pol or Casa Mono - both excellent but completely different tapas.

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