1st Ave and 64th area suggestions?
Staying tomorrow through Sunday in the area.
Appreciate suggestions for bagels, butcher, grocer and low to mid priced restaurants.
Here are a few to get you started:
Italian - La Cantina Toscana
French - Cafe Joul - 1st btwn. 58th/59th
Thai - Luscious Thai - a new place on 1st (and 59th or 60th). It is still BYOB so it can be very affordable.
Pub Food - Baker Street - 63rd and 1st
Grocery Store - There's a Gourmet Garage on 64th (I think between 1st and 2nd). It can be pricey but has a decent selection. The large and very nice Food Emporium on 1st is under construction until later this month.
One of the city's best butchers is on First and 52nd. Simchik. Next door to Ideal Cheese. If you can walk up to 86th Street you can have some great Chinese food at Wu Liang Ye. There is a Jackson Hole very close for large burgers.
Okay, I have to say that I hated Sushi Seki! There was this big hype about it and it's not very nice, it's expensive and the sushi wasn't that great at all. Try Iwasaki just down the street from Sushi Seki (it's on 1st btw 61/60th I think). It is absolutely amazing I go there at least 3 times a week. The fish is amazingly fresh are tons of "special rolls" and it's very cheap. The only draw back is the ambience isn't that great. If you're looking for ambience, try Totoya on 1st and 63rd.
I think the mistake many people make is to go to these high-end sushi places and get things like the combo plate. The idea at places like Seki is that you have to sit at the bar and get omakase. Otherwise you are getting just the usual rolls and ordinary stuff. It is like going to a Shanghai restaurant and ordering General Tso's chicken. Just my opinion... If you go and have the omakase and still do not like the place it is another story.
New york city bagels -64-65th and 2nd
Grocer-64th and 3rd Food Emporium/ They have a butcher downstairs or upstairs for more cold cuts
There is an excellent bagel store on 1st Ave between 66th and 67th whose name escapes me -- not the Pick A Bagel or the Dunkin Donuts! New York City Bagel on 2nd between 64th and 65th is decent.
Gourmet Garage (64th between 1st and 2nd) is the best grocery in the area.
Roy's Seafood on 1st Ave between 61st and 62nd has great fresh fish and sushi/sashimi to go.
I concur on Baker Street -- excellent pub food. John's Pizza (64th between 1st and York) is great as well.
Dominicks across the street from Bed Bath & Beyond for great italian heros.
I'm blanking on the name, but there's super cute french bistro on 56th or 57th and 1st. Good food.
ultimate pizza on the corner of 57th and first
maya, mexican best in the area, 1st ave btwn 64th /65th
l'entrecote, french- out of this wolrd escargot, 1st ave btwn 57th/58th
cantina toscana, 1st btwn 60th/61st
baker street, 64th street
cafe joul, brunch 1st btwn 58th/59th
pataya, thai really fresh and inexpensive- fastest delivery around, 1st ave bwtn 58th/59th
mr chow's, food is hit or miss, but when its on it can be great expensive but def worth the experience 57th btwn 1st/2nd
Sofrito is not bad at all...a big bar scene and mostly decent food. I had a shrimp dish which was nothing special but my partner had a pretty good, and large, portion of pernil.
For the most part this is a rather poor area for food, in my opinion. Get yourself down to Simchick and pick up some of his ready made stuff...brisket, roasted beets, collards, shephard's pies, etc etc. On the same block is the excellent Pisacane Fish Market, one of the suppliers to Le Bernadin and other top restaurants. They have excellent ready-made soups including a killer lobster bisque and great pasta fagioli. Also ready-made salmon in several guises and cooked veggies if you do not want to cook yourself. And of course, great fish and shellfish.
best Bagels: Tal's Bagels on 54th and 1st
Someone above said simchick for a butcher, and i agree– he's the best.
For a real restaurant in the area ? Right on 64th Street and 1st is Portofino. Not too expensive italian food. really cute. it pretends that it's an italian village
Forget Sushi Seki.
Go to Oyogu on 1st between 63rd and 64th. I recommend the Black Dragon Roll. It's eel and banana roll with eel on top. Yum!
For a grocery store, I love Food Emporium Bridgemarket at 59th/1st under the Queensboro Bridge (really very different feel and selection than other Food Emporiums in the city) and Gourmet Garage which is 64th between 1st and 2nd. Definitely a little more expensive but worth if you're making a special meal or need specialty items.
Our stay was more harried than planned.A snafu at the "meet and greet" 3-day landlord left us tired, famished and apt-less at 64th and 1st.Two hours were covered at John's (a good pie well below Bleecker) and we were in.Cheese,deli meats and crackers at the Food Emporium and Gourmet Garage on 64th made dinner all three nights.
We spent one day in Jersey visiting and strolled Park to the Oyster Bar on Saturday where my wife proudly ate her first fresh bivalves. Sunday AM we loaded at excellent BagelWorks (1st not Pick a Bagel or DD) before a taxi/Port Authority bus ride to Providence.
The taxi had to skirt 9th Ave at 49th, blocked off by a slaying, very urban!
We checked out all spots mentioned, thank you one and all.