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Returning to NY from England

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Having been starved of good food here in jolly old England (alas, I'm not in London), I'm longing to taste some great american staples: burgers, pizza, veal parm, etc.

I'm looking for a casual red sauce place. I'll be on the UWS, but taking the subway isn't a problem. What I really want is terrific Veal Parm. I know it's cliched and banal, but when you haven't had decent Italian in years, you crave it.

Never much craved burgers until I realized the beef here sucks. Each time I read this site I see a new burger place has opened recently. I'm lost in this sea of newness. I've been to Corner Bistro, but aside from this lone visit haven't really sought out a great burger.

Finally, I'm looking for a great lunch place (anywhere in the city). I'll be catching a flight back to England in the evening, so it can be a heavy lunch; in fact, it should be. I'll be coming off a Le Bernardin dinner, so perhaps something other than french? I was thinking Blaue Gans. Hated Wallse, but may have been an off night. I figured I'd give Mr. Gutenbrunner another shot, but willing to consider anything.

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  1. i was thinking about your big lunch request. BG is not really very heavy food believe it or not. i would suggest a good old american steakhouse instead, esp as you say the beef sucks. i'd go to KEENS or the backup could be OLD HOMESTEAD.

    i know what you mean about the burger explosion lately, i havent been to them all or anything but you might like THE BURGER JOINT sort of hidden in the parker meridean hotel. heres a link:

    http://www.parkermeridien.com/burger.htm

    1. Steak isn't a bad idea. Indeed, it's a very good suggestion. I'll have to ask my ex-pat companion.

      Many thanks

      1. Campanile, on 29th St., b/t Madison & Park Av. S., is a neighborhood "hidden gem" that serves traditional ("old-fashioned") Italian food. Veal Parm is on the menu and, though I haven't had it, the so-called "banal" dishes we have had, like eggplant parm and lasagna, were perfectly prepared and delicious. Friendly, efficient service and very pleasant, comfortable atmospherics.

        http://www.campanilenyc.com

        For a formidable burger, I highly recommend Molly's, a convivial pub, on 3rd Av., b/t 22nd & 23rd Sts. Pass on the fries and get the onion rings.

        At Cafe Sabarsky, in the Neue Galerie (corner 5th Av. & 86th St.), you can sample Guttenbrunner's cuisine in a dining space that is quite beautiful. The hearty beef goulash is delicious (served with first-rate bread), and you can finish the meal with one of his luscious pastries.

        If you do decide to go to a steakhouse, I second the Keens rec. In addition to the excellent food, there is the incomparable old NY ambiance.

        http://www.keens.com

        Finally, how about lunch at Katz's? If you're looking for heavy, one of their gargantuan pastrami sandwiches, along with some sides and a Dr. Brown's, should about do it.

        Enjoy your visit back to NYC and Bon Appetit!

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        1. re: RGR

          For red sauce italian head to John's of 12th Street/2nd ave. Definitley order garlic bread by the bucket too...good stuff.

        2. For burgers: try J.G. Melon.