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Tough one for foreign visitors!

Zatan Dec 20, 2006 12:57 AM

Trying to put together a simple guide for visiting (foreign) business travelers, and though I know this will hardly be possible, I'd like to get a working list. Here it is:

What are the top 10 (15, 20?) food/dining experiences that could either define a visit to NYC or be considered imperative. By this I mean everything from hot dogs (where, which vendors) to Deli's to top of the line dining. Cheap to outrageous. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. Five days.

I debated about posting this, as it is hard and vague, but might also be fun so what the heck. I guess as a regular visitor to the City myself I'd like to know some of your thoughts for my own benefit as well.

Any takers?

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    dbird Dec 21, 2006 02:51 AM

    ' top 10 (15, 20?) food/dining experiences that could either define a visit to NYC or be considered imperative'? This changes constantly. Agree with previous posters: need more info about your audience (are you working for a particular corporation or tourist agency? are you targeting corporate or individual clients, from which countries and in what industries? etc. ). What do you seek to provide that Zagat's doesn't already?

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      Zatan Dec 21, 2006 01:15 AM

      Thanks for those....

      anything Downtown? Seemed a wasteland the times I've been there for business visits, but mayber there are some good places. My business connections were no help!

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        guabiroba Dec 20, 2006 03:04 PM

        it's much easier to get into hot restaurants at lunch time, Gotham for example has a nice prix fixe lunch. reasonable price too, now for a purely tourist thing go for the diner buffet at the marriott near times sq. 2 top floors circle slowly, so you get a 360 degree view of manhanttan, it's not
        about the food

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          Todd Dec 20, 2006 02:54 PM

          Steakhouses: Spark's, Keen's, Strip House, Old Homestead, and Peter Luger obviously.

          Bagels: Ess-a-bagel, Murray's, H&H, Pick-A-Bagel, also Kossar's for Bialys (very NY)

          NY Deli: Katz's, Sarge's, Barney Greengrass, Russ & Daughters, Stage, Carnegie

          Brunch: Norma's, Prune, Jane

          Pizza: Lombardi's, Grimaldi's, John's of Bleeker, Patsy's in Harlem

          Burgers: Shake Shack, Burger Joint in Parker Meridian, JG Melon, PJ Clarkes, Corner Bistro

          Cart's: "The Cart" on 53rd and 6th,

          Hot Dogs: Grey's Papaya

          This should be a good start...

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            chundi Dec 20, 2006 02:32 PM

            peter lugers in brooklyn for steakhouse. in manhattan, sparks.

            katz's for pastrami sandwich.

            reservations ARE tough at some of the following places
            top restaurants - zagat's guide works for that, but some are gramercy tavern, gotham bar and grill, bouley, etc. babbo for italian.

            Ess-a-bagel for bagels.

            papaya king for hot dogs.

            pizza in manhattan include john's on bleeker, lombardi's, patsy's in harlem...

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              Zatan Dec 20, 2006 01:52 AM

              Yes, but I am hoping to have a list that says, for example, the most classic and delicious steakhouse, the hot dog vendor at such and such streets, the diner that's been an institution for 100 years, the first pizzeria, etc.

              Please remember I am not from there so have no ideas about these things, just what I see in Gourmet magazine or Zagats, ahem. Would want the person being guided to feel they knew something that New Yorkers know but not necessarily every tourist.

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                guabiroba Dec 20, 2006 01:31 AM

                what about a nice steakhouse or the most authentic pizzeria, diners, now I have chinese friends, they love mexican food, it's always better to pick a place that has veg. and seafood items also,

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                  Zatan Dec 20, 2006 01:22 AM

                  Good point, though I didn't want to limit too much. Chinese visitors, gender unknown, assume both. Small groups or even possibly lone diners. I would leave Chinese and ctown out unless something really unique to NY and special. Possibly true for other Asian cuisines as well; focus more on American or Continental, or as I hoped to convey, anything that seems "part" of NYC.

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                    guabiroba Dec 20, 2006 01:12 AM

                    where from? it's useless to go to ctown for ex., w/chinese
                    visitors, all male crowd, or females also?

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