Help! Foodie student seeks food recommendations for 5 day NYC trip
I will staying at the Broadway Plaza Hotel with friends for a 5 day trip. We are scouting out good places to eat with the following requirements:
1) Reasonably priced
2) Food/menu options that is unique to the area (street vendor hotdogs do not count)
3) Vegetarian options available
4)accessible by public transport
As far as the type of cuisine, anything goes.
I heard also heard rumours of a place that serves a delish fried rice inside a crab shell... somewhere in Flushing? Can someone help me out?
Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance!
Check out www.nymag.com restaurant listings. I generally like their critic picks and they also allow you to sort by region of the city, type of food, etc. (I have no affiliation with them.)
You might also search out Time Out's Top 100 Cheap Eats. Many are not exactly cheap, but there are lots of excellent suggestions.
A few of my favorites that are reasonable priced are:
1. Momofuku Noodle Bar
2. Bar Jamon (wine bar, not really a meal but cheeses, cured meats)
3. Tanoreen in Bay Ridge in Brooklyn (a hike but worth it)
They are not unique to NYC, as both serve German food, mostly wurst and such things as schitzel, with good beer available, but I would go to either Hallo Berlin (10th Ave. just north of 44th) or Lederhosen (39 Grove St., a block an a half east of the Sheridan Sq. subway stop). I prefer Lederhosen for a number of reasons, but either is a good choice. See: www.lederhosennyc.com.
I would also head for a few things in and around Chinatown, where you can eat cheaply. Look at the board for suggestions.
I'd suggest Dumpling Man in the E. Village or Rickshaw on 23rd St. for dumplings (...the ones at Dumpling House are just as good but the other two places are more pleasant to sit at...), bahn mi at Saigon Bakery, pizza at Lombardi's, burgers at Corner Bistro. I'd also recommend going to the Bar Room at the Modern for a glass of riesling and their amazing tarte flambee. The list goes on and on!
Momofoku Noodle Bar is DEFINITELY not reasonably priced,so I wouldn't recommend that. For your food unique to this area, I'd look for the Lower East Side food tour (on this site) that someone suggested a long time ago. The walk hits up Katz, Russ and Daughters, and some other unique cheap eats done well in the area.
The East Village in general is also great for a range of reasonably priced food, as someone pointed out. If you're still interested in street food (and we have some good ones), do a search on this site or others for the "Vendy Awards," a contest celebrating the best of NY street vendors.
For a reasonably priced backup close to your hotel, there's always the 24-hr Koreatown places (32nd and Broadway, definitely decent Korean eats).
And if you're a group of young people (I'm guessing you all are students), sometimes, it's just fun to share food and drag out your evening. Go to Pipa for tapas. They're fun, they'll accomodate a 6-person group if you call ahead, and the food's very solid.
My crowd especially liked the paella, the pulpo, and the dates last time.
Everything in Manhattan's pretty much accessible to you, but you'll find places on the east side (E. 20th vs W 20th) to be easier to get to with no connections to have to make.
Hope that helps.