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Favorite place to eat on the 1 line?

cimui Mar 15, 2007 04:04 PM

Any borough, any price, any cuisine. Let's say no more than a 10 block walk from the train (though it's a waivable requirement for something really *really* delicious).

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  1. Brian S RE: cimui Mar 15, 2007 05:42 PM

    Jean-Georges. Right next to the 59th St exit.

    1. dkstar1 RE: cimui Mar 15, 2007 05:46 PM

      Telepan, Jean-Georges, Per Se, Masa, Cafe Gray, Asiate, ad infinitum. That's just within a 7 block stretch.

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      1. re: dkstar1
        cimui RE: dkstar1 Mar 16, 2007 12:42 PM

        Thanks, Brian and Dkstar. I agree: all of these are great and easy to get to.

      2. NAtiveNewYorker RE: cimui Mar 16, 2007 07:48 AM

        The gyro at Karavas on Christopher Street and 7th Ave South.
        Chelsea Dogs at 23rd and 7th
        R.U.B. ribs and fried oreos at 23rd and 7th.
        Levain Bakery cookies on Amsterdam and 74th
        Cheeseburger at Westville on 10th, near Bleeker

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        1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
          cimui RE: NAtiveNewYorker Mar 16, 2007 10:50 AM

          Very nice list, Native. I haven't been to either RUB or Westville. Will check these out, thanks!

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          downtownstefanie RE: cimui Mar 16, 2007 11:00 AM

          Centrico right at the Franklin stop.

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            cimui RE: downtownstefanie Mar 16, 2007 12:39 PM

            High five. =) Haven't been to Centrico & it sounds like it's right up my alley.

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              downtownstefanie RE: cimui Mar 16, 2007 01:37 PM

              The guac is fabulous (along with the rest of the food)

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                Steve R RE: cimui Mar 17, 2007 06:56 PM

                Dont miss the jala-pina at Centrico. One of my favorite drinks in the city. And, remember, 2 blocks down W.Bdway is Landmarc.

            2. ballulah RE: cimui Mar 16, 2007 11:28 AM

              Taqueria y Fonda near the 110th St/Cathedral Parkway stop. (Amsterdam between 107th and 108th.) http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

              Don't hate me Chowhounds, but I love the Hampton Chutney Company (near the 79th Street stop) on 82nd and Amsterdam, especially for the tuna dosa with cilantro chutney, avocado and arugula. It's ridiculously good.

              And I've been known to get off the train at 72nd St for a quick and dirty trip to Fairway and Citarella when I need a quick cheese fix, or to assemble a good dinner at home...and then, of course, a stop at Gray's Papaya on the way back to the train to go home.

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                cimui RE: ballulah Mar 16, 2007 12:41 PM

                Like the tacos at Taqueria y Fonda and--I'm not afraid to admit it--I like Hampton Chutney, too. Their dosas are actually really well made even by traditional standards. I guess people who hate it, hate it for the non-trad fillings.

                I've lived in the city for years, but still haven't worked up the nerve to try Gray's. It's too scary bright and I think I threw up hot dog once when I was sick as a kid. Ick.

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                  ballulah RE: cimui Mar 16, 2007 01:22 PM

                  I had actually never had a dosa before ordering one from the Hampton Chutney Co, and I ordered delivery. I was shocked when I pulled a two foot long package out of the massive shopping bag I received. I have no basis for comparison, but I thought the dosa was delicious, sour and spongy and the edges were crispy and browned, it reminded me of Ethiopian injara bread but denser and tastier. I miss working nearby because it's a bit of a schlep for me now.

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                    cimui RE: ballulah Mar 16, 2007 01:55 PM

                    Hopefully not too OT, but if you want to try making them at home, they're really easy! You can sub rice flour for rice if you want to save your blender.


                    I add a tablespoon of yogurt to the batter, too, for a tad bit more sourness.

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                      Peter Cherches RE: ballulah May 12, 2007 11:56 AM

                      I'm pretty sure if you have a dosa from almost any place on Lexington in the 20s you'll lower your estimation of Hampton. Silly fillings aside, I wasn't impressed by the dosa itself at the Soho Hampton.


                      1. re: Peter Cherches
                        cimui RE: Peter Cherches May 21, 2007 10:30 AM

                        I disagree. I love the S. Indian in the 20s, but the dosa at Hampton Chutney is still well made, especially since they use very little butter or oil. It's true that nothing will ever taste as good as a butter dosai at, say, Chennai Garden, but if you're going to do something a little healthier, the ones at Hampton (at least on the UWS) are quite good, even if you don't like the fillings. They're thin and crisp when you get them hot at the counter, just like they should be.

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                  py00 RE: cimui Mar 16, 2007 01:39 PM

                  Let me take you to the end of the line: 207th for Piper's Kilt burgers (some like the steak sandwich or french onion soup), also try the fancier (incl. Mexican) new places that have been opening up on 207th; 231st's Malecon for Dominican breakfasts (better than 168th locations' bkfst), coffee, and/or chicken; 238th to Peppino's for their calamari fra diavolo; 242nd to Jake's Steakhouse (1 block north of stop) for steaks or burgers, also Broadway Joe's for pineapple ices (where I am affectionately known as "The Ice Man" - and up here, you better call them "icees."). Most of these places have been written up on prior posts, if you want to search and learn more.

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                    cimui RE: py00 Mar 16, 2007 01:56 PM

                    Py00, I'm rubbing my hands together in glee right now. When the weather gets nicer, I plan to put my unlimited ride metro card to good use and have me a good ol' fashioned restaurant hop.

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                      Brian S RE: cimui Mar 16, 2007 04:35 PM

                      If you have a metro card, may I recommend the 7 train? It connects with the 1 at times square.


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                      Brian S RE: py00 Mar 16, 2007 04:37 PM

                      I havent been there in many years but as I recall there are scores of Dominican restaurants at 207... and a few Irish bars too.

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                        ballulah RE: Brian S Mar 17, 2007 05:46 PM

                        At 207 there is also an excellent Moroccan bistro, the Park Terrace Bistro.

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                      jsmitty RE: cimui Mar 17, 2007 08:42 PM

                      ouest 84/bway!

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                        cimui RE: jsmitty Mar 19, 2007 10:13 AM

                        Yeah, I pretty much adore this place, too. Luckily, it's right around the corner from where I live, so I don't even have to hop on the subway! If you get home early enough for it, their early bird prix fix is a very good value.

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                          jsmitty RE: cimui May 11, 2007 04:52 PM

                          i would go as far to say they have the best salad i have ever eaten. the very fresh/clean tasting butter lettuce with the parmesan dressing.simple, but simply great at the same time.

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                            cimui RE: jsmitty May 12, 2007 03:28 AM

                            Wow, really? I've never even been tempted because they sound so drab and boring. I'll have to give it a shot. Incidentally, I was there last night and had the savoy cabbage side as an appetizer. It's delicious--fantastically buttery (as in it's cooked in a good cup of butter)--but nowhere near fresh/clean.

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                        piccola RE: cimui Mar 18, 2007 04:19 PM

                        On the UWS - Cafe Con Leche (near 96), Swagat (near 79), brunch at Nice Matin (ditto).

                        In midtown (all by the 50 stop) - Vynl, Eatery, Ariana Afghan Kebab, El Centro, Empanada Mama.

                        In the Village - Westville, Roll and Dough, Cornelia Street Café.

                        There are tons more but I just can't think of them.

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                          cimui RE: piccola May 12, 2007 03:38 AM

                          Piccola, thanks. Looks like we've been eating at a lot of the same places (so you must have excellent taste ;). What would you recommend at Cornelia St. Cafe? I believe you when you say it's good, but for some reason I've only caught mediocre meals, here--mostly brunch and lunch fare since there are so many tempting dinner options on the same street. Does it have a good dinner menu?

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                            piccola RE: cimui May 12, 2007 03:51 AM

                            Well, my sample may be a little skewed since I only eat the vegetarian stuff.

                            During the day, I order off the brunch menu - I love their egg dishes, though I'd argue you can get better huevos rancheros at Mexican restaurants (try Bright Food Shop).

                            For dinner, I'm a big fan of the asparagus salad and the wild mushroon risotto. I sometimes make a meal out of a bunch of sides: the slaw, the carrots, the mashed potatoes...

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                              cimui RE: piccola May 21, 2007 10:36 AM

                              Thanks, Piccola. The Village is a great place to eat vegetarian, no? If you haven't tried it, the arepas barlovento at Flor's Kitchen (w. village location's still open) would be right up your alley, I think.

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                                globalgrrl RE: cimui May 21, 2007 05:24 PM

                                Those arepas are excellent. I also like El Cocotero, right off the 1 train on W 18th between 7th and 8th. They don't have a Barlovento on the menu, but they've made one for me before. The food seems to be hit or miss--always good, sometimes great--but the atmosphere is sweet and the owner is wonderful.

                                Other places off the 1 further uptown and great for a tight budget or a quick bite:

                                * Taco cart on 96th and Broadway, always parked on the southwest corner, best sopes around
                                * Taqueria y Fonda - also great Mexican, mentioned earlier in thread
                                * Roti Roll - Amsterdam and 109th, Indian frankies (same idea as at the Indian Bread Company and Kati Roll in the W Village--Indian fillings stuffed into paratha-style wraps--but tastier food and more generous portions for less money)

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                                  piccola RE: cimui May 22, 2007 04:42 AM

                                  Thanks for the tip! I haven't had arepas in a long time, I should try this soon...

                          2. ow77 RE: cimui May 22, 2007 05:37 PM

                            It's not as good as the columbus circle heavyweights and not as much of a fun journey as the inwood / bronx places but Pisticci at 125 La Salle Street (Between Broadway & Claremont) is a good place near the 125th st stop.

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