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Mar 15, 2007 04:04 PM

Favorite place to eat on the 1 line?

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

    1. 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

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

      2. 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

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

        2. Centrico right at the Franklin stop.

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          1. re: downtownstefanie

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

            1. re: cimui

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

              1. re: cimui

                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. Taqueria y Fonda near the 110th St/Cathedral Parkway stop. (Amsterdam between 107th and 108th.)

              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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              1. re: ballulah

                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.

                1. re: cimui

                  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.

                  1. re: ballulah

                    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.

                    1. re: ballulah

                      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

                        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.