Getting the "only in New York" reaction!
I'm trying to get an "only in New York" reaction out of visitors - where can I take them for a dinner with a great atmosphere and great food that you can only find in New York? Looking for Asian, American, Seafood...they've already been to Kittichai, Morimoto, Buddha Bar, Craft, BLT Steak...
How is Gin Lane? Stanton Social?
Katz's;Sammy's Roumainian;Peter Luger's (Bkln);River Café(Bkln);Le Bernardin;Grand Central Oyster Bar
For Asian, I think it would be difficult to find "only in NY", perhaps Asian fusian like Asiate.
I really liked Stanton Social when I went there.
It gets a tad pricey because of the small portions though.
French onion soup dumplings, Kobe beef sliders and the braised short rib tacos were my favorites there if you're interested.
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I find it disappointing that you are looking for an "Only in NY" reaction in restaurants that are (inter)national chains: Buddha Bar originated in Paris; Morimoto originated in Philadelphia; BLT Steak has locations in DC and Puerto Rico; there is a Craft Dallas and a Craft LA, not to mention CraftSteak Las Vegas. Only Kittichai is a New York original.
I guess one out of five 'aint bad.
I like bobjbkln's suggestions. For Asian, I would suggest 66, Spice Market, and Chinatown Brasserie, although all three are pretty trendy. If you equate New York with trendy, then that will work.
I think the confusion lies in your use of the phrase "Only in New York." Clearly, Katz's, the Oyster Bar, et al. are New York institutions, but I suspect that you are really seeking a "Sex and the City" dining experience.
Best of luck, Samantha, er Sparkles.
My favorite "only in New York" moment would be walking from an Argentinian steakhouse to get a quick dessert in a Filipino cafe, and on the way seeing Indian women in flowing saris passing by a mariachi band. Only in New York!!!
(This happens in Queens, but similar stuff can be found in Manhattan, where the LES meets Chinatown)