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Mar 18, 2007 06:44 AM

Hole in the wall authentic ethnic

Looking for authentic ethnic food. Excluding Chinese, Italian or 4/5 star Zagat stuff. Been there, done that. Staying in the theatre district but will go anywhere for good food.

Thanks to all.

Marc from Tampa

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  1. YOU MUST GO TO KATZ DELI!!! Not just for your own namesake, but for the Pastrami. Since 1888 this Lower Eastside Institution has been pumping out the BEST Pastrami sammies money can buy. To die for!

    Another worthwhile place in your Theatre District neck of the woods is Joe Allen's. Not exactly ethnic, in fact it's basically American comfort food, which in NYC is pretty ethnic these days!

    You've told us what you don't want, how about telling us which ethnic cuisines you DO want.

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    1. re: netmover

      What I want? Love Indian, Korean, Middle Eastern, Jamaican. Anything with spices and SPICY HOT.

    2. El Casstillo De Jagua is (to the best of my knowledge) very authentic Dominican. It's on Rivington near Essex on the LES (just across from Economy Candy which is definitely worth a visit). It's nothing at all fancy to look at but the food is fantastic.

      Also, much closer to where you'll be staying is Tulcingo Del Valle, a hole-in-the wall Mexican place on 10th and 47th. Any of the Torta (Mexican sandwiches) are very good. Not fancy at all.


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      1. Agreed, that Dominican joint is good and authentic...definately a "hole in the wall". Have not been to the Mexy place.

        1. Yakitori Totto. Grilled chicken hearts, soft knee bones, livers over small Japanese grills. Not a "hole in the wall" per se but tucked up on the second floor it still feels like a discovery even if its packed with fans most nights. 251 W. 55th St.

          1. Darna is not exactly a hole-in-the-wall (though not very big either), but it is a bit off the proverbial beaten path, on 2nd Av., b/t 34th & 35th Sts. I'd call it a "hidden gem." The Moroccan cuisine served there is very tasty, and the surroundings will have you feeling as though you're somewhere in the Middle East.