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May 30, 2007 08:16 AM

In NYC for 2 days, please recommend ethnic restaurants!

We are staying in Manhattan for 2 days (around W. 57th St and 6th Ave) and want to go to good restaurants...any recommendations? Especially ethnic foods, like Indian/Greek/Chinese...also we might like to venture over to Little Italy - let me know if this is worth the trip.

I would appreciate any suggestions! Thank you so much!

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  1. Devi, on 18th St., b/t B'way & 5th Av. serves superb Indian cuisine. The tasting menu with wine pairings is the best way to go. The large space has unusual, elegant decor.

    Ethos, on 3rd Av., b/t 33rd & 34th Sts., serves excellent Greek food in a pleasant taverna-style setting. They specialize in whole fish, which you can select from their pristine display on ice. It's expertly grilled, then filleted tableside. Start with several of the hot & cold mezzes.

    Turkish Kitchen, on 3rd Av., b/t 27th & 28th Sts., serves delicious food in a very attractively decorated space. Their 4-course lunch for $13.95 is a true bargain.

    Wu Liang Ye, on 48th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., serves very good Szechuan cuisine.

    Most Hounds agree that the restaurants in Little Italy are mainly sub-par. You might want to walk around the area, but definitely go elsewhere if you want to eat Italian food.

    Enjoy your stay in NYC and Bon Appetit!

    1. For Indian, I would go to the Indian lunch buffet at Ustav, on 6th Ave and 48th(?).

      For Greek, I would go for informal Greek and Nikkos on Broadway and 76th(?) and order a ton of appetizers.

      Go to Katz deli for Jewish.

      Go to Il Cortille for great Little Italy pasta. Get Cannoli for dessert at Caffe Palermo.

      Get Dum Sum at Cafe Evergreen on 69th and 1st Ave, an easier place than Chinatown to get Dim Sum.

      1. For Greek, Pylos or Snack Taverna
        I wouldn't recommend Little Italy. Go to Crispo, Lupa, Po, Cacio e Pepe, Peasant, Apizz, or any number of others for your Italian fix. For Italian pastries, Rocco's in the W Vill.

        1. For Little Italy, recommend Il Cortile or Da Nico's...(think Little Italy is very charming for tourist)
          For Indian, try something really unique...Make reservations at "Vatans" price, all vegetarian, and it's very good...Kick your shoes off, sit on big pillows...Fun!
          In Greenwich Village, go to "Mamouns" for excellent falafal, hummus, and lamb...Eat it on the sidewalk, then walk down the street to "Rocco's" for excellent cannoli (and for that matter, anything else there as well)