just moved to hell's kitchen...er...clinton
i know the area a little, but looking for any recommendations for just about anything - wine shops, cheese, fish, restaurants, coffee, bread. anything that might be your fave and could soon be mine.
Amy's Bread has its flagship location there. If you don't mind paying an arm and a leg for good bread, this is your store. As for restos, ones that come up a lot on this board:
Pam's Real Thai
Kashkaval (it's a wine bar / tapas place where you can also buy cheese and other good things)
There's a hole in the wall Peruvian place called Rinconcito Peruano that's actually pretty good, too.
The Amish Market is great for hard to fine cheeses, good produce, and all sorts of neat (overpriced) things. I forget if they sell fresh fish.
Wine shops... well, you're not *that* far away from Acker Merral and 67 Wines. I'm afraid that it's slim pickings in that area. Astor Wines delivers.
thanks much for the info.
i know amy's and a few of the restaurants, though rinconcito is totally unknown to me. i will definitely check that out. i remember when kashkaval was simply a cheese shop. interesting to see that it has expanded.
yeah, i know wine is hard. when i originally cased the area, i saw a shop across from the alvin alley dance theatre. also, there's 57th street wines, but i was wondering if there was something i had missed.
thanks much for the imput.
Since this is a topic that does come up quite a bit, I should add that frequent mentions don't necessarily equate to great food. El Centro and Eatery are two good examples of this. They both have a decent thing or two on their menus (margaritas and macaroni & cheese, respectively), but they're pretty mediocre.
Ninth Ave. Vintner is a very decent wine shop, by the way.
Don't forget Market Café and Sandwich Planet further down 9th Ave., as well as Kyotofu and Sushi Jun for Japanese food.
And as for the Wondees vs. Pam, I'd go to eat at Wondee I, order out from Wondee II, and take my chances with Pam Real Thai if I were feeling up for a hit-or-miss meal. The 47th Street Encore joint is really not worth a visit. Breeze, on 9th and 46th is actually very solid, although it's very mod-Thai.
9th avenue vintner for wine (next to the recommendation for vintner market for cheese). Also -- I think, though I am not sure, that rinconcito has been closed for some time now. I could be wrong, but thought I would raise the issue.
There are only a few hounds that mentioned Bali Nusa Indah, and I want to say I love this place for authentic Indonesian food. Their ikan pepes and lontong are great!