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Jun 6, 2007 10:01 PM

Visiting NYC - Recs in vicinity of 32nd/Broadway

Hi there!

Visiting NYC for what is essentially the first time. Coming from San Diego for the licensing show at Javis. Looking for great, reasonably priced restaurants within a $10 cab ride from my hotel, which is on 32nd between Broadway & 5th. Also, maybe a spendy place with amazing food (up to $250 pp). I'm 40, and married with a kid, so a scene isn't a selling point.

I love all foods Asian (Nobu in Vegas & LA are long time favorites), Peruvian, Spanish, Interesting. Love foie, steaks and burgers. Italian is a solid go-to, but has to be extraordinary. Same for sushi or Mexican. Atmosphere and decor not a priority.

Places with solid wine lists welcomed.

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  1. I think a $20 cab fare will get you to about anyplace in Manhattan, so you might want to reformulate your query. Masa would be perfect for you, but it just might be a little TOO spendy ;-)

    You'll be in the midst of a lot of Korean Restaurants, some of which are a little on the upscale side. My daughter took me to one in that area (forgot the name) and I was impressed with the fact that our relatively modest order came with 17 panchan plates.

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    1. re: Gary Soup

      Yeah...after reading a review of Masa, I'm intrigued, but not enough to drop a grand for 2...especially when the other person is as far from a foodie as they come. If you remember the name of the Korean restaurant, please let me know.

      And I've altered the query to a $10 ride...;)

          1. re: 1HotTomato

            OK, I finally dredged it up from my memory. It was Woo Chon on 36th and 5th, not in the 32nd. St cluster


            1. re: Gary Soup

              You're in the heart of korea-town, so you should definitely go to at least one of them while you're there. Woo Chon is good... I've started going to Dae Dong of late but I'm not really sure I'd rec it over woo chon. Hangawi is supposed to be interesting. Not what you think of when you think korean. It's vegetarian and mildly/subtly spiced. I haven't been there myself so this is just hearsay.

              For the Masa experience without the Masa price tag, you can go to the bar (Bar Masa). Cheaper, and similar quality.

              I think my most memorable meal in the last several years was at Le Bernardin (3 mich stars). I think you could probably get in under your target if you're careful. It's spendy and amazing.

              1. re: egit

                I've read and heard many negative reports on Hangawi as boring (you said "mildly/subtly spiced," which for Korean food is just another way of saying the same thing).

                Woo Chon has been mentioned. I go to Han Bat (35th St.) fairly often. It's like an inexpensive Korean "diner," with really nice decor and food that's way better than you should have any right to expect at those prices. I've also liked Kang Suh in the past. And last summer, I liked the naengmyun at You-Chun (aka Memories in Seoul) on 36 St. just west of 5th Av. - it's getting to be naengmyun season again. And Kum Gang San, on the north side of 32nd St. just east of Broadway, has totally over-the-top decor and is pretty good.

                1. re: Pan

                  Boqueria on 19th and 6th Ave. Good restaurant for tapas and spainish wine. Go early because it gets very crowded and they don't accept reservations.

        1. You're not far from Artisanal, solid French bistro known for their cheeses.

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          1. re: mclaurie

            Went to Artisanal recently and had a lovely time. As a reminder it is a lively, French Bistro (can be noisy). Would probably order differently next time (no chicken/brick, no mac & cheese). They have a prix fixe too!

          2. Hi 1HotTomato,

            If you like foie gras and steak, I will HIGHLY recommend L'Atelier de Joel Robouchon at Four Seasons. More than half of the menu is comprised of foie gras dishes, and my few visits confirmed that they were all delicious! They also have a foie gras burger (more like a slider), and REAL kobe beef from Japan. This is the real deal, not the so-called Wagyu beef that is served in a lot of the steakhouses. They will show you the whole thing and let you decide how much you want (the price is by oz). Once you see the marble and taste it, you will realize that all the kobe beef you have tried before was so mediocre.

            Other dishes like shellfish and games are all great, just pass the fish dishes as they are quite bland IMO. Desserts are AWESOME!
            I chose the small plate a la carte style everytime so that I could try different ones every time. Portion size is arguably the smallest you can find in NYC, so it gets expensive very quickly.

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            1. re: kobetobiko

              From 32nd and B'dway, and with that kind of budget, you can get almost anywhere. And if you have a couple hours one night you should go out to Bklyn or Queens. I strongly suggest you do specific searches (or "find on page") on these boards for particular NY cuisines, restaurants, neighborhoods you'd be interested in. And save your time and money and take trains.
              I haven't been to SD in over a decade but I do know you had some great Mexican food (obviously). You could scratch off your list, or investigate cuisine's from Mexican regions not populating CA. I'd guess you have some access to a variety of Asian food, but that's such a huge category you're likely to find something different here. As pointed out you're literally smack dab in the middle of the city's Korean nabe. I'll put in for Kom Tang Soot Bull for bbq, and Cho Dang Gol for amazing bean curd based cuisine.
              Of course, I suggest you research CH and decide which pizza, bagel, Jewish Deli, Italian Deli you want. And likewise for the steak house and upscale/neuvo/euro/french places that pique your interest.