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Aug 26, 2007 11:15 PM

Chowhound dining guide

Big food connoisseur and I'll be coming to Manhattan for the first time. Is there a chowhound guide or a one with similar tastes for places to eat in and around manhattan?

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  1. If you are looking for a list, or a guide book, check this out: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/...

    Otherwise you might want to peruse the threads on this board, or post some specific questions.

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    1. re: ChinoWayne

      Its hard for me to post because I want to try the best in everything (at affordable prices) when Im in NY.

      Though that book is a good tip, how up to date is it?

      1. re: edo

        It's actually still pretty good, based on my experiences using it this year.

        1. re: MMRuth

          While the guide is a solid base from which to start, you should by all means spend a few hours performing keyword searches on this board to get the skinny on more recent openings or adjustments to kitchens and quality. If price is a consideration, and you'd like to stay in Manhattan, I'd recommend the following places as a starting point for your searches:

          Italian: Malatesta, Crispo, Frankie's 17, Lupa

          Tapas of all types: Casa Mono, Tia Pol, Momofuku Ssam Bar, Kuma Inn, Stanton Social, Degustation (not all that inexpensive, not necessarily tapas, but it needs to be on your itinerary).

          Chinese: Amazing 66, Prosperity Dumpling House, NY Noodletown, Congee Village

          Japanese: Sushi Yasuda, Ushi Wakamura, Kanoyama, Taro (Brooklyn) - in descending order of omokase expense, I believe.

          Burgers: Shake Shack, Royale, Burger Joint in Le Parker Meridien (for novelty's sake), Dumont (in Brooklyn), Veselka (if it's after 2am).

          Pizza and Steak are best done in the outer boroughs - Di Fara and Peter Luger are pretty close to untouchable in these 2 categories, respectively, and both are well worth the inconvenience of hoofing it out to Brooklyn. Thai also requires a trip to Queens for either Zabb or Sripraphai if you want to do things right.

          Hope this helps - I tried to focus on the inexpensive side of the spectrum. l'm sure I've missed plenty - even among my own favorites - but threads mentioning one or more of these places should give you an idea of what to expect where to avoid.

          Good Luck!

        2. re: edo

          When you're visiting a place like New York, it's worth doing a little research. If it's pizza you're after, there are countless posts. Same with 4-star restos. Other good research tools are the websites for New York magazine and The NY Times food section--they will be up to date. We were in NY last May, and were very happy with Picholine, Perry Street, Peter Luger's (we're working our way through the alphabet and up to P, I guess). All chosen with help from CH and above sources.

          1. re: whs

            Agreed - and it would also be helpful to know how many days you'll be here, and what kind of budgetary constraints you may or may not have. I will say that I think the NY Mag reviews tend to favor some of the trendier places ....