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RESTAURANT ADVICE FOR A FIRST NY TIMER.

josephml1 Sep 14, 2007 10:57 PM

I NEED A RESTAURANT ADVICE FOR A NY FIRST TIMER.

I WOULD LIKE TO TRY ORIGINAL NY FOOD AND A MOST IF YOU TRAVEL TO NY.

THANK YOU EVERYONE.

  1. josephml1 Oct 2, 2007 09:06 PM

    THANK YOU FOR ALL THE RESTAURANTS...I AM HUNGRY..

    1. MarieFromage Sep 30, 2007 12:39 PM

      *I agree with all of the above posts, and here's my two cents:
      - Best Burger: Joe Allen on W. 46th Street (but make sure you go after 8pm to avoid pre-theater crowds). Also great after 6pm on a Sunday evening - big show biz hang out. And as I said, ther burger are my favorite and always available.
      Enjoy your visit!

      1. josephml1 Sep 18, 2007 08:14 AM

        Thank you for your Opinions: about a good steak, falafel, good jewish deli is going to be very useful.

        PLEASE KEEP IT COMING.

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          izzyeatsny Sep 17, 2007 06:16 PM

          One interesting spot is Congee Village in China Town. This is a huge restaurant that has several authentic offerings but more interesting is that it has private karaoke rooms on the lower floors. These are quite an experience to simply walk by.
          For pizza, I am a sucker for John's of Bleecker but I love a really cheesy pizza, which this certainly provides.
          I get tired of people arguing over "best hot dog." To me, the good ones all taste the same and the bad ones are just bad. How about great sausage? One good spot is Lederhosen on Grove St. in the West Village. All sorts of wurst and beer served by the liter make this little spot a fairly authentic German dig.

          Enjoy your time here. You will be dazzled even if you happen to miss all of our suggestions.

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            geese Sep 16, 2007 10:26 PM

            Peter Lugar in Brooklyn for steak you will never forget. Both places are worth the wait. The Carnegie in Manhattan for Jewish deli like you will not get or see anywhere. Get a delicious Pastrami sandwich (The size of 2 hands!) that will melt your heart like good news. Eat the garlic pickles they give you not the bright green ones and use mustard on your sandwich which will come on rye. Get a hot dog and papaya drink at Grey's Papaya in Manhattan and read the signs on the walls about Columbus and the benefits of the Papaya. Go to Mot street in China town and feel your choice. There it is..advice from a native New Yorker of 5 generations who now lives in Boston

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              RGR Sep 17, 2007 03:18 PM

              Forget Carnegie. *The* one and only place in Manhattan for superb pastrami is Katz's!

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                LeahBaila Sep 17, 2007 04:02 PM

                Amen to that, RGR!
                I HIGHLY recommend the pastrami Reuben. Wow!

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                  RGR Sep 17, 2007 07:29 PM

                  I take my pastrami at Katz's straight. When it comes to Reubens, I prefer mine with corned beef, which, I believe, is the classic style.

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                    LeahBaila Sep 18, 2007 06:31 AM

                    It is the classic style (with corned beef), but man oh man, subbing pastrami for corned beef makes a killer sandwich.

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                      Blumie Sep 29, 2007 01:50 PM

                      I'm with Leah. A tradition reuben is made with corned beef, but I much prefer it with pastrami.

            2. josephml1 Sep 16, 2007 09:43 PM

              What about a good and cheap Gyro?

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                NAtiveNewYorker Sep 17, 2007 06:49 AM

                Karavas in the Village. Two locations:

                West 4th, west of 6th Avenue
                Christopher Street, west of 7th Avenue

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                  claireness Oct 3, 2007 11:36 AM

                  Bereket LES (right by Katz's).

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                  JeremyEG Sep 14, 2007 11:53 PM

                  Can you give more information about your preferences and budget? Are you willing to travel to any neighborhood? Right off the bat, I would recommend Katz for pastrami and Joe's for a slice of pizza. There are also numerous postings on bagels/pizza and other NY "local" specialties.

                  Enjoy your trip and I'm sure you'll get more help if you provide more info.

                  JeremyEG

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                    josephml1 Sep 15, 2007 04:14 PM

                    I am looking for traditional NY food, If i could get there by subway i will be there...
                    This are may choices: GOOD FALAFEL, BEST PIZZA, BEST HOT DOG, GOOD DELI, HOT WINGS, GOOD LUNCH SPECIAL I CHINA TOWN...I WILLL BE in Ny for a week...

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                      frankbooth Sep 15, 2007 04:58 PM

                      Best Pizza- Difara's (brooklyn), Patsy's (uptown).
                      Good Deli- Katz's (LES)
                      Chinatown- NY Noodletown, Grand Sezchuan, Hung Fat
                      Best Jewish Appetizers (Lox, smoked fishes, roes)- RUSS AND DAUGHTERS (LES)

                      enjoy fb

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                        rosie209 Sep 17, 2007 05:36 PM

                        FABULOUS falafel at Ali Baba on McDougal between West 3rd and Bleeker. Much better than the very over-rated Mamouns.

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                        Alcachofa Oct 4, 2007 11:01 AM

                        Joe's wasn't worth the trip. Make a chow trek there. Flavorless slice. Crust was perfectly crispy, but without flavor, what's the point? It is the "Famous Ray's" of the aughtie-aughts.

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