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Oct 8, 2007 01:07 PM

Former NYer in NYC for a week

I have not been back to NY in 6 years, so I am sure that most of the places that I used to frequent are gone. Some of the places, I simply don't remeber the names. Anyway, I want to hit all the must-haves. Location does not matter as long as it's within 45 min of midtown. Specifically, we are looking for the following:

Casual Indian (region irrelevant as long as it's authentic and good)
Hole in the wall but amazing quality sushi (I used to go to one off Houston, possibly on thompson)
Soup dumplings
Italian (used to like Babbo but have heard it's not so good anymore)
Greek (just not in Astoria - that's a little too far)
Middle Eastern

Any other delicious, non-touristy places would be appreciated.

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  1. Zeytin at 85th & Columbus for good Turkish food

    1. Welcome back, kotter! (Couldn't resist! lol)

      For Italian, I highly recommend L'Impero, on Tudor City Pl, b/t 42nd & 43rd. In June, a new chef, Michael White, took over the kitchen, and his contemporary Italian cuisine is delicious. Service is cordial and professional. The space has understated elegant decor.

      If you don't mind an insanely high noise level, A Voce has excellent modern Italian cuisine.

      My favorite Greek is Ethos, on 3rd Av., b/t 33rd & 34th. They do an especially fine job grilling whole fish, which you can select from their pristine display on ice. Lots of tasty hot and cold mezzes. Bustling taverna-style setting.

      Another Greek, Pylos, in the EV, is on my "go to" list. It gets a lot of love on this board.

      1. For Italian, some of my favorites are Crispo, Apizz, Peasant, and Lupa
        For Greek, Pylos, Ethos, and Snack Taverna
        For Middle Eastern, I haven't tried it yet, but I've heard some good initial reports about Belcourt. It just opened last week. I'm a fan of the chef, Matt Hamilton.

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        1. re: Lucia

          I, too, have heard some positive things about Belcourt in the East Village and which we are looking to try. However, and I may be wrong, but I don't recall it to be a Middle Eastern restaurant.

          1. re: RCC

            It's not--I was thinking Mediterranean for some reason. Sorry about that!

        2. By must haves you mean: Katz's Deli, bagels and lox, pizza?

          For casual Indian, I just had a very good meal at Tiffin Wallah.

          For hole in the wall may be thinking of Ushiwakamaru? They recently shut down due to Dept. of Health reasons. If you want a more neighborhood-like place, I might try Esashi on Avenue A or Kanoyama on 2nd Avenue instead.