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Must-have dishes in NYC?

elzbooth Nov 28, 2007 06:45 AM

Dear Chowhounds,

I'm planning a NYC and want to enjoy some of the "best of the best," most iconic dishes in NYC. Can anyone recommend some must-have dishes at Manhattan restaurants?


  1. a
    addictedtolunch Nov 28, 2007 06:48 PM

    Blintzes or anything else at B & H Dairy
    Banh Mi, anywhere in a 10 block radius of Grand and Hester
    Egg Cream at Ray's, Ave. A
    Dumplings at Fried Dumpling or Prosperity
    Lox/Nova from Russ, Zabar's, B. Greengrass
    Pizza (4 or 5 main combatants in this war)
    oh, and supposedly Katz's sells pastrami

    1. t
      tpigeon Nov 28, 2007 02:00 PM

      Barney GreengrassEggs Nova onion soft scrambled with 2 plain untoasted bagles to put the egg on
      Katz Pastrami
      DiFara Square Pizza
      Momofuku Pork Buns
      Babbo - Tripe Marinara, Beef Cheek Ravioli, Olive Oil Gelatto
      Eleven Madison Park - Duck for 2

      1 Reply
      1. re: tpigeon
        Miss Needle Nov 30, 2007 11:50 AM

        I concur wholeheartedly about the Momofuku pork buns. I haven't found anything else like it.

      2. r
        rekha Nov 28, 2007 12:49 PM

        after my recent trip I am still salivating over the
        truffle egg toast at 'ino
        brussel sprouts from ssam bar
        banh mi from saigon banh mi
        kanpachi at Le Bernardin

        1. k
          kathryn Nov 28, 2007 10:42 AM

          Try here for suggestions:

          1. coleyas Nov 28, 2007 07:50 AM

            Can I be really tacky and say that if you're looking for a scene with an "iconic" dish or two and you don't mind going to a chain that you should go to the flagship Nobu down in Tribeca and get the crispy shrimp tempura and the black cod w/miso?

            : )

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            1. re: coleyas
              princeofpork Nov 28, 2007 07:55 AM

              My personal go to dishes when I have guests in from out of town;
              Katz's pastrami
              Aurtuos Pizza
              Cajun Bone In Rib Eye at Wollensky Grill
              Banana Wrapped Lamb Shank at Rosa Mexicano

              1. re: princeofpork
                sam1 Nov 28, 2007 08:38 AM

                bistro burger at corner bistro
                pastrami sandwich at katz
                uni at yasuda
                truffled egg toast at 'ino
                chocolate bread pudding at blue ribbon bakery
                porterhouse for 2 at peter lugers

              2. re: coleyas
                kpsquared Nov 28, 2007 11:40 AM

                Not tacky at all...was going to suggest same. Nobu's black cod with miso is my all-time favorite dish. Anywhere.

                I'm also going to suggest pork soup dumplings at Joe's Shanghai, a burger at Shake Shack, and Sunday brunch at Pastis or Bubbys (not especially amazing brunches, just both very NY experiences, IMO)

              3. m
                maggiej Nov 28, 2007 07:22 AM

                A starting point on the not-too-fancy end:

                Katz's pastrami sandwich. Get all the different kinds of pickles, too. Expensive for a sandwich but really good.

                B&H lox platter. We like it better than Russ & Daughters. It's a hole in the wall.

                Pizza, probably a place that has pies only. John's of Bleeker, or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to Grimaldi's. Be prepared to wait or order takeout.

                Grand Sichaun St Marks for some spicy specialties (the dry and spicy chicken and dan dan noodles really stand out.)

                Cupcakes? Gelato? Not sure these are iconic. Brunch at Clinton St Bakery? Depends on if "iconic" means you have to wait in line for it...you can make reservations at Five Points, which makes the brunch experience a little less crazy.

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                1. re: maggiej
                  bronwen Nov 28, 2007 07:31 AM

                  Katz's pastrami - absolutely!
                  Hot dog - Gray's Papaya
                  Gravlax - Aquavit
                  Cheese - Artisanal
                  Chop - Keen's
                  Raw oysters - Grand Central Station Oyster Bar

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