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Since I write a restaurant blog, I thought it might be a good idea to skip the Zagat numbers and Yelp, et al. stars and just ask: What are the top five restaurants in your neighborhood within ten average walking blocks from your front door? If you cab it, it's too far.

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  1. Earthen Oven - 1/2 block
    Telepan - 3 blocks
    Manhattan Diner - 6.5 blocks
    Bettola - 7.5 blocks
    Patsy's - 2 blocks

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    1. re: nativeNYer

      I'll see yours and go...

      Fairway Cafe-0 (love those pancakes!)
      Hummus Place - 1
      Gari - 3
      Dovetail - 2

    2. Haven't been - have also heard good words about The House - maybe the question should be 10 restaurants in 5 blocks? :-)

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      1. re: Caillerets

        Most of the posts I remember reading about The House had very positive things to say about the atmospherics but were not all that enthusiastic about the food. It's the reason I've held back about trying it.

        As for Borough F&D, it's in a cursed space. I never thought much of the concept and haven't read any good reviews of the food. I thought I read that they were changing the menu.

        1. re: RGR

          Perfectfully put on both accouts RGR! The House is lovely for a drink bt that's about it and Borough started out okay but then took a nosedive.

          But since I seem to live in the same neighborhood Caillerets I concur with Cru & Shake Shack but might then add Gramercy Tavern, Craft and Eleven Madison (wow I love Danny Meyer)

            1. re: roze

              Adding to the Gramercy/Union Square area:

              A Voce
              Hill Country

          1. re: Caillerets

            Wollensky's Grill
            Sip Sak
            La Grenouillie

            all within five blocks.

          2. Borough Food and Drink is terrible. The atmosphere is a little too contrived, like being in a restaurant in Epcot Center and a menu that doesn't work together. It says something when the best thing on the menu are the dumplings from chinatown. Of course, they are marked up abouth 500% from a chinatown price...

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            1. Perbacco - 1 Block
              Tasting Room - 7 1/2 blocks
              Falai - 6 blocks
              Pylos - 3 1/2 blocks
              Allen and Delancey - 7 blocks

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              1. re: slewlew

                I don't live in NY anymore, but my aunt does and it sounds like she lives in your neighborhood. Last time I was in town I had dinner at Pylos. Pleasant but not seriously memorable, and they gave us a table near the front, which means you freeze when the door opens and feel clautrophobic when the crowd starts. Is I Coppi still good?

                1. re: Judith

                  Yes, the food at I Coppi is still good. Actually, I'd say very good.

              2. If y'all could toss in a neighborhood too so I know where to put these places on my list, that'd be awesome.

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                1. re: eateryrow

                  I'm on the UWS ... Earthen Oven. Land Thai, Telepan, Bettola and Cesca

                    1. re: nycmlr

                      obviously same as nycmir - UWS. nice overlap, nycmir!

                  1. Carnegie Hill:

                    Square Meal - .25 block
                    Sfoglia - 2.5 blocks
                    Kurio - 6 blocks
                    Cafe Sabarsky - 6.5 blocks
                    Zebu Grill - 6 blocks

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                    1. re: MMRuth

                      Square meal's on the list. I love BYO places.

                    2. West Village, let's see

                      Anissa (6 blocks)
                      Da Andrea (5 blocks)
                      Perry St. (8 blocks)
                      Wallse (7 blocks)
                      Ostia (5 blocks)

                      1. Crispo - 3
                        Cru - 5
                        Bar Blanc - 4
                        Chow Bar - 4
                        Snack Taverna - 8

                        1. Sfoglia
                          Etats -Unis
                          Grays Papaya

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                          1. re: peachtart

                            Added to above I can't leave out Beyoglu.

                            1. re: peachtart

                              I'm gonna have to assume you mean Papaya King?


                              1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                                Yes of course.....long day. Thanks Tipsy.

                                1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                                  peachtart must not live quite w/in 10 blocks of Square Meal (grin) - but we do have some overlap!

                                  1. re: MMRuth

                                    I have not been to Square Meal yet. At your recommendation I will give it a try this week. You always have great suggestions so I thank you ahead of time!

                            2. Upper East Side aka "wasteland food area" with slim pickings

                              JG Melon
                              Atlantic Grill
                              Al Forno's

                              Would love other suggestions as I never know what is good around here. I usually cab it and I don't like Sushi Gari.

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                              1. re: G3B

                                I haven't "triangulated" your location, but have you tried Persepolis:


                                1. re: MMRuth

                                  Based on the address, it's not far from Uskudar - but not sure if it's in your ten block radius!

                                  Another place that I find surprisingly reliable in that area is Vermicelli for sort of Vietnamese food.

                                  1407 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

                                  1. re: MMRuth

                                    Yes I have been there a long time actually before they moved one block over. I forgot about that one. Will need to revisit that one again. Thanks.

                                    Separate non food question - how do you link a topic like what you did on top? Technically challenged I guess. Thanks.

                                    1. re: G3B

                                      Do you mean to a "Place"? Use the "Link to a place BETA" button to the left of "Post My Reply". Then put in the name of the restaurant and the location (new york, ny). You can add more than one, as well.

                                      Or the cut and paste of the URL?

                                      1. re: MMRuth

                                        I was referring to the cut and paste of the URL. So I guess that means I must have two chowhound pages open and go to the topic I want linked and copy over the URL to the one that I am posting. Is that it? I thought there might be a simpler way and I just did not know.

                                        1. re: G3B

                                          Exactly - you need two chowhound pages open - well, you don't - you can go to the page you want to copy, copy the URL, then go back to the post where you want it pasted, but I find it "safer" to have two pages/tabs open at the same time in case I mess up.

                                          1. re: MMRuth

                                            thank you for the tech lesson!

                                2. re: G3B

                                  Tried Sandros about a week ago. Good southern italian food, attentive staff...the chef is a character.

                                3. 1. Shake shack (12, break the rules a little...I like to walk)
                                  2. Waterfront Ale House (8)
                                  3. Wild Edibles (2 - and yes, they have a restaurant)
                                  4. Ali Baba (3)
                                  5. Grand Szechaun (3)

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                                  1. re: Tubulus

                                    We've had lunch at that Wild Edibles, and the food's actually pretty good.

                                    1. re: Tubulus

                                      Hmm... you must live in my neighborhood. I have been meaning to hit Ali Baba and Waterfront Ale House.

                                      Have you tried Cafe El Parador? It is really old school, upscale (but not in a trendy way) Mexican.

                                      1. re: katie570

                                        After hearing good things about El Parador on this board, we finally made it there for dinner several months ago, and I was very disappointed at how mediocre the food was. I had hoped for something much better than the so-so Mexico Lindo, which is a few blocks south, but sadly, no such luck.

                                    2. Craftsteak
                                      Del Posto
                                      Red Cat
                                      Unfortunately my 10 block best I only get to do on special occasions.

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                                      1. re: steeltowngrl

                                        Hmmm. yeah, I'd have to budget better for that list.

                                      2. Maybe not the swankiest 5, but definitely my favorites:
                                        -Murray's Bagels (2 blocks)
                                        -Grand Sichuan International (1 block)
                                        -RUB BBQ (2 blocks)
                                        -East of Eighth (2 blocks)
                                        -Go! Go! Curry (ok 13 blocks, but on my walk home and good enough that I'm including it anyway)

                                        1. Hearth, Pylos, Grand Sichuan St. Marks, Congee Village, Soba-Ya

                                          1. I don't live in Manhattan but I do write about their food scene a bit... I find the East Village a great place to go out and eat inexpensive to expensive. My picks are:

                                            Momofuku Ssam
                                            Prune (must live through the brunch experience once)
                                            Ramen Setagaya
                                            Abraco (it's not a restaurant but it serves very fine espresso and unique pastries)

                                            I know some are not within the 10 block radius of each other, but I do like to walk a lot given to how much I eat.


                                            1. Ouest (4.5 blocks)
                                              Neptune Room (7 blocks)
                                              Celeste (9 blocks, I think)
                                              Manhattan Diner (2.5 blocks- I love their moussaka and their chicken soup)
                                              Cafe Frida (2.5 blocks)

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                                              1. re: sed231

                                                Manhattan Diner has GREAT steak fries. I hate steak fries, but I like them from there!

                                              2. Markt
                                                Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine
                                                Rosa Mexicano
                                                Empire City Bagels


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                                                1. re: LeahBaila

                                                  St Marks & 1st...

                                                  Village Yokocho
                                                  Momofuku (Ssam & Noodle, and soon Ko i'm sure) yeah i'll count them as one
                                                  The E.U.

                                                2. Babbo,
                                                  Chow Bar,
                                                  Strip House,
                                                  John's Pizza,

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                                                  1. re: 180macd

                                                    Casa Mono
                                                    Gramercy Tavern
                                                    Union Square Cafe