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Mar 27, 2008 03:29 PM

First night in NYC - midtown - Late eats.

Hi all,

Been doing tons of research for my first trip to New York with my mum next week. Have figured out most of the places I really want to eat, but now I'm looking for some options for our first night in town. Our flight gets into JFK at nine pm. We're staying on 7th Ave near 53rd St. We're coming in from Vancouver so it will be about dinner time for our West Coast bodies, but we'll probably want somewhere to just get a casual or light meal and a couple of drinks. Maybe somewhere with a view would be nice, but we are on a budget. This will be a Monday, in case that matters for days places are open. Any suggestions?

p.s. For anyone curious as to the trip I have planned, here are the things I'm most looking forward to so far:
- Katz's for pastrami.
- The tasting menu at Jean-Georges.
- A hot dog at Yankee Stadium (I know this will be overpriced and not the best hot dog ever, but I have to)
- Donut Plant
- Burger Joint
- Russ and Daughters
- Some place that does Cheong Fun on E. Broadway between Allen and Essex (pretty sure I read about this here)
- Rack & Soul
- Szechuan Gourmet

I'm also undecided on the issue of Dim Sum. Vancouver has some superlative dim-sum, so I don't know if I want to bother. But if you can convince me there's somewhere I HAVE to go, feel free.

***Edit*** Also would love to find a place in this area for really great coffee in the mornings. Fabulous espresso for Americano's preferred, but good drip coffee is welcome too.

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  1. Yakitori Totto if you are not averse to Japanese food. Great chicken skewers, interesting dishes, and good atmosphere.
    Zibetto's for espresso, then hop over to Petrossian for decadent croissants for breakfast

    1. I'd substitute RUB or Daisy May's for Rack & Soul. Admittedly I've only been to R&S once but when I went, I wasn't all that impressed. The other two have much better BBQ. Daisy May's doesn't have much going for it in the atmosphere department but the food is great.

      1. Thanks for the tips so far.

        Note to self - don't put apostrophes where they don't belong... re. americanos (argh).