4 Days in NYC
Ditto. As stated in the "read this first" thread:
Manhattan chowhounds are a great resource, but help them help you by including some important details. Tell them what parts of town you'll be in, how you'll be getting around and how far you're willing to travel for great chow (Manhattan is pretty small, so you can really cover a lot of ground), what your budget is (out-of-towners, Manhattan is a more expensive place to eat in than most so your usual gauge of cheap/moderate/expensive may be off), what types of cuisine you're interested in and any other special considerations (traveling with kids? vegetarians? non-chowhounds?). If you've searched first and done some of your own research, include that in your question, too, so people can help fill in the gaps and update your knowledge rather than rehashing things you already know.
Try Jean Georges restaurants (Jean georges, Matsugen, Vong, Spice market), Batali restaurants (Babbo, Lupa, esca,otto,caso mono), Daniel Boulud restaurants (DB Bistro, bar boulud) , Samuellson restos (Aquavit, Merkato55), Eric Ripert resto(Bernardin), Robuchon (l'Atelier), Thomas Keller restos(Per se, Bouchon bakery), Yasuda (sushi Yasuda), Colicchio(Craftsteak).
Thai food: try Thai market (107st and Amsterdam)
Some of them are hard to get in (Per se, Babbo). Make your reservation now.
Sorry to piggyback on this thread, but I'm in the same situation -- I'll be in Manhattan Friday til Tuesday. Any suggestions for good:
- chinese food / dim sum
- any distinctively 'new yorkian' foods that are must haves
Price range should be moderate-ish, our splurging would be something like spending $40 on a meal (without drinks). We'll be staying right near Carnegie Hall, but we'll hopefully be around the southish side and around Central Park. We'll have a car, but I take it that taking the subway will be much better overall.
Thanks for any recommendations!
Ramen: Hakata Ippudo or Setagaya (be aware that you won't get out for < $15 at either)
Sushi: Really depends on your price range, but Sushi Yasuda ($$$, make reservations to sit at the bar), Ushiwakamaru or Kanoyama ($$), have heard good things about 15 East and Soto (although Soto is known for the cooked dishes more so). It is difficult to find great sushi for under $40.
Dim sum: Best I've had is in Flushing, Queens but if you're in Manhattan and don't mind a posh atmosphere, ordering off the menu, and higher prices, Chinatown Brasserie is quite nice (though a little smaller portions). Never been hugely impressed with any of the Chinatown joints.
Pizza: Currently I really like Una Pizza Napoletana and Luzzo's. Both Artichoke, Totonno's (ONLY Coney Island, Brooklyn) and Di Fara (Brooklyn) are great but very crowded and a pain if you have a tight schedule. I also like Patsy's of East Harlem. John's of Bleecker (too cheesy and thick) is coasting off past glories, as is Lombardi's (too soggy and thin) and Grimaldi's, although I think Grimaldi's has a nice sauce and I've been told that if you order it well done, it doesn't get as soggy as it usually does.
Distinctly NYian: bagels and smoked salmon! Kat's Deli! Do a search for RGR's Lower East Side Gustatory Tour -- it's a self-guided walking tour around the LES.
Sorry, I hope this will fill the gaps:
Any kind of cuisine, from push carts to sushi, and even take out.
I'll be staying in mid-town, but just about any spot in Manhattan is fair game. I'd prefer less expensive restaurants, but I'm willing to splurge for at least one grand meal at a special location.
I'm actually from NY originally, but now I'm only a visitor and so much has changed in the years since I left.
Kashirat: in answer to your question the world's best pizza is at Lombardi's, 32 Spring St.