Please Help a Tourist
1. I crave soft pretzels. Constantly. Am I likely to do significantly better at a certain location, than random vendors on the street? -- Also what do they go for now from a street vendor... $2?
2. Sushi -- without getting ridiculous, where can one find a decent sushi meal in Manhattan? A meal for 4 should be under $300.
3. Any local joints that I can't/shouldn't miss? I am staying in a condo near Times Square.
Thank you, Manhattanites!
1. Every "soft" pretzel I've ever bought from a street vendor in NYC has been hard as a rock (esp. in comparison to that Auntie Anne's mall chain). Like, you need to tear it apart with your hands hard. Sorry, can't help.
2. For four people, that's a sushi meal under $75 including tax and tip. Are you planning on ordering mostly maki rolls? Nigiri? I would try Ushiwakamaru, Kanoyama, Lan.
3. Not that much in Times Square you should go out of your way for but there are plenty of local joints you can't miss. Pizza. Bagels and smoked salmon. Katz's deli. Egg creams. Check these threads out:
Must agree with Kathryn. Any time I have been tempted to buy a pretzel from a street vendor -- with starving kids in tow -- they have been hard, stale, and awful. The only people I see getting them are tourists who don't yet know how bad they are...NOT soft! Stricly carbs, no taste.
If you walk west from Times Square, over to 9th Ave., there are a lot of reasonable ethnic restaurants that are good ways to sample NYC's great diversity.
David Burke at Bloomingdale's has a pretzel pannini, with chicken and provolone. I've never had it, but the sliders are god.
Philly is the real soft pretzel heaven IMO. The best soft pretzel I've had in the city was at the Ginger man, which also has a great selection of beers. Even then, it's not that far past the street vendors, especially if you hit up the busy ones so it's reasonably fresh.
3) There's plenty of fine dining in Manhattan, but if you really want to get to the heart of NYC, you practically have to leave the island. If you want a taste of neighborhoods, the lower east side still has Katz's for a jewish style deli, barney greengrass ect. For chinese, there ar elots of good Chinatown suggestions, or hit up Shzechwan (I know, I butchered it) gourmet, or look in the outer boroughs for info on queens. Go grab a slice at one of the coal oven joints, lombardis, Grimaldis, what's the one in manhattan?
Alternatively, head up town and get soul food in Harlem (I've heard good things about Mannas and Charlies) or up to washington heights for domincan food. The Mofongo house on Dyckamn and broadway, Malecon on 175 and broadway, Floridita in that neighborhood for a great cuban sandwich.
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Agreed that soft pretzels at carts are always disappointing. Best I can think of are at a German bar called Loreley on the Lower East side. You could go there for beer and pretzels and then eat on the Lower East Side (Katz's, il Laboratorio del Gelato, etc. -- search this board for some good ideas.)