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Chicagoan coming to NY - Where's a must eat?

mccarlin Aug 7, 2008 08:53 AM

Hello all,

I'll be flying into NY on thurday Aug 14 and ill be there untill Sunday morning and im looking for some food rec's. I'm a food junky and experience most of what Chicago has to offer so what im looking for in NY/Manhattan is something that i CANT find in Chicago.

I will be on a budget so probably no 4 star places, im not bringing formal attire with me either. The food is more important to me than the ambiance. Killer Italian? Pizza? Etc...

Where should i go that will leave my first trip to NY memorable. I'll be staying around midtown and will be taking the train around.


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    kathryn Aug 7, 2008 09:40 AM

    What's your budget including tax, tip, and beverages? Note that many higher end places in Manhattan do not require a jacket any more, but patrons do tend to be dressed nicely (i.e., no shorts, open toed sandals, etc).

    For starters, try NY pizza. Bagels and smoked salmon. Katz's deli. Egg creams.

    Check these threads out:


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      Ann900 Aug 7, 2008 11:36 AM

      In a word -Katz's deli. There are many posts on this board for info.

      1. kcijones001 Aug 7, 2008 12:33 PM

        Cuban sandiwch and spanish corn at Cafe Habana
        17 Prince St
        (212) 625-2002

        Otto Restaurant Enoteca
        1 5th Ave
        (212) 995-9559

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        1. re: kcijones001
          misky Aug 7, 2008 09:48 PM

          hey, sorry to hijack the thread, but i read on another thread from awhile back about shredded hashbrowns - you said you can find them in any grocerey store in NY. i live in manhattan and in desperate need of shredded hashbrowns for a recipe i need to make this weekend, and so far i've tried gristedes and associated in kips bay...could you give me some places you know of that shredded hashbrowns??? thanks!

          1. re: misky
            cimui Aug 7, 2008 11:55 PM

            If all else fails and you can't find them, you can sub in most recipes with rectangular hash browns or tater tots, chopped to bits with a spatula while you're cooking. Or, at schmancy markets (i.e. Whole Foods) look for packaged, ready-to-make rosti.

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          chet steadman Aug 7, 2008 07:19 PM

          aside from having superb food, these places all provide an experience beyond the meal itself:

          pizza - di fara in brooklyn
          puerto rican - la fonda boricua on 106/lex
          burger - shake shack at madison park
          cuban-chinese - apolo on delancey
          deli - katz's on e hosuton
          chinese - wo hop in china town

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            cimui Aug 7, 2008 08:52 PM

            I agree that the bagel with lox / Jewish deli experience is a quintessentially NYC, but there are places other wonderful places other than Katz (which is good, but to my mind, and has history, but is not necessarily head and shoulders above the competition when judged by food, alone). Barney Greengrass on the Upper West Side (UWS) and Second Ave Deli in Murray Hill / Kip's Bay (East 30s) are also strong contenders. Second Ave. Deli has great sliced tongue. Sarge's, also in Murray Hill / Kip's Bay, has pretty good chopped liver.

            In Hell's Kitchen (just east of midtown), try the inexpensive and fun Empanada Mama for good empanadas and Venezuelan style arepas.

            In midtown, try the streetcarts, esp. at lunchtime. Esp. good / well known ones include the halal chicken and rice / gyro cart on 53rd and 6th Ave. near the Hilton. During the day, a 'subsidiary' of the original cart sells on the east side of the street. At night, the original is on the west side.

            I know you have wurst in Chicago, but the Hallo Berlin cart (or cafe) might be worth checking out. Great curry potatoes.

            I think sushi is not yet so popular in Chicago as it is in NYC. If you like it, try Kanoyama on a budget or Yasuda non-omakase.

            I can give you some Italian suggestions, but none of them are really old school red sauce that people usually associate with NYC. Feel free to drop more details about what you're looking for. If you want harder to find Italian ingredients, check out the Italian market in Chelsea Market.

            Barney Greengrass
            541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

            Sushi Yasuda
            204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

            Hallo Berlin
            626 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

            175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

            Second Avenue Deli
            162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

            Hallo Berlin Juicy Food Stand
            W 54th St and 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

            Halal Chicken and Gyro
            106 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

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            1. re: cimui
              cimui Aug 7, 2008 11:49 PM

              goodness, what a lot of type-os:

              >>but there are places other wonderful places other than Katz (which is good, but to my mind, and has history, but is not necessarily head and shoulders above the competition when judged by food, alone).

              should read:

              but there are places other wonderful places other than Katz (which is good, and has history, but to my mind is not necessarily head and shoulders above the competition when judged by food, alone).

              and this:

              >> In Hell's Kitchen (just east of midtown),

              should be:

              Hell's Kitchen (just west of midtown)

              sorry!!! I was rather out of it, earlier. :)

            2. misnatalie Aug 7, 2008 11:11 PM

              Lupa for Italian
              Bleeker St, Joe's on Carmine st, or an artichoke slice from Artichoke for Pizza
              Gray's Papaya for a hot dog
              Pastrami from Katz's
              Bagels from Murry's or H&H
              A shake and burger from Shake Shake
              Sushi from Yasuda
              Spicy Chinese from Szechuan Gourmet
              Chocolate or coconut/strawberry cupcake from Batch
              Pudding from Rice to Riches
              Portugese don tot from Egg Custard King
              Falafel from Olympic Pita

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