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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.

Thanks!

  1. 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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      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

      Kanoyama
      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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        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. :)

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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

        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
          www.ottopizzeria.com
          1 5th Ave
          (212) 995-9559

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            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!

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              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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            Ann900 Aug 7, 2008 11:36 AM

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

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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:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/544954
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/544817
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/544074

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