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Sep 10, 2008 06:55 AM

New Hood - 23rd and Lex

Since HMB's post asking for recs at 15th/5th netted such great recs, I'm hoping to do the same!

I just moved to 23rd and Lex and I'm feeling slightly dismayed by my options so far. Would love suggestions on all levels when it comes to food: take out options, casual spots in the hood, nice spots in the hood. All ideas welcome, and I'm game to be converted!

I miss Fairway especially so any good market recs without my having to walk to Whole Foods everyday would be great! Thanks in advance.

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  1. You're set for burgers - Shake Shack and Molly's!

    1. Dismayed? Why dismayed? You're right by the Flatiron Building, Curry Hill, and more! Lamazou for sandwiches. Eisenberg's. Roomali for kati rolls. Tiffin Whallah or Chennai Garden for sit down Indian. Kalustyan's for all manner of spices, etc.

      Weekday lunch deals: Tabla cart outside of Bread Bar, Calexico Cart outside of B of A on 25th and Park, secret take out menu at Pamplona. Oh, and Shake Shack! Best time to go is when it's raining. Blue Smoke's burger is also very good and they also do take out.

      Wafels and Dinges truck parts on 27th and Park on Thursday mornings now I believe.

      Nice spots: Eleven Madison Park, A Voce, Pamplona, Tabla, Gramercy Tavern, Craft...

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      1. Agreed with Kathryn nothing to be worried about except for the fact that there is no fairway/ whole foods equivalent in the area that is closer than the whole foods in Un. Sq. We rely on fresh direct - which isn't always the best.

        You can get your cheese at Lamarca on 26th & 3rd but I've had a few misfires there - but it's inexpensive and close to you. The italian bakery next door is good too.

        And it's probably obvious that there is no shortage of indian food in neighborhood. The best southern indian is Saravaanas, the best northern is Curry Leaf. And Kalustyan's is an execellent spice shop with a good cafe upstairs. Vatan will re-open soon on 3rd so keep your eyes open for that.

        For less expensive places with great food: Lamazou for home-made pasta on 22rd & 3rd, Los dos molinos for authentic southwest/mexican (if you like it spicy) on 18th between Park & Irving (not to be confused with the upscale chain Los dos Caminos on Park Ave South & 26th),

        Petit Abeille (on first) serves reliable belgian/french cuisine. Cosette on 33rd between lex & park is the closest NYC has to a parisian bistro. Artisanal on 32nd and Park is a great brasserie and has an excellent cheese selection - you could also go to Les Halles, some people love it - I think it's a bit overpriced for average food.

        For great spanish food / tapas there's Pampano on 28th & Park and Casa Mono/ Bar Jamon on Irving.

        For steak - and I'm just giving my opinion here, I know we all get a bit tense when talking about our favorites - You've got wolfgangs on 33rd & park which is my favorite as is BLT steak on 22nd, other people like primehouse on 28th & park. People who prefer quantity head for Porcao - churrascaria.

        For italian we love iTrulli - definitely an often overlooked spot. Novita is good too.

        Right down the street is Blue smoke for BBQ. There's also wildwood on park ave for barbeque, I've been twice, the first time: excellent, the second time: god awful. The decision is yours.

        Foodie food (in addition to Kathryn's suggestions) Olana, Casa Mono; Bar Milano; Yama,

        - Pizza from totonnos on 2nd ave - not as good as the orignal, but still very good for delivery.
        - Rice for all things with rice.
        - Noodles on 28 for everything noodes
        - We get our thai food from Jayai Thai (*not* Thai NY - the latecoming imposters who opened up next door).
        - Coppola's for italian
        - Turkish kitchen is excellent as well.

        There's plenty more, but this will at least get you started...

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        1. re: Spends Rent on Food

          "For great spanish food / tapas there's Pampano on 28th & Park..."

          That should be Pamplona. And I agree that it is excellent. (Pampano is the fish/seafood-centric Mexican restaurant on 49th.)

          I'd stay far, far away from Coppola's. The food is awful.

          Another good Turkish: Limon, a tiny hidden gem, on 24th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd.

          La Petite Auberge, on Lex, b/t 27th & 28th, is a good choice for well-prepared classic French bistro cuisine served in a space that's like dining in a charming inn in Brittany.

          Penelope, on the corner of Lex & 30th, has an interesting eclectic menu and kitchy decor.

          For Thai, I prefer the relatively new Lantern Thai, on the corner of 2nd Av. & 18th St.

          For pizza, far superior to (imo) mediocre Totonno's is Posto, across the street from Lantern.

          1. re: Spends Rent on Food

            I think Spendsrent is making a mistake I've made myself: Lamarca at 22nd/3rd is the pasta place, Lamazou at 26th/3rd the cheese place. I strongly recommend the latter.

            1. re: Wilfrid

              Lamarca has or had an attached cheese shop on 22nd. I moved away a few years ago so am not sure if it is still there.

              1. re: Wilfrid

                Yikes- that's some sloppy posting on my part. Thanks to both RGR and Wifred for the corrections.

                For Pizza I also forgot to mention Vezzo. We get takeout from there from time to time and their thin crust pizza's are good. Da Ciro on 33rd & Lex also makes an excellent pizza but don't deliver.

                As for Coppola's, it's not a place that's really worth defending - it's no frills basic italian for delivery. I can definitely understand why RGR finds it awful. But when we're looking for some basic italian on the cheap and don't want to leave the apt (or cook it ourselves) - that's who we call.

                1. re: Spends Rent on Food

                  I've never eatem at Lamarca, but my daughter has and told me the pastas are good. They're inexpensive and they deliver, so it seems to me you'd be better off ordering take-out from them.

            2. Thank you all for the responses! I'll definitely check those places out.

              Just had Bao the other night which was really not very good...and I can't live on Shake Shack forever, try as I might :)

              Appreciate the help, everyone...

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              1. re: Rafie

                Sorry, Rafie. I should have warned you about Bao Noodles. The food was good when they first opened, but I think it's gone downhill since then.

                On that block, there are good shopping/take-out options: Gramercy Meat Market and Bruno Ravioli.


              2. Theres a DAG on 24th and 3rd for Supermarkets.
                You must go to Mollys on 22 and 3 for burgers and fish and chips.
                The new sushi joint Amber on 28th and 3rd is excellent

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                1. re: princeofpork

                  The DAG is b/t 25th & 26th. Not not crazy about it. I seriously miss Garden of Eden, which was located where the new NYU dorm now stands.

                  1. re: RGR

                    all supermarkets in the area are subpar. Best place for produce is Gracefully on 1st btwn 19th and 20th

                    1. re: ESNY

                      He could just as soon go west on 23rd to the Garden of Eden, b/t 6th & 7th Avs.