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Soon-To-Be Tourist seeks great grub near 34th and Park!

Chandler84 Oct 1, 2008 07:32 AM

Hey Folks,

Some friends and I are planning a weekender in New York for late November. As an aspiring Chowhound, I'm seeking a great meal to commemorate the trip.

Any and all suggestions are welcome!

We're staying at the Grand Union Hotel at 32nd and Park.


Thanks a ton,

  1. MMRuth Oct 1, 2008 07:39 AM

    How much do you want to spend (including liquor?)? Are you thinking of a high end place, and are you willing to travel. Where are you coming from?

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    1. re: MMRuth
      Chandler84 Oct 1, 2008 08:17 AM

      If it's going to be great, I don't mind paying for it, I'll put it that way.

      Any and all food experiences will be a change from what I'm used to, so literally all suggestions are welcome. Fine dining, greasy spoons, coffee spots, you name it.

      1. re: Chandler84
        MMRuth Oct 1, 2008 08:39 AM

        The difficulty is that there are so very many great places. Here are some suggestions I made to another visitor recently.


        For high end places, check out Eleven Madison Park, Daniel, Cafe Boulud, Gramercy Tavern, Picholine, Alto, Jean Georges, Babbo ... and many more that I'm sure I am forgetting.

    2. Spends Rent on Food Oct 1, 2008 07:39 AM

      Hi Chandler - to help you out, it would be great to know a few things first.

      1. Are you looking for one great meal or many different experiences
      2. What type of food do you like
      3. What's your budget
      4. What sort of atmosphere do you prefer?

      While you don't have to answer all (or any) of these questions, the more we know, the better chance you'll get the perfect place.

      1. DarthEater Oct 1, 2008 08:28 AM

        Bon Chon Chicken for fried chicken

        1. kcijones001 Oct 1, 2008 08:37 AM

          Eleven Madison Park
          11 madison ave (@ 24th st)

          Blue Smoke - 116 e 27th st (btwn lexington & park )

          Kellari's Parea
          36 e 20th st (btwn broadway & park)

          90 madison ave, 2nd floor (@ 29th)

          1. Spends Rent on Food Oct 1, 2008 08:58 AM

            If you want a great steakhouse, Wolfgangs is at 33rd & 3rd and one of the best in the city. You're also steps away from Artisanal - an excellent french bistro.

            For a true NYC experience check out the Pastrami at Sarges deli on 36th & 3rd ave or at 2nd Ave deli on 33rd & 3rd.

            1. Chandler84 Jan 14, 2009 06:28 AM

              Thanks to all for their suggestions!
              We ended up going to Mesa Grill. I was very satisfied to say the least.

              Wrapped up the whole meal with an Irish coffee and hit the town. Great trip, great city. Thanks again, NY! I want to be a part of it!

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