Need reasonably priced dining suggestions for LES, LWS, and mid-town
It's been several years since we've been to NYC and I'm looking for suggestions for reasonably priced dining options for b, l, and d (we're staying in NJ because I have a conference there).
We've been to Jean George for their lunch special (it was out of this world!) on our last visit (also have eaten at Mercer Kitchen, Stage Deli, and the other deli in mid-town--can't recall name). Reviewing the board, the options that sound good so far are:
Balthazar (for breakfast)
Clinton St. Baking Co.
Favorite foods to eat are Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Italian, Indian, brasserie style food, and deli style (yes, we're planning a visit to Katz's and Russ and Daughters).
We have in the past eaten at high end restaurants but on this trip, I'm trying to not break the bank on eating out. Hubby and I usually like to share entrees--seems to be o.k. in NYC to do this.
I think we will be mainly be in the LES, LWS, and mid-town (and we'll go elsewhere in Manhattan if there's somewhere you recommend that we shouldn't miss). I plan on visiting Chinatown and I know there are many options for cheap eats there (the pork buns and dim sum sound delicious).
Yes, I know this subject has been asked about before but I wanted to see if there's something that I might have missed.
Thanks for suggestions.
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