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Best Italian, Chinese, Indian, Thai, French, American?

howard81 Jan 22, 2009 05:22 PM

Planning to visit New York City in April. Looking for the best food in town. Any suggestions?

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    ian9139 RE: howard81 Jan 22, 2009 05:46 PM

    this is a very big town, and people do not usually have a consensus on what is the best. If you search the threads, you can find good information about all of those.

    For suggestions, what is your price range, and where in the city do you plan on eating?

    1. LeahBaila RE: howard81 Jan 23, 2009 05:18 AM

      Do you know what part of town you'll be staying in? Here are some of my favorites:
      Italian: Apizz
      Chinese: Chinatown Brasserie, Wu Liang Ye
      Indian: Bukhara Grill, Chola
      Thai: Highline, Kittichai
      French: Brasserie fare at Les Halles (Park Ave)
      American: Peter Luger Steakhouse, Nougatine (New American)


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        howard81 RE: LeahBaila Jan 23, 2009 08:49 AM

        I'm staying at the Essex House on Central Park West. Don't care about price ... only interested in ambiance and quality.

      2. scoopG RE: howard81 Jan 23, 2009 06:05 AM

        Best Chinatown Restaurant:


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          RGR RE: howard81 Jan 23, 2009 10:40 AM

          Italian: Sister restaurants Convivio and Alto


          Indian: Devi


          American: Steakhouse = Keens; BBQ = Daisy May's


          Contemporary American: per se, Gramercy Tavern


          French: Eleven Madison Park, Veritas, Jean Georges, Fleur de Sel, Allegretti, Picholine, Cafe Boulud, Tocqueville


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            Pan RE: howard81 Jan 24, 2009 09:18 AM

            My favorite Chinese restaurant in Manhattan is Szechuan Gourmet, 39th St. between 5th and 6th. For best Thai, check the Outer Boroughs board, because it's in Queens, not Manhattan.

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              LeahBaila RE: Pan Jan 26, 2009 04:00 AM

              Pan, because of your Szechuan Gourmet recs, I tried it last night and loved it. Thanks for the tip...I thought I would always be a Wu Liang Ye devotee.


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                Pan RE: LeahBaila Jan 26, 2009 07:48 AM

                Terrific. What did you have?

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                  LeahBaila RE: Pan Jan 26, 2009 08:24 AM

                  Vegetable chow fun, scallion pancakes and the shredded beef with spicy Asian green chili and leeks. I found the quality of the beef to be excellent...No gristle, generous portion and amazingly tender. Thanks, Pan!


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                    Pan RE: LeahBaila Jan 26, 2009 04:57 PM

                    You're welcome.

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              diprey RE: howard81 Jan 26, 2009 09:36 PM

              The best Chinese depends on what regional type of food you like. IMHO, the best Sichuan (and Hunan--just ask them) restaurant in Manhattan is Sichuan Gourmet, @39th and 5th, but Wu Liang Ye (@48th) is decent, too. The best Shanghai and Cantonese restaurants in Manhattan are all in Chinatown; there are also a few decent Fujanese places along Bowery, but somehow most folks don't appreciate the Fujan cuisine at all.

              The best Southern Indian food, IMHO, can be found between 23rd and 28th and Lex. (The 6th St is a tourist trap and I wouldn't recommend it at all.) I am not aware any good North-Indian/Punjabi place in Manhattan at all: your best bet is to take the 7 train from Grand Central to 73rd/Jackson Heights (ditto for Taiwanese and Thai food). If you must stay in the city, both Bukhara Grill @49th and Sapphire@CentralParkWest are considered decent, but I haven't been there for at least 5 yrs.

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                Pan RE: diprey Jan 27, 2009 07:49 AM

                What Fujian-style places along the Bowery do you like, and why do you think that most people don't appreciate that style?

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