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1st time in NYC! rec's would be great

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hey all,
my bro and his fiance are coming to NYC for the first time ever! I have lived here for 15 years! yeah, we usually meet where it's good for him( hawaii), his job does not allow for much travel(scientist in the Army) . I would consider myself a good eater. Have ate many places but when it comes to putting an itinerary together for some reason, I can't think. :)

I want to make the most of his 4 days in nyc for him.....he likes to eat good food (we have that here for sure!) anything from cheap to expensive(maybe one splurge meal) but most chill places with yummy food.

He likes anything ethnic (except Korean or vietnemese). what do you suggest? any rec's for a first time visitor and a true NY experience would be great.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. Blover,
    This is discussed so often. Search the many, ,many previous threads, particularly RGR's LES tour, Katharine's brunch list, the many Pizza threads on the Manhattan board, and then ask more specific questions and you'll get some great help.

    1. Best brunch
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/598414

      First Time NYC Visitor From SF
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/477902

      San Franciscans visiting New York - 3 Dinners
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/534585

      Eats for visitors:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/554169

      I'd also suggest you do RGR's Gustatory Tour: Katz's Deli, Russ & Daughters, Yonah Schimmel's, Ray's, Kossar's, The Donut Plant, Gus' Pickles, Il Laboratorio de Gelato, and Economy Candy. Add in some Chinatown flair (dumplings) and cupcakes from Sugar Sweet Sunshine.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/530587

      Greatest hits of NYC:
      Bagels and smoked salmon
      Egg cream
      Black and white cookies
      Cheesecake
      Halal chicken and rice
      Bialys
      Knishes
      Pastrami on rye with mustard (Katz's
      )Pickles (including quarter sours, half sours)
      Recession special with papaya juice from Gray's or Papaya King
      A beer from McSorley's (light or dark, you only have 2 options)
      Egg and cheese sandwich from a street cart (not gourmet or of great quality but the everyday breakfast of many a New Yorker)
      Freshly baked bread (Sullivan Street, Grandaisy, etc.)
      Lunch at Jean Georges (not on Sundays, make sure you are in the formal room and not Nougatine)
      Shack burger from Shake Shack (don't order the plain burger!)
      A properly made cocktail (fresh juices, fresh garnishes, etc). from Death & Co
      One of Mario Batali's restaurants (Otto or Lupa for the budget minded, or dinner at the bar at Babbo)
      One of Danny Meyer's restaurants (maybe the front room at Gramercy Tavern, or $28 lunch at EMP if you don't hit up Jean Georges)

      If he LOVES ethnic food I would also take time out to go to grab Chinese in Flushing, Queens or Kabab Cafe in Astoria or Thai at Sripraphai, etc. Check the OB board.

      For the splurge meal, I think Babbo or Jean Georges are uniquely NY, but a lot depends on timing and how much you are willing to spend!

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      1. Here's another thread to illuminate, BLover -relatively recent, not exhaustive but pretty wide ranging, and covering not only Manhattan but (a little bit of) Brooklyn, too.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/597021