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One night stand.

We'll be in town for a Sunday night in June. We like to graze from place to place, usually bar dining, and like to cover as many new places as is possible in one night. We are not strangers to NYC, We are wondering what would be a good "food" neighborhood to spend an evening in, where we could visit three or four really good restaurants/bistros/neighborhood joints, that would be within walking distance of one another. We'd prefer to stay in Manhattan. Price, atmosphere, ethnicity - not issues. Food - that's what we are interested in.

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  1. On just one block, 20th St., b/t Park Av. S. & B'way, you can find several excellent grazing options. Gramercy Tavern and Veritas are directly across the street from one another. Both have bar dining (at Gramercy, that would be in the Tavern Room). Kellari's Taverna, a very good Greek restaurant, is a couple of doors down from G.T. No bar dining, but you can share some mezzes at a table. Further west on Veritas's side of the street, there's La Pizza Fresca. And if you want to stop in at a cocktail lounge, Flute is next door to G.T.

    Then, a block south on 19th St., there's Craft's DFF (Damon's Frugal Fridays which has now morpphed into "Every Day Except Tuesdays"), which specializes in small plates.

    http://www.veritas-nyc.com
    http://www.gramercytavern.com
    http://www.kellari-taverna.com
    http://www.lapizzafresca.com
    http://www.flutebar.com
    http://nymag.com/daily/food/2009/02/w...

    Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

    1. Lower East Side/East Village is in my opinion still the best neighborhood for good value dining, plus it's also close to Chinatown. And there are some places open late, such as 'inoteca on Rivington and Ludlow (and if we include Chinatown, Great NY Noodletown).

      1. East village around 13th st and 2nd/1st aves - you could go to Momofuku Ssam Bar (went last night for the first time -- incredible), have dessert next door at the bakery and milk bar, then go to the Redhead (13th near 1st ave) for drinks (not sure if they serve food on Sundays).

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        1. re: smartpalate77

          Oooohhh...good neighborhood choice, but instead of the Milk Bar, I would head to Veniero's, on 11th St & 1st. It's been there for like 100+ years, is cute, and the dessert selection is absolutely mindboggling! The exquisite pastry selection in that front case looks like a box of brightly colored jewels... Totally old-school and totally yummy! Plus, they have the sit-down cafe in back.

          1. re: sophistk8

            Huge selection means things are hit or miss there, though. Lovely atmosphere. I'd skip the cannoli, as you can get freshly filled cannoli at Pasticceria Bruno, 506 LaGuardia Place.

            1. re: sophistk8

              i have to dissent on veniero's. when i lived in the neighborhood, i never had anything there that wasn't insipid at best. unless they've dramatically improved recently, i'd avoid.

              1. re: rose water

                Not only do I agree, but I think their reputation is largely based on how they used to be at least 15 if not 20 or more years ago.

                1. re: Pan

                  they're always quite full, so either they're getting praise somewhere, or the crowds beget more crowds.

                  to make an analogy to my current life, which is more about infant than chow, it's like the baby bjorn baby carrier--they kill your back, and there are such better options out there, but everybody seems to have them, so everybody goes out and gets them.

          2. One possible itinerary:
            - Start at with a pork bun at Momofuku Milk Bar
            - Get some Gnocchi at the bar at Hearth
            - Square slice of pizza at Artichoke
            - Chips and dip, bacon peanut brittle, and/or mushroom flatbread at the bar at Redhead
            - Egg cream at Ray's on Avenue A (an egg cream has neither egg nor cream, it's more like a chocolate soda with milk)
            - Grand Sichuan for an order of soup dumplings
            - Split a banh mi at Baoguette
            - Deep fried NJ style hot dogs at Crif Dogs, I like mine bacon wrapped with cucumber and jalapeno
            - Otafuku for okonomiyaki and takoyaki if you're still hungry
            - Vanilla soft serve, cookies, or cupcakes at Chikalicious Dessert Bar

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            1. re: kathryn

              Kathryn - you rule!!

              I live in NYC, have eaten at some of the places listed, but am now inspired to do the whole thing!

              1. re: kathryn

                Deep fried NJ style hot dogs at Crif Dogs, I like mine bacon wrapped with cucumber and jalapeno - Will you marry me?

                1. re: princeofpork

                  Sorry, I'm spoken for, haha! :)

                  And he likes the Redneck BTW (baconwrapped, jalapeno, coleslaw and chili).

              2. While Kathryn's option is mind blowing you could always hit the lower lower east and do Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles, wander over to Fong Hing on hester for Bao, walk to Bario Chino for chips and michelada, cross the street for Babycakes's brownie cake or their cinnamon toasty, and if you're still in the mood for more sugary high head up to Sugar Sweet Sunshine.