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May 31, 2009 12:09 PM

1st Timer from LA need help please

my gf who's never been has a few issues
she doesn't eat meat & poultry

but loves seafood and veggies

i on the other hand LOVE IT ALL

i believe we will be staying near mid-town but
willing to go to all 5 burroughs(sp??)

looking for all types of cuisine--from street vendors to tiny neighborhood spots
love to find new spots
we don't like super-trendy spots have enough of that crap
here in Lala land.
not able to afford super high end

would love to showcase the bagel & flagel, pizza of course,
also if anyone has been to bourbon & branch in SF--anything similar for me and my bourbon love affair??
under 50 pp would be our limit

thanks foodies

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  1. Under $50pp - does that include tax (8.375%), tip (20%), and drinks? If so, you're definitely on the lower end of "moderate" in Manhattan. Your dollars will go further in the outer boroughs. It's also difficult to make recommendations for non-trendy, non-expensive eats without knowing what you like in terms of cuisine. There's also plenty of places here that are trendy amongst foodies without being really flashy or showy or having a celebrity chef or celebrity clientele.

    For bourbon selection, I'd go to Keens, Brandy Library, d.b.a, Blue Smoke, or Char. No. 4 (Brooklyn).


    More "cocktailian" bars in NYC:

    Don't Leave NY Without Eating...

    NYC for visitors:

    I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour:

    Best pizza:

    Best Brunch:

    1 Reply
    1. re: kathryn

      thank you.
      much appreciated
      looks like a lot of homework
      but worth it
      can't wait

    2. Check out Dirt Candy. I went for the first time last night, thanks to a post I read on this Board:

      You might also like Terroir, another tiny neighborhood spot:

      Ditto RGR's LES tour, not to be missed.

      My Chinatown favorites are Big Wong and the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Dim sum in Chinatown or Flushing (do a search of the Outer Boroughs Board, it may also be in the threads Kathryn posted above).

      PS Kathryn you are amazing and should be named chowhound ambassador to NYC!

      1. You might want to check out the menu at Dinosaur BBQ to see if the shrimp, catfish and deviled eggs appeal. Foy you, they have great BBQ pork, beef and chicken (including the world's biggest wings) and an excellent Bourbon selection. For places outside of Manhattan you have to go to the Outer Boroughs (note spelling) board for advice.

        Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
        646 W. 131st Street, New York, NY 10027