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excel Jun 3, 2009 07:16 PM

Hey guys,

I'm hoping you guys could help a poor Canadian out. I'll be in midtown Manhattan for 2 days, going to the Yale Club for dinner one night. But I'll need recommendations for a lunch and dinner.

Doesn't have to be fancy, just good food. I'm willing to head to other parts of NYC so long as it isn't clear across town. Hoping you guys can recommend staple chowhound places and places that are currently getting a lot of buzz.

Thanks!

  1. YummyInTheCity Jun 3, 2009 07:54 PM

    I really love Hells Kitchen around 46th and 9th - innovative Mexican good. For midtown I really think the west side had more places to eat - hell's kitchen area/9th ave. anywhere between 43rd to 59th and 9th has a ton of restaurants

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    Hell's Kitchen
    679 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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      cimui Jun 3, 2009 09:13 PM

      any particular cuisines you like in particular, excel? (and what do restaurants on your home turf do really well?)

      there are a few japanese restaurants i really like in midtown east and west: yakitori totto, aburiya kinnosuke, sakagura and yasuda. all are open for dinner. aburiya and yasuda are open for lunch.

      my favorite inexpensive take out lunch in the area is chaat from indus express. there's a steam table with decent hot offerings, too. there are numerous carts selling halal chicken and rice, including an especially well known one on the southeastern corner of 53rd and 6th ave. at lunchtime. and there's the hallo berlin cart on 54th st. just west of 5th ave.

      more expensive restaurants that i like include:

      the modern dining room
      aquavit
      insieme
      anthos
      milos

      really, though... it would be helpful to would-be advisors if you could give just a few pointers about cuisine preferences and ideal price ranges for lunch and dinner. there are really a gazillion and a half places to eat in nyc. :)

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      Aquavit
      65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

      Yakitori Totto
      251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

      Sushi Yasuda
      204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

      Insieme
      777 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

      The Modern
      9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

      Aburiya Kinnosuke
      213 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

      Sakagura
      211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

      Anthos
      36 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

      Milos
      125 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

      Indus Express
      48 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

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        FrankieLymon Jun 3, 2009 10:34 PM

        go to szechuan gourmet on 39th between 5th and 6th for lunch and order L2 with wonton soup and white rice. it will cost 8.10 and be alot better than the garbage chinese your probly eating in canada

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        1. re: FrankieLymon
          crabby_cakes Jun 5, 2009 10:06 PM

          Isn't the Chinese food in Canada supposed to be good? My friends from there are always telling me how bad it is in New York in comparison.

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            fourunder Jun 5, 2009 10:37 PM

            Isn't the Chinese food in Canada supposed to be good?
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            Definitely for sure if you live Vancouver or Toronto and their surrounding environs. However, I cannot say for sure for anything in between.

            Consider Del Frisco's Bar menu Lunch Loophole for Steak Tips...

            http://midtownlunch.com/2007/11/01/a-...

            1. re: fourunder
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              sherry f Jun 7, 2009 04:45 PM

              Excel, as a fellow Canadian (Toronto) who frequents New York (just got back), I have been blessed to be turned on to some local and reasonable gems in the area that aren't as pricey as say Anthos or Milos (both of which I love, by the way).

              Taboon- 10th and 53rd - very authentic Israeli cuisine and amazing bread.

              Eatery -9th and 53rd (sister restaurant is Whym at 9th and 58th)- Very casual

              There is also nice antipasto and wine by the glass at Tratoria Del Arte (7th in the high 50's)

              I also really like BLT Market in the Ritz Carlton at 6th and Central Park South. It is pricier than the above three.

              Also, if you are looking for a quick lunch, Mangia on 57th between 5th and 6th is great for a self service breakfast/lunch place. Sarabeth's on Central Park South between 5th and 6th is lovely for breakfast or lunch.

              I would have to say that the Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants in Toronto and Vancouver are better and more reasonable than in New York, and actually San Francisco for that matter from my experience.

        2. steve h. Jun 7, 2009 05:00 PM

          scoot over to sushi yasuda for the best sushi in nyc.. sit at the bar, in front of the boss.

          keens grills a good porterhouse. the scotch selection is exemplary.

          it's all good.

          1. jenniebnyc Jun 7, 2009 07:50 PM

            have lunch at Bouchon Bakery in Time Warner Center. Great food, sweets, view and people watching. Good if you are eating solo at communal table. or go to Jean Georges for prefixe lunch. one of the best deals in town.

            as for dinner momfuku noodle bar (ramen), joes shanghai (soup dumplings/chinese), crispo (italian) or if it's a nice night head to shake shack in madison sq park for a burger and prosecco.

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              excel Jun 8, 2009 05:28 AM

              Thanks guy! I really appreciate all the recommendations! I'll eat anything, I consider myself a "foodie" and will try anything at least once.

              I actually live in TO and have lived in Vancouver and can say that the Chinese food I get is pretty darn good. I would venture and say that it's pretty close, if not better than places in HK and China. With that said, I'm sure NYC has places that service up great Chinese too.

              I wasn't expecting so many recommendation so, now I've got another question, out of all the recommendations which ones would be "must" visits and staple NYC restaurants?

              Thanks again guys!

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              1. re: excel
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                kathryn Jun 8, 2009 09:20 AM

                Of the ones listed already in this conversation, I would say the must visit/staple NYC restaurants:

                Sushi Yasuda
                Keens Steakhouse
                Jean Georges

                There are tons of other must visits/staple NYC restaurants, they just aren't in Midtown. Some tips for visitors...

                Don't Leave NY Without Eating...
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610739

                NYC for visitors:
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/597021
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610107
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/604369
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/605545
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/603298
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/589834

                I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but it doesn't look like you're going to have the time:
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333

                1. re: kathryn
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                  excel Jun 8, 2009 11:19 AM

                  Hi Guys,

                  Thanks for the continued recommendations. I found a hotel in time square so any recs around there would be fantastic too!

                  Thanks again and keep them coming!

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