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Jun 26, 2009 10:23 AM

Dinner Recs for two 19 year olds

I am visiting a friend of mine who is living in Manhattan this summer. We love to venture out and we are up for anything you suggest. It's my first time in nyc since 8th grade so I am very unfamiliar with the restaurant scene. We especially love french, italian, and latin cuisine. thanks.

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  1. it would help if we knew your budget, and the neighborhood where you'll be staying.

    1. I'm with Good Health Gourmet that more info would help, but.... being an East Village food eater, I'll give some recommendations.

      Esparanto: Brazilian. De-lish. Hip. There's some orange stew that comes in a pot that is great. I had too many cocktails to recall it's name.

      Italian: For old-school New York Italian, there's always John's. Sit in the back by the huuuge candle.

      You didn't mention Japanese, but if you're good with your chopstick skills, I love Shabu Tatsu. If you saw Lost in Translation, the place where they got slices of raw beef and swirled them in boiling water to cook them--that's shabu shabu. Google it. Lots of fun.

      I can't believe I'm going to recommend this, but... for Indian, go to one of the two upstairs places on 2nd Ave just south of 6th st. Pick whichever has a better hawker and most chili lights hanging from the ceiling. The food is terrible, but cheap, and the ambiance is unique. If I was 19, I would think it's pretty fun.

      Or, for a wackier evening, Lucky Cheng's and their drag waiter/waitresses. I haven't eaten there, but it's wacky.

      After dinner, go sulk on St Marks between 2nd and Ave A and pretend to be a punk in the 1980s. Think Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan, with a bit of Michael Jackson "Thriller" thrown in. Rest In Peace.

      The places you are prohibited to go to are Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, or TGIFriday's. Especially in Times Square. Doubly so if you go to the M&M store for desert. Sheesh, people. Get with the program.

      What do you think? Helpful? Off the mark? Comments?

      145 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

      John's of 12th Street
      302 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

      216 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

      Lucky Cheng's
      24 First Avenue, New York, NY 10009