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Hello. Hola. Guten morgen.

I am going to be in NYC next week, and I want to get a true chowhound's New York. there is no kind of food that I categorically don't like, except crappy food. As long as it's good, I'm in. L.A. does Japanese and Mexican better than anybody, so I'm mainly looking for:

Chinese
Italian
Upscale American
Weird hole-in-the-wall places that sell fish eyes, frog balls, cow tongues, etc.

Any suggestions?

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  1. IMO Chinese is also better in L.A. with a possible exception of Szechuan. East Asian food in general are better in L.A. but if you like sushi, Sushi Yasuda is still the best in the U.S. as far as I'm concerned. I've been to a few top sushi spots in L.A. (Zo, Mori, Sasabune, etc. not Urasawa though) and I prefer Sushi Yasuda.

    1. Hi martha03 and welcome to CH. While Chinese food in the SGV may be better than NYC, the Chinese food in L.A. is not. The "search this board" function on CH is a great tool. Let's start with something hard to come by out west: Fujianese Cuisine. These newest Chinese immigrants are spreading west from NYC.

      Fujian Noodle Shops:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/492376

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/504362

      Two Best Fuzhou Restaurants:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/483902

      Best Sichuan in Manhattan:
      Szechuan Gourmet:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/459240

      http://events.nytimes.com/2008/07/23/...

      Best Chinatown Restaurant:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/531040

      You may want to consider a trip out to Flushing. Queen's is one of the most diverse places in the country with over 140 languages spoken.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/636409

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/627227

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/612697

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/628938

      http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/30/din...

      1. Hi there! Here are some threads you might find interesting, targeted towards NYC for visitors from Los Angeles.

        Clueless LA couple coming to Manhattan
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/561395

        Angeleno in NYC looking for cheap eats
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/635360

        2 days in Manhattan (started by an LA hound) :
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/625302

        For Chinese, I highly 2nd scoopG's suggestion that you get out to Flushing.

        For Italian, do you want red sauce Italian American? What's your price range? A lot of the high quality, really good Italian places are going to be booked up already since you are coming next week and it is also Restaurant Week here in NYC. Ditto for Upscale American.

        Offal and game/unusual meats are some of my FAVORITE foods, here is a long list I wrote up for another hound:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/636471

        And another relevant thread:
        Just arrived in new york, looking for charcuterie and nose to tail eating.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/583207

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        1. re: kathryn

          Almost forgot these "best of NY" threads for visitors...

          **Don't Leave NY Without Eating... (don't miss this thread)**
          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:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333

          Best pizza in NY:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6111...

          Places under $10
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/622841

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

          1. re: kathryn

            As an Angeleno who lived in NYC for many years, I strongly recommend you follow kathryn's tips. Another great resource is RGR, who has wonderful recs for visitors, with a particular emphasis on the Lower East Side. Finally, please, please, please ignore the guy on the LA board who recommended Tavern on the Green. Everything about that place, from the bad food to the depressing ambience, is just awful -- avoid it like the plague.

            PS: You should repost the list of your favorite LA places -- there are many transplants who can point you to comparable restaurants.

            1. re: a_and_w

              Yes, Tavern on the Green is just sad, sad, sad. The absolute definition of a tourist trap. If you must go, just go for a drink in the outside garden- but be prepared to pay.

              1. re: a_and_w

                Thanks for the recs! Tavern on the Green, from what I know of it, sounds like a place I would avoid naturally. It's seems like when people come to L.A. and go to Universal City Walk expecting authentic culture, when all they end up with is a bunch of Nebraskans looking for the same authenticity. Not that there's anything wrong with Nebraskans.

                As for my favorite place in L.A., I love:
                Animal
                Father's Office
                Ruen Pear
                Marouch
                Akasha
                Terried Sake House
                Cobras & Matadors
                and about a thousand taquerias

                to name a few!

                1. re: martha03

                  I also love Father's Office -- maybe Spotted Pig would be of your interest then? NYC gastropub w/ a great burger.

            2. Gramercy Tavern in wonderful