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Aug 4, 2009 10:07 AM

Nice eats near W The Tuscany

Hi fellow CHers. I'm from Toronto and will be doing a 3-week business trip in Manhattan in 2 weeks. I'll be staying at the W The Tuscany and was wondering if Manhattanites or other seasoned travelling foodies have great value and taste food places in the area. I have a per diem limit of 65 USD, but it can be spread over the 3 weeks. Thanks for your ideas!

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  1. You're on 39th between Park & Lexington Avenue
    Artisinal for a nice brunch or dinner (french)
    2 Park Ave
    Penelope- Lex & 30th for a goood breakfast
    Pio Pio for seriously tasty and inexpensive peruvian chicken
    34th btwn 2nd & 3rd
    Vezzo for pizza
    Grand Sichuan for Chinese
    Lex /33rd and 34th

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    1. re: notsochubbychubette

      Second Artisanal & Rare Bar and Grill. Would also add:
      Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine
      Posto (pizza)
      Blue Smoke (makes a great burger and really good side dishes)
      Les Halles (great steak frites)
      Carl's Steaks

      1. re: notsochubbychubette

        If you're on 39th and Park, might as well just walk to Szechuan Gourmet for the best Sichuan in Manhattan.

      2. Before I moved to NYC I used to practically live at the tuscany, the staff there are the best.
        I second every single one of NSCCs recommendations above... and would add:
        Pastrami sandwich at Sarge's 36th & 3rd (4 blocks away).
        Burgers at Rare on 37th & lex (2 blocks away)
        Wolfgang's steakhouse 33rd & park (be prepared to use up a few days of your per-diem here.
        Cosette 33rd between lex and 3rd - great tiny parisian bistro.

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        1. re: Spends Rent on Food

          Thanks for your suggestions. I've also gotten some other suggestions from shows and was wondering if these places are work checking out:
          Magnolia Bakery
          Barney Greengrass

          I'm also an adventurous foodie (except for spicy foods). Any suggestions for overall manhattan that doesn't break the bank but tastes just as divine? Thanks.

          1. re: Evilyn

            Skip the cupcakes at magnolia, but DEFINITELY go for the banana pudding. If you want a cupcake, go to 2 little red hens and if you feel like you really want to trey something magnolia-ish, go to their sister bakery, Buttercup Bakeshop, and get a red velvet. The cake at magnolia is super dry and the icing is beyond sweet.

            1. re: notsochubbychubette

              Thanks for the tip, NSCC. Does anyone else have feedback for the other restaurants. Thanks!!!!

              1. re: Evilyn

                Keens and Barney Greengrass are great. Keens may be a bit pricey (it's a steakhouse) but the porterhouse for two is great. Barney Greengrass is also good but I view their smoked salmon as more of a breakfast thing. Check hours before you go, I think they are closed on Mondays, and are only open 8-6 every other day.

          1. re: kathryn

            Wow, thank you so much, Kathryn! Guess I have a lot of homework to do before I take off next week!