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Oct 1, 2009 12:18 PM

Torontonian visting Manhattan!

Hi everyone,

I am staying near Broadway and Park Row in Manhattan for next Columbus day weekend. Any suggestions on food around there? In Toronto we are lacking quality sushi so I would like to know your opinions!!

Also I just graduated from Uni so my budget is not unlimited LOL =) I have also never been to NYC so I would normally have searched this board but my NY geography knowledge is poor.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. What sort of budget do you have in mind? You are near Chinatown - so some great Chinese and excellent Banh Mi nearby - which are quite reasonable. Do take a look at a Manhattan map to get a sense of things - and, in that area, you are v. close to Brooklyn, so you may want to post on the Outer Boroughs board as well.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Hi Ruth! Thanks for the reply! I am looking to spend maybe $30 (CDN??) on dinner and $20 on lunch. I believe the exchange rate is about .93 lately so not too bad!

      1. re: Muffin__Top

        I'm about to run out the door - so can't be of much help directly - do try doing a search of the board, putting "chinatown" or "banh mi" in a search, using the title function. Sushi for that price is tough, in my opinion. Will try to chime in more after the weekend.

    2. Since you're from Toronto, I'd skip Chinese and Vietnamese since you have tons of that there. You're down by City Hall which isn't all that interesting dining wise, but a quick trip on the subway will remedy that. For stuff Toronto doesn't seem to have, try:

      Korean fried chicken (Bon Bon on Chambers and Bon Chon near the ESB)
      St. Marks Place for grilled Japanese foods & shochu (Oh Taisho and Yakitori Taisho)
      rare to medium hamburgers
      good bbq (even our poor excuse for bbq beats Toronto's poor excuse for bbq) - Hill Country, Daisy Mae's, Dinosaur
      pizza - search and you'll find tons of opinions

      and the usual NYC standards (Katz's, Russ & Daughters, Yonah Schimmel, Nathans @ Coney Island, Papaya King/Hut/Grays, H&H bagels, etc.)

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      1. re: GoodGravy

        Agree with GoodGravy, Chinese food is MUCH better in Toronto with the one exception of Joe Shanghai -- 9 Pell St. The soup dumplings are divine.

        1. re: shirlockc

          It would seem that you may not have ventured beyond Manhattan Chinatown. There are a lot of very interesting Chinese regional restaurants in Flushing - including Taste of Shanghai that is far superior to Joe's Shanghai - (and in Brooklyn Chinatown for that matter). I have eaten much better Chinese food here than I ever have in Toronto.

          1. re: buttertart

            Yeah, I didn't say Toronto's Chinese food is better than ours. People keep forgetting about Flushing and the crazy good food there. They have Chinese food all over the place in Toronto, and there's other stuff they don't have like all the stuff I mentioned. They do have $1.75 banh mi which I haven't found in NYC. Cheapest I've found so far is in the $3-$4 range.

            1. re: GoodGravy

              No, you didn't (and I agree in general with what you did say), shirlockc did, and I disagree strongly. To say that Joe's Shanghai on Pell is the one exception to the inferior Chinese food to be found in NY is very odd, it's not even the best restaurant in that Chinatown (and may arise from a notion of "Chinese food" as a monolithic definable entity, which it most certainly is not.) . The variety of Chinese food to be found here is enormous. Are there restaurants devoted to specific regional cuisines such as Qingdao and Dongbei in Toronto? There are in Flushing, which is reachable by subway from where our T.O. visitor will be staying - and the restaurants there are dirt cheap. (Incidentally, I live in NYC but am from London, Ont. originally, went to U of T, have family there, and visit often.)

      2. Thanks guys, I will have a ex pat Canadian with me so hopefully I will be able to navigate that nightmare of a subway system map. Seriously have you seen Toronto's? Our subway system is literally 1/20th the size!!

        I have had amazing Chinese food up here in Markham so I definitely don't need that in NY!
        Thanks guys for the suggestions!

        1. What is Toronto weak in, other than sushi? Do you have good Italian restaurants? Also, I'm not entirely clear on your location. Are you staying near City Hall (City Hall Park is between Broadway and Park Row), or are you in Chinatown, on East Broadway (not the same as Broadway) near Park Row?

          Anyway, yes, get over any fear of getting hopelessly lost on the subway (or take a bus - I may be able to give you directions if you more fully explain where you'll be) and go to Katz's, because at least I can probably assume that there is no pastrami in Toronto that's remotely comparable. The subway really isn't bad except on weekends, when there are lots of service changes due to construction, and you should look at for service advisories then.

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          1. re: Pan

            Hello! We do have some good Italian restaurants - Via Allegro

            I am staying near City Hall, in the Financial District, on Nassau street. From what I see on google maps it looks pretty close to a subway?

            1. re: Muffin__Top

              The financial district is close to MANY subway lines because so many people commute there from all parts of the city! :) You shouldn't have a problem getting to restaurants around town.

              1. re: Muffin__Top

                Yes, as Kathryn said. You also have the option of taking the M15 bus to Stanton and Allen if you want to go to Katz's and prefer to walk less (though the bus trip will take longer). You'd get on on Park Row pretty close to the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge.

            2. Just came back from a week's vacation in Manhattan (from Toronto too). For some exceptional ramen try Ippudo (google map, ippudo nyc). I think it's on 4thAve btw 9th 10th st. Also loved the pizza there.

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              1. re: instantnoodle

                You're correct on the location of Ippudo. But please say where you liked the pizza; to the unwary, your post could read as if you love the pizza at Ippudo, which I'm sure isn't what you mean!

                1. re: Pan

                  ooops. Yes, it does read like that doesn't it. I had pizza twice while in nyc. The 1st one at Bleeker Street Pizza - good think crust (although the edges were a little dry). The 2nd we order for delivery from Libretto - this one was excellent. Again, I prefer the think crust which it seems like that's how most places make it. The sauce (gravy) had the best flavour (not just salty where I find often occurs). The pepperoni had a nice spiciness. The one thing to note that I really enjoyed was that I found fresh mozzarella (slices) was often used instead of they dryer shredded cheese.

                  1. re: instantnoodle

                    I'm not familiar with either pizzeria you went to and have never heard of Libretto. Any other hounds like that place?