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What are YOUR 9th Avenue favorites?

NAtiveNewYorker Dec 7, 2009 08:03 AM

Any cuisine. Any cost. Any location bewteen 57th and 42nd.

I like:
Marseille
Roberto Passon

I dislike:
5 Napkin Burger

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Marseille
630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

Five Napkin Burger
630 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

  1. b
    budgetrick Aug 17, 2011 06:07 PM

    Bocca de Bacco (828 9th) has provided nothing worse than "very good" and the BEST octopus I've ever had (and I've had my share ... maybe a few other folks', too).

    The Eatery has also been consistently good, especially the mac 'n' cheese (of which I've had ... oh, never mind ... I just stopped in here for a bit on my way to a Big and Tall clothing site ...).

    Have only had fish at Uncle Nick's, and it has always been quite good. The dining companion has ordered some of the "usual" Greek fare and found it OK, sorta ...

    Halo Berlin makes up with taste what it lacks in atmosphere. The 10th Avenue version sounds like it's worth trying; taste and atmosphere may be on a par there.

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    Hallo Berlin
    626 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

    Eatery
    798 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    Uncle Nick's
    747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    Bocca di Bacco
    828 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

    1 Reply
    1. re: budgetrick
      p
      Pan Aug 19, 2011 03:40 AM

      The last I checked, unfortunately, Hallo Berlin was out of business at its 9th Av. location. Did they move? [Edit: I see they moved to 10th Av. I can't wait to tell my friend who introduced me to them!) That would be good news, as I was a latecomer and enjoyed their food and good, inexpensive beer and wine.

      You described Uncle Nick's perfectly: Very good fresh fish, with most other things kind of mediocre.

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      Hallo Berlin
      626 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      Uncle Nick's
      747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    2. b
      bronxer Aug 14, 2011 12:22 PM

      Poseidon Bakery - nothing else like it!
      Pam Real Thai
      Wondee Siam II
      Pure
      Hell's Kitchen
      Amy's Bread (for a quick lunch or sweet)

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

      Amy's Bread
      250 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      Wondee Siam II
      813 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      Pam Real Thai
      404 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

      Poseidon Bakery
      629 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      Pure Thai Cookhouse
      766 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      1 Reply
      1. re: bronxer
        p
        Pan Aug 17, 2011 01:20 AM

        Wondee Siam II and not the original? Why?

      2. c
        chowsue Feb 2, 2011 08:40 AM

        DH used to live around there when we were dating, so I think we have hit up almost every joint there over the years.

        I love Hell's Kitchen. 9th avenue rocks. Not pretentious and great food.

        Love:
        Room Service
        Pure Thai Shophouse
        Wondee
        Pam's Thai
        Uncle Nick's
        Marseille
        Mee Noodle
        Delta Grill

        Hate:
        Pete's since 1969
        Esca
        a few of the boring Italian joints (don't remember the names)
        Kyotofu

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        Kyotofu
        705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Marseille
        630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

        Esca
        402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

        Wondee Siam
        792 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Pam Real Thai
        404 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

        Delta Grill
        700 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

        Uncle Nick's
        747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Mee Noodle Shop
        795 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Room Service
        690 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

        Peter's Since 1969
        587 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

        Pure Thai Cookhouse
        766 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        1. l
          lemonyc Jan 11, 2010 07:52 AM

          i realy like brunch at eatery..tried vinyl recently and was less than impressed (dinner). also i dont know what the obsession is with uncle nicks..i dont think its a good representation of greek food. theres a turkish place next to poseidon bakery thats pretty good (i think its Turkish Cusine)

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          Eatery
          798 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

          Vynl
          754 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

          Turkish Cuisine
          631 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          4 Replies
          1. re: lemonyc
            a_and_w Jan 11, 2010 08:08 AM

            I, too, never got the love for Uncle Nick's, except one time when they had roast suckling pig sandwiches at the 9th Ave Food Festival.

            1. re: a_and_w
              p
              Pan Feb 4, 2011 08:33 PM

              Try their fish. Their avgolemano soup is pretty good, too, though I ask for more lemon to squeeze in. I did like the food at Dafni more, in general, though. Crazy-large portions there, however!

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              Dafni
              325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

              1. re: Pan
                buttertart Feb 5, 2011 05:35 AM

                We were just at Dafni last Sunday - their taramosalata is brilliant as was the grilled striped bass I had (perfectly cooked, the flesh all curdy and moist) and my husband's shrimp with feta. Love their Greek fries. Good wine list with interesting and unusual bottles, reasonably priced. Really a very nice restaurant.

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                Dafni
                325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

                1. re: buttertart
                  p
                  Pan Feb 5, 2011 07:51 AM

                  I agree. Now, if they could only cut their portions by half, with a corresponding or even less than corresponding cut in prices... :-)

          2. foodie4life Jan 11, 2010 06:09 AM

            I believe the owners of Roberto Passon are closing it and re-opening it as something else. Sad, because I love it too!

            http://www.StrumErika.com

            1. s
              swyeoh Jan 10, 2010 01:35 AM

              Piece of Chicken, baby!

              Although to be honest the side dishes were the star- if I ever make it back I'd get double okra + mac + yams for $8, sit right there on the pavement and go for broke.

              1. s
                spdnyc Jan 4, 2010 12:07 AM

                I like:
                -Nizza (It's my go-to place - even if they took away the warm calamari and potato salad)
                -Marseille
                -Caselulla (If you can get a seat!)
                -Roberto Passon (Though it is in transition, yes?)
                -Room Service (for their amazing lunch specials and decor)
                -Whym (great for brunch)

                Dislike:
                -Kyotofu (I realllly wanted to like it but their key lime tofu tasted like windex and nothing else was memorable.)
                -Basilica (Amazing no-fuss italian, and they make their own pasta, but once a manager asked my friend and I to leave after we finished dinner because he needed the table - only ten or so tables. And we had ordered wine and dessert and had yet to finish our last glass. It was unforgivable.)

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                Casellula
                401 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

                Kyotofu
                705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                Nizza
                630 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

                Marseille
                630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

                Whym
                889 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                Basilica
                676 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                Room Service
                690 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                2 Replies
                1. re: spdnyc
                  j
                  jomine Jan 10, 2010 03:54 AM

                  any opinion of Pietrasanta? 47th and 9th

                  1. re: jomine
                    c
                    chowsue Feb 2, 2011 08:30 AM

                    Pietrasanta used to be my favorite restaurant, our go-to place when we lived around there, but they changed owners a while back and it is not good now.
                    They used to have an amazing black pasta seafood and a papparedelle plate that was just awesome.

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                    Pietrasanta
                    683 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

                2. j
                  jimmyjazz Jan 3, 2010 01:10 PM

                  any good bar and grills in the hood? looking for some beers and decent bar food if possible.
                  thanks

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: jimmyjazz
                    j
                    jdg5005 Jan 4, 2010 10:00 AM

                    I am partial to SHORTY'S on 42nd and 9th. The best cheese steaks in the city, and they are all bar, with 15-20 various drafts.

                    GO THERE.

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                    Shorty's
                    576 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                  2. v
                    veralouise Dec 24, 2009 07:35 AM

                    Don't forget about Hummus Kitchen and Lazarra's Pizza.

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                    Lazzara's
                    617 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                    Hummus Kitchen
                    768 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                    1. Motosport Dec 15, 2009 07:43 AM

                      We had an excellent brunch at El Centro on Sunday

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                      El Centro
                      824 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                      1. The Professor Dec 15, 2009 07:05 AM

                        Marseille is a great place; likewise Amy's Bread. There is an Indonesian resto, Bali, that is also very nice.

                        Yesterday I enjoyed a great sandwich at Hallo Berlin. They've been kicking around Manhatten at various locations for years.

                        Really tasty wurst on a crusty roll with sauteed onion, red cabbage, and saurkraut and a glass of German beer...all for less than $9. German tubesteak at it's best.

                        I was saddened however to learn that Rolf, the owner, passed away last month at age 57. I do hope the enterprise survives his passing...it is one of Manhatten's best lunch (or dinner) deals, flavor-wise and value-wise.

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                        Hallo Berlin
                        626 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                        Marseille
                        630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

                        7 Replies
                        1. re: The Professor
                          a_and_w Dec 15, 2009 07:31 AM

                          RIP, Rolf. Where is Hallo Berlin now located? When I lived in the neighborhood, they were on 10th Ave.

                          1. re: a_and_w
                            LNG212 Dec 15, 2009 08:48 AM

                            The one on 10th with the "beer garden" is still there. They have a (very) small location on 9th Avenue as well. Plus I believe they still have the lunch cart in midtown too.

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                            Hallo Berlin
                            626 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                            Hallo Berlin Express
                            744 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                            Hallo Berlin Juicy Food Stand
                            W 54th St and 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                          2. re: The Professor
                            NAtiveNewYorker Dec 19, 2009 01:24 PM

                            Sometimes Amy's is a bit stale, I have found.

                            1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
                              The Professor Dec 19, 2009 04:03 PM

                              A bit stale? How so? And what specifically?
                              I only ask since their stuff always seems the freshest on the street, especially those great breads!

                              1. re: The Professor
                                NAtiveNewYorker Dec 20, 2009 06:10 AM

                                Later in the day, I find that the breads and rolls get a little stale.

                                1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
                                  The Professor Dec 20, 2009 06:59 AM

                                  Interesting.
                                  I honestly can't say I've ever encountered that problem. I find that their bread products hold up quite well, even taken home and enjoyed the next day.

                                2. re: The Professor
                                  r
                                  rpk Dec 24, 2009 03:53 AM

                                  I had the worst sticky bun ever from Amy's. It looked like fun (well, to me it did, my sister-in-law expressed a different opinion on first sight, but that's a different story) but it turned out to be an utterly bland, stale white roll with some sticky stuff slathered on top. To me, a sticky bun should be a rich, cinnamony roll infused with what have you, rolled in what nots, etc. Not this one. Worst EVER!

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                                  Amy's Bread
                                  672 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                            2. m
                              mollyj Dec 9, 2009 11:11 AM

                              HK
                              Wondee
                              Cassellula
                              Sacco Pizza

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                              Casellula
                              401 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

                              Wondee Siam
                              792 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                              HK
                              523 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

                              Sacco Pizza
                              819 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                              1 Reply
                              1. re: mollyj
                                a_and_w Dec 9, 2009 11:13 AM

                                I never got Sacco Pizza at all. I much preferred the wood-fired pies from Don Giovanni, on 44th just off 9th.

                              2. buttertart Dec 9, 2009 10:53 AM

                                Pam's Real Thai Encore on 47th at 9th is a favorite (their steamed fish with lime juice and garlic is on my list of must-eats for this weekend).

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                                Pam Real Thai Encore
                                402 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

                                1. d
                                  davetitle Dec 9, 2009 09:15 AM

                                  FYI Roberto Passon is over-rated and been getting worse and worse.

                                  Gazala is the best new addition to the hood. Great food, great people.

                                  Stecchinno is the worst new addition to the hood. Complete design FAIL, over-priced cocktails and brain-numbingly dull menu.

                                  Uncle Nicks is the best old dog in the race. Their whole grilled fish is a delicious deal. The Porgy is only $19 and so good.

                                  Other Likes:
                                  Aheli - new Indian spot. slow service but nice, fresh taste.

                                  Avoid:
                                  Puttanesca - one of the MANY sub-par Italian options in the hood.
                                  Cascina - See above. Even worse, though.
                                  Ralphs - See above.

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                                  Gazala Place
                                  709 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                                  Puttanesca
                                  859 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

                                  Cascina
                                  647 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

                                  Uncle Nick's
                                  747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                                  Aaheli
                                  826 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                                  Stecchino
                                  765 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                                  5 Replies
                                  1. re: davetitle
                                    a_and_w Dec 9, 2009 09:28 AM

                                    I was never all that impressed with Uncle Nick's, at least for stuff like gyros and souvlaki. The one exception was when they made roast suckling pig sandwiches for the 9th Ave Food Festival. I also dig Roberto Passon, particularly the carbonara and trecolori salad, though it's been over a year since I dined there, so maybe things have changed.

                                    1. re: davetitle
                                      m
                                      mollyj Dec 9, 2009 11:10 AM

                                      Roberto Passon just left the restaurant. They're getting a new chef

                                      1. re: davetitle
                                        b
                                        bronwen Dec 15, 2009 07:56 AM

                                        Is Roberto Passon open or closed?

                                        1. re: bronwen
                                          g
                                          gloriousfood Dec 15, 2009 05:17 PM

                                          Yes, but under a new name. From the NY Times:

                                          "GIULIANO Roberto Passon has ended his run as chef at the restaurant that bore his name. Now it’s up to the new marquee chef, Giuliano Matarese, from La Carbonara: 741 Ninth Avenue (50th Street), (212) 582-5599."

                                          1. re: gloriousfood
                                            s
                                            spdnyc Jan 3, 2010 11:57 PM

                                            That's a shame. That papardelle with lamb ragu was amazeballs!

                                      2. smokeandapancake Dec 8, 2009 09:04 AM

                                        uncle nicks
                                        nicks ouzaria
                                        puttanesca
                                        delta grill for a muffaletta

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                                        Puttanesca
                                        859 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

                                        Delta Grill
                                        700 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                                        Uncle Nick's
                                        747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                                        Uncle Nick's Ouzaria
                                        749 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                                        2 Replies
                                        1. re: smokeandapancake
                                          prdct Dec 8, 2009 09:15 AM

                                          Pam Real Thai
                                          Wondee Siam
                                          Marseille
                                          Casuella

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                                          Casellula
                                          401 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

                                          Marseille
                                          630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

                                          Wondee Siam
                                          792 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                                          Pam Real Thai
                                          404 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

                                          1. re: prdct
                                            j
                                            jth9 Dec 23, 2009 07:26 PM

                                            Room Service
                                            690 9th Avenue
                                            (between 47th St & 48th St)

                                            Amazing Thai. Nice decor, unbeatable price

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                                            Room Service
                                            690 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                                        2. Motosport Dec 8, 2009 07:20 AM

                                          Roberto Passon for brunch. Good food at reasonable prices. I've only been there for brunch.

                                          1. o
                                            orthorunner Dec 7, 2009 05:25 PM

                                            Likes:
                                            Kyotofu
                                            Amy's Bread

                                            Dislikes:
                                            on 9th ave? it's all good! (except McDonald's)

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                                            Kyotofu
                                            705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                                            Amy's Bread
                                            672 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                                            1 Reply
                                            1. re: orthorunner
                                              a_and_w Dec 9, 2009 10:59 AM

                                              Second Amy's, especially the carrot cake.

                                            2. n
                                              nooyawka Dec 7, 2009 04:25 PM

                                              I like Chanpen Thai at 51st and 9th. I haven't dined there in over a year, but whenever I'm in the area, I keep them in mind.

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                                              Chanpen
                                              761 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                                              1 Reply
                                              1. re: nooyawka
                                                NAtiveNewYorker Dec 15, 2009 06:28 AM

                                                Still good. Just went there on your rec. Many thanks.

                                              2. c
                                                chow_gal Dec 7, 2009 09:27 AM

                                                Hell's Kitchen. Uncle Nick

                                                1. JungMann Dec 7, 2009 08:11 AM

                                                  I like:
                                                  Poseidon Bakery
                                                  Gazala's Kitchen
                                                  Wondee Siam

                                                  I dislike:
                                                  Q2Thai
                                                  Braai

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                                                  Gazala Place
                                                  709 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                                                  Wondee Siam
                                                  792 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                                                  Poseidon Bakery
                                                  629 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                                                  Q2 Thai
                                                  788 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                                                  Braai
                                                  329 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

                                                  2 Replies
                                                  1. re: JungMann
                                                    NAtiveNewYorker Dec 7, 2009 08:26 AM

                                                    Poseidon Bakery is great.

                                                    1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
                                                      a_and_w Dec 7, 2009 09:05 AM

                                                      A third for Poseidon. I miss those cream cheese pastries and savory pies, particularly Menina's Mash.

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                                                      Poseidon Bakery
                                                      629 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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