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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

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  1. 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

      Poseidon Bakery is great.

      1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

        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

    2. Hell's Kitchen. Uncle Nick

      1. 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

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        1. re: nooyawka

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

        2. 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

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          1. re: orthorunner

            Second Amy's, especially the carrot cake.

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

            1. 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

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              1. re: smokeandapancake

                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

                  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. 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

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                1. re: davetitle

                  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

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

                    1. re: davetitle

                      Is Roberto Passon open or closed?

                      1. re: bronwen

                        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

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

                    2. 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. 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

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                        1. re: mollyj

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

                        2. 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

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                          1. re: The Professor

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

                            1. re: a_and_w

                              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

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

                              1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                                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

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

                                  1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                                    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

                                    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. We had an excellent brunch at El Centro on Sunday

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

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

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                                    1. re: jimmyjazz

                                      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. 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

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                                      1. re: spdnyc

                                        any opinion of Pietrasanta? 47th and 9th

                                        1. re: jomine

                                          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. 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. 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. 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

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                                            1. re: lemonyc

                                              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

                                                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

                                                  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

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

                                            2. 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. 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

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                                                1. re: bronxer

                                                  Wondee Siam II and not the original? Why?

                                                2. 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

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                                                  1. re: budgetrick

                                                    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