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I get to come to Manhattan for a week on business, all the way from foggy San Francisco, and I'm looking for some fun suggestions on places to eat, things to see and do. I've been to NY numerous times, but this time my mom has decided to tag along, fun!! Looking for hole-in-the-wall restaurants, things generally off the tourist beaten path... Thanks for your help!

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  1. Your budget will determine a lot....especially given tax, tip, and wine/drinks. Can you give us more details on if you prefer to make reservations or be more spontaneous, what cuisines you like, atmosphere (quiet, loud, crowded, hip, buzzy, serene, etc.), any dietary considerations, neighborhoods you plan to be in, anything specific you're looking for.

    Does your mother have preferences that you need to accomodate? When you say hole the wall, do you mean non-European/non-American based food? What's the "beaten path" to you? Where have you been before and what did you like/dislike?

    Do you want burgers, steak, pizza, bagels and smoked salmon, hot dogs, Italian, French, local, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, etc? Would a nice fine dining lunch at a reasonable price be of interest? Obviously want to stay away from SF foods, yes?

    The more context you give us, the more we can help you.

    Don't leave NY without eating these foods
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610739

    For cheap eats I would recommend some street food:
    http://nymag.com/restaurants/features...
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/653353
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/636263

    As well as pizza:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6762...

    I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333

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

    Best foodie shopping:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/585538
    http://www.chow.com/lists/edit/33
    http://www.chow.com/lists/edit/924

    Best mixology:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/609073

    Top Ten Bars for Beer Snobs
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/572919

    Manhattan for 5 days over New Year
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/676209

    Other hounds' itineraries/reports:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/611116
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/597021
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/604369
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/609656
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/589834
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610739
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623860
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/679481

    4 Replies
      1. re: kathryn

        Forgot to mention that Once you have an itinerary, it's also easier to give feedback, as in this thread:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/686791

        Let us know what you think you want to hit up while you're here!

        1. re: kathryn

          You have mastered the art of overcoming Recommendation Burnout.

          1. re: Bob Martinez

            Yes, Kathryn is truly a wonder! Not least because she saves me from having to recommend my own tour! LOL .