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I have some friends visiting Manhattan from LA for a long weekend. They are into good food and a good scene. I was wondering what you all would all suggest as the MUST HIT places if you only have 3 days in NY. Not looking for very formal/fancy places, but hot spots that also have great food, unique to NY, and preferably south of 23rd street.

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  1. Any requirements on budget, including tax, tip, and wine/drinks? When are they coming? Where do you think they should go, to give us a starting point...

    Can you give us more details on if they prefer to make reservations or be more spontaneous, what cuisines they like, atmosphere (quiet, loud, crowded, hip, buzzy, serene, etc.), any dietary considerations, anything specific they're looking for? Overall, the more context you give us, the more we can help you. Also once you have an itinerary, it's also A LOT easier to give feedback.

    Very few restaurants in Manhattan still require a jacket. I believe that none require a tie any longer. A lot of the nicer restaurants in town have many clientele who wear designer jeans to their meals but pair with a sport coat and button down shirt.

    For friends coming from LA who are hardcore foodies, I might say Scarpetta, Spotted Pig, Degustation, Casa Mono, but it's hard to recommend without knowing their tastes. Maybe Shake Shack if they're curious how it stacks up to In'n'Out. Did you look into any of the Momofukus?

    These threads might help...

    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

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks Kathryn. I was thinking Momofuku and Degustation for sure. I am reading through the rest of these posts. Thanks.