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4 Nights In Manhattan--Please Help

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Wafer_thin Apr 6, 2010 08:45 PM

I'm an LA 'hound who'll be spending four nights in Manhattan (midtown) on business. I usually like to go to one of the three-star type places that NYC does so well, but this time, I thought I'd try to go to places less well-known to outsiders. So, what would you recommend? I'm thinking one night can be French bistro/brasserie, another Italian (pizza or otherwise), another middle eastern, and the last some other ethnic food that may be particularly good in Manhattan (preferably not Chinese). I'm willing to pay for quality (I recently went to Degustation and loved it), but if I'm not going to the three-star places I'd prefer not to pay three-star prices. Also, I don't plan on leaving Manhattan, but I'm willing to leave midtown. It makes no difference to me whether it's a hole in the wall or not, I'm just looking for great chow. Please help! Thanks!!

  1. r
    rrems Apr 8, 2010 06:52 PM

    French bistro/brasserie:

    Marseille
    La Petite Auberge
    Allegretti

    Italian:

    Scarpetta
    Convivio
    SD26
    Pepolino
    Crispo
    Lupa

    Other:

    Aldea
    Tabla
    Rhong-Tiam
    O Mai

    1. k
      kathryn Apr 6, 2010 08:57 PM

      Where have you dined before and what did you like (other than Degustation, which you already mentioned)? It helps to get a better sense of your tastes that way...

      When are you coming? What's your budget? Be sure to include tax (almost 9%), tip (15-20%), and wine/drinks, of course. You say you want to pay for quality, but is there a maximum amount you're willing to pay? Will you be dining solo? If so, do you prefer a table or bar/counter seating arrangement?

      Don't leave NY without eating these foods
      Surely there must be something you haven't hit up on a previous trip...
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610739

      Pizza in NYC
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/692820#5454962

      You may also enjoy these reports on various users' trips:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/680030
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/565948
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/695705
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/522185
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/611116

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      1. re: kathryn
        w
        Wafer_thin Apr 7, 2010 10:34 PM

        Wow, thanks for those links!

        In the past, I've been to, and very much enjoyed, Babbo, Mas, Bouley, Il Mulino, and Degustation. That said, I'm not necessarily looking for that price point, but if that's where the good stuff is, so be it. I'm hoping to mix up prices, so that maybe one night or two is about $150 max, and the others around $50 or less (I'm thinking that maybe middle eastern or some other ethnic might fit the latter bill. Oh, and to the extent we're talking about pizza, I prefer a neapolitan style).

        I'll happily dine at a bar or at a table, but given a preference, I'll choose a table. I will be dining solo.

        I hope that helps, and thanks!

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        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Il Mulino
        86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

        1. re: Wafer_thin
          k
          kathryn Apr 8, 2010 06:33 AM

          Have you looked into Scarpetta or Peasant, for Italian? I also think that dining solo at the bar at either Txikito or Casa Mono might be really fun. For pizza, my current favorite is Motorino.

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          Casa Mono
          52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

          Scarpetta
          355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

          Txikito
          240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

          Motorino
          349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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