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May 21, 2010 06:24 PM

Los Angeleno moving to NYC

Hola fellow Chowhounders,

I'm moving to NYC in a few weeks and I wanted to start off my new adventure with some food suggestions. While I've been to NY dozens of times over the last 18 years (my folks live there, but I never did), and I've recently learned quite a bit about the food scene, there are certain cuisines I know nothing about.

Looking for solid places, not over-hyped, not super $$, and hopefully easy to get a reso! Here we go:

Lebanese (or similar middle eastern) - Doesn't have to be a fancy resto
Greek (more for good, greasy gyros, etc, not Milos)
Sushi (been to Yasuda a few times and blue ribbon once - really liked Yasuda)
steak tartare - again, not really interested in going to a fancy french place...
Bar food (a la DBGB)
Where I can buy a good steak to cook at home?
And any other favorites of yours would be awesome!


299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Where are you moving to? Are you looking for more neighborhood places?

    For Sichuan, my usuals were Szechuan Gourmet, Grand Sichuan on St Marks, and I've heard good things about Lan Sheng. There's actually a lot of good Sichuan places around Manhattan, relative to other types of Chinese food.

    For everyday sushi, I'd go to Kanoyama (but it gets busy on weekend nights) or Ushiwakamaru (it's not that big though), but you'll probably spend $50 minimum for the good stuff. Again, it really depends where you live since I imagine you'll not want to go too far from home for everyday sushi AND what your price range is since sushi is kind of price sensitive.

    For BBQ, it depends what you want. Pork ribs, beef ribs, brisket, pulled pork? Dinosaur has good pulled pork but I like Hill Country for brisket. For ribs, I've liked Rack 'n' Soul's baby backs and Blue Smoke's pork ribs but haven't been in a while. Daisy May is good, too. Also look up the Big Apple BBQ event.

    "Bar food" can mean a lot of things. DBGB has sausages, charcuterie, and burgers and oysters on the menu. Or do you mean semi-upscale dining late at night like Balthazar, Pulino's, Blue Ribbon, Minetta Tavern, Spotted Pig?

    But I think my favorite stop at the end of the night is really Crif Dogs for their deep fried hot dogs!

    For bakeries, it highly depends what you want: cupcakes, cake, pie, tarts, croissants, scones, brownies, cookies, bread. Coming from LA, though, one thing my LA friends are disappointed in is the relatively meager donut offerings compared to the LA area. I think we're also relatively weaker in the pie dept although some Brooklyn places aim to change that.

    I would go through the Sugar Rush archives on Serious Eats as Kathy REALLY knows her baked goods:

    Previous topics on baked goods:

    Best chocolate chip cookies

    Best ice cream and gelato

    Best box of chocolates

    Best pie:

    Best french pastries:

    Best Italian pastries:

    Here's some threads on good shopping for home cooking:

    And one on the Union Sq Greenmarket (farmer's market):

    Hill Country
    30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

    Spotted Pig
    314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

    Minetta Tavern
    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

    Szechuan Gourmet
    21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

    175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Blue Smoke
    116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

    Crif Dogs
    113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

    299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

    Lan Sheng
    60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

    282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

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    1. Szechuan Gourmet definitely for Sichuan. It's probably the only Chinese restaurant in Manhattan that might make you forget what you left behind in Los Angeles. Aside from that (and the ridiculously expensive Chinatown Brasserie), you'll have to go to Flushing to find any Chinese food of a quality anywhere approaching that of the San Gabriel Valley.

      Szechuan Gourmet
      21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

      Chinatown Brasserie
      380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

      1. chinese:
        wa jeal (szechuan)
        shanghai pavillion
        chao chow (cheap chinatown)
        greek - go to astoria,queens - in manhattan, pylos
        sushi - yasuda/kanoyama. sushi of gari for non-traditional (do you want nonsushi japanese recs?)
        bbq - Dinosaur BBQ
        bar food - momofuku ssam, a million other places
        bakery - 2 little red hens for cake and cupcakes, levain for cookies
        steaks for home - can't say w/out knowing where u wll live, as there is no reason to travel TOO far

        too many other places to list w/out prompting

        Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
        777 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027