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arisp May 21, 2010 06:24 PM

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:

Chinese/Schezuan
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...
BBQ
Bar food (a la DBGB)
Bakery
Where I can buy a good steak to cook at home?
And any other favorites of yours would be awesome!

Thanks!

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DBGB
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

  1. thew May 24, 2010 03:42 PM

    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

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

    1. c
      Chandavkl May 24, 2010 03:34 PM

      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.

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

      Chinatown Brasserie
      380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

      1. k
        kathryn May 21, 2010 07:29 PM

        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.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/662001
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/620374

        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.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/620223
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/649780
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/706345
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/696565

        "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?
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/707673
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/674480

        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:
        http://newyork.seriouseats.com/tags/Sugar%20Rush

        Previous topics on baked goods:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/699649
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/699809
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/656437
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/499373

        Best chocolate chip cookies
        http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/01/chocolate-chip-cookie-championship-the-finals-best-new-york-city-cookie.html
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/402243

        Best ice cream and gelato
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/508085
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/546642
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/514961

        Best box of chocolates
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/485982
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/230841
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/454231

        Best pie:
        http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/05/first-prize-pies-four-and-twenty-blackbirds-new-york-brooklyn-pie-review.html

        Best french pastries:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/646833

        Best Italian pastries:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/653234

        Here's some threads on good shopping for home cooking:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/648589
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/655719
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/697174

        And one on the Union Sq Greenmarket (farmer's market):
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/705073
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/549751

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        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

        Kanoyama
        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

        DBGB
        299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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

        Pulino's
        282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

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        1. re: kathryn
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          arisp May 24, 2010 01:35 PM

          Thanks!

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