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Hi - I'll be in NYC for the Memorial Day weekend and I would love suggestions on places that are a must to visit. Husband and I are specifically interested in good noodle places, but love it all - steak houses, korean, italian, and even hot dogs! We'll be staying really close to Grand Central Station.

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  1. Keens for steak house
    Han Bat for Korean
    Shake Shack for hotdogs
    Noodles: Ippudo, Minca, Soba Koh

    What kind of Italian - traditional red sauce, modern, upscale, casual, budge?...there is a lot to choose from...

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    Shake Shack
    Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

    Han Bat
    53 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

    Minca
    536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

    Ippudo
    65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      What do you like at Han Bat?

      I love Shake Shack but if you go and only get hot dogs, I think you're missing out. Also, it depends what kind of hot dogs they're looking for.

      For noodles, note that Ippudo and Minca both serve Japanese ramen, whereas Soba Koh serves soba. I'm not really sure what kind of noodle dishes the OP is looking for.

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      Shake Shack
      Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

      Han Bat
      53 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

      Minca
      536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

      Ippudo
      65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

    2. Agree with Keens for steak.
      Try Scarpetta, Apizz, Peasant, Lupa, Babbo for Italian
      Hot dogs are great at Crif Dogs

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      Lupa
      170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

      Babbo
      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

      Apizz
      217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

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

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

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      1. re: stephaniec25

        Scarpetta, Lupa, and Babbo will probably be fully booked or only have limited availability at this point since the OP is coming this weekend. You may have better luck with Peasant and Apizz.

        Love Crif Dogs but not that it's a deep fried (no batter) hot dog whose style originates in New Jersey.

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        Lupa
        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Apizz
        217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

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

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

      2. It's hard to recommend places without a few more specifics: what neighborhoods do you plan to be in? Are you planning to only eat while you're here or will you be planning around other activities like museums, sightseeing, shopping, seeing a Broadway show?

        Additionally, you don't give a price range that you're comfortable with. Please give a ceiling for how much you are paying per person, including tax, tip, and wine/drinks. One person's "moderate" is another person's "expensive."

        Also, given that you're coming so soon, a lot of places may be booked up already, and some may actually be choosing to close on Memorial Day itself (Monday) or the Sunday before. Additionally, some fine dining restaurants are closed on Sundays in general. Are you here Friday through Sunday? Monday? Longer?

        For steakhouses, price point is a big factor. Keens, as gutsofsteel has suggested, is a good choice and relatively get in on short notice, but make sure you're comfortable with the prices.

        For Korean, it depends what you're looking for. BBQ, seafood pancakes, bibimbop in a stone pot, cold noodles? For example, Koreatown has a LOT of restaurants, but not all of them excel in all areas. Additionally, if you're coming from, say, California, it doesn't make sense to have Korean in Manhattan.

        Previous threads that may help:

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

        Pizza in NYC
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6928...

        For cheap eats, try out some street food:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701278

        I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour as well:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333
        Note: minor updates: Guss' Pickles has closed, so substitute The Pickle Guys, on Essex St. And the correct address for Economy Candy is 108 Rivington St. not 145 Rivington.

        Best breakfast and brunch:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/707772

        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 / bespoke cocktails:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/609073
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/709227

        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

        Recommendations for "an adventure"
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/672614

        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
        I'm not sure where you're coming from. But if you're intererested in a restaurant, you can peruse the menus of many restaurants on menupages.com. And OpenTable.com is handy for making reservations. However, not all restaurants are on Open Table, and for the ones that are, they don't put up every single available table, so call if you can't find the time and date you want. The good ones will try to accommodate you or put you on the wait list.

        Restaurants in NYC take reservations usually 31, 30, 28, days in advance or similar. Sometimes restaurants take them by phone 28 days in advance but ALSO limit OpenTable to 27 days in advance. So the OT limit might be different from the phone limit. It's not a perfect tool but extremely helpful if you're not dead set on the MOST popular places.

        The most popular places will book up the day they open up their books. BUT you can ask to be put on the waitlist or call day on the day of and ask about cancellations. OR ask if it's possible to drop in and eat a full meal at a bar. A surprisingly number of upscale restaurants serve their full menu at the bar! But not all do, so call ahead.

        The hardest restaurants to get into are Babbo (one of the most popular in the city), Momofuku Ko (they only take reservations online and have only 12 seats), Rao's (every table "belongs" to a regular), Waverly Inn (did it ever officially "open"?), Minetta Tavern (non VIPs usually get stuck with the 6pm or 10pm slots), Gramercy Tavern (democratic but VERY popular), and Union Square Cafe (ditto). Places that recently opened and have gotten good reviews can also be hard to get into if you don't call early enough (like 4 weeks in advance or 10am on the dot 1 month in advance). Also, there are only a handful of places left in NYC that are jackets required, and none require ties (not sure how much upscale dining you wish to do except for your one standout meal but planning the right clothing can sometimes be difficult for travelers).

        The short list of restaurants that require jackets:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/685734

        If anything catches your eye, feel free to post a rough itinerary or list of spots you want to hit and we can give feedback that way. I find it's nice to do a mix of different genres of food, varying levels of fanciness, etc. to get a feel for the rich and diverse NYC dining scene.

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        Pickle Guys
        49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

        Gramercy Tavern
        42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Minetta Tavern
        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

        Momofuku Ko
        163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Waverly Inn
        16 Bank St, New York, NY 10014

        Economy Candy
        108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

        1. Some simple suggesitons:

          Noodles - Xi'an Famous Foods, 88 East Broadway, but storefront is located on Forsyth between East Broadway and Division. Hand pulled noodles w/lamb. No seats, worth it.

          Hot dog - Gray's Papaya, Sixth Ave and 8th Street, Greenwich Village
          Katz's Deli - Houston Street

          Steak - Peter Lugar's, Brooklyn.

          Italian - Bar Pitti - Sixth Ave just below Bleecker Street - no reservations

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          Bar Pitti
          268 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

          Gray's Papaya
          539 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018