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Fellow Chowhounders,

I am coming from Australia for a White Christmas! As an avid foodie i am looking for advice on some good places to eat. I don't have a preference on cuisines, i am just looking for some good quality produce, an eclectic wine selection, and a welcoming atmosphere.... Can anyone help me?

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  1. Hi nic_noc. How much are you willing to spend including sales tax (nearly 9% in NYC), tip (20%), and wine for a typical meal? Are you traveling solo? Any particular neighborhoods you plan to be in?

    Do note that if you want good quality local to New York produce during winter, you're going to get a lot of root vegetables....

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    1. re: kathryn

      thanks for replying!
      i'm coming with my b/f and we would be probably be looking at spending a maximum of $250USD for food, taxes, tips and wine.
      our hotel is on west 54th but we have 12 days to explore and don't mind going the distance for something scrumptious!

      1. re: nic_noc

        is that 250USD a day or entire trip?? 12 days?? Lets get real! You can have a nice dinner for two and go over that amount in one meal or go to Gray's papaya everyday and be fine.

        1. re: UES Mayor

          $250 per meal... we are looking to have a few extravagant meals and then will be doing the rest on a tighter budget.

          1. re: nic_noc

            This thread might help:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/730417

            For a welcoming atmosphere, while the decor/room has very high ceilings and the building is quite grand, the staff at Eleven Madison Park are perhaps the most welcoming people in the city.

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            Eleven Madison Park
            11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

    2. Where will you be staying, and can you be more specific about what kinds of foods and experiences you're looking for?

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      1. re: canoodlers

        i like all cuisines
        um my faves would be-
        Chinese, sushi/sashimi, Italian, Mexican (authentic), fondue? i wouldn't mind a good bagel, the ones you get here suck big time...

        1. re: nic_noc

          Since you're living in Australia, you should probably skip East Asian cuisines here, because they're well represented there.

          There actually is a good fondue restaurant: Le Taureau on 7 St. between 1st Av. and Av A. I particularly like the fondue de chocolat au lait.

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          Taureau
          127 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          1. re: nic_noc

            What area will you be staying in? There's so much good food in NY, it would be great if you could narrow the playing field a bit.

            1. re: canoodlers

              Our hotel is 230 West 54th Street but we are more than willing to do some traveling for some good eats!

        2. You'll have to be more specific. Tell us what you like and we'll guide you.

          1. Convivio, east 40s would be my vote for Italian
            Union Square Cafe (16th, west of 5th)
            Barney Greengrass - brunch, after a walk through Central Park

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            Barney Greengrass
            541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

            Convivio
            45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

            1. There are lots of threads on best of NYC. But I would recommend Katz's for food that is unique to New York. Zucker's in Tribeca for a bagel and lox and cream cheese, and Big Nick's for a real New York style hamburger lunch. 15 East for sushi, Kyo Ya for Kaiseki style japanese food, maybe Texas Hill Country for BBQ ( Fette Sau if going to brooklyn).

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              15 East
              15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

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

              Kyo Ya
              94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

              Big Nick's
              70 W 71st St, New York, NY 10023