HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >

Can anyone help me?

nic_noc Aug 23, 2010 04:26 AM

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?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. k
    kathryn RE: nic_noc Aug 23, 2010 08:55 AM

    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....

    4 Replies
    1. re: kathryn
      nic_noc RE: kathryn Aug 24, 2010 02:56 AM

      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
        UES Mayor RE: nic_noc Aug 24, 2010 05:25 AM

        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
          nic_noc RE: UES Mayor Aug 28, 2010 08:28 PM

          $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
            kathryn RE: nic_noc Aug 28, 2010 08:57 PM

            This thread might help:

            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.

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

    2. c
      canoodlers RE: nic_noc Aug 23, 2010 09:18 AM

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

      4 Replies
      1. re: canoodlers
        nic_noc RE: canoodlers Aug 24, 2010 03:37 AM

        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
          Pan RE: nic_noc Aug 29, 2010 01:14 AM

          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.

          127 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          1. re: nic_noc
            canoodlers RE: nic_noc Sep 13, 2010 11:01 PM

            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
              nic_noc RE: canoodlers Sep 14, 2010 12:42 AM

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

        2. s
          srqmike RE: nic_noc Aug 23, 2010 01:18 PM

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

          1. s
            serious RE: nic_noc Aug 29, 2010 02:23 AM

            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

            Barney Greengrass
            541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

            45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

            1. f
              foodwhisperer RE: nic_noc Sep 14, 2010 10:44 PM

              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).

              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

              Show Hidden Posts