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My dad is coming to visit from Panama for the first time...my dad is a man trapped in a very small country and for now, NYC is the closest he'll get to sample the cuisines of the world... I’ve already selected an Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Burgers (he’s looking for the best burger) and Jewish deli (no Jewish delis in Panama, other than a grocery store called Super Kosher). I’m missing two more meals, one lunch and one dinner…for lunch I’m looking somewhere in the UWS but for dinner, any part of Manhattan will do…please help! Also, nothing fancy/trendy where the folks are going to feel uncomfortable.

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  1. Have you seen this thread already?

    What abut Japanese, Korean, Thai, South African, Greek, Moroccan, Turkish, Ethiopian...?

    What do you have on your list already? And why not some American food (non-burger) for a meal? Perhaps Southern or BBQ?

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    1. re: kathryn

      i thought about southern/bbq but he's visiting my brother in NC right now and they are having bbq tomorrow....

      1. re: petuniafromhell

        Ah! Well make a note as to what they are getting -- since it's NC I would assume pulled pork of some kind or chopped whole hog.

        You could still do brisket (like the Texas style they serve at Hill Country), ribs, or fried chicken (or fried chicken and waffles -- definitely an USA creation).

        Also, if it's in the budget, an old school New York steakhouse like Keens might fit the bill.

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

    2. On the UWS (or a little north) you could do the best Ethiopian in Manhattan -- Zoma. It's really wonderful.

      Also on the UWS, you could do Belgian (B Cafe). It's a cute little space with a pretty great Belgian beer selection as well. I don't know if that's "unusual" or a big enough cuisine. But it is tasty, and the place is laid back.

      2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

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      1. re: LNG212

        I second Zoma, of course. It IS the best Ethiopian in Manhattan. Delicious, affordable, perfect to share.

        For Korean, if he's into meat Korean BBQ might be a possibility - again good for groups, and it's always fun. Madangsui and Don's Bogam are probably two of the best in Manhattan. If he's not into meat, Kum Gang San might work too. I'm not a huge fan of the restaurant, but I've always thought KGS would be a Korean restaurant inside Epcot, if there were such a thing. Would be appropriate for a "world tour" theme. Food is decent enough.

        2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

        35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

        Kum Gang San
        49 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

        Don's Bogam
        17 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

        1. re: uwsister

          2nd Madangsui for Korean BBQ.

          35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001