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Sep 14, 2010 05:43 PM

First time NYC- staying on 56th between 5th and 6th.

Five days and so much to do. Would love a best of the local dives, ethnic, pubs, fine dining etc. within a short distance. We will have a kitchen, so must stop by markets will work!

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  1. Hi Windsor! I pulled up some previous discussions that should help.

    If you have specific requests for recommendations, like cuisines you're craving or restaurants near other activities you might be doing (sightseeing, Broadway plays, the opera, shopping, etc.) don't hestitate to ask or use the "search" function of this site!

    In terms of great New York experiences and food, check out these discussions:

    Best breakfast and brunch:

    Please help me eat during a month in new york

    Don't leave NY without eating these foods

    Pizza in NYC

    BTW, I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles:

    Best foodie shopping:

    Union Square Greenmarket advice

    Best mixology / bespoke cocktails:

    Bars for beer geeks

    For non-Western European/American

    totally obscure, odd, and intriguing menu items

    Great upscale dining

    For upscale restaurants like Jean Georges, Per Se, Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, The Modern, etc. I find that there are often multiple threads dedicated to each. So don't be afraid to search on the restaurant's name to find out more.

    Per Se
    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

    Pickle Guys
    49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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

    Jean Georges
    1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

    1. there are a few notable places around there. how about aquavil, the modern (and the modern bar room), bar americain, between the bread, the soup man (aka the soup nazi), to name a few.

      65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

      The Modern
      9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

      Bar Americain
      152 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

      Between the Bread
      145 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

      1. You're staying on the same block as one of my favorite restaurants--Ma Peche located downstairs in The Chambers Hotel. Great for lunch and dinner and it's mid-priced. Don't miss Momofuku Milk Bar (main floor of the Chambers Hotel) for some of my favorite desserts and breads: compost cookie; corn cookie, blueberry cookie; turkey, swiss cheese and honey mustard bread (really an adorable little loaf).

        3 Replies
        1. re: ellenost

          At Momofuku Milk Bar, I absolutely LOVED the cake truffles; I'm still dreaming about them!

          Momofuku Milk Bar
          251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: woodleyparkhound

            Oops! I forgot about the cake truffles; my favorite is the chocolate malt.

            1. re: ellenost

              I had all three types. The banana was probably my favorite, but all three were wonderful. Impossible to go wrong with any of them.

        2. Food shopping is not great around where you're staying. Your best bet might be the Whole Foods in the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle- 59th and Broadway.

          1. As you can see, Manhattan has so much to offer a foodie. Forget you have a kitchen!!!
            Get out and explore as many of the great suggestions as you can in 5 days.