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

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Windsor Sep 14, 2010 05:43 PM

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!

  1. Motosport Sep 15, 2010 12:29 PM

    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.

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      Ann900 Sep 15, 2010 12:23 PM

      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. ellenost Sep 15, 2010 11:18 AM

        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).

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          woodleyparkhound Sep 15, 2010 11:28 AM

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

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

          1. re: woodleyparkhound
            ellenost Sep 15, 2010 11:51 AM

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

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              woodleyparkhound Sep 15, 2010 12:35 PM

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

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          edintern Sep 15, 2010 11:11 AM

          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.

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          Aquavit
          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

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            kathryn Sep 14, 2010 07:26 PM

            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:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/707772

            Please help me eat during a month in new york
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/716238

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

            Pizza in NYC
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/692820#5454962

            BTW, I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333

            Best foodie shopping:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/585538
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/697174
            http://www.chow.com/lists/33
            http://www.chow.com/lists/924

            Union Square Greenmarket advice
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/705073
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/727570

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

            Bars for beer geeks
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/733207
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/572919

            For non-Western European/American
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/729498
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/731732

            totally obscure, odd, and intriguing menu items
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/722130

            Great upscale dining
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/733990

            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.

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            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

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