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Oct 25, 2010 08:43 AM

Texas visitor 2 days in Manhattan

Hello Everyone,

I'll be in Manhattan on business Tuesday and Wednesday. I'm looking for "must eat" locals grub I can only get in the city. Transportation will be limited, as most of my days will be spent in the board room, and I'll be cabbing from my hotel on Times Square.

I'm looking for Italian and can't miss street fare with a ticket price of no more than $20 a meal per person.

What do you recommend?

Thanks so much.

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  1. There are a ton of subway lines that pass through Times Square and during times like rush hour, it'll actually be faster to get around using the train. So your transportation options aren't all that limited! You can get to a LOT of Manhattan with a 20-30 min. subway trip.

    For your $20 meals, does that include tax, tip, and a drink/wine? Some of my favorite sit-down ethnic in Manhattan is near Times Square:
    Szechuan Gourmet -- though I've also heard good things about Lan Sheng
    Madangsui -- Korean BBQ, probably pushing your $20 limit and I think they might only do the BBQ for parties of 2+ people, but it's really good

    For cheap Italian, I usually end up at Otto, at the bar (table service can be iffy), though be warned it's not cozy at all and can be quite loud.

    Cheap-eats food itinerary for 4 days in Manhattan?

    Best street food -- most of this is non-Western fare, too, I assume stuff you can't find easily in Texas (not sure if you're in Dallas or Houston or Austin or a smaller town):

    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:

    For non-Western European/American

    Pickle Guys
    49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

    35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

    Szechuan Gourmet
    21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

    Lan Sheng
    60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

    1. You're staying in Times Square but where are your meetings being held?

      Does the $20 include beverages (cocktails, wine), tax, and tip?

      Are you looking only for two dinner suggestions, after your meetings?

      1. Wow, thanks so much Kathryn.

        Great info. I apologize for not being more thorough in my original post. The meetings are a block off of Times Square. The $20 limit was without drinks. It's a business trip, and I'll likely be with higher-ups during the dinners, so I want to be on my best behavior.

        You guys rock. I'm looking very forward to my trip. Thanks again.

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        1. re: shanksound

          You're welcome! I'm a little confused now, though. Are you looking for recommendations for your business dinners or for solo outings (lunch or dinner?)?

          1. re: shanksound

            shanksound, so your hotel and the meetings are both in or near Times Square?

            $20 for dinner in Manhattan is very little...are you willing to have Chinese food as an option?

            Are you looking for dinner recommendations for two evenings?

            Are you willing to travel away from the Times Square area for dinner?

          2. Hope you get this in time. Head Downtown. Thankfully, being NY, transportation isn't limited. Make the subway your friend. Google Maps or Hop Stop can help.

            Italian: Best cheap eats Italian is Ray's on Prince Street, hands down. (27 Prince. The pizza side, not the restaurant side.) My vote is on the Meatball Parmigiana (sub-$8). The pizza is good, too. Nothing fancy, but really good. Handmade crust & sauce, fresh mozzarella.

            Jewish food: Hit E. Houston between Chrystie & Ludlow. Most people will recommended Katz's Deli for pastrami or salami. It is good, but it can be a bank buster if you go in blind so I recommend checking out their menu on their website. Yonah Schimmel's for a knish ($3.50-$5). Get a Dr. Brown's soda &/or egg cream from either of those places. And Russ & Daughters for smoked salmon/belly lox, or at least some of their cream cheese. (Save money on bagels somewhere else.) These three places are within 2 blocks of each other. I'd probably get something at all three--it travels well.

            Eastern European: Eat pierogies in the East Village. There's Odessa's (open 24 hrs). Little Poland. Or (best if you're w/bosses) Ukrainian East Village Restaurant. All these places are blasts from the past, not tourist spots, have good food, & dinner under $15 pp. There's also Vselka, which is super trendy & I think over priced & lack luster.

            Street food: Best easy to find spot is Canal St. in Chinatown. Can also hit up a Chinatown bakery, where you can get pastries for $1-$3. They're everywhere, can't miss.

            Russ & Daughters
            179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

            Katz's Delicatessen
            205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

            Yonah Schimmel's Knishes
            137 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

            Ukrainian East Village Restaurant
            140 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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            1. re: nyny12345

              P.S. Heads up, if you go to the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant, avoid the German dumplings. They are delicious, but it's like when birds eat rice. Bad idea. ; )

              Ukrainian East Village Restaurant
              140 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003