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Dec 6, 2010 01:06 PM

Los Angeles Hound Visiting Manhattan for a week, need some recs!

Hey Hounds,
My girlfriend (vegetarian) and I (omnivore) are visiting manhattan for a week. We're staying in east Harlem. So far I have reservations at Kajitsu and Eleven Madison Park. I'll probably head to Yasuda for sushi at some point as well. We're willing to travel, but since we only have a week we'd probably like to limit it to the Manhattan area. I've looked on the boards a bit, and I definitely want to try Patsy's for pizza. Where could i find an example of the traditional new york slice? What about a bagel and a jewish deli?

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

414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

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  1. Two of the best slices of New York pizza, IMO, are in the West Village, less than a block from one another: John's Pizza on Bleecker Street (whole pies only, cash only) and Bleecker Street Pizza, on the corner of Bleecker Street and 7th Avenue (slices, credit cards okay). Others can give you better recs for the bagel and Jewish deli.

    Hope you enjoy EMP; it's one of my favorites.

    Bleecker Street Pizza
    69 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: loratliff

      you are crazy girl.

      keste is the only pizza worth a damn on bleecker. get the keste pie. its worth the wait.

      for a simple slice, joe's on 6th off carmine is fine enough. you should also get the square slice at artichoke pizza. they have a new branch on macdougal but i prefer the original location on 14th street.

      if you go to yasuda, only go to the bar. but since you live in LA, nyc sushi isnt a must. on the high end, its good, but you have sushi zo, urasawa, sasabune, etc...

      as for jewish deli, 2nd ave deli rules...just a straight nyc classic. i usually get sable on a bagel and an order of matzo brei. not a huge fan of their pastrami but then again, you guys have langers which beats our pastrami for the most part.

      you should go to brooklyn at least for one meal. i wholeheartedly recommend vinegar hill house just over the manhattan bridge.

      1. re: sam1

        When did you last go to John's? I wrote them off some time ago but my last 2-3 have been pretty good. Much better than a few years ago when it was over cheesed and under charred.

        1. re: kathryn

          last time at john's...probably 1999.

    2. for deli, the choice may depend on what you're craving.

      if it's pastrami, you'll have to hit one of the places like Carnegie, Sarge's or Katz's.

      for smoked fish/appetizing specialties, it's Zabar's, Barney Greengrass or Russ & Daughters (though since you live in LA, you can always hit the Barney Greengrass outpost in BH, so i probably wouldn't bother while you're in NYC).

      for the bagels, a hotly debated topic, the best (and most popular among CHers) are the original Ess-A-Bagel, Ties Sq. Hot Bagel & Murray's Bagels. i'm a bialy girl myself, and for those, the ONLY place to go is Kossar's.

      Barney Greengrass
      541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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

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

      359 1st Ave, New York, NY 10010

      2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

      Murray's Bagels
      242 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      Sarge's Delicatessen
      548 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Carnegie Deli
      854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      Times Square Hot Bagels
      200 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

      1. With the caveat that I've never been to Langer's, I strongly suggest you go to Katz's for pastrami, and ask for it moderately juicy (it can be too fatty at times, as in half fat, unless you like that). If you get any other meat there, the brisket is excellent, but only if you ask for it juicy. If it doesn't have some fat in it, it's too dry.

        As for the pizza discussion, I love Keste', but it's Neapolitan-style pizza, not New York-style. Patsy's is still the Apollonian New York coal-fired pizza, and they do sell it by the slice to go, but you'll want at least one whole pizza there. Get only the Margherita (which they may call plain or regular or something, I forget) and, if you want a second kind, the fresh mozzarella. Don't fool with fancy toppings there; they're not good at that. If you want New York-style coal-fired pizza with excellent toppings, go to Arturo's and get a clam pizza, a mushroom pizza, and a margherita, except that you won't be able to handle more than one pizza together, maybe two if you're really hungry. The pizza at Arturo's is thinner than most, but not nearly as thin as Patsy's.