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I used to live in NYC, have been away 10 years. I"m going in this Friday for the weekend - staying around 48th/11th Ave.

Looking for suggestions for a good restaurant for Friday night, any cuisine, not dressy dressy (will be casual) but with great food/atmosphere. Uncle Nick's used to be one of my favorites in that area.

Any thoughts appreciated!! Thanks and Happy Holidays!

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Uncle Nick's
382 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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  1. Uncle Nick's is still there and still very good for fish dishes. You'd probably find it the same as ever.

    You are close to Meskerem (47th just off of 10th), but I hear they're undergoing renovations.

    Gazala Place is a great Israeli Druze restaurant on 9th between 48th and 49th - very cramped, but delicious food.

    Wondee Siam (the original one on the east side of 9th between 52nd and 53rd) is very good, if you stick with the "Secret Thai" menu and ask for the food spicy and Thai-style. Pam's Real Thai on 49th just west of 9th is another good place.

    Tehuitzingo is a decent taqueria - really informal, with honest, good food. Lots of New York hounds rave about the place, but I'm more restrained because the one meal I've had there so far (3 different tacos) was at the level of a merely average taqueria in the Mission District in San Francisco. But the food there is cheap and good, and if I were living where you'll be, I'd go there for at least one meal and possibly two.

    There are a couple of Afghan places in the area. My standby has been Ariana, right across the street from Wondee on the west side of 9th between 52nd and 53rd. Others prefer the Afghan Kebab House, which I haven't been to in many years and therefore have no comment on, either way.

    Finally, there's Taboon. I haven't been there because it's pricey, but I can only remember reading raves for the place here.

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    Tehuitzingo
    695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

    Gazala Place
    709 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    Ariana
    787 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    Wondee Siam
    792 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    Pam Real Thai
    404 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

    Meskerem
    468 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

    Afghan Kebab House
    764 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    Taboon
    773 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

    Uncle Nick's
    747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    Taboon
    773 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    1. My favorite is Tulcingo Del Valle for Mexican food, 10th Ave bw 46th/47th. I always order the chilaquiles with red sauce and fried egg, and I really like their menudo and tacos. If you enjoy chicken pipian or mole dishes, they're also highly recommended.

      1. Tout Va Bien. Very good home-cook French. A must-go.
        Shimizu. Authentic Japanese. The many Japanese business men in it prove its quality.

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        Shimizu
        318 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

        Tout Va Bien
        311 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

        1. Chanpan a few doors up from Uncle Nicks is really good! for thai

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          Uncle Nick's
          747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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          1. re: saurav16

            I went 2 or 3 years ago and was very unimpressed. Has it drastically improved since then? How and in what ways does it compare to Pam's and Wondee, in your opinion?

          2. Thanks to Pan, I'm a Gazala convert. There's also Azuri cafe for felafel and beef kebabs (the two things I like the most there). I like the kebabs at Afghan kebab house as well. I agree with Pan on Tehuitzingo -- the tacos are very good, but not in the same class as ones I've had in California.

            I like Shimizu, too, but am less keen on Tout Va Bien which is now rather rundown. Chez Napoleon is a much better middling French bistro. Marseille on 44th and 9th is even better (by a lot). There are interesting things to be had at Sullivan St. Bakery during the day.

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            Tehuitzingo
            695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

            Shimizu
            318 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

            Tout Va Bien
            311 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

            Azuri Cafe
            465 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

            Chez Napoleon
            365 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019