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Jan 15, 2011 07:49 AM

Suggestions for Great Foods in NYC

Hello Hounds,

My wife and I will be in Manhattan this weekend from Friday night till Monday evening. I have been tasked to find some great restaurants for us to dine at. Please make recommendations for the following:

Peruvian/Cuban - in particular, we LOVE LOVE LOVE ceviche
Japanese - sushe/sashimi is key here, we're also open to takoyaki,etc.
Filipino - wife's Filipino =)
Pizza/Bagels/Classic American - what's NY without trying the world famous

Thanks in advance!

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  1. What's the most you're willing to spend per person, excluding tax (nearly 9%), tip (15-20%), and wine/drinks/etc.? Even if cost is not a factor, giving a price ceiling will help steer recommendations. Especially for ceviche and sushi/sashimi.

    If your wife is Filipino she may be disappointed by Manhattan Filipino food. Where are you from, BTW? A place with no Filipino food at all? Your hometown options might be better....

    A week also isn't a ton of advance notice so some places may already be fully booked.

    Here are some threads on things I think NYC is good at:
    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:

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    1. re: kathryn

      Hello Kathryn,

      Thanks for the reply. The trip is kind of a Xmas present, so I don't mind spending a bit more (150 to 200 should be ok). Not to say every meal has to be that much.. As long as the food is good, I don't really mind. We're from the DC metro area, and we've had some decent Filipino food at my in-laws (they cook quite often). I hope this helps.

      Thanks again for the quick response, and I'll start going through the forums you've suggested =)

      1. re: upurscore

        I would avoid Filipino food in NYC unless you go to Woodside Queens

        1. re: AubWah

          hm... Ok, thanks, any good ones in Woodside Queens? I wouldn't mind a bit of a car ride since it's for my wife =)

          1. re: upurscore

            Search results for "Filipino" on the Outer Boroughs board:


            Check 'em out.

            1. re: Pan

              I would specifically recommend Ihawan for Filipino food. Yes. it's out there in Queens, near the 69th St subway station (BQE X Roosevelt).
              I am pretty sure your wife will be pleased: I can rant for like 20 min about how good their pork dishes are.

          2. re: AubWah

            What do you folks think of Cafe 81 in the East Village, which is supposedly connected with Krystal's? I'm curious not about the scene, karaoke etc. but more about the food.

            Krystal’s Cafe 81
            81 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

          3. re: upurscore

            $150-200 per person? Or for the both of you? That's before adding on tax, tip, drinks/wine?

            1. re: kathryn

              That's per person, before tax, tip, (we don't really drink)

        2. Nuela is a pan-Latin restaurant that has a large selection of wonderful ceviches. The rest of the food is great, too, especially the suckling pig and the duck paella.

          43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

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          1. re: rrems

            So, rrems, I take it you liked Nuela. It's a few blocks from us, and I've thought about trying it. But since it's a cavernous space with what I've heard is a bar scene in front, I'm concerned about the noise level (as usual). Is it high? Do they play loud music? TIA for your response.


            1. re: RGR

              We've been there 3 times, and the noise level was never intrusive. One Saturday night it was barely half full (it is a huge space) and was extremely quiet. The other times it was busier but still not loud. The bar is in the middle, between 2 huge dining rooms, and the sound does not travel (not that the bar was horribly loud, either). I think you would be just fine, and yes, the food is delicious.

              1. re: rrems

                Thanks for those details, rrems. Since they're open on Sunday, we may give it a try tomorrow.


                1. re: rrems

                  rrems, We did get to Nuela on Sunday, and you were absolutely right about the food. Seriously delicious! (Not that I ever doubted you since we usually agree.) And service couldn't have been better.

                  For a bitterly cold Sunday evening in January, it was fairly busy. We were seated in the front room, which was about 3/4 full, and there were quite a few people in the bar area.

                  The noise level was higher than I expected, i.e., Latin music with a decided beat. But I have to admit that it didn't bother me because they kept the volume at a reasonable level, which was helped by the huge size of the space with those very high ceilings.

                  We'll definitely be back!

                  Nuela photos:


              2. re: rrems

                Nuela, thanks for the recommendation! The paella and suckling pig definitely sound good as well! Any recommendations in the other cuisines?

                43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

                1. re: upurscore

                  Desnuda could be fun for just the two of you if you love ceviche. It's a small wine bar and cervicheria (basically one long bar) in the East Village.

                  122 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

              3. I'd suggest Di Fara's Pizza - especially if you have a car. Although it's not really a restaurant atmosphere - you may struggle to find a seat.

                I think 5 Napkin Burger is a good classic american place. It's my favorite hamburger in the city.

                1. Purple Yam is a Pan-Asian Filipino fusion restaurant.

                  It's outside Manhattan in a Brooklyn neighborhood called Ditmas Park, that you'll find it a hike. I'd try this over a trip to Di Fara's which some will suggest, for pizza, as a remote destination. Ditmas is an interesting area that's mostly residential, but the main streets feature some unique food options. Mimi's Hummus is another one nearby.