Suggestions for Great Foods in NYC
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!
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:
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 =)
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.
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.
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: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...
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.
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.