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upurscore Jan 15, 2011 07:49 AM

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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    kathryn RE: upurscore Jan 15, 2011 08:23 AM

    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:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/707772
    Please help me eat during a month in new york
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/716238
    Don't leave NY without eating these foods
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610739
    Pizza in NYC
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6928...
    BTW, I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333

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      upurscore RE: kathryn Jan 15, 2011 10:50 AM

      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 =)

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        AubWah RE: upurscore Jan 15, 2011 11:21 AM

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

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          upurscore RE: AubWah Jan 15, 2011 12:00 PM

          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 =)

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            Pan RE: upurscore Jan 15, 2011 11:14 PM

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

            http://www.chow.com/search?query=fili...

            Check 'em out.

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              diprey11 RE: Pan Jan 18, 2011 10:24 AM

              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.
              http://www.yelp.com/biz/ihawan-woodside

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            squid kun RE: AubWah Jan 16, 2011 01:34 AM

            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.

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

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            kathryn RE: upurscore Jan 15, 2011 11:42 AM

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

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              upurscore RE: kathryn Jan 15, 2011 11:44 AM

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

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          rrems RE: upurscore Jan 15, 2011 10:57 AM

          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.

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          Nuela
          43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

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            RGR RE: rrems Jan 15, 2011 11:32 AM

            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.

            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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              rrems RE: RGR Jan 15, 2011 01:32 PM

              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.

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                RGR RE: rrems Jan 15, 2011 01:55 PM

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

                http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                  RGR RE: rrems Jan 18, 2011 09:35 AM

                  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...

                  http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                upurscore RE: rrems Jan 15, 2011 12:01 PM

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

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                Nuela
                43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

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                  mla19 RE: upurscore Jan 18, 2011 06:40 PM

                  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. http://www.desnudany.com/main.php

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                  122 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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                slindroth RE: upurscore Jan 15, 2011 01:50 PM

                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.

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                  sugartoof RE: upurscore Jan 16, 2011 01:30 AM

                  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.

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