April in NYC
Hi there, coming to NYC end of April. Would like to know the best pizza , best thai. Going to shows at night so thess suppers would be before. Taking the hop on hop off tour too. Where do you suggest we go for breakfast? Staying on 49 West 32nd. Would love any other suggestions for new and interesting ideas to try.
there's good news and bad...you are staying in the heart of Korea Town. you've got immediate access to all sorts of delicious food right outside your door. many of the restaurants on 32nd are open 24 hours a day, so you're free to eat after your shows. CH can make recommendations if interested.
otherwise, the best pizza, in my opinion, is at Keste. it's in the West Village, which is exactly one train stop away. as for thai, opinions vary. i don't care enough about it to have a favorite. near your hotel, you have Keen's, one of New York's top steakhouses. you're also just a few blocks from The Breslin and John Dory, both located in the Ace Hotel. if you are a coffee drinker, do not miss Stumptown, again, at the Ace. really, truly tops.
for breakfast, you could pick up some pastries at Paris Baguette or Koryodang.
skip the bus tour. isn't expensive for just a short amount of time? i'd look to find a personal walking guide instead.
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To get a taste of what New York City is all about I would encourage you to travel out of your hotel's neighborhood and go to the Lower East Side, East Village, West Village, etc. It will not take very long by train since you're near Herald Square / Madison Square Garden.
Are you looking to make a bunch of reservations or just walk in and grab a table? Do you mind a wait? I would definitely make reservations for pre-theatre dining; if you plan ahead you should be OK. The big question is how much you wish to spend....
So 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.
Here's a thread with lots of recs nearby your hotel like the Breslin, Madangsui, Szechuan Gourmet, and more:
Best Thai is probably gonna be in Queens but there's some decent spots in Hell's Kitchen which isn't terribly far away from the Theatre District. Check out Pure Thai Shophouse.
Here are some threads on things I think NYC is good at, like brunch, bagels/smoked salmon, pickles, egg creams, pastrami, pizza, mixology, "ethnic" niches, street food etc. I'm not sure what you mean by 'new and interesting ideas to try' since you haven't given much background on any previous trips to NYC.
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BTW, I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles:
Foreign Street Grub
totally obscure, odd, and intriguing menu items
Great upscale dining
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Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
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35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001
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Pure Thai Cookhouse
766 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019