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Hi all!
We are coming from Italy for a week and I would like to find some good restaurants for my Girlfriend that is her first time in NY.
We sleep in Downtown and if possible we prerf try place not too far from us.
We come from europe so we serch other type of restaurants and not too mutch about 50$ pers maybe more for 1/2 nights.
and if possible place that we dont need many days to reserve before

First of all we serch a good bbq for juisy ribs :D (already tasted blue smoke)
I would like to try a good japanese and a chinese for dim sum/dumplings

Reading your fantastic forum i did this list but i am open for all suggestions

WD-50
Clinton Street Baking Co
Atlantic Grill
Yakitori Totto
DBGB
Cafe Habana
thank you all very mutch and sorry for my bad english

Matteo & Ginevra

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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Yakitori Totto
251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Cafe Habana
229 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

Atlantic Grill
1341 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021

DBGB
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Clinton Street Baking Co.
4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Atlantic Grill
49 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

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  1. You will have trouble staying under $50 per person at WD-50.

    Also, when you say $50 per person, do you include tax or tip? Tax is calculated separately here and tip is typically 18-20 percent.

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    WD-50
    50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

    1. You can have a genuine, bona fide NYC dining experience at Katz's Deli on Houston St.
      It's not fine dining but certainly a "Manhattan moment."
      Get a hot pastrami on rye sammich. It's big enough to share. Try a knish too. Wash it all down with a bottle of Dr. Brown's Cel Ray.
      If not for dinner try it for lunch or a late night weekend snack.

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      Katz's Delicatessen
      205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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      1. re: Motosport

        guys they are coming from italy can you imagine what the chinese food is like there? CHINATOWN!!!!!!! SHANGHAI CAFE AND CANTOON ALL DAY!!! WITH A LITTLE NOODLETOWN THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE!

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        South China Garden
        22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

        Great New York Noodletown
        28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

        Shanghai Cafe
        100 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: AubWah

          +1 Chinatown!

          Anche vi raccomando CHIYONO per la cucina giapponese. (328 East 6th St.) Questo e un piccolo ristorante molto carino ed unico, con cucina casalinga, non molto caro.

          Your English beats my Italian! Have fun in New York!

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          Chiyono
          328 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

      2. For BBQ, I recommend Mara's Homemade on 6th Street -- the brisket is great, ribs, and the seafood that they have as well. It's where I go when I want BBQ. Keeping it under $50 per person won't be a problem.

        Japanese, you may have a problem keeping the bill down but I would recommend either Blue Ribbon Sushi if you insist on staying downtown or, if you're willing to travel to the Upper East Side, either Sushi of Gari or Sushi Seki, both absolutely delicious. Go to Sushi of Gari on the East Side, not the West, which is on East 77th Street.

        A great restaurant that has a reasonably priced prix fix is Apiary (around East 11th Street, I think on 3rd Avenue). All the food is delicious, and the desserts shouldn't be missed.

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        Blue Ribbon Sushi
        119 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

        Mara's Homemade
        342 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003

        Apiary
        60 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: nattie23nyc

          Mara's is an excellent choice!! Molto bene!

          1. re: nattie23nyc

            Sushi of Gari and Sushi Seki will both far exceed their stated budget.

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            Gari
            370 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

          2. We can pay more for 1 or 2 night I know the prices of WD-50.
            And at that price i dont include tax/tips :)
            Yes In Italy there are the worst chinese restautant of the world...
            So..
            Mara's Homemade
            Blue Ribbon Sushi or CHIYONO or Sushi of Gari (est side)
            SHANGHAI CAFE or CANTOON

            Maybe Katz's Deli but i dont really like indian food but my experience its only for italian/indian restaurant..
            to try Apiary
            Thanks a lot, any other suggestions? maybe a romantic restaurat?

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            Mara's Homemade
            342 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003

            5 Replies
            1. re: DOCmatte

              15 East for Sushi is fabulous (I think better than the ones you list).
              Bar Room at The Modern, at least for cocktails, maybe after a visit to MoMA
              For burgers, Burger and Barrel (no reservations)

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              15 East
              15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

              The Modern
              9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

              Burger & Barrel
              25 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

              1. re: Nancy S.

                I second 15 East, but they will not stay within their $50 per person budget!
                When my husband and I went without tip was $398.00 and that only included one medium price bottle of sake ...but it was amazing!!!! It was more than a dinner it was an experience!

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                15 East
                15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

              2. re: DOCmatte

                Katz's Deli - or delicatessen - serves "New York style" foods with its most famous being their pastrami sandwich, as recommended by Motosport. Great for a casual lunch. I assume you were thinking of Delhi, India....

                1. re: DOCmatte

                  BURGERS!!!!
                  You gotta have hamburgers here ... nothing like it in Italy or anywhere in Europe.
                  No need to be fancy. Look up Five Napkins, Shake Shack, GoodBurger and a whole lot of others all ovr the city. Shake Shack is especially fun with lots of other goodies like Frozen Custard and the Madison Square Park location is the best.

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                  Shake Shack
                  Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

                  Goodburger
                  636 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

                  Five Napkin Burger
                  630 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

                  1. re: DOCmatte

                    Mara's Homemade is apparently closing. RUB in Chelsea is a pretty good substitue for downtown BBQ.

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                    RUB BBQ
                    208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

                    Mara's Homemade
                    342 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003

                  2. You can check prices on menupages.com for decision-making. They seem to be pretty accurate -- except for recent postings about Locanda Verde prices - but you wouldn't be going there anyway.

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                    Locanda Verde
                    377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

                    1. For inexpensive Sushi you light want to try one of the conveyor belt sushi place. We like East Japanese Restauarant but there are others.
                      It's on 3rd Ave bet 26 and 27 ST. A nice walk from downtown if the weather is nice.
                      After dinner try Veniero's for dessert and espresso. On E 11th St bet 1 and 2 Ave.
                      It will remind you of Italia.
                      The conveyor belt adds a little fun to the dinner.

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                      Veniero's
                      342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

                      Kaiten East
                      366 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                      1. With your budget in mind:

                        WD-50 will be expensive as others have noted. I had a great experience there but others have not.

                        If you have the budget for Atlantic Grill, I would sooner go to Aquagrill. Or even Pearl Oyster Bar for their excellent lobster rolls. Aquagrill is downtown, has a fantastic raw bar and is close to Kee's Chocolate, one of America's best chocolate shops.

                        I like Yakitori Totto but Tori Shin is consistently better and Totto on my last two visits have been overcooking their meats.

                        DBGB will probably leave you underwhelmed and you will wonder why you spent the money. As others have suggested, I would sooner go to Katz's Deli. Their pastrami is quintessential NY.

                        For the same reason, I would skip Cafe Habana and go to Dos Toros Taqueria. Toros can be very crowded with no ambiance, but delicious and budget friendly.

                        BBQ is a difficult proposition in Manhattan. You have been to Blue Smoke and the other options are not much better. Daisy May's has a decent short rib but is inconveniently located, Hill Country has great fatty brisket but has terrible sides and excessively oaky chicken. The best local restaurants for American style BBQ are in Brooklyn.

                        As for dim sum, Chinatown Brasserie is head and shoulders the best dim sum specialist in NY. Also downtown,

                        If you like spicy food, Szechuan Gourmet is quite good and has traditional dishes that are true to the cuisine.

                        Another option is Baohaus, which has wonderful gua bao and is budget friendly. Taiwanese cuisine is not well represented in Italy and you may quite like it. If you had more time, there are endless options for wonderful Chinese restaurants in Queens.

                        If you like sweets, Chikalicious is downtown and is top notch with fresh ingredients, quality presentation and service. It is within your budget and worth experiencing.

                        Hope you both have a wonderful vacation and warm welcome.

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                        WD-50
                        50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

                        Kee's Chocolates
                        80 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

                        Pearl Oyster Bar
                        18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

                        Yakitori Totto
                        251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

                        Cafe Habana
                        229 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

                        Hill Country
                        30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

                        Daisy May's BBQ
                        623 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                        Aquagrill
                        210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

                        Szechuan Gourmet
                        21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

                        Chinatown Brasserie
                        380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

                        Blue Smoke
                        116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

                        ChikaLicious
                        203 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

                        DBGB
                        299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

                        Dos Toros
                        137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

                        BaoHaus
                        137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

                        Atlantic Grill
                        49 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

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                        1. re: Pookipichu

                          Just my opinion, but Dos Toros is no better than Chipotle and serves an entirely different kind of food than Habana. Cafe Habana is Cuban, inexpensive, and done quite well. I certainly wouldn't scrap it in lieu of Dos Toros.

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                          Cafe Habana
                          229 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

                          Dos Toros
                          137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

                          1. re: loratliff

                            I respect your opinion, just as there are people who think Shake Shack is no better than Wendys, so the original poster should be advised. However, I have eaten at Chipotle and Dos Toros and in my opinion, Dos Toros has much better flavor, better ingredients, better sauces at a comparable price point.

                            Though they are different cuisines, I don't think Cafe Habana is a very good restaurant and for a direct alternative, the best Cuban is in Queens which is not convenient. Cafe Habana is not expensive relative to Manhattan but Dos Toros is even more budget friendly. $20-$25 vs. $10 and that's money that can be better spent elsewhere other than at a mid-tier Cuban place that doesn't even represent NYC well.

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                            Cafe Habana
                            229 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

                            Dos Toros
                            137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

                          2. re: Pookipichu

                            Wow thanx! And in Brooklyn where should i go for the best BBQ ribs?

                            1. re: DOCmatte

                              Sorry but I think you're supposed to look on the Outer Boroughs(OB) board. In the OB board's favor, people there should know more about the food there.

                              1. re: DOCmatte

                                The other poster is correct, you should post on the Outer Borough board for feedback if you have the time to visit Brooklyn or Queens. The moderators will remove the post if it is not on topic.

                                1. re: DOCmatte

                                  In Manhattan, I would recommend Hill Country for BBQ, Fette Sau in Brooklyn.

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                                  Hill Country
                                  30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

                              2. I think you'll enjoy the RGR Lower east Side Gustatory Tour, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333, created by a central CH member. Very distinctive (some fabulous) places, and the posted tour includes explanations of what makes the places fabulous.

                                I remember that instead of Guss's Pickles (closed) you should go to The PickleMan and that the Essex Street market is near. Searching under RGR should bring up her updates.

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                                Pickle Guys
                                49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

                                Essex Street Market
                                120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

                                1. Katz's, Barney Greengrass, Russ & Daughters (take-out), Second Avenue Deli.
                                  Yakitori Totto, Brasserie EN, Aburiya Kinnosuke.

                                  I wouldn't look to eat BBQ ribs in NYC. I mean, you'll find them, but...

                                  www.shrinkinthekitchen.com

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                                  Barney Greengrass
                                  541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                                  Russ & Daughters
                                  179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                                  Yakitori Totto
                                  251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

                                  En Japanese Brasserie
                                  435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

                                  Aburiya Kinnosuke
                                  213 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

                                  Second Avenue Deli
                                  162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

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                                  1. re: scotty27

                                    Ops sry i take a look also in OB boars
                                    Btw I' m going to take the plane :D
                                    Many thanks to you all! I'm sure that with your suggestions i will a fantasic gastronomic tour!
                                    If you need some italian suggestions I' will do my best
                                    Bye bye

                                  2. You might want to try Ippudo, a ramen restaurant,. for a really different Japanese experience. The food is really good, cheap and a lot of fun,. No reservations, and if you don't get there before 6, you'll have quite a wait. The lines are out the door with young Japanese students from NYU. Ippudo is on 4th Ave. between 10th & 11th. St. Have fun!

                                    annnyc

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                                    Ippudo
                                    65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

                                    1. for BBQ go up to dinosaur in harlem. do not miss the fried green tomatoes or the chicken wings.

                                      wd-50 and yakitori totto are both great places as well

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                                      Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
                                      777 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

                                      1. If you're looking for Chinese alternatives to dim sum and such, you might try the western Chinese hand-pulled noodle places that are sprouting up around town. Xi'an Famous foods has locations in Chinatown and in the East Village (on St. Marks Place between 1st and 2nd)--no atmosphere or ambience, but delicious noodles either in soup or alone. My favorites are the Mt. Qi pork noodle soup or the cumin lamb noodles, but anything is worth trying. People also like their cumin lamb burgers.

                                        1. A few more ideas:

                                          Kin Shop
                                          Fatty Crab
                                          Nuela (the arroz con pato is amazing)
                                          Momofuku Ssam Bar
                                          Balaboosta

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                                          Momofuku Ssam Bar
                                          207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                                          Fatty Crab
                                          643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

                                          Balaboosta
                                          214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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

                                          Kin Shop
                                          469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                                          1. It's not close to where you are staying but Red Rooster in Harlem is a fantastic New York restaurant and a great experience. Easy to get to n the subway though. Dinner is crowded but a lot of fun, lunch is a little more relaxed. Read the NYTimes recent review (which I wasn't crazy about but it gives you a good idea of what a meal there is like) and go to their web page. I'd suggest going for lunch and then wandering around Harlem.

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                                            Red Rooster
                                            310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

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                                            1. re: jeffreylydon

                                              That's a great suggestion.