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I have an article from several years ago recommending a few places to eat in NYC. Did a search on the board, but nothing came up.

What do you CHers think about:
Upstairs (which apparently has a heated floor and is on a hotel roof or somesuch)
The Place
Craft
River Cafe (in Brooklyn)

thanks!

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Craft
43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

The Place
310 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

Upstairs
145 E 50th St, New York, NY 10022

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  1. I have lived in NY for 25 years and around the country for the last 20 years, returning about 2-4 times /year. My NYC favorite is Bouley. It has reliably fantastic classic French food, impeccable service, and (in its current digs) a very nice surrounding. If you are looking for chemical gastronomy, look elsewhere, as Bouley serves classic French. And, relative to other top restaurants, it is reasonable.

    For tops in NYC seafood, you cannot go wrong with Le Bernadin. For me, heaven on earth is a dry martini and cold oysters at Le Bernadin.

    The best cannolli: Venieros on 11th st

    The best bagel: (up the street from Venieros) Ess-a Bagel on 1st at about 21st st

    If you are loking for ethnic seafood, try chinatown's Fuleen's on 11 Division St..

    I have not been to any great Indian restaurants lately in NYC, but 6th St is always fun. Gandhi used to be good on the cxorner of 1st Ave and 6th st

    I hope this helps.

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    Ess-a-Bagel
    359 1st Ave, New York, NY 10010

    Fuleen
    11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

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

    Gandhi
    345 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

    Bouley
    163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: gjrubino

      My take on your list:

      Best Seafood: Le Bernadin
      Best Cannolli: Vacarro's in Baltimore (sorry, but NYC doesn't cut it)
      Best Bagel: Absolute Bagel on Broadway at like 107
      Ethnic Seafood: Ayada in Queens whole fried fish with Papaya

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      Absolute Bagels
      2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

      1. re: nmprisons

        Baltimore and Queens are side trips, as lmcsherr asked for recs in NYC

        1. re: gjrubino

          um, the baltimore thing was a joke. i could be wrong, but last time i checked, queens was in NYC (just not in Manhattan). i know this is the manhattan board, but sheesh.

          1. re: nmprisons

            I got the joke <g>, and I know Queens is NYC, but I am looking to stay in Manhattan.

    2. I really like Craft.

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      1. re: gutsofsteel

        +1 on craft. had a great meal there recently.

        1. re: nmprisons

          For further research - it's Le Bernardin. (note 2d r, as I don't now if I can bold)

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          Le Bernardin
          155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

      2. I have to chime in on Imcsherr's inquiry about River Café. We went there yesterday for Restaurant Week(Brooklyn) and for $20.11 (!) we had a fabulous 3-course meal, excellent service, with a stunning view on a gloriously sunny day.