One night in Manhattan. But where to eat ????????
We are spending one night at the Sheraton Towers near 53rd and 7th in May. First time in the states so don't have a clue. What Im looking for is a 'mid priced' eatery not to far from our hotel, ( 10 minutes walking ) that is in a safe area. Dining requirements would be for a good fillet steak and great pasta dishes.
I'm sure there will be plenty to choose from, so if you know a little gem, please let us in on the secret.
What is midpriced to you? 50 USD per person? More? Less?
Manhattan is very safe these days. I wouldn't worry as long as you are aware of your surroundings, etc.
What's more important, a great steak or great pasta? It's more difficult to find a restaurant that does both very well. And steak tends to be more expensive anyway.
Yes $50 per person is mid priced to us. As you say, great pasta may not mean great steak. So with that in mind, what about China Town. Is that worth a visit ?. Chinese food is something we both enjoy. What I'm looking for here are some ideas. We join a cruise the next day and will not have any time after disembarkation to see New York. So its an evening to soak up some of the atmosphere, while enjoying a relaxed meal.
$50 per person for food only? Don't forget that tip is typically 20% here, tax is nearly 9%, and wine/cocktails can really add up.
What kind of Chinese food? Cantonese, Sichuan, or Americanized Chinese style? Can you handle spicy food?
Most of the people here on Chowhound are fans of non-Americanized Chinese food, so you should take our recommendations with a grain of salt if you prefer Americanized Chinese food. Also not all dishes are equally delicious -- make sure you take note of what specific dishes to order, otherwise your one meal in NYC could be a flop.
Manhattan Chinatown is home to some of the more obscure specialities that you may not find at home: hand pulled noodles, Fuzhou food, Xian food, etc. It all depends what you seek.
Also, a lot of the places will be a bit cramped, not really well ventilated, and a bit noisy, so perhaps not all that relaxing but you'll definitely have a lot of atmosphere to soak up.
My favorite place for a steak is Strip House Steak house which is 12th st between 4th and 5th ave, but it's going to be more than $50 a person (as I think most steakhouses in the city will be). My favorite place in China town is Amazing 66. It's not great atmosphere, but the food is really good. I know it sounds weird, but they have an amazing chicken dish with pickles and ginger on it. If you go, you really should get it. It's on Mott st. between canal and Bayard.
Two other places to consider (both are very different from each other, and not exactly what you asked for, but good none the less and within your price range):
1)Nook - 9th Ave b/w 50th and 51st. It is really small, so make a reservation. Great food, steaks, lamb chops, they have a past dish, chicken, etc. This is BYOB, which is great on your wallet, but make sure you stop at a wine stor on the way there!
3)Bistro Jules - St. Marks Pl. b/w 2nd and 1st ave. Really delicious french food, and they have jazz bands there all the time.
66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
65 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
746 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
Just want to add my 2 cents in case the OP takes up knol's recommendation of Strip House: please do not order a "fillet steak", but take the opportunity to sample NY's great cuts of great beef, either the NY Strip or Rib Eye. I have not been to Strip House, but would guess that even their Rib Eye is more meat than (the 2? of) you are used to. It is not uncommon here to share a large steak, and this alone might help you dine within your budget. (Note: I assume you are from the UK due to your use of the term "fillet steak".)
I disagree respectfully but vehemently on Nook. I've eaten there four times in the last 18 months and the food has ranged from palatable (goulash) to awful (gristly steak). It's cramped, noisy (small space, hard walls), and at least one of the people who works there is unfriendly.
If you're willing to consider Chinese food as a compromise between pasta and steak, and can tolerate heat, there are two good Sichuan choices on 39th: Sichuan Gourmet and Lan Sheng. There's also the interesting Ma Peche on 56th (neither Chinese, nor steak, nor pasta, I admit).
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
considering you mention Chinatown as a possibility, it seems that you are willing to travel a bit for a good meal. as it's your only night in New York, i would avoid Chinatown, as it's really a place within a place. to only see New York's Chinatown is not to have seen New York at all.
i would look into Scarpetta. you could share two appetizers and two entrees without blowing your budget. the room is gorgeous and the service is very gracious. after dinner, enjoy a walk on the High Line, which will give some beautiful views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014
It's not near your hotel, but if you're willing to go as far as Chinatown, then there's a great Italian restaurant called Peasant down in Nolita (194 Elizabeth St.). Great octopus and squid appetizers, great suckling pig and leg of lamb. Afraid I can't speak to the quality of the pasta (gluten intolerant), but perhaps another hound could?
194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012