HELP! Need good places to eat in New York
Hello Chowhounders from NY!
I'm from Australia and will be heading to NY for a study trip. Food is not covered in my trip and as a person who loves really good food, I would love some recommendations!
I'll be staying in Fashion Institute of New York (7th Avenue at 27th st, ) during the trip. :) I prefer places within walking distance or much travel. :) Public transport is fine.
I am open to any type of cuisine and don't have a budget but I would appreciate it if there's a mix of everything (casual to fine dining).
I'm relying on you guys!
Oh, and please tell me about the tipping system and whether I can make reservations for that place or not. :) If that place requires me to take the sub or something like that, directions would be nice.
Your request is really broad--no cuisine preferences, specified budget, and with public transit, literally all of Manhattan is going to be available to you. That's thousands upon thousands of restaurants....
Many Australian visitors have been planning NYC trips lately. Their itineraries reflect much of what NYC is good at / items not available in Australia:
Start there for the "must eats."
Your restaurant bill here will include a subtotal for food and drink, plus a 8.875% sales tax. Feel free to tip about 20% of the pre-sales tax amount, and you'll be fine. Don't worry too much about it. If you are more interested, search the Not About Food board for endless discussions of tipping in the USA.
For subway directions use Google Maps, Hopstop, or MTA.info. They're pretty easy to use. This isn't really the best place to ask for directions to every suggested restaurant, you know?
Most restaurants will have web sites. The ones that don't will often have a menu up on Menupages. Many also take reservations via OpenTable about a month in advance (call the restaurant if you need help or can't get a table).
You can also easily find basic address, phone, etc and if a place takes reservations using Google or Yelp.
IMO this board works best when you either have a more specific query, or an itinerary for us to react to.