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First Time Ever to NYC-- HELP!!

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Hello fellow foodies,

I am going to New York for my first time ever in a little more than a month, and am really excited to delve into the dining scene. I spent a year living in London, where I thought the food was fantastic, but have been told that there is no place in the world with better food than NYC. Needless to say, I need some serious help figuring out where to go. I am vegetarian (no meat, no fish) but that needn't mean that I eat at exclusively veg establishments. I am adventurous and there is really no cuisine I don't like, except for French. I need help with: three dinners, three lunches, and some potential brunch spots. Also, I am very serious about coffee and while I did find a rather thorough article on the NYT about the best brews in the city, I'd love to hear what locals think. For dinners, neighborhoods don't matter, but if you can think of lunch spots near the Met, where I plan on spending most of my limited time in the city (I am an art history student who can't wait to set foot in there), that would be fabulous.

So many thanks in advance!!!

Ooh-- budget. Nothing tooo extravagant please (which to me means three digits per person, excluding wine) unless it's absolutely TO DIE FOR.

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  1. I would not hesitate to book a seat at the chef's counter at Kajitsu. It's a dining experience like no other.

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    Kajitsu
    414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

    1. for coffee I would recommend buying coffee at porto rico on bleeker street (w village) and in terms of coffee shops, I like the roasting plant (2 locations, one on the LES and one in the w village)
      for some great restaurants (dinner) at moderate prices i'd recommend:
      rocco
      alta
      perilla
      oliva
      aria
      market table
      ouest

      they're all over the city but they all have their own unique NY feel to them...

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      Roasting Plant
      81 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

      Perilla
      9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

      Alta
      64 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011

      Market Table
      54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

      Ouest
      2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

      Rocco
      181 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

      Oliva
      161 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

      Porto Rico Importing Co.
      201 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

      Roasting Plant
      75 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

      Aria
      117 Perry St, New York, NY 10014