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LBNJNY Jul 11, 2011 12:12 PM

I have been entertaining my niece all June and July as she has been enjoying a fun college summer internship. We have done French at Cafe Cluny, Greek at Snack, Indian at Dhaba, Chinese at Joe's Shanghai, Vietnamese at Co Ba, Korean at Mandoo Bar, Sushi at Ushiwakamaru, Tapas at Boqueria and Mex at Toloache. She has been an avid participant and I don't want to let her down! Tonight I have my nephew as well and he spent last summer in the city too. I am running low on fun ideas! Any thoughts? We live on West 15th so anywhere below 34th is preferable. East or West sides are fine.

Thanks!

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Toloache
251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

Joe's Shanghai
24 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Mandoo Bar
2 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Cafe Cluny
284 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

Co Ba
110 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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    nmprisons Jul 11, 2011 12:22 PM

    Thai at Zaab Elee

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    Zabb Elee
    75 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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      H Manning Jul 11, 2011 12:43 PM

      Turkish at Ali Baba or Turkish Kitchen.

      Filipino at Purple Yam (a short train ride on the Q and a block away from the Cortelyou stop)

      Pan-Latin at Nuela.

      Thai-inspired small plates at Kin Shop.

      Noodles at Hung Ry.

      Peking duck at Peking Duck House (midtown)

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      Turkish Kitchen
      386 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Ali Baba
      515 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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

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

      Hung Ry
      55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

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        InfoMofo Jul 11, 2011 12:43 PM

        What a fun concept!

        There's no shortage of Italian joints in the city of course- you could do Lupa? That might be around the same price point of Boqueria and Toloache.

        I would add Malaysian food? There are a few places- for traditional and cheap fare I would go to Nyonya in chinatown. If your concept will allow for fusion- Fatty Crab is always a fun meal, and it's right by where you live.

        Other off the beaten path cuisines to think about:
        - Austrian - You can go to Blaue Gans in Tribeca
        - Peruvian - Pio Pio (several locations in manhattan)
        - Danish - Vandaag- I actually haven't been here yet but it looks interesting and some chowhounders have recommended it highly

        Good luck, and let us know what other cuisines you end up enjoying this summer!

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        Lupa
        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

        Nyonya
        199 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

        Toloache
        251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

        Boqueria
        53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

        Blaue Gans
        139 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013

        Fatty Crab
        643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

        Pio Pio
        210 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

        Vandaag
        103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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          deepfry7 Jul 13, 2011 10:50 PM

          I'm not actually recommending Fatty Crab (never been), but if you go, if you're on savored.com, you can get 30% off food and drink (costs $10 for the reservation), no restrictions on food and drink. Looking at the website, the caveats are that it's for 6pm or prior and max 5 people.

          Pio Pio is darn cheap and I love that place. I've only been to the one in Murray Hill on 34th between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

          PS - I also see recs on this thread for Socarrat (Nolita location) and Chinatown Brasserie. They're on savored.com as well for 30% off your bill.

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          Chinatown Brasserie
          380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

          Fatty Crab
          643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

          Pio Pio
          210 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

          Socarrat
          284 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

        2. princeofpork Jul 11, 2011 01:01 PM

          Hop the ferry over to Governers island. Beside the fun thisngs to do there, try the Jamaican food truck.
          Hit up some fondue at Artisinal
          2nd ave deli for some old school jewish food.

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          Artisanal
          2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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

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            LBNJNY Jul 11, 2011 02:40 PM

            Thanks so much to all of you! These are awesome ideas. I really appreciate the burst of ideas!

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            uwsister Jul 11, 2011 04:55 PM

            How about Ethiopian? My favorite is Zoma, but it's way up town - I have heard good things about Queen of Sheba, which is above 34th but not by much.

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              LBNJNY Jul 12, 2011 06:04 AM

              Thanks again - we hit Nyonya and they loved it. Still a few more days left on the "tour" so I will use these other suggestions!

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              Nyonya
              199 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

            2. JungMann Jul 12, 2011 06:56 AM

              Japanese at Yuba
              German at Lederhosen
              Dim Sum at Chinatown Brasserie
              English at Tea and Sympathy
              Paella at Soccarat
              Shaanxi at Xi'an Famous Foods
              Lebanese at ilili

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              Tea & Sympathy
              108 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

              Lederhosen
              39 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

              Chinatown Brasserie
              380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

              Ilili
              236 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

              Socarrat
              259 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

              Xi'an Famous Foods
              81 St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

              Xi'an Famous Foods
              88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

              Yuba
              105 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

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                uwsister Jul 13, 2011 06:49 PM

                I love Tea & Sympathy - definitely worthy of a stop in your international tour!

              2. prima Jul 13, 2011 06:59 PM

                South Indian dosas at Saravanaa Bhavan.

                Russian at Mari Vanna.

                Malaysian at Laut.

                Bosnian Burek at Djerdan.

                Afghan at Bamiyan.

                Ukrainian at Ukrainian East Village (or maybe someone has a better rec for Ukrainian).

                Serbian at Kafana.

                Puerto Rican at La Taza de Oro (haven't been, but was meaning to try it out).

                Brazilian at Casa (haven't been).

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                Bamiyan
                358 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                Casa
                72 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

                Ukrainian East Village Restaurant
                140 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                La Taza de Oro
                96 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                Kafana
                116 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

                Laut
                15 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

                Mari Vanna
                41 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003

                Saravanaa Bhavan
                413 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                Djerdan
                91 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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                  InfoMofo Jul 15, 2011 12:15 PM

                  This is a really good list of some off-the-beaten path cuisines. However, I do believe that Djerdan is now closed.

                  [Edit: Update ok, now that I see the chowhound link- I guess they moved from midtown down to the LES- I'll have to check out their new location!]

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                  Djerdan
                  91 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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                  shruti108 Jul 14, 2011 06:10 AM

                  Fantastic Indian- & Mediterranean- inspired food at the Bhakti Cafe!
                  25 1st Ave, between 1st St & 2nd St
                  http://www.bhakticafenyc.com/

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                  Bhakti Cafe
                  25 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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