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Jul 11, 2011 12:12 PM

My NYC International Culinary Tour needs your help!

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.


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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  1. Thai at Zaab Elee

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

    1. 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)

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

      Ali Baba
      515 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

      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

      1. 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!

        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

        199 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

        251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

        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

        103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: InfoMofo

          I'm not actually recommending Fatty Crab (never been), but if you go, if you're on, 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 as well for 30% off your bill.

          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

          284 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

        2. 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.

          2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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

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          1. re: princeofpork

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

          2. 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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            1. re: uwsister

              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!

              199 Grand St, New York, NY 10013