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sarah2k Jul 20, 2011 04:38 AM

This is the list. I wanted to post this, first for comments, also just as a reference for other tourists or new arrivals. I mixed in Manhattan and outer borough restaurants, so I'm posting this on both boards. Ignore the French commentary! I sorted by type of cuisine

Une liste pour Antoine:

Chinese
$$ Szechuan Gourmet (Manhattan: 39th and 6th ave): La cuisine Szechuane (très piquant)
- mapo tofu
- cumin lamb
- spicy sesame noodles (entrée - il faut demander que ce soit très 'spicy')
- braised whole bass with szechuan chili miso
- braised beef filets with napa
- sautéed lamb filets with pickled chili

$$ Imperial Palace (Queens: Flushing): Cantonese
- Dungeness crab with sticky rice
- Steamed scallops with bean curd in black bean sauce
- steam flounder

$ Nan Xiang (Queens: Flushing): Shanghainese
- Soup Dumplings (les meilleurs)

ou, si tu ne veut pas aller à Queens, à Manhattan il y a:

$ Joe's Shanghai (Manhattan: Chinatown)
- Soup Dumplings

$ White Bear (Queens: Flushing): Shanghainese
- spicy wontons

à mon avis ce serait cool d'aller à Nan Xiang pour les soup dumplings, et puis à White Bear pour les wontons, les deux sont des petits plats

$$ Spicy & Tasty (Queens: Flushing) Szechuan
peut-être le plus connu de tous les restos à Flushing - les meilleurs plats sont au comptoir, ils sont tous froids, tu peut demander pour ce que te parait frais et bon
- Double cooked pork belly
- dan dan noodle
- shredded beef with green chili pepper
- tofu with salted fish
- spicy tofu and celery
- water cooked fish

$$ Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan (Queens: Flushing) Hunan (cuisine du campagne)
- homestyle braised tofu
- cold noodles
- casseroles
- clay pot
- big head fish
- cumin lamb
- braised smoked bamboo
- sauteed dried string bing
- shrimp with spicy salt
- sauteed lamb with hot pepper sauce
- pumpkin cakes

$$ Hunan House (Queens: Flushing) Hunan
- pumpkin cakes
- mao's braised pork
- lamb with cumin
- flat green bean noodles
- pickled diced string beans
- duck with white pepper and turnips
- fermented rice coated pork belly
- cold tripe salad
- pigs ears salad

$$ M&T Restaurant (Queens: Flushing) Qingdao
- qingdao noodle
- razor clams and eggs stir fried with chives
- sea intestines
- stir fried squid
- pig's head with cucumber
- pumpkin pancakes
- pork chop with shrimp sauce
- chilled fatty pork with ginger, vinegar and garlic
- dried tofu with mushroom

Thai
$$ Sripraphai (Queens: Elmhurst) (un restaurant extrêmement connu)
- Green papaya salad
- Crispy catfish salad
- Drunken noodle
- Whole spicy fish
- green curry with lamb (et demander pour les aubergines thai!)
- Tom Ka Gai (coconut chicken soup)
- pork with chilis, cilantro and lime
- coconut rice (ca vient avec)
- dipping noodles with northern-style curry

$$ Chao Thai (Queens: Elmhurst)
- Prik Khing with crispy pork
- Duck salad
- Ped Ka Krow
- soft shell crab and mango salad
- rice stuffed sour fish
- coconut ice cream
- duck in spicy basil sauce
- nam sod

Pizza
$ Di Fara (Brooklyn: Midwood) Pizza à la New Yorkaise (coal oven)
Tu peux apporter une bouteille de vin ou des bières
- regular pie
- square pie

$ Motorino (Brooklyn: Williamsburg / Manhattan: East Village)
- pugliese
- Margherita DOC
- Rocky's Grandfather's calzone

$ Keste (Manhattan: West Village) Pizza à l'italienne
- margherita
- whatever else

$ Totonno's (Brooklyn: Coney Island) Pizza à la New Yorkaise
- margherita

$ Patsy's (Manhattan: Harlem) Pizza à la New Yorkaise (coal oven)
- slice of margherita

Japanese
$ Ippudo (Manhattan: East village)
extremement populaire, il faut y aller soit tout seul, soit très tot ou très tard, car ils ne prennent pas des réservations
- Akamaru modern ramen
- pork buns

$ Totto ramen (Manhattan: Hells kitchen)
- ramen

$$$$ Sushi Yasuda (Manhattan: Midtown east)
Il faut réserver
- sushi

$$$ Matsuhana (Manhattan: Midtown)
- sushi

$$$ EN Japanese Brasserie (Manhattan: West Village)
Il faut réserver
- sushi
- chirashizushi

Indian
$ Southern Spice (Queens: Flushing) Southern Indian
je crois que c'est le meilleur resto indien aux États Unis
- chicken 65
- nilgiri mutton
- lamb vindaloo
- onion kulcha / chili naan
- lamb varuval
- fried pepper fritters

$$$ Amma (Manhattan: Midtown) Haute Indien
- le menu

$$$ Devi (Manhattan: Flatiron) Haute Indien
- le menu

$$$ Tamarind (Manhattan: Flatiron) Haute Indien
le resto préféré de mon copain (qui est indien), c'est une bonne idée de faire une réservation

$$ Nirvana (Manhattan: Murray Hill) Northern Indian
- lunch buffet

$$$ Tulsi (Manhattan: Midtown) Haute Indien
celui ici vient d'ouvrir
- lamb chops
- okra
- manchurian cauliflower
- portobello mushrooms

Middle Eastern / Falafel
$$ Tanoreen (Brooklyn: Bay Ridge) Palestinian
la meilleure cuisine traditionelle du moyen orient à nyc
- eggplant napoleon
- makdous
- sujok
- kibbe
- arak

$ Azuri Cafe (Manhattan: Midtown) falafel sandwich à emporter
- falafel

$ Hummus Place (Manhattan: East Village) Israeli
- falafel
- hummus

$$ Kabab Café (Queens: Astoria) Egyptian
une atmosphère spéciale, c'est plutot une table d'hôte
- hummus plate
- lamb chops
- lamb cheeks

$$$ ilili (Manhattan: Flatiron) Haute Lebanese
le meilleur resto de la cuisine créative du moyen orient
- eggplant meze
- brussel sprouts
- phoenician fries
- cocktails
- moujadara
- chicken shish tauoek
- duck shwarma

Mexican
$$ Chavella's (Brooklyn: Prospect Heights) Brunch
- milanesa with chipotle mayonnaise
- mole
- tacos
- plato don

$ Dos Toros (Manhattan: Union Square) Tacos
- tacos
- burritos

$ Mexicocina (Manhattan: Harlem)
- tacos
- guacamole
- burritos

$ Tortilleria Los Hermanos (Brooklyn: Bushwick)
Ils font des tortillas à maison
- tacos (chorizo)

$$ Itzocan (Manhattan: East Village) Mexican fusion
- sangria
- guacamole
- epazote dumplings
- huitlacoche soufflé
- stuffed chicken breast with mole

Korean
$$ Hangawi (Manhattan: Midtown) Vegetarian
- le menu

$$ Don's Bogam BBQ (Manhattan: Koreatown) Barbecue
- barbecue

Bagels and Delis
Bagels sont pour le petit déjeuner, alors il faut arriver très tot pour prendre les bagels les plus frais
$$ Katz's (Manhattan: Lower East Side) Sandwiches
- pastrami on rye with pickle

$$ Russ & Daughters (Manhattan: Lower East Side) Smoked fish
- smoked salmon with scallion cream cheese on poppy bagel
- super heebster (whitefish salad)
- daughter's delight
- smoked herring, salmon à emporter

$ Ess-a-bagel (Manhattan: Gramercy) Bagels
- bagels

$$ Zabar's (Manhattan: Upper West Side) traiteur
très très très connu traiteur des spécialités juives

$ 2nd Avenue Kosher Deli (Manhattan: Murray Hill) Sandwiches
- corned beef
- matzo ball soup
- pastrami
- gelfite fish

$ Sarge's (Manhattan: Murray Hills) Deli
- matzo ball soup
- pickles
- corned beef
- reuben

Breakfast and Brunch
$$ Tom's (Brooklyn: Prospect Heights) diner
- lemon ricotta pancakes
- cherry lime rickeys
- omelettes
- grits
- waffles
- smoked turkey sausage

$$ Clinton Street Baking Co.pany (Manhattan: Lower East Side) brunch tous les jours
- pancakes
- chicken and waffles
- waffles

$ Johny's (décrit ailleurs)
$$ Chavella's (décrit ailleurs)

Burgers and Steaks
$$$ Minetta Tavern (Manhattan: Greenwich Village) Steakhouse
Il faut réserver au moins un mois en avance
- porter
- burger
- bone marrow (moêle)

$$$ Peter Luger's (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) Steakhouse
Il faut réserver au moins un mois en avance
- porter for 2
- burger (lunch)

$ Shake Shack (Manhattan: Gramercy) Burgers
- burger

$ Corner Bistro (Manhattan: West Village) burgers
- burgers
- beer

$$ PJ Clarke's (Manhattan: Midtown) burgers
- burger

$$$$ Keen's (Manhattan: Midtown) steakhouse
probablement les meilleurs steak à nyc, il faut réserver
- porterhouse for 2

$$ DuMont or DuMont Burger (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) burgers/café
- burger
- macaroni and cheese

$$ Ruby's (Manhattan: Nolita) burgers / café
- burger

Seafood
$$$ Pearl Oyster Bar (Manhattan: West Village)
- lobster rolls
- oysters (fresh or fried)

$$$ Mary's Fish Camp (Manhattan: West Village)
- lobster roll
- fish of the day
- oysters

$$$$ Le Bernadin (Manhattan: Theater District) haute cuisine
Il faut réserver un ou deux mois en avance; ce restaurant a trois étoiles michelin
- le menu

$$ Sabry's (Queens: Astoria) Egyptian
- fish of the day
- mixed seafood tagine

$$$ John Dory Oyster Bar (Flatiron)
- parker house rolls
- chorizo stuffed squid
- oysters
- smoked trout crudo

$$ Taverna Kyclades (Queens: Astoria) Greek
- fish of the day

$$$ Pylos (Manhattan: Union Square) Greek
pas seulement des poissons et coquillages, mais tous est très bon, surtout il y a un bon rapport qualité / prix
- shrimp pasta

$$$ Marea (Manhattan: Midtown West) Italian seafood
- lobster burrata
- octopus and bone marrow
- urchin spaghetti
- Dentice
- Uovo
- Ricciola

Italian
$$$$ Babbo (Manhattan: Greenwich Village) Mario Batali
Il faut réserver un ou deux mois en avance
- beef cheek ravioli
- pasta tasting menu
- bavette

$$$ Lupa (Manhattan: Greenwich Village) Mario Batali
Il faut réserver un mois en avance
- ricotta gnocchi with sausage and fennel
- pasta tasting
- charcuterie
- tripe garganelli
- carbonara

$$$ Scarpetta (Manhattan: West Village)
Il faut réserver
- duck foie gras ravioli
- spaghetti with tomato and basil
- cheese plate
- farfalle
- short ribs appetizer

$$$ Il Mulino (Manhattan: Greenwich Village) Italian American
Il faut réserver
- fried zucchini
- spaghetti alle vongole
- porcini ravioli

$$$ Maialino (Manhattan: Flatiron) Porc
Il faut réserver
- roast suckling pig
- tripe
- fried artichokes
- salumi

$$$$ Ai Fiori (Manhattan: Midtown) Haute Italien
- squid ink pasta
- lobster
- crab with avocado
- gnocchi with crab and uni

$$ Celeste (Manhattan: Upper West Side) Casual
Ils ne prennent pas des réservations
- pastas
- pizzas
- cheese plate

American - Traditional
$$$ Walter Foods (Brooklyn: Williamsburg)
- oysters
- lobster
- fried chicken
- cocktails!
- crab and artichocke dip
- short rib burger

$$$$ Gramercy Tavern (Manhattan: Flatiron)
il faut réserver
- le menu
- tout est très bon

$$$ Craft (Manhattan: Flatiron)
- short ribs
- halibut
- chicken

$$$ Blue Ribbon Brasserie (Manhattan: West Village)
C'est une bonne idée de faire une réservation
- marrow and oxtail marmalade
- fried chicken
- fried oysters
- fried shrimp
- trout

$ Johny's Luncheonette (Manhattan: Chelsea) diner
on s'appelle ce type de resto un 'greasy spoon'
- sausage
- eggs
- omelets

$$ Pies N Thighs (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) southern
- chicken biscuit
- macaroni and cheese
- barbecue
- banana cream pie
- apple pie

$$ Fette Sau (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) barbecue
- barbecue
- pork belly
- baked beans
- ribs

$$$ Spotted Pig (Manhattan: West Village) pub
c'est plutot anglais, mais c'est très connu et il faut réserver
- deviled eggs
- la carte change souvent

$$$ Buttermilk Channel (Brooklyn: Cobble Hill) restaurant gastronomique
- duck meatloaf
- fried chicken
- dessert

$$ Red Rooster Harlem (Manhattan: Harlem) soul food
Il faut réserver un mois en avance
- dirty rice and shrimp
- corn bread
- caesar salad
- mac and greens
- meatballs
- oxtail
- apple pie
- malted frosty
- fried yard bird

American - New
$$$$ Blue Hill (Manhattan: Greenwich Village) restaurant gastonomique
Il faut réserver
- le menu

$$$$ Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare (Brooklyn: Downtown Brooklyn) cuisine d'auteur
Il faut réserver
- le menu

$$$ Traif (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) tapas
- short rib sliders
- bacon wrapped dates
- strawberry cinnamon ribs
- tuna tartare
- cocktails

$$$ Dressler (Brooklyn: Williamsburg) restaurant gastronomique
- la carte est saisonale

$$$ Perilla (Manhattan: West Village) restaurant gastronomique
Il faut réserver
- duck meatballs
- cod
- seafood salad
- arctic char

$$$ Market Table (Manhattan: West Village) cuisine au marché
Il faut réserver
- le menu change souvent

$$$ Little Owl (Manhattan: West Village) cuisine au marché
Il faut réserver
- le menu change souvent

$$ Anella (Brooklyn: Greenpoint)
- brunch
- pork chop
- homemade bread

Fine Dining (trois étoiles michelin)
$$$$ Per Se (Manhattan: Hell's Kitchen)
le meilleur restaurant à nyc, il faut réserver trois mois en avance

$$$$ Daniel (Manhattan: Upper East Side)
il faut réserver un ou deux mois en avance

$$$$ Jean-Georges (Manhattan: Upper West Side)
il faut réserver un ou deux mois en avance

$$$$ Eleven Madison Park (Manhattan: Flatiron)
Il faut réserver un ou deux mois en avance

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Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
38-12 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

Kabab Cafe
25-12 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

Chao Thai
85-03 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

DuMont Burger
314 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Tanoreen
7523 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Imperial Palace
136-13 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

Joe's Shanghai
136-21 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

White Bear
135-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

Tortilleria Mexicana Tres Hermanos
271 Starr St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Dressler
149 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Pies 'n' Thighs
166 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Spicy & Tasty
39-07 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

Peter Luger Steak House
178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

SriPraPhai
64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

DuMont
432 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano
1524 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Chavella's
732 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Tom's
782 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Taverna Kyclades
3307 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

Mulino
133 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Toro
1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Walter Foods
253 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Motorino
319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Buttermilk Channel
524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Brooklyn Fare
200 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Hunan House
137-40 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

Anella
222 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

SN New Restaurant
44-09 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

Traif
229 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan
42-47 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

Sabry's
24-25 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

Mexicocina
800 E 149th St, Bronx, NY 10455

  1. Silverjay Jul 20, 2011 09:45 AM

    Difara's is gas, not coal oven....Menu at Traif changes frequently. Not sure about the shelf life of specific dish recs....Japanese recs are completely off. The restaurant is called Hatsuhana, not Matsuhana. You've overpriced Yasuda, and EN is most certainly not a destination for sushi. Maybe the homemade tofu and some seasonal dishes and the shochu list. I wouldn't recommend it above Sakagura, Yakitori Totto, nor Aburiya Kinnosuke for sincere Japanese cuisine to a foreign visitor. Momokawa might be another one to consider.

    1. johnk Jul 20, 2011 08:09 AM

      My condolences.
      Regards,
      JK

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        Geo8rge Jul 20, 2011 07:40 AM

        The restaurants are all over the place so it is not clear how realistic it is. I would not suggest going to DiFara just for a slice, too much time wasting. You might start with, where will (s)he be staying and what areas of the city are of interest. It is also not clear what the person is interested in. Some people are curious about pancakes or cupcakes.

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        Di Fara Pizza
        1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

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          sarah2k Jul 20, 2011 09:20 AM

          Heh, yeah. I just wanted to make sure there were a few options for every type of cuisine. I sent this list to a few of my friends in France who are coming, so it's supposed to be sort of all-purpose. It's not supposed to be done all at once, obviously.

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            Geo8rge Jul 20, 2011 02:18 PM

            Just get a Zagats, I think there is one in French.

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          queenseats Jul 20, 2011 05:46 AM

          Quite a list! Note that Southern Spice's Flushing location has closed and is supposedly reopening in New Hyde Park.

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