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Jul 25, 2011 10:42 AM

Please let me know if my NYC choices are good picks

I've chosen a list of places following looking on here, guide books, etc. These picks are either lower or mid range price points (the high end stuff is easier to choose myself). I am in New York for a few days so i won't be doing all of these, but would be nice to have a list of places I know that I can guarantee a good meal.

If any of these are stinkers then do let me know. Also if any of these picks require an far in advance reservation then I'd appreciate the heads up on that as well.

Keste Pizza & Vino – Meatpacking District
Otto – Washington Square
Arturo’s - SoHo
Motorino – East Village
Lil’s Frankies – East Village
Lasso - SoHo

Katz – Lower East Side
Westville – West Village / Chelsea
Back Forty – East Village
Crif Dogs – hotdogs – East Village
DBGB – East Village
Amy ruth’s – Harlem
Ditch Plains – Greenwich Village
Harry’s Café – Lower Manhattan
Gramercy Tavern – Flatiron
Corner Bistro – Greenwich Village
Meatball Shop – Lower East Side
Shake Shack – Flatiron/South


Porchetta – pork sandwich – East Village
Frankies 17 – East Village
Piadina – West Village
Malatesta – Meatpacking District
Max - Tribeca
Bianca - SoHo


Papatzul - SoHo
Empellon – West Village
la esquina
Dos Toros – East Village
Cuban – Café Habana – Nolita
Rosa Mexicano – Flatiron
Mexicana Mama – Greenwich Village


Fette Sau - brroklyn
Dinosaur – harlem
Blue Smoke
Hill Country


Super Taste Restaurant – Chinatown
Wondee Siam – Hells Kitchen
Big Wong – Chinatown
Bo Ky – Chinatown
Shanghai Kitchen – Chinatown
Omai – Vietnamese – Chelsea
Pho Bang – Little Italy


Antibes Bistro – Lower East Side
Steak Frites – Flatiron
Pascalou – Upper East Side
CamaJe – Greenwich Village
Paradou – Greenwich Village
Lucky Strike – Soho
Tartine – West Village


649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

Hill Country
30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Corner Bistro
331 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

Big Wong
67 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Super Taste
26 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

Rosa Mexicano
9 E. 18th St., New York, NY 10003

Back Forty
190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

158 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

8 Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

Pho Bang
157 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

210 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

Wondee Siam
792 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Blue Smoke
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

1308 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

253 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Crif Dogs
113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Antibes Bistro
112 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002

Mexicana Mama
525 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Lucky Strike
59 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

55 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013

110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

Keste Pizza & Vino
271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Empellon Taqueria
230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

Ditch Plains
100 W 82nd St, New York, NY 10024

Dos Toros
11 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. For Asian food, I would go to either:

    1) Xian Famous Foods (Western Chinese food in Chinatown, under the Manhattan Bridge)
    2) Zabb Elee (Great Thai in the LES)

    Instead of the ones that you listed.

    Don't go to Rosa Mexicano

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

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

    1. A few notes:

      Otto- I actually don't care for their pizza. It's still a good location to check out for their cool atmosphere, great reasonably priced wine selection, and charcuterie. They also have a distinctive olive oil gelato that is very nice.
      Rosa Mexicano can be skipped.
      Fette Sau - definitely the best bbq option- I've never been a big fan of the other bbq places on your list.
      Crif Dogs - if you can, you should call the same day and try to make a reservation at their bar, PDT. It is a great atmosphere, and more importantly, they have an expanded menu of hot dogs that they serve at the bar that they don't serve at the normal counter.
      DBGB - they do take reservations, and if you're going on a friday or saturday I do recommend them.
      Shanghai Kitchen? - I think you are referring to Shanghai Cafe, a soup dumpling place?

      Happy eating!

      Rosa Mexicano
      9 E. 18th St., New York, NY 10003

      1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

      Crif Dogs
      113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

      299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

      1. Again, remove Rosa Mexicano. I'd remove Harry's too.

        And your French list is mediocre at best. None of them are anything special.

        Better: Le Gigot, Raoul's, Balthazar.

        Le Gigot
        18 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

        180 Prince St., New York, NY 10012

        80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

        Rosa Mexicano
        61 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023

        Rosa Mexicano
        9 E. 18th St., New York, NY 10003

        1 Hanover Sq, New York, NY 10004

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        1. re: thegforceny

          Second Raoul's and Balthazar, but I'd recommend Jean Claude, La Silhouette, Cercle Rouge, Benoit, or La Sirene over Le Gigot.

          Le Gigot
          18 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

          Jean Claude
          137 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

          Cercle Rouge
          241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

          La Sirene
          558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

          60 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

          La Silhouette
          362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

        2. A couple of geographical corrections:
          Keste Pizza is in the West Village, not the Meatpacking District
          DBGB is on the Bowery, in NoHo, not the E. Village

          Rosa Mexicano? Definitely not! I would add Toloache (Theater District) to the Mexican list.

          Toloache photos:

          SteakFrites? Not a good choice. For excellent steak/frites, I would suggest the charming teensy bistro Le Parisien (Murray Hill).

          Le Parisien photos:

          251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

          Rosa Mexicano
          9 E. 18th St., New York, NY 10003

          Steak Frites
          9 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003

          Keste Pizza & Vino
          271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

          Le Parisien
          163 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

          6 Replies
          1. re: RGR

            Both of RGR's suggestions are (as usual) good ones.

            1. re: nmprisons

              I'm flattered by your compliment, nmp. :)

              So, you've been to Le Parisien? That location has housed a succession of French bistros. Prior to Le Parisien, it was Cosette. I liked Cosette's food but stopped going because the banquettes were terrible -- lumpy and uncomfortable. When Le Parisien opened and we went for the first time, I was thrilled that the banquettes had been completely reupholstered. I also think the food's better than Cosette's.


              1. re: RGR

                I wish I had half the background knowledge that you do, it would have made the dining experience there all the more enjoyable. I met a friend a few months back (early spring probably) at the shake shack and it was a total zoo. He convinced me to go to the 2nd Ave. Deli outpost down there and so we walked towards it. The whole time I tried to talk him into going elsewhere because I had been to Katz's the day before and didn't want to follow it up with an inferior sandwich. He rebuffed all of my attempts until, in sight of the deli, I persuaded him to go to Le Parisien, which I had never heard of or seen before.

                Sadly, I don't take pictures or blog and so all I can remember is that we enjoyed our lunch immensely and there were pretty darn good mussels involved. I think he had the steak frites, but I don't remember what I ate. Seemed like a wonderful, unassuming neighborhood bistro; the kind anyone would want nearby, but few of us are lucky enough to have.

                Le Parisien
                163 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

                1. re: nmprisons

                  If you had gone to the 2nd Ave. Deli, you could have had what is probably even more of a favorite of mine than pastrami -- knoblewurst! :)) Very few Jewish or Jewish-style delis carry it. Katz's does, but 2nd Ave.'s is superior.

                  2nd Ave. Deli's Knoblewurst:


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

                  1. re: RGR

                    There was a deli in Baltimore (I neither remember its name nor whether it even still exists) that once had a mythical knoblewurst sandwich. It was in a terrible part of town that was once a Jewish neighborhood. The few places that were left when I was growing up (a deli, a pharmacy, and one or two others) were sort of outposts where adults who had grown up nearby and later moved to move to other parts of the city (my mom fits in this camp) would take their kids, talk of the old days, and feed them Jewish stuff. My mom and her brother would always get the knowblewurst. I was rebellious back then and insisted on tongue. I thought it was particularly impressive to be so bold at a young age. But I always preferred their sandwiches to mine. Perhaps a quick trip to 2nd Ave. is necessary before I skip town on Saturday. I have only had their corned beef and pastrami, might as well give their best a try too! Thanks for the tip.

                    1. re: nmprisons

                      Cheers for all the advice so far guys.

                      Are the Italian choices fairly solid for the price bracket?