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Help for a Seattlelite visiting Manhattan for the first time

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My husband and I are visiting New York for the first time ever. He'll be working one day, so I'll be on my own then. We will be staying in Tribeca. Are there any casual restaurants that you would recommend, preferably some near our hotel? We are looking for less expensive places, probably no more than $15-20 per person most days, but would be willing to try something a little more expensive for 1 or 2 meals- up to $40-50 per person.
We are interested in true New York style pizza, not the Neapolitan style since they have those in Seattle. Other chowhound threads on NY pizza are a little overwhelming, to say the least. Also looking for recs on cheesecakes with a cake crust, not graham cracker crust. We'd also love input on Chinese and Italian food.
Other places that we are planning to try are :
Shake Shack
Katsu Hama
Katz's
Kitchenette- planning to go by myself for breakfast or lunch while the hubby works
Bubby's

Any recommendations would be so helpful. Also, since this is our first visit, is walking from Tribeca to say, Chinatown or Little Italy, Soho do-able?
Thank you so much!

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  1. Is that $20pp before tax and tip? I assume you're not drinking?

    Where exactly is your hotel (cross streets)?

    What kind of Chinese food do you seek? What kind of Italian?

    For pizza, try John's of Bleecker. Whole pies only. Ask for it well done. No more than one topping. No reservations taken.

    For walking distance/time estimates, use Google Maps.

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    John's Pizzeria
    278 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: kathryn

      The address of the hotel is 39 Avenue of the Americas. Yes, $20pp, not including tax and tip. We're light drinkers.
      Chinese food- we love all kinds of chinese, but we don't care too much for cantonese except dim sum. Italian- well, we're from Seattle so choices here are pretty limited. Have no clue what kind of Italian we like, I guess we're pretty open. Thank you for the help, I so appreciate it!

    2. Answers to a few of your questions...

      Chinatown, Little Italy, and Soho is easy walk from where you are and better explored on foot. Rest of the city as well as parts of Queens and Brooklyn isn't to difficult of access via subway either, so I hope you get to see the city in all aspects.

      I don't know a lot about Italian/pizza places, but generally Little Italy should be avoided for eating; it has become much of tourist destination for some time now. There are exceptions I am sure, and one that gets a lot of attention is Torrisi. Here's their link: http://piginahat.com/lunch.php

      For my Italian fix, I go to an East Village place Il Posto where food is good, pasta is very good, and has a good italian wine list. No pubilicity/TV celebs here - though the owner got written up on NY Times Magazine several years ago. Their linguini w/ clams and fettucini w/ mushrooms are my favorites. Generally do not need reservation, but expect crowd on weekends.
      http://www.ilpostoaccanto.com/index.html

      As for chinese excursions, I had fun following this thread and several of the dishes.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/709440

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      Il Posto Accanto
      190 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009

      Torrisi Italian Specialties
      250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012