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Any recommendations for unique NY spots? We'll probably do one pricey meal, and the rest preferably under 25 per person. Anything we definitely could get in SF would be of particular interest.
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  1. Anything you CANNOT get in SF is what I presume you mean...

    When is your trip? You're looking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? How many people in your party?

    I'd do:
    Russ & Daughters takeout bagel sandwich with smoked salmon or Barney Greengrass
    Katz's Deli for pastrami on rye, with mustard
    John's of Bleecker for classic coal oven style NYC pizza

    For the fancy meal, I might consider a cuisine or style of cuisine that isn't readily available in SF like Asian fusion, maybe more obscure non-sushi Japanese, molecular gastronomy.

    I always think of April Bloomfield and David Chang's restaurants as pretty New York-y.

    Here's my list of Only in NY experiences:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8050...

    See also:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/811519
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775501
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/746102

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    Barney Greengrass
    541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

    Russ & Daughters
    179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

    Katz's Delicatessen
    205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks Kathryn, all look like great suggestions! Yes, that was a typo, I did mean "cannot" get in SF. There are two of us and our trip is from the evening of 11/10, to the morning of 11/12. However, your "only in NY list" really covers everything. (Although I didn't see molecular gastronomy). Also, we're a little partial to seafood.

      1. re: yellowbrick1225

        Oceana is our favorite seafood restaurant. The cuisine is superb, service is friendly and attentive, and the dining room has very pleasant ambiance. It would have to be your "pricey" meal because it will not meet your $25pp (for food only?) budget. But then, none of the best seafood restaurants would fit that budget either.

        Oceana photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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        Oceana
        120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

        1. re: yellowbrick1225

          Well, there's really one place for MG. WD-50.

          For seafood, perhaps lobster rolls are unavailable in SF? Try Luke's Lobster, Pearl Oyster Bar, or Red Hook Lobster Pound's truck.

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          WD-50
          50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

          Pearl Oyster Bar
          18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

          Luke's Lobster
          93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck
          New York, New York, NY 10001

      2. not sure where you're staying, so I'll branch out.
        I agree with Katz's for NY deli
        If you're going pricey, I'd say 11 Madison Park, arguably the best or at least in the top 3, but don't know if you have time to make a resy:
        http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com/
        for Austrian try Edi & the Wolf: it's way down on ave c, casual, with a great atmosphere
        http://www.ediandthewolf.com/
        their other place is more formal, also delicious and midtown:
        http://www.seasonalnyc.com/
        You could try Vandaag downtown for scandinavian and they use wild foods:
        http://www.vandaagnyc.com/

        I love John's, it's thin and floppy, but if you want Neopolitan, try Keste or Motorino

        Also agree that you can't go wrong with Chang (Momofukus and Ma Peche) or April Bloomfield (Spotted Pig & The Breslin
        )there are so many, so shout out if you have more specifics

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        Momofuku Ssam Bar
        207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Spotted Pig
        314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

        Momofuku Noodle Bar
        171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

        Seasonal
        132 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019

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

        The Breslin
        20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

        Ma Peche
        15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

        Motorino
        349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

        Vandaag
        103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Edi & the Wolf
        102 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

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        1. re: catciao

          San Francisco now has fantastic Neapolitan pizza... Tony's Pizza Napoletana in (SF) and Keste are my faves :)

        2. And you may want to try torrisi italian specialties, if you're interested in italian. it's not your average every day place

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

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          1. re: catciao

            have to disagree with both torrisi and vandaag. found vandaag pretty unexciting and a terrible deal for the price. torrisi for lunch is great but for dinner pretty underwhelming, certainly not worth a visit if you're here for only one day.

            1. re: cubicles

              shame they didn't wow you at vandaag. My experience there has been different and I am a forager myself, so I'm appreciative of the wild foods and the way they use them. Plus I thought the scandinavian might be something different for them. Since there are so many choices, it's hard to narrow it down without more specifics.
              One other thing, yellowbrick1225, Marea is great for seafood. It definitely fits into the pricey category, though.

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              Marea
              240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

              1. re: catciao

                Vandaag also lost its chef recently, and I'm not sure who's taken up the reigns at the moment.
                http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/08/...

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                Vandaag
                103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                1. re: catciao

                  Re: Marea. I'm not a fan. And there have been many on this board who have said they think the pastas (some but not all of which contain seafood) are far better than the main course fish and seafood dishes. In fact, I had a main course where the fish was poorly prepared, i.e., dried out. Not something that should happen at a restaurant whose focus is fish and seafood, and especially at this very high price point.

                  http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                  Marea
                  240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

                  1. re: RGR

                    well, I see you agree about 11 Madison Park. Sounds like you had a very special birthday! Perhaps you'd like to suggest your choice for seafood...

                    1. re: catciao

                      Our favorite fish/seafood restaurant is Oceana.

                      Photos from one of our many visits to Oceana: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com