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Nov 19, 2011 12:42 PM

Recs around Lexington Hotel

NYC Hounds,

I am a longtime Phoenix hound, recently transplanted to Seattle. My wife and I are spending the weekend in NYC, staying at the Lexington Sat and Sunday night next week. We are looking for recommendations within walking distance (lets say a half hour walk) from the hotel for any meal. We are adventerous eaters, especially like authentic ethnic food. More interested in quality food versus being part of 'the scene' so we typically lean towards smaller, family run places. Because of my Phoenix background, I was disspointed to hear Los Dos Molinos closed. We were planning on making a run there.

Thanks for your help ahead of time.


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  1. Where is your hotel located? I couldn't find a Lexington Hotel but I found a Radisson Lexington Hotel New York, 511 Lexington Avenue, at 48th Street.

    You question is pretty broad. Any preferred cuisines other than "authentic ethnic"?

    Are you opposed to taking the subway while you're here? You can basically get anywhere in Manhattan within a 30 min. subway ride (and the subway is very safe these days). You can probably walk to, say, the Flatiron/Chelsea neighborhood within a 30 min. walk, but it'll be a chilly walk at night.

    What is your price range? It's most helpful to give a budget per person, before tax, tip, and wine/drinks? Don't forget that sales tax here is nearly 9% and tip is typically close to 20%.

    Here's my list of Only in NY experiences:

    Don't leave NY without eating these foods

    I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles and note that Economy Candy's address is incorrect:

    2 Day NYC Tour focusing on eating, please help with suggestions...

    Restaurant Advice for 2 day trip to NYC

    For non-Western European/American

    Foreign Street Grub

    Pickle Guys
    49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

    Economy Candy
    108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

    2 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks for all the info Kathryn. Yes we are staying at the Radisson. We are not opposed to riding the subway, but like I mentioned in my original post, we would prefer some places close to the hotel. Type of cuisine really doesn't matter, we like all kinds. Just looking for some good recommendations by locals so we don't waste any of our few meals there on places the locals would avoid.

      1. re: Billy Bob

        Most locals would probably tell you go take the subway downtown. A lot of NYers work in Midtown but prefer to "play" south of 23rd Street.

        Any favorite cuisines or favorite foods? Foods you want to try while you're here?

        How much are you thinking to spend, per person, before tax, tip, and wine/drinks?