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Dec 27, 2011 05:38 PM

quintessential NY

We're visiting NY in June and are looking to have dinner at one of the staple restaurants in Manhattan. Nothing chic or new, just one of the old standbys that have been cranking out good food and ambiance for at least a decade. We enjoy all types of cuisine and are looking to spend no more than $100/person before drinks. Not sure where we're staying yet so any restaurant in Manhattan is eligible. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Craft, Gramercy Tavern, Jean Georges

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

    Jean Georges
    1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

    43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

      1. re: RGR

        Yeah, your post screams Gramercy Tavern or USC. Jean Georges doesnt fit your budget unless you go for lunch.

      2. Old standby's would be Delmonico's, Keen's (though they're quite expensive). Fraunces Tavern has new management but it's a wonderful old building. Other old standbys would be Barbetta, Bridge Cafe, PJ Clarke's, the Algonquin, Grand Central's Oyster Bar, Sardi's, 21 Club and for delis - Barney Greengrass and the Carnegie.

        Grand Central Oyster Bar
        89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

        72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

        21 Club
        21 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

        Carnegie Deli
        854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        321 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036

        Bridge Cafe
        279 Water St, New York, NY 10038

        56 Beaver Street, New York, NY 10004

        P.J. Clarke's
        44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023

        Fraunces Tavern
        54 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10004

        234 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

        1. Katz's Delicatessen in one of the ultimate Manhattan experiences. Do not get waiter service. Tip the counterman a buck to get a sample of pastrami or corned beef. Order a "Nice sammich" of pastrami or corned beef and enjoy the 1940's vibe. Open 24/7 on weekends.

          We go to the Grand Central Oyster Bar for an appetizer of oysters and chowder then go out for something more substantial. Sit at the oyster "bar" and keep it simple with oysters and chowder. The rest of the menu is not memorable.

          Don't forget to check out the "whispering gallery" before you enter the restaurant.

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

          Grand Central Oyster Bar
          89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017