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I am planning a weekend trip to New York(Manhattan, specifically), and am looking for a little help. I'm looking for 2 sit-down meals unique to New York and a pizza joint or two to try. I am from Philly, and would specifically like to avoid types of food that I can get here easily(e.g., Italian). I am also a young, broke student, so I need something far short of high-end. I plan on doing Katz's for lunch one day, but other than that have no plans nor have I been to any restaurants in Manhattan before. Please let me know if you have any further questions and thanks in advance!

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  1. Here are some ideas for reasonably priced food that you probably can't get in Philly:

    Ma Peche
    WD-50
    Casa Mono
    Kin Shop
    Momofuku Ssam Bar
    Cannibal
    The Breslin
    Zabb Elee
    Keste
    Motorino

    I agree that it would be tough to beat the Italian restaurants in Philadelphia. My recent meals at Vetri, Barbuzzo and Le Virtu were pretty amazing. However, it might be worth mentioning that my Philly friends love the seafood-based pasta and risotto at Marea and the offal-based pasta at Babbo. For both restaurants (and most of the ones mentioned above) you can order a dish or two at the bar if you don't want to invest in a full meal.

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

    Casa Mono
    52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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

    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

    Kin Shop
    469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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

    The Cannibal
    113 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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    1. re: peter j

      The OP admittedly didn't give us a hard and fast budget, but I don't think Ma Peche, wd-50, Casa Mono, Kin Shop, or the Breslin are conducive to a "young, broke student's" budget at all.

      For pizza, there are lots of pretty good slice joints, but if you want to sit and enjoy a pie, my favorite at John's on Bleecker Street (cash only, typically pretty busy), Co. in Chelsea, and Keste (across the street from John's, also very busy). If you want a "different" slice, I like the artichoke pizza at Artichoke (a few different locations).

      Can you tell us a bit more about what you're looking to spend on your sit-down meals for *just* food? Keep in mind drinks, taxes and tip. Also, where in Manhattan are you staying?

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

      Artichoke
      328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

      Co.
      230 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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

      1. re: loratliff

        I suppose since it's a once-in-a-while type trip, I can probably justify $35 for one sit down meal and maybe $25 for another(without tax, tip, etc.). I haven't gotten a hotel yet because I figured I'd want to plan everything else out first and then try to pick a hotel that's convenient based on all the places I want to visit. If you've got any suggestions on that, I'd love to here, but it's not necessary.

        I suppose I would think the meals would go something like this:
        Day 1
        Lunch--Katz's
        Dinner--Sit down, $35 limit.

        Day 2
        Lunch--Pizza(either multiple slices at different joints or a great pie)
        Dinner--Sit down, $25 limit.

        I will definitely check out the recommendations so far, thanks for all the help.

        1. re: loratliff

          Maybe Momofuku Noodle Bar would be better for the OP's budget.

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

      2. A hint for Katz's: The sammiches are huge and will easily feed two. Pastrami or corned beef are my favorites. Ask for fatty not lean and you'll get a nice juicy sammich.

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

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        1. re: Motosport

          Motosport give the OP good advice on Katz's as far as size of sandwich and to order it "juicy or fatty", if you are dining with someone else, share the sandwich. If you are going alone, get the half sandwich and soup special. Although it tastes really good, don't order the Philly Cheese Steak at katz's it is not"authentic" like Pat's etc.
          my other recs for reasonable food:
          Pizza: Sullivan Street or Grand Daisy for potato pizza, Tre Sorelles for wood burning pizza, San Mateo for pizza or panuzzo, Motorino, Lombardi ( if you catch a good day there).
          Italian: Inoteca, greenwich grill ($12 lunch), I didn't recommend any of the old school italian as philly has plenty of those, nor did i recommend Osteria Morini etc as the cost is too high
          other: Ippudo ( ramen), Misoya ( hokkaido style ramen), Golden Unicorn ( dim sum), Maharlika ( filipino), Porchetta ( potatoes and pork), Soba Ya or Soba Koh ( soba), Buddakan ( to see the difference in atmosphere and difference in food compared to Philly branch, you will be amazed), yokocho ( yakatori), Big Nick's for a new york hamburger, Nam Peng for Cambodian sandwich,

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

          Soba-ya
          229 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

          Sullivan Street Bakery
          533 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

          SobaKoh
          309 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

          Buddakan
          75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          Big Nick's
          2175 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

          Grandaisy Bakery
          73 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

          'inoteca
          98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

          Golden Unicorn
          18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

          Village Yokocho
          8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

          Lombardi's
          32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

          Ippudo
          65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Greenwich Grill
          428 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

          Porchetta
          110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          Num Pang Sandwich Shop
          21 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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

          San Matteo
          1739 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

          Maharlika
          111 First Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Ramen Misoya
          129 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Tre Sorelle
          61 Reade St, New York, NY 10007

        2. My suggestions:

          anything from Xian famous foods (the most famous are the lamb cumin burger and Liang Pi Cold Skin Noodles)
          Fusiony asian sandwiches at Num pang.
          Indian street food at Kati roll co or Thelewala
          Zaab Elee (for Isaan style Thai food)

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          Kati Roll Co.
          99 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

          Num Pang Sandwich Shop
          21 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

          Xi'an Famous Foods
          81 St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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

          Thelewala
          112 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012