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First time in NY

We are headed to NY for the first time ever coming from Los Angeles. Im in need of help for eating though and with the massive amounts of places to go id like some friendly advice. We would love for one night to be a higher end dinner as we are going for our 10 year anniversary. We are arriving on a Friday afternoon and leaving on a Wednesday afternoon. We are staying around Time Square.

Im also interested in going to Les Halles as Im a big Bourdain fan and have read decent reviews on here.

We plan on hitting Carnage Deli and Juniors but any other advice would be gravy. Mainly for dinner restaurants or must not miss places.

We are also going in two weeks so some of the places like EMP ive already seen are booked up.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. "We plan on hitting Carnage Deli and Juniors but any other advice would be gravy."

    This is probably my favorite post ever :)

    It's Carnegie Deli, it's cash only, and my picks there would be pastrami on rye, matzoh ball soup and cheese blintzes. I'd get your meal at Carnegie and then hit Junior's for cheesecake. (There's a Junior's location in Times Square, and I'm sure the lines will be long an a weekend, but you could grab some cake to go and have it in your hotel)

    You should search this board for posts by kathryn and RGR... they are two of the more prolific posters here and they know of what they post. You will get very good recs from their posts, often down to the time of day to go and what to order.

    Good luck and enjoy your trip!

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    1. re: iluvcookies

      Haha. True, hopefully it wont be Carange :)

      Thanks for the advice on the Deli and Juniors.

      1. re: ranole

        No, no carnage, unless you order your sandwich with mayo and lettuce. Then, I make no promises (LOL!)

    2. All the way from Los Angeles to eat at Les Halles???? Not that's its bad but too many other great places to try!!

      1. i would avoid Les Halles...Bourdain has had nothing to do w/ the place for many years, and the reviews here are generally very negative...

        1. 1. The Carnegie Deli has not been good for years, since co-owner Leo died in the '80s. Go to Katz's instead. (THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.)

          2. Anthony Bourdain has had nothing whatsover to do with Les Halles for, well, not quite as long as Leo's been dead, but a long time. Les Halles is an extremely mediocre restaurant (if "extremely mediocre" isn't a contradiction in terms). Go instead to Balthazar or Minetta Tavern or, well, anywhere.

          1. Skip Carnegie and hit up Katz's, Sarge's or 2nd Ave Deli if you want good deli.
            We love Juniors!! It's a large space. We have rarely encounterd a line but if there is a line it moves quickly. My favorite: Strawberry Cheese Pie!!! We had one for our wedding cake.

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            1. re: Motosport

              I too prefer Katz's, but if OP wants to stay around Times Square, Carnegie is certainly not a bad choice.

              1. re: iluvcookies

                sarges is only 5 or 6 blocks from grand central and is open 24/7. might not be the top of the heap but i have done well there at 3am.

                1. re: hyde

                  There are already too many threads on which deli is better.... can we all rally around the OP for once and not go down this road again?

                  People who don't live here want to see and do things that we as NYers may find boring or uncool. It doesn't mean they are, but we are just used to having these things around us all the time. My friends in Montreal groan when I tell them I want to go to Schwartz's, because they can go anytime they want. But I'm only there for a week every 2 or 3 years. Therefore, I will be at Schwartz's, even if they try to tell me another place is better.

                  1. re: iluvcookies

                    I don't think the Carnegie is uncool or boring. I think that, in its current iteration, it's inferior. I think we would be doing the OP a disservice not to tell him that.

                    1. re: Sneakeater

                      as an out of towner myself the idea that you can get ANY deli at four oclock in the morning makes me giddy with delight, never mind a place where you can have a conversation with the counter person on the quality of the schmaltz they put in the chopped liver.

                      i was mostly just stating so the OP would know there is deli 24/7 a few blocks away, but then, i am a night guy and find myself out and hungry at 3 or 4 whenever i am in the city.

                      1. re: hyde

                        Don't get me wrong, hyde. The late-night availability of a place as good as Sarge's is one of the things the keep me sane (to the extent I am).