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Need recos for ethnic food for long weekend

Mia415 Oct 22, 2012 11:27 AM

We will be in NY for a long weekend next month and need help with our food itinerary for lunch and dinner. We'd love to eat good North African, Middle Eastern and/or Ethiopian food and would also love at least one Indian lunch buffet. We'd also be interested in Georgian food since we love khachapuri but I can't seem to find any in Manhattan that are highly recommended. Good Hungarian food would be wonderful too or, for that matter, any restaurant that serves flavorful stews (doesn't have to be goulash).

We don't yet know where we'll be staying...

Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

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    Scott_C RE: Mia415 Oct 22, 2012 11:43 AM

    I recommend Almayass for Lebanese-Armenian food.

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      LeahBaila RE: Scott_C Oct 22, 2012 01:46 PM

      I prefer ilili to Almayass. What do you like there?

    2. JungMann RE: Mia415 Oct 22, 2012 01:17 PM

      I don't think you'll be able to find yourself a khachapuri unless you head out to Brooklyn. Middle Eastern is better done there as well, though you wouldn't go wrong visiting Gazala's, Al Bustan or ilili. For Ethiopian try Zoma or Lalibela. Indian lunch buffet, try Darbar Grill. Most of New York's Hungarian establishments are long gone but Cafe Katja or Korzo Haus might be able to satisfy your taste for Mitteleuropa.

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        Mia415 RE: JungMann Oct 22, 2012 01:17 PM

        Thanks so much!

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          arepo RE: Mia415 Oct 22, 2012 02:05 PM

          Foe some tasty Greek Seafood try Molyvos across from Carnegie Hall.

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            AubWah RE: Mia415 Oct 22, 2012 03:38 PM

            For Indian buffet go to Dhaba. I've eaten so much there a few times they had to roll me out in a wheel barrow.

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            Pan RE: JungMann Oct 23, 2012 12:30 AM

            Cafe Katja is a good place. I haven't been to Korzo Haus. On the Upper East Side, there's also Cafe Sabarsky.

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              Mia415 RE: Pan Oct 23, 2012 06:29 AM

              Thanks for mentioning Korzo Haus! I hadn't heard of it but after reading this review http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/782651 , am adding it to our itinerary.

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                tex.s.toast RE: Mia415 Oct 24, 2012 12:45 PM

                if it remotely appeals to you i highly recommend the pork meatball sandwich. it lacks some of the novelty of the langos-wrapped burgers but man is it good.

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            comiendosiempre RE: Mia415 Oct 22, 2012 07:25 PM

            Are you willing to go to queens?

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              Mia415 RE: comiendosiempre Oct 23, 2012 06:12 AM

              No, I'm afraid not. We'd rather stay in Manhattan.

            2. melpy RE: Mia415 Oct 23, 2012 03:06 AM

              You should add Persian to the mix.

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                Mia415 RE: melpy Oct 23, 2012 06:10 AM

                Yes, we'd love to! Any favorites?

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                  Pan RE: melpy Oct 23, 2012 09:23 AM

                  In Manhattan? What place do you like?

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                    BuildingMyBento RE: melpy Oct 23, 2012 11:20 PM

                    Have you been to Shalezeh? I thought it was alright, and liked the nuanced starter of pita and tahini. I told my friend to add sugar to the tahini, to remind him of halvah's humble origins.

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                      JungMann RE: BuildingMyBento Oct 24, 2012 07:02 AM

                      I thought Shalezeh was rather poor. And anyhow, afaik they've closed. Persian is not one of the cuisines done very well in Manhattan.

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                        rose water RE: JungMann Oct 24, 2012 12:23 PM

                        They have closed, but Persepolis (owned by the same folks) is still open.

                        My favorite place for Iranian flavors is (Iraqi owned) Moustache. Casual Middle Eastern with wonderful meze and fresh pita breads. The chicken "pitza" with marinated chicken, barberries and scallions, and the green pizza with fragrant mixed herbs taste like great Iranian food.

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                          Motosport RE: rose water Oct 24, 2012 01:03 PM

                          Persepolis is very good.
                          Moustache excellent. We love the fresh baked pita.

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                            melpy RE: Motosport Oct 27, 2012 07:17 AM

                            I second Persepolis. I have also been to Ravagh which I also liked.

                  2. Motosport RE: Mia415 Oct 24, 2012 07:42 AM

                    For authentic Syrian/Lebanese try:
                    Al Bustan or Byblos as both have genuine Syrian/Lebanese without the American overtones.

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                      Mia415 RE: Mia415 Oct 27, 2012 09:59 AM

                      We'll be going to a play at the SoHo Playhouse in the South Village one evening. Any recommendations in that area?

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                        thegforceny RE: Mia415 Oct 27, 2012 10:42 AM


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