First-time visitor to NYC
I have a friend coming into town from PA. He has never been to NYC. Even though he's not a foodie by a long shot, I want to take him out to some restaurants that are very NYC and/or introduce him to better options of his old standbys (Pizza, burgers, wings, beer).
For very NYC places, I was thinking Katz's. Are there other places you can recommend that maybe aren't old school NYC?
As for Pizza, burger, wings: I have Motorina, Minetta and Mono + Mono.
What do you think of those? Any better places to recommend. I am looking for places downtown, East or West side, below 14th. Mostly we will be in the EV, WV, LES, Nolita, Soho, High line areas.
Thanks so much!
So places that are more accessible/not intimidating but still "very NY"? Sounds like he isn't a very adventurous eater?
I'd try to fit in bagels and smoked salmon, hot dogs & papaya juice, black and white cookies, cheesecake, egg creams, pickles, halal cart or two, in addition to pizza, burgers, wings, and beer.
Motorino, Minetta Tavern, and Katz's are a good place to start. While near Katz's, might as well drop into Russ & Daughters for smoked salmon on a bagel as well. Maybe Il Laboratorio de Gelato.
Would you be interested in RGR's self-guided LES noshing tour?
Note two changes: Guss's Pickles has closed, so substitute The Pickle Guys, on Essex off Grand. And the correct address for Economy Candy is 108, not 145.
Breakfast at Shopsin's could be fun as well.
A stroll down 7th St's food shops might also be good: Porchetta, Butter Lane, Luke's Lobster, Caracas Arepa Bar, the Big Gay Ice Cream shop.
I'd also consider a quick stop at Momofuku Noodle or Ssam Bar to try their famous pork buns.
Near the High Line, Spotted Pig is a pretty short walk away.
Love Spotted Pig. If you go (which you should) be advised they don't take rez but if you want to sit in the dining area go have a drink at the bar prior to 5:00 (when they start taking names) and let the woman at the stand know you would like to put down your name when the time comes.
It depends which part of PA. they're coming from. Philly has a lot of deli, and burgers which do compare favorably and even capture some of the same old charm. Even Shopsin's with it's unique combos, and a very NY family running it, will have some familiarity for someone a couple hours out of NY.
For pizza, I think Forcella and Keste are better than Motorino, and a little more unique.
Chicken and Waffles could work.
Pork buns if you go for the higher end versions.