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Dec 17, 2012 07:57 PM

A month of gluttony in NYC...

Hi Chowhounders

Long time lurker, first time poster - we will be coming to NYC for an entire month in Jan and wanted to get a handle on some must try places as well as some great places for coffee/wine/casual meals around our apartment.

We will be staying near west 14th and 8th ave and want to know:

- Best nearby coffee
- Best nearby brunch
- Best nearby wine bar
- Best nearby casual lunch
- Best nearby casual dinner
- Best nearby 'special occasion restaurant

I will be booking the Modern for a birthday dinner and wanted to know what other places we should squeeze in, anywhere in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx etc while we are in town, in particular:

- Trad italian
- Modern italian
- Dim sum/dumplings
- Indian
- Thai
- Wine Bars

Thanks so much for your help!!

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  1. NYTimes' coffee map was pretty comprehensive when I last looked at it:

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    1. re: mugen

      Wow!! That's awesome. Thanks so much. I had awful visions of Starbucks for a month.

      1. re: maddieT

        You're in luck: my experience (as a fastidious coffee geek) was that NYC has the finest coffee - in all its variations: espresso-based, filter, drip, etc - in the world.

        1. re: maddieT

          If you have an iPhone download their app, The Scoop, for a copy of the map on the go.

          Closest to you is probably Think Coffee, then 9th St in Chelsea Market, then Blue Bottle on the High Line. Saturdays Surf is probably next closest but in the other direction.

      2. For Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx post on the Outerboroughs Board. This is only Manhattan.

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        1. re: thegforceny

          Oh, sorry! Still happy of course to hear about plenty of great places in Manhattan.

        2. Coffee is the easiest to answer. You're near a Blue Bottle outpost on 15th, a Joe's, Grumpy is fairly close, 71 Irving has a second location, and that's just within a quick walk.

          1. Brunch ideas:
            Cafe Cluny
            Spotted Pig
            Sarabeth's in Chelsea Market
            Grey Dog

            Chelsea Market is also very close:

            Nearby Italian:
            Dell'anima (and the wine bar next door, Anfora

            This thread also talks a lot about what's in the neighborhood:

            Other recommendations: favorite unique places in NY serve Xian (Chinese) food, Issan (Thai) food, organic/local/sustainable Japanese BBQ, authentic Basque (Spanish) tapas, creative diner food, pretzels, hot dogs, halal food, steak, upscale rustic Italian, Italian subs, creative Italian-American, high end non-sushi Japanese (like kaiseki), creative desserts, molecular gastronomy, mixology/creative cocktails, and creative brunches (sometimes every day of the week).

            My favorites:

            For dim sum, Red Farm is not too far and I think their soup dumplings are excellent.

            For Thai, you could try the modern Thai at Kin Shop, a bit of a walk away though. Otherwise try the Issan style Thai at Zabb Elee or go to Queens.

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            1. re: kathryn

              Oh my goodness thank you so much - that is amazing!! I think we will have to walk absolutely everywhere to work all this off haha

            2. Kathryn and the others covered everything really well. The closest special occasion restaurant has to be Scarpetta, because it's at 14th just west of 9th.