5 days visit in Manhattan
Hi All again,
Thanks for all the replies!
we are going to visit:
Where should we eat next to the MOMA?
Also - do we need to make reservations for any of the places you mentioned?
Where can we find the best steak (also $$) and burgers?
also - is there any special dessert we should try?
Near MoMA, the cafe on 2 is pretty good. See some of the links I posted above as well. The Halal Guys cart is also nearby, and you can find additional food carts and cheap eats on MidtownLunch.com. They have a great map feature.
Little Italy is tough because a lot of the restaurants there aren't very good. It is very touristy. Walk through, and then maybe have dinner at Parm, or go somewhere else.
See Cheeryvisage's Times Square list here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/833282
A lot of cheap eats and inexpensive places do not take reservations. What restaurants are you interested in?
Steak on a budget is hard. Can you name a budget? Per person, before tax and tip.
My favorite burger in the city is probably Shake Shack, but it's fast food/In 'N' Out style with a thin party and sauce.
For desserts/sweets, do you want French style, Italian style, Anerican style, or Asian? Cakes, pies, cookies, macarons, tarts, croissants, cupcakes?
From your list, I 2nd Motorino ( probably best pizza in Manhattan)
Pig and Khao ( fun Filipino, Thai, Vietnamese)
Some of the others I haven't been to but I don't see anything really good about Prosperity Dumpling except the price. And Pok Pok Phat Thai is just so so.
I'd second Katz's for sure.( on Kathryn's list)
Maybe add The Meatball Shoppe, and Porchetta and Ed's Lobster.
What is "not too expensive" mean to you, for a meal? $20pp, before tax, tip, wine/drinks? $10pp? $30pp?
What do you drink, wine, beer, spirits, cocktails?
Your request is too vague. What cuisines or foods do you like? For really cheap eats, it's probably best to stick with bagels, pizza, burgers, ethnic food, sandwiches, food trucks, etc.
Here's what I wrote for another visitor. Hopefully it helps you.
Where are you coming from?
When are you coming? How long are you here? How many meals do you have available?
We don't want to recommend food that you might do better at home, but we also may have some cuisines you can't find at home...
I'd say we are pretty strong in a lot of different cuisines but not equally. Budget will makes big difference in where you can go.
Are you willing to wait for a table at a no reservations restaurant? If so, for how long?
What is your budget, per person, per meal, BEFORE tax, tip, wine/drinks/etc for your meals? It is much easier for us to help you if you give a pre-tax-and-tip figure.
Feel free to break out your budget in terms of upscale/fancy meals (and number of them) and cheaper/everyday meals.
Note that popular places tend to book about a month in advance. Most upscale restaurants serve weekday lunch (but not weekend lunch), and serve dinner Monday through Saturday, and are usually closed Sundays, though there are a few exceptions to the "closed Sundays" rule (ex: Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, Jean George).
What else are you doing while you are here? Planning around sightseeing, shopping, Broadway shows, etc?
Check out some "Only in NY" type foods while you're here: bagels and smoked salmon, pastrami on rye, pizza, hot dogs & papaya juice, black and white cookies, cheesecake, egg creams, pickles, halal carts.
Russ & Daughters (takeout, busy on weekends), Katz's Deli (from When Harry Met Sally), Papaya King etc. (not gourmet but iconic), William Greenberg's black and whites, Junior's cheesecake, egg creams from Gem Spa or Ray's, Pickle Guys, the Halal Guys (53rd and 6th after sunset), are all iconic "NY" sorts of places that are worth a look.
If you're interested in some of the places I listed above, you could do a LES food crawl.
I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles and note that Economy Candy's address is incorrect:
We also have some of the harder to find Chinese cuisines: Henan, Shaanxi (Xian Famous Foods) and Fuzhou in Manhattan, and many more in Queens and Brooklyn (Shangdong/Qingdao and Dongbei to name a few). scoopG's Chinatown list (dependent upon where you are coming from these may be exotic or not... most places don't have Henan or Xian style food though):
You might also want to do a restaurant doing creative takes on Asian, like at Momofuku Ssam Bar, Wong, Fatty Cue, Takashi, RedFarm, Mission Chinese, Jungsik, Kin Shop, or Danji.
My 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).
Some common tourist inquiries:
Near the Metropolitan Museum of Art (and Whitney and Guggenheim, ish):
Near the American Museum of Natural History:
Notable food trucks/carts:
Prix fixe lunch deals:
Best breakfast/brunch in NYC:
It is (IMO) at the Breslin, Locanda Verde, Shopsin's, Clinton St Baking Co., or Minetta Tavern.
Best bagels in NYC:
Summary: the freshest bagels are the best; bagels don't age well at all. Focus on the smoked salmon instead. Preferably at Russ & Daughters! Featured in shows such as No Reservations and Louie!
I'm fond of red onion, capers, regular cream cheese, and tomato on mine. Try a few smoked salmons before you settle on one, they're surprisingly different (and lox is not the same as smoked salmon, because lox is salmon cured in salt brine, and most people actually prefer the more modern, Nova-style smoked salmon). You can get a mini-sized bagel sandwich at Russ & Daughters, too, if you wish. Takeout only.
If you like the idea of RGR's self-guided LES tour above, check these out, too.
Maybe scoopG's self guided Chinatown tour:
A West Village food crawl
See also http://realcheapeats.com