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Oct 16, 2013 09:40 AM

Help for a San Franciscan in Battery City Park

Hi. I'm staying in Battery City Park for a few days to attend a course & celebrate my 65th. Looking for good reasonably priced restos within walking distance. Adventurous eater, love strong vibrant flavors & authentic ethnic & would also love some thin crust pizza, good ingredients, not overly cheesy. Sea cucumber is the only food I won't eat! Many thanks!

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  1. I assume you mean "Battery Park City" and not "Battery City Park."

    BPC is not exactly a hot bed for great restaurants. There's Shake Shack, Blue Smoke, and North End Grill, though I don't think any of those really fit "adventurous... strong vibrant flavors... authentic ethnic." They're good but perhaps not what you're looking for.

    How far are you willing to walk from BPC? If you can walk to Tribeca / over the highway, you will have many more options like Nish Nush, Marc Forgione, etc.

    The neighborhood isn't exactly known for having lots of authentic ethnic either, though Khe-Yo opened recently, and Lotus Blue is also there.

    What's your budget, per person, before tax, tip, wine/drinks? I'm guessing places like brushstroke, Jungsik, Bouley are out of your budget?

    Is this a solo trip?

    When are you coming (i.e. is it too late to get reservations at good places nearby)?

    > Adventurous eater, love strong vibrant flavors & authentic ethnic & would also love some thin crust pizza, good ingredients, not overly cheesy.

    I would to the East Village/LES/Chinatown, ASAP then. Momofuku Ssam, Mission Chinese, Motorino, Zabb Elee...

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    1. re: kathryn

      Whoops! Thanks for the's BPC, of course.

      Mission Chinese I know very there often in SF & it's terrific, just the kind of food I'm looking for. I am solo this trip - hubby's working - but don't mind eating alone as long as I'm not sitting in the bathroom. Bar seating is also fine. I'm actually leaving on the red eye tonight so reservations could be tough...altho I'm willing to eat dinner early & call it lunch.

      Budget is around $50 for food. Just looked at Jungsik menu & it looks great - really love those flavors - if a little pricey. Fortunately, I won't be taking any food back to my room so wouldn't order too much. Momofuku is also on my list. I see they're several; what's the difference?

      And thanks!

      1. re: nikki2

        Differences in the Momofukus:
        - Momofuku Ko is an upscale fine dining experience w/ a tasting menu and is quite a bit over your budget. Reservations only online and it's probably too late for you to grab one unless someone else cancels.
        - Ma Peche, the newest one, is located in Midtown. It's over your budget, but only by a little.
        - Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar is takeout/counter-service, but it's not a place to sit and have a meal as they have no seats, and a few savory items dependent upon which one you go to. There's a bunch scattered around town now: UWS, Midtown, East Village, a few in Brooklyn.
        - Momofuku Ssam Bar is a small plates restaurant. No reservations unless you reserve a large group meal. They also serve a duck centric lunch menu that is pretty different from their dinner menu.
        - Momofuku Noodle Bar is a ramen focused restaurant, that also has some other small plates. BUT a lot of ramen-o-philes don't think highly of Noodle Bar's ramen. No reservations unless you reserve a large group meal of their signature fried chicken.

        We recently had a fantastic meal at Ssam this weekend. Loved their roasted chanterelles with bone marrow, the pork jowl terrine with sardines, honeycrisp apple kimchi, arctic char tataki (though they just changed the prep - I had the one with peaches), as well as the pork shoulder steak (though I think I prefer the duck just slightly). Their uni and shiso tomato salad is another gem. Another CHer here was raving about the corn with XO, I think.

        Around $50pp before tax/tip, some good restaurants to dine solo/eat at the bar, and have some really bold, interesting, innovative food:

        Empellon Cocina
        Momofuku Ssam
        Pearl & Ash

        All of these take walk-ins (some don't take reservations for smaller parties anyway such as Ssam and Tertulia).

    2. Welcome to the neighborhood! As a longtime resident, I agree with kathryn that BPC is not for Destination Dining. Tribeca does have DD, but depending on whether you are staying down by the Ritz or up by the high school, may or may not be "walking distance".

      That being said, decent options actually in BPC include Inatteso (for that thin crust pizza; 28 West Street, facing the highway), North End Grill (way more than decent, but cost me about $90 pp last Saturday; 104 North End Ave, in the same complex as the movie theater and the Conrad Hotel), and Liberty View (pretty good Chinese; 21 South End Ave).

      No disrespect to kathryn, but NEG, Shake Shack and Blue Smoke are in BPC, not Tribeca. The other specific restaurants she lists are in Tribeca. For "adventurous" and "authentic ethnic" food, you'll definitely have to cross the highway (which, BTW, is also known as West St).

      Make sure you take a walk by the water! You'll come across Merchants River House right by the promenade, which has a great view but is diner caliber at best (despite the recent Orlando Bloom sighting ;) ).

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        1. re: Andy T.

          Andy, thanks for the greeting. I'm actually staying at the Conrad so a walk to TriBeCa could easily be in, I see the weather's good.

          Your suggestion about a water walk is perfect. It's part of my day here & I'd miss it.

          So...Inatteso for pizza could be a perfect dinner tomorrow after the red eye tonight. And I was thinking about a food truck lunch after I checked in.

          But I will be heading uptown to Neue Gallerie - very different neighborhood. Any thoughts?

          1. re: nikki2

            I assume you know about this?

            Cafe Sabarsky is a CH favorite at the Neue Gallerie.

            See also:

            1. re: nikki2

              The link from kathryn with the food trucks shows that Taim will be one of them- their locations are one of the top (or the top) favorite for a falafel and hummus pita or plate. Be careful the spicy sauce is really spicy!

              1. re: Ttrockwood

                The Taim truck is definitely worth checking out if you see them. Best falafels in the city and certainly not something you can easily find in SF.

                1. re: zeeEats

                  ZeeEats & Ttrockwood: ate at Taim today & loved it plus the flavors & freshness of ingredients. Falafels could lead to addiction problems, so I'm actually grateful to leave them behind. As a lover of picante, I found the spicy sauce delightful, but not all that spicy...but it didn't matter. Thanks!

                  1. re: nikki2

                    So glad you enjoyed it :) and what a great sunny day for you too...

            2. re: Andy T.

              Andy, I was too stuffed from Taim lunch to order pizza but I had a luscious farro & braised lamb soup, wonderful broth, & a tri colore salad. I'm often critical of salads but this was a classic bitter greens Italian, with some citrus & Gorgonzola. Didn't think I'd go for the cheese but it rounded it out beautifully. Maybe a pizza lunch break this weekend with a friend!

              1. re: nikki2

                Glad you liked Inattesso's other offerings! You can almost forget you're dining on the side of a highway in there! Also glad you could enjoy the promenade by the water! This might get nixed by the mods, but be sure to check out the Irish Hunger Memorial right in between the Conrad and the water; it's that wedge shaped piece of rock and greens ;) .

              2. re: Andy T.

                Walked by the Merchants River House on my way back after dinner. What a wonderful walk you have...and with some adorable canines, too!

              3. Shake Shack - 'shroom burger, and custard.

                1. If you dig Thai and Burmese food, you may want to check out Khe-Yo in Tribeca. It's owned by Marc Forgione and his long-term chef de cuisine of Laotian descent - the food is definitely vibrant in flavors and interesting.

                  Momofuku Ssam, Locanda Verde, The Dutch, Empellon Cocina, Maharlika, L'Artusi, Perla and Charlie Bird are all good for solo dining as you can dine at the bar. All are below 14th Street so that it's really not a long trek from BPC.

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                  1. re: zeeEats

                    I'm booked with friends until Sunday, with a course all day Sat/Sun but Sunday evening would be great for trying one of those. Spent weeks in Laos years ago & the good was similar to bu different from Thai - brighter, I'd say. Or maybe it was just newer. Whatever...I'll try, report & thank you for the suggestions.