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agustinwvonb Feb 12, 2014 07:52 AM

Hey everyone! I´m from Argentina and will be travelling to NYC on a month.

I wanted to know if you could advise on some musteat places.

Not looking for some big expensive place, and some hidden-not-tourist places will be great!

Thanks in advance!

  1. r
    Raffles Feb 14, 2014 05:34 PM

    Yah, take the Staten Ferry for a free ride, both ways, and have dirty water dogs and a beer for lunch! You can see Lady Liberty for free!!!!

    1. k
      kathryn Feb 12, 2014 07:56 AM

      Your query is kind of vague without more details as to your budget, activities you plan to do, where you're staying, etc.

      Some of the fancier places do more moderately priced lunch deals esp on weekdays.

      No good place remains hidden for long in NYC given Yelp, Chowhound, Twitter, Instagram, food blogs... And some great places attract locals and tourists alike. Whether or not other tourists are there shouldn't stop you from enjoying great good.

      Here's what I've written for other visitors & it may help 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?

      How hard are you willing to work for a reservation at a restaurant that's hard to book?

      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.

      What else are you doing while you are here? Planning around sightseeing, shopping, Broadway shows, etc? Also if you are sightseeing, to make the best use of your time, you should try to find things to eat to/from the tourist destinations or near the tourist destinations. Our tourist destinations are spread out all around town.

      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 Georges). Will you be bringing a jacket/appropriate attire for an upscale meal?

      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:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333

      Best NY style pizza:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/890813

      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):
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/834312#7156862

      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).

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838348#7206684

      Some common tourist inquiries:

      Where to Eat Near Times Square:
      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/07/where-to-eat-near-times-square-new-york-nyc.html
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/833282

      Where to Eat Near MoMA (the museum cafe is actually pretty good, as is the Modern next door):
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771459
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767638

      Where to Eat Near Museum Mile (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney, Guggenheim, etc) on the UES:
      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/08/where-to-eat-near-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art-the-met-nyc.html
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906331
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793684
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/795435
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793684

      Where to Eat Near the Museum of Natural History on the UWS:
      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/05/where-to-eat-near-the-natural-history-museum-upper-west-side-new-york.html
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793258
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/748686

      Where to Eat Near Macy's/Herald Square/Penn Station/Empire State Building:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/725320
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/757797#6192796
      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/07/where-to-eat-around-penn-station-updated.html

      Where to Eat Near Grand Central/Midtown East:
      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/07/where-to-eat-near-grand-central-station-nyc.html?ref=title

      Where to Eat in Soho:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701593
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/757797#6192796

      Where to Eat near 5th Avenue shopping / Bloomingdale's / Rockefeller Center:
      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/11/where-to-eat-near-fifth-avenue-and-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-ice-skating-nyc-manhattan.html
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906441#8150635

      Where to have dinner before a Broadway show/pre-theatre dining (many of the same Times Square recs also apply):
      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/06/where-to-eat-near-times-square-nyc-theater-district-midtown-new-york-manhattan.html
      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/05/where-to-eat-a-pre-or-post-theater-dinner-nyc-theater-district.html
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/671275
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/755684
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/715535
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788254

      Where to Eat Near the 9/11 Memorial:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/846126#7301463

      Notable food trucks/carts:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701278

      Prix fixe lunch deals:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/874731#7664889

      Best breakfast/brunch in NYC:
      It is (IMO) at the Breslin, Locanda Verde, Shopsin's, Clinton St Baking Co., or Minetta Tavern.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/809368#684625

      Best bagels in NYC:
      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/10/serious-eats-finds-new-yorks-best-bagel-1.html
      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:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/711661#5661425

      A West Village food crawl
      https://foursquare.com/kathrynyu/list/greenwich-and-west-villageish-walking-tour

      East Village:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/882582

      Some other popular recurring questions:

      Late night dining:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/908581

      Best Old New York Restaurants:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/697307

      Old school cocktail bars:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/805116

      Best mixology (regardless of history/atmosphere):
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/925938

      6 Replies
      1. re: kathryn
        porker Feb 14, 2014 04:53 AM

        I like this response.
        Anyone could simply reply to augustinwvonb's first Chowhound post to dig around, at least read one or maybe two similar threads.
        But kathryn supplies everything on a silver platter!

        1. re: kathryn
          financialdistrictresident Feb 14, 2014 04:59 AM

          Happy Valentine's Day, Kathryn!

          I'm going to read this as a refresher :)

          I'd add search is your friend . . .though I've found it challenging recently. Especially re: Lake Placid and Tampa.

          1. re: financialdistrictresident
            k
            kathryn Feb 14, 2014 07:47 AM

            Thank you!

          2. re: kathryn
            a
            agustinwvonb Feb 14, 2014 05:34 AM

            WOWWW!! Thanks for that!! Got some places to visit!
            Best!

            1. re: agustinwvonb
              j
              James Cristinian Feb 14, 2014 03:55 PM

              I live in Houston and like to troll the Manhattan board. kathyryn rules!!!

            2. re: kathryn
              c
              Calvados Feb 17, 2014 05:49 AM

              Just wanted to say what a fantastically helpful response this was. I live here and I'll be using these links a lot.

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