1 night alone in NYC
I'm going to Manhattan for a job interview. I'm staying in the East 50's. I have one night (before an all day interview) to eat alone. I love to eat but I know I'm going to be nervous. My per diem is $57 for dinner. Suggestions?
Two things: I'm not limited really by the per diem and under normal conditions wouldn't even mention it. It just seems like given how anxious I 9 days out, that spending a lot is a waste. Mostly I like good...not a fan of German/ Austrian food, but like ethnic cuisine the best. If you know the DC area, my favorite restaurant is Volt in Frederick which is new American. But good is more important than actual food. I eat (almost) anything.
Correct. Lunch/Dinner menu below:
*subject to availability*
black bass and foie
duck fat challah
cod fish fritters
spicy rice cakes
vegetable rice cakes
fried brussels sprouts – ginger-scallion, cherry, calabrian chili
lamb noodles (elysian fields, pa) – soft egg, cabbage, chili jam
john dory – butternut squash, israeli couscous, clams
grilled hanger steak – rice, togarashi, sesame
whole boneless porgy – my dad’s hot sauce, fennel, lime
fried chicken – country fried or habanero
chicken/lamb and rice – please reserve in advance
i went to ma peche for lunch last week. i thought the dim sum would be in addition to a regular menu. however it is not. they only serve the dim sum in addition to some chef's specials.
the prices vary from 8 - 26. off the top off my head...
spicy apple - 8
black bass and foie - 16
broccoli salad - 9
clam ceviche - 12
collards - 9
crab dip - 13
duck - 22
duck fat challah - 6
fish bun - 6
cod fish fritters - 8
lamb - 20
lobster - 24
lobster rice - 13
oysters - 21 (for 6)
pickles - 6
pig - 6
pork bun - 5
ribs - 18
scallop - 14
short rib - ?
shrimp - ?
shrimp balls - 8
spicy rice cakes -13
trout roe - ?
uni - 14
vegetable rice cakes - 11
vegetable rice -10
wings - 9
i had the lobster rice, apples, and shrimp balls. the rice had maybe 2 pieces of lobster. the shrimp balls were ok. apples was probably my favorite dish - raw plate with cucumbers, sriacha mayo, bok choy (?). overall pretty underwhelming. but would definitely go back with a larger group to be able to try most of the dishes. seems that would be more fun than solo dining.
The Smith on 51st and 2nd, you can eat at the bar
I also think you can eat at the bar at Avra on 47th Street
how about this: walk to Russian Vodka Room on W.52nd...consume many carafes of garlic/horseradish-infused vodka and greasy potato pancakes...wake up at dawn somewhere (Brighton Beach? Atlantic City?) and show up at interview disheveled, yet w/ a great Gotham tale to tell :) (yes, i am joking)
ok, a real suggestion: it's not right near your hotel, but Keens Chophouse might be a nice call for this...it's old school NY,steeped in history...and if you sit in the pub room (in btw main dining room and bar) there are smaller cuts of steak and mutton and sandwiches that fit the budget, and their fried chicken salad is delicious...it's on 36th, by 6th Ave...
Another suggestion is Molyvos -- Greek food on 56th/7thAve...pleasant bar dining and solid, if unexciting, moderately upscale Greek food and a crowd from Carnegie Hall...