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Visiting Manhattan in October and Need Some Specific Recs

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I used to live in NYC, Manhattan and later Queens, but it's been years. I will be visiting in October for a few days and need recs for the following:

1) Diners or bakeries or other good breakfast spots in the west 40s and 50s
2) Lunch near the moma
3) Great Tapas anywhere in the city
4) Great dim sum
5) Dinner in the village (east or west)
6) A special dinner in any part of Manhattan that won't top $150 for 2
7) American-jewish deli

I am open to all cuisines but am pretty tapped out on italian (save terrific pastry - can never get too much of that). Am particularly fond of regional mexican, sichuan, central and south american, thai, vietnamese, french bistro, oh really I love everything. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Where do you live now?

    How long ago did you live in NYC?

    October is pretty far away. New places are opening up all the time.

    1) Diners or bakeries or other good breakfast spots in the west 40s and 50s

    Sullivan St, Amy's, Bouchon, Petrossian, La Bergamote all still around.

    Eric Kayser Artisan Boulanger is new.

    Francois Payard Bakery at Columbus Circle is new-ish.

    Landmarc at the Time Warner Center for breakfast, too?

    Will you stop by Dominique Ansel or Mille-Feuille?

    Where to Eat Near Times Square:

    2) Lunch near the moma

    We usually do the Bar Room at the Modern if we're in the neighborhood. Or Halal Guys. Or you could walk to Ma Peche.

    Not sure what your budget is for this meal?

    Where to Eat Near MoMA (the museum cafe is actually pretty good, too):

    3) Great Tapas anywhere in the city

    Tertulia, especially if you like pork & seafood, especially jamon iberico or wood-fired ovens. Excellent daily specials. Oyster happy hour. They do good dessert as well.

    Txikito for a Basque take on tapas. They will have lots of small cold and hot pintxos. Don't miss the suckling pig and any house made charcuterie. They also have a few sister restaurants around the city.

    Casa Mono if you want a bit more "farm to table" type of menu w/ house made charcuterie & larger portions (they technically serve raciones not tapas).

    4) Great dim sum

    What's "great" for NY doesn't really compare if you live or have been to the West Coast recently.

    That said, I enjoy Red Farm, for a more upscale, non-Chinatown experience. Great dumplings.

    5) Dinner in the village (east or west


    Very broad category!

    In the EV: Empellon Cocina? Mighty Quinn's? Luke's Lobster? Momofuku Ssam Bar? Prune? Ippudo? Maharlika? Kyo Ya? What are you looking for?

    In the WV: Louro, Recette, Annisa, the aborementioned Tertulia, Sushi Nakazawa, Kin Shop, Perilla, Mas, etc?

    Hard to whittle it down since your parameters are SO broad.

    6) A special dinner in any part of Manhattan that won't top $150 for 2

    Again, what are you looking for?

    Did you mean $75pp before tax, tip, alcohol?

    If so, you could combined #5 and #6 with Annisa in the West Village.

    7) American-jewish deli

    I think you're looking for something like 2nd Ave Deli, Sarge's, Katz's? For what types of foods?

    You might also be interested in the newly opened Russ & Daughters Cafe.

    > Am particularly fond of regional mexican, sichuan, central and south american, thai, vietnamese, french bistro, oh really I love everything. Thanks in advance!

    Since you are staying in Midtown West (I think?), take a look at Tehuitzingo, Szechuan Gourmet, Pure Thai, Num Pang, Xian Famous Foods, Danji, Totto Ramen, Don Antonio, Shimizu, Larb Ubol. Oh, and some people here have been posting about Inti for Peruvian, do a search.

    It's better if you go more towards Hell's Kitchen for food, in general. And the Gotham West Market is worth a look.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Kathryn, your list is superb. Even your tip for Annisa is like a Price Is Right winner -- you can barely make it with app, entree, and dessert for $75 pp.

      1. re: kathryn

        Love Sullivan Street for breakfast pastries and savories because a lot of their options are not overly sweet.

        Casa Mono for tapas, great food but sometimes I find the dishes a bit salty.

        For dim sum, Decoy is a restaurant below Red Farm serves dim sum and has some interesting sides as well. The dim sum is very modern.

        Hakkasan serves excellent dim sum and the food is excellent all around with amazing desserts.

        China Blue serves Shanghainese dim sum and other specialties and is quite good.

        Buddakan serves very modern dim sum that on the whole is very good.

        I would second the recommendation for Annisa, service is warm, flawless, there is a comfort, elegance and precision in the entire experience, the food is beautiful with interesting flavors and combinations, the room is lovely. If there's any drawback, it's that their bread is lackluster.

        I love Katz's, the room, the pastrami, the knishes.

        Kathryn's recommendations are spot on.

      2. Thanks so much for all of those recs! I haven't lived in the city for for 13 years so while I was in the know back then everything I'm sure has changed a lot. I know that my requests were broad...my needs are pretty broad too and I didn't want to miss out on any good recs by being too specific as I'm willing to go a bit out of my way for the good stuff.

        1. 2) Rouge Tomate, The Modern or Marea

          4) Hakkasa

          5) Tink's

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Hakkasan was my 2014 worst dining experience!! Beautiful space-great for drinks-but food? You can go to Chinatown for 1/10 th of the price for better food!

            1. re: UES Mayor

              In the thread that you said that, I asked you what you ate there? I've eaten at Hakkasan multiple times and it has been very good-great. I'm curious as to what you think is better than Hakkasan in Chinatown.

              1. re: UES Mayor

                You can go to Chinatown for 1/10 th of the price for better food!

                My recommendation for Hakkasan was in response to the OP's No. 4 request for "Great dim sum" in NYC (as inherently contradictory as that may be).

                And Hakkasan is the right answer. The only thing you can in Chinatown vis-a-vis Hakkasan is 1/10 of the food, if you're lucky.

                There is, of course, other types of Chinese cuisines/food in Chinatown that far outshines Hakkasan in all respects.

                But for dim sum. In Manhattan. Go to Hakkasan. Bring a credit card. Or two.

            2. I haven't been for expensive dim sum at Hakkasan or Red Farm and would have suggested a trip to Flushing for dim sum. Similarly, for great Italian pastries, it's best to go to the Outer Boroughs or skip it.

              Special dinner that won't top $150/2 is an interesting idea. One thought is Salumeria Rosi, which is special because they serve interesting salumi-based cuisine, so go if that idea appeals to you.

              When you ask for a Jewish deli, here's the thing: Katz's is a special place, but they are really a pastrami specialist. Their corned beef and brisket (very fatty only) are also good, but for more of a sit-down experience with a broader menu, 2nd Av. Deli could be what you're looking for, though their pastrami is definitely inferior to Katz's (but then they had great, though expensive, tongue last time I tried it).

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              1. re: Pan

                Or if you don't mind spending more than a few bucks, you could have a "surf and turf" progressive meal by going to Katz's (where you can share a sandwich) and Russ & Daughters' new restaurant.