Dining in the Chelsea District
As a NYC first timer, I will resist the temptation to throw out the plea for recommendations for "somewhere nice to eat" in the city in late August.
So I will narrow down the request for info.
While I am under no illusions about the flexibility offered by the public transport system and the cab service, I would like to research the dining options within walking distance (let's say a mile.....) of our hotel, the High Line on 10th Avenue.
I will also refine the search to 1.seafood, 2.Japanese Izakawa 3. wings, 4.burgers 5.pizza.
A few iconic places on my list that I would appreciate opinion on, as to whether they would be worth the trip : Katz's deli, the Oyster Bar at Grand Central, the Burger Joint at le Parker Meridien.
Open to any inspired suggestions as well of course!
1. Cull & Pistol at Chelsea Market
2. Izakaya Ten? Or go to Morimoto and only ordered the cooked dishes as the sushi is only OK
4. Spotted Pig, Corner Bistro, Swine, lamb burger at the Breslin
Katz's - yes
GCOB - stick to oysters, not cooked dishes
Burger Joint - it's fun if you go to the Parker Meridian lobby and go behind the curtain, but there are better burgers in town
There's also excellent food ON the High Line with Terroir, Blue Bottle, La Newyorkina, Smoke Line, etc. as well as good food within Chelsea Market with Num Pang, Los Tacos No 1, and more.
If you like coffee in your lobby is Intelligentsia, which is excellent. Also note that across the street is Cookshop which is great for brunch- and popular, so make a reservation.
1- aquagrill in soho
2- rockmeisha in w village
3- nyc has better options! Try korean fried chicken at Bon Chon, or the chicken sandwich at NoMad, or peruvian at Pio Pio
4 - pass
5- +1 for Company
Also see this recent thread for more ideas:
re: Peter Cuce
Pork belly (stewed more than grilled, but both good), taro korokke and fried seaweed (both are light and crunchy, not greasy at all, perfect sake food), and the salmon roe rice are great.
Not a big fan of the more creative fusion type dishes like the deep fried tuna cheese, or the avocado tofu.
Salty, savory, crunchy foods. Good. Nice selection of sake at reasonable prices. Good, as well. Combine the two, and you've got yourself a very good and enjoyable meal and time. Plus, the din in the room is always festive and makes eating there a bit like hanging out at Totto during dinnertime rush hour.
Many many thanks for all the interesting suggestions; I am now armed with a very useful list which should prevent starvation during my five day visit!
One supplementary question: I am hoping to host a Saturday night dinner or Sunday brunch for two of my NYC-based nephews and their girlfriends (all early 30's).
They are not hardcore foodies to my knowledge but I'm sure they would appreciate somewhere "of the moment" - that won't bankrupt their uncle of course.......
Party of six, let's say under $50 per person.
Something along the lines of sharing plates rather than a three course set meal perhaps.