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New York's Best Restaurants--Let's Hear 'Em!

Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:27 am

All right, savvy, world-travelers. I'm visiting the Big Apple for the first time in March, mostly to visit my sister, who goes to school there now. Anyway, the last thing I want to do in NY is waste my time with a bunch of touristy garbage. What are everyone's favorite restaurants, or other food establishments (markets, shops, carts, etc.)? Remember, points for cheap, authentic, and overall wow-factor.
 
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:35 am

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Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:13 am

What's your budget? Let me know what's the maximum per person you'd like to spend on dinner.

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Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:29 am



Quoting Max999 (Reply 2):
What's your budget? Let me know what's the maximum per person you'd like to spend on dinner.

Well, that depends. I like value, not just price. I've never been much of one for fancy, just good food for a fair price. I realize NYC is expensive, but I want to know the local places where Manhattanites go for good grub. I dislike chains, and mostly French food, although I respect it for what it is and its traditions, just not my bag.
 
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:29 am

Quoting Mason (Thread starter):
the last thing I want to do in NY is waste my time with a bunch of touristy garbage. What are everyone's favorite restaurants, or other food establishments (markets, shops, carts, etc.)? Remember, points for cheap, authentic, and overall wow-factor.

I understand what you mean. I lived in Brooklyn for almost 4 yrs. That doesn't make me a expert critic or a Native New Yorker however my old line of work was sales. That line of work I ate out frequently so I feel the places I'm listing are favorites by Native New Yorkers I traveled more than some New Yorkers ever have in they're own city. Some New Yorkers have never been in to New Jersey or out of the city or even in some cases out of the Borough.

I don't have much info on Manhattan unfortunately Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan is as touristy as you can imagine. So maybe someone else can give you tips on that part of the city. Most of my reviews are in Brooklyn I always felt that when you get away from Manhattan you see what the real New York is like.

One of my favorites is a Mom and pops place called John's Deli at 2033 Stillwell Ave Brooklyn, NY-the best Italian Hero's in Brooklyn. Try the Hot Roast Beef sandwiches w/ a side of gravy. The locals love this place and it's easily accessible by the subway.

http://www.chow.com/places/20207

Best Sicilian Pizza in NYC (ask for the squares) is L & B's Spumoni Garden. They also have indoor dining with great pasta dishes and make great Ice Cream most notably the homemade Spumoni Ice Cream. It's also no more than 2 blocks from John's Deli.

http://www.spumonigardens.com/

Nathans Famous Hot Dogs at Coney Island- If you want fun but see The Original Nathans Hot Dog restaurant its also where they have the world famous Hot Dog Eating contest. Order a Hot Dog and Cheese Fries, and a Beer.

http://history.amusement-parks.com/nathans.htm
http://www.nathansfamous.com/nathans...inside/htmls/corporate_profile.php
http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/nathans-famous01/

A really popular place for a big cheese pie is Grimaldi's Pizzeria they use tomatoes from Italy it's kinda pricey for a pizza but well worth it I have tried them 3 times. They are right underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn next to the promenade that has a great view of Manhattan.

http://www.grimaldis.com/brooklyn.htm

A really good bakery is Mona Lisa bakery you have to see this place it's big and has awesome Cannoli and other pastries, great Coffee & Espresso in the Bensonhurst part of Brooklyn.

http://www.monalisabakery.com/

Best cheesecake in NYC is Juniors http://www.juniorscheesecake.com/

Casa Calamari really good Italian food and handmade Pizza they have great pasta and above all else awesome fried
Calamari in the Bensonhurst part of Brooklyn.

http://casacalamari.net/

Rocco's Calamari a awesome buffet of Italian Food in the Bayridge part of Brooklyn-

http://www.yelp.com/biz/roccos-calamari-brooklyn

Jimmy Bronx Cafe in the Bronx is pricey but has great Paella and other things. there are lots of hot Latina women in this place.

http://www.wcities.com/en/record/132,9312/33/record.html

From my experiance food will be cheaper in Brooklyn but you have to get there by someone driving or train also Manhattan has a lot of nice restraunts I'm just not too familiar with most of them except the well known ones.

Most of these places are within subway riding distance http://www.mta.info/nyct/maps/submap.htm


Hope this helps

Mike]

[Edited 2008-01-28 19:03:33]
 
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:50 am

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Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:57 am

I've been everywhere, man.

You said Cheap and Authentic, so here goes.

1. Have a pomegranate Margarita at Rosa Mexicana, along with the Freshly made Guacamole (Medium Spicy). Don't stay for Dinner.

2. Go to El Rio Grande, eat at the bar. Frozen Margaritas, and order the steak nachos, jalapeno shrimp. Delicous and lot of buzz.

3. Have the Black Linguine at Mezzaluna - best pasta.

4. I haven't found a decent burger in the city yet, but try the Shake Shack (long lines) in Gramercy.

5. Get hooked on 'Street Meat' from the pushcarts in Midtown - just look for the "Halili' or 'Ali Baba' signs!

6. Get a Pastrami or Corned Beef sandwich from Katzs/2nd Ave Deli/ Carnegie Deli - you will never forget...

7. $$$ Must have the Steak for Two at Peter Lugers - maybe there is an afterlife, but if not, this is a good hedge.

8. $ Have dinner at Le Colonial upstairs and order the Bo Sate (Filet Mignon) and the Chocolate Pyramid for dessert. Le C has the best Cosmopolitans in NYC.

9. Head over for Korean Bulgogi in Koreatown W32nd St/Broadway

10. Hallo Berlin on Tenth Ave is a good place for a St Pauli and echter Bratwurst.

11. Ethiopian food is very tasty - wish I could remember the name of the place.

12. Try the Tapas at Boqueria in the flatiron district.

13. John's on Bleecker Street - the garlic pizza is unforgettable - but expect lines.


I'm afraid I don't know East Village, West Side or Downtown scenes that well anymore.


Enjoy!
 
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:20 am



Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 4):
I don't have much info on Manhattan unfortunately Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan is as touristy as you can imagine. So maybe someone else can give you tips on that part of the city. Most of my reviews are in Brooklyn I always felt that when you get away from Manhattan you see what the real New York is like.

Thanks, I kind of imagined that. How is Uptown? I've heard there are some good places around Colombia U? All good tips, I am making a list. Thanks, guys.
 
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:11 am



Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 4):

I agree with Juniors cheesecake

For seafood if you can get to Rego Park Queens then London Lennies on Woodhaven is great.

The best subs and bagel's I had in Brooklyn were at a place called Hot Bagels in Newkirk Plaza on Foster Ave.

I lived in Flatbush so most of the other food I ate was in local little ethnic hole in wall places, Hatian, Jamaican, and Chinese being my favorite.

I found that in NYC, if your adventuresome you can get off the subway pretty much anywhere, walk a few blocks, and find pretty good meal. Just be prepared if you get off in Bed-Stye, Brownsville or East New York.
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:24 am

Quoting Mason (Reply 7):
Thanks, I kind of imagined that. How is Uptown? I've heard there are some good places around Colombia U? All good tips, I am making a list. Thanks, guys.

Actually uptown is nice and exciting there are numerous restaurants shopping etc..lots of the Arts and culture. You can pretty much walk from Times square & the Broadway area passing Radio City Music Hall and up to the Park in 15-20 mins of walking.

Quoting GPIARFF (Reply 8):
I lived in Flatbush so most of the other food I ate was in local little ethnic hole in wall places, Hatian, Jamaican

Lets face it no matter where you go food Establishments are plentiful in New York. I also loved the Bronx, and Coney Island area for Puerto Rican food and Flatbush section in Brooklyn for Caribbean food. Queens has some South American restaurants as well. I took a date to the Queens borough one time and she wanted to eat at a Argentinan restaurant. We had really good food and Sangria.

As far as Columbia U area goes well someone else probably has better info than me. I have been to Harlem numerous times and Spanish Harlem.

Quoting GPIARFF (Reply 8):
Chinese being my favorite.

The Chinese in New York particularly in Brooklyn from my experience has the best Chinese food I have eaten.

I'm not saying this is the best because I steered clear of touristy places like Chinatown in Manhattan. I never got the China town experience to compare to but I will say that it was better than any Chinese food I have eaten outside of NYC and any other state I have lived in.

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Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:34 am

LUPA - 170 Thompson Street. Great service, great food and drinks.
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:35 am

Sal Anthony's on Mulberry st in Little Italy is very good. The kips Bay diner on First Ave kitty corner from the medical examiner's office is very good diner food. Ben's deli in Bayside has some nice kosher food. I liked the matzo ball soup there. Although I haven't been to the Blue Bay diner on Francis Lewis Blvd & Horace Harding for a few years now the food is excellent.
 
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:46 pm



Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 4):
Best cheesecake in NYC is Juniors http://www.juniorscheesecake.com/

Thanks for the tip. I went to Grand Central looking for cheesecake last summer as recommended by friends but not knowing from which store as I thought there was only one (how wrong was I). Next time I will definitely getting some from Juniors.
 
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:59 pm



Quoting Mason (Reply 7):
I've heard there are some good places around Colombia U?

Practically right across Columbia (Broadway and 113th) is this nice little place called "The Mill". Some of the best, cheap, and tasty Korean food I've ever had.
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:25 pm

i married a native new yorker and try to visit my sister in law as often as i cold on my ewr/jfk runs. i have a few fav places in the city.

chicalicious - a japanese dessert bar in east village (east 10th street somewhere). their version of cheese cake is so light and divine. yes of course i love junior's cheesecake too, but try this japanese version. yummy! speaking of japanese dessert places, there's another place called kyotofu on 9th ave. so so good.

brick lane curry - our indian stewardesses seemed to really like this place. i've been a couple of times too and i do like it a lot as well. it's a very "clean" british indian cuisine. no tummy ache afterwards! hahaha...

momofuku noodle bar - first avenue in east village. a modern/ minimalist noodle joint. last time i was there, i sat right next to bobby flay, the famous nyc chef.

boqueria - really fabulous tapas place on west 19th street. i also like tia pol on 10th ave in chelsea for their tapas as well.

shake shack - madison sq park, around 23rd street. my favourite burger place in nyc. i heard they're now open in the winter time. went there with my sis in law first thing in the morning, well maybe not first thing, but around 11 am and the line was very short. she said that u go either early or really late to avoid the super long line.

hummus place - mc dougal st. by far my favourite israeli hummus joint. so so good and so cheap! i think they have one in the east village but i've never been to that one.

mary's fish camp or pearl oyster bar - both are in west village. love their lobster rolls!

otto - lower fifth avenue. mario batali (the famoust fat chef) pizza and pasta place. affordable and surprisingly yummy. a little loud but fun going there with my crew.

i think that's a good list. i have more but these are the places that i go to over and over again whenever i'm in the big apple. cheers!
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:40 pm



Quoting Comorin (Reply 6):
Ethiopian food is very tasty - wish I could remember the name of the place.

Meskerem is good if it's still around...I think it's in Soho.
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:47 pm



Quoting Comorin (Reply 6):
6. Get a Pastrami or Corned Beef sandwich from Katzs/2nd Ave Deli/ Carnegie Deli - you will never forget...

Good call. 2nd Ave Deli moved to midtown and its no longer on 2nd ave. Look up the address.

Quoting Comorin (Reply 6):
7. $$$ Must have the Steak for Two at Peter Lugers - maybe there is an afterlife, but if not, this is a good hedge.

If you are willing to take a subway to Broklyn, I do recommend Peter Luger. But if you stay in Manhattan, Uncle Jacks Steak House and The Palm and The Plam Too are other steakhouses I recommend.

Quoting Comorin (Reply 6):
9. Head over for Korean Bulgogi in Koreatown W32nd St/Broadway

GREAT idea.



Here are my two recommendations:

Tao, I think on 59th street. Its Asian fare, but with the LARGE Buddha Statue in the center and traversing 2 floors, its a nice NYC experience.

L'Annam, on 3rd Ave and maybe...29th. (somethere b/w 27 and 32), on a coner opposite Starbucks. Great lunch specials with portions that you might have to take home, (Vietnemese fare) under 8 dollars. It was a great value when we were poor students.
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