staralliance38
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Touring NYC's Ethnic Neighborhoods: Advice Please

Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:23 pm

Before the New Year begins, I'm heading up to New York City to sample some culinary delights from as many ethnic neighborhoods as I can. I would like to visit neighborhoods where it's clear that you are surrounded by a different culture (i.e. signs in different languages, cultural things). I only have around 7-8 hours before I need to head back to base for New Year's celebrations.

I've been doing my research, but I would like to get some other insight before I go. I'm arriving in Manhattan by bus around 5am. My "base" will be in Manhattan, but I would love to visit Little Odessa all the way in Brighton Beach. Personally, I would love to stay in Manhattan, but I may make an exception if the neighborhood sounds entriguing enough. I'll be taking lots of photos and tasting lots of food for this project.

Neighborhoods planning to visit: Chinatown, Koreatown, East (Spanish) Harlem, Central Harlem (116th Street/La Petite Senegal), Indian Row maybe Little Odessa.

Any advice?
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RE: Touring NYC's Ethnic Neighborhoods: Advice Please

Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:44 pm

How about trying some nice Zupa Ogorkowa in the predominantly Polish neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn?
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RE: Touring NYC's Ethnic Neighborhoods: Advice Please

Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:08 pm

Google maps has a feature that will map out directuions using public transportation.
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RE: Touring NYC's Ethnic Neighborhoods: Advice Please

Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:24 am

Quoting Staralliance38 (Thread starter):

I can recommend Queens. Queens is the most (I think) diverse place in the world, so if you want to experience diversity/culture and stuff, it's the place to be. It is very accessible by the 7 Train which starts at Times Sq-42nd and it also stops at Grand Central. The 7 is also dubbed as the "international express" as it passes through different ethnic neighborhoods. Jackson Heights has a lot of Indian population, lot's of food from different places all over the world. I'm Filipino-American, so I can recommend you going to 69th Ave. and try Krystal's, a famous Filipino restaurant that serves authentic Filipino cuisines. And if you go further up, it's mostly Dominican, Ecuadorian and Latin American restaurants. Jackson Heights is pretty much everything, Mexican, Chinese, Filipino, Colombian, Nepalese, Vietnamese and etc.

If you don''t want to go to Queens, there's a restaurant near 14th St - Union Square called "Saigon" and they serve excellent Vietnamese cuisine.

Personally, I think Chinatown is a big mess. But they have good restaurants that has authentic Chinese food and not those Chinese food that you can find anywhere.

Plus, you should try the street hotdogs as well as chicken kabobs that you can basically find everywhere in Manhattan!  

And if you want to sample authentic New York cuisine, there's virtually a McDonalds and a Starbucks in every block in every borough in the city  

I hope you enjoy your visit!  
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staralliance38
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RE: Touring NYC's Ethnic Neighborhoods: Advice Please

Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:28 am

Thanks for all of the tips so far! Just a moment ago, I almost had to cancel the trip because the bus company called and cancelled my return bus. Easy to rebook my aunt, uncle, parents and myself on another bus company  

Right now, I've reconsidered my plan and decided that I don't have the time to go out to Queens and Brooklyn, so I'm staying exclusively in Manhattan. (Sorry jetblue777)

Right now, I've got these neighborhoods planned:

- Little Tokyo
- Koreatown
- Chinatown
- East Harlem

and Belgian (Pommes Frites if you can say that's Belgian).

I'll also be stopping by the UN, Columbia, NYU and Rockefeller Center during the time too.

I'd like to get one more neighborhood down. Little Italy has been appealing, but I want to do five neighborhoods that are kinda unknown (not Chinatown or Little Italy). I've even heard that Yorkshire is more authentic Italian.

So two more places w/restaurants in Manhattan is what I need help on. Thanks!
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RE: Touring NYC's Ethnic Neighborhoods: Advice Please

Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:51 am

Quoting Staralliance38 (Reply 4):
Little Italy has been appealing, but I want to do five neighborhoods that are kinda unknown

Little Brazil, Curry Hill are other possibilities. Not quite as ethnically distinct but might still be fun to check out.

If you are after culinary delights, try some Jewish deli too!
 
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RE: Touring NYC's Ethnic Neighborhoods: Advice Please

Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:02 am

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 5):
Little Brazil

Sounds interesting. Any advice for food that's quick/take out/eat on the go from Little Brazil? So what I got planned are:

- Little Brazil (Replaced East Harlem; too far)
- Little Tokyo
- Ukrainian Enclave (East Village)
- Koreatown
- Chinatown

I'm thinking this is a good list. Any advice for Chinatown and Little Brazil restaurants that serve quick and authentic food?

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 3):
I'm Filipino-American, so I can recommend you going to 69th Ave. and try Krystal's, a

No way! I'm Fil-Am too! Awesome!
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