NYC - good food

Old Sep 27th, 2000, 08:39 AM
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NYC - good food

NYC 1st time, want to see it all. Staying around W32ND ST. Recommended restaurants Le Cirque and Windows of the World. Would like places where locals eat(pizza, pasta, steaks,
seafood and good hamburgers, good beer and wine). Someone said there was a bar with a boche ball court?? Any recommedations appreciated.

Old Sep 27th, 2000, 08:46 AM
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Hi Janet:
Have a wonderful time in NYC...There is a great gyro restaurant across the street from Madison Aquare Garden on 7th Avenue and 33rd Street (I cant remember the name) Excellent Hamburgers at Jackson Hole 92 St and Madison Avenue...Kinsale Tavern (Irish Pub at 94th and 3rd Avenue)...Pizza in any small hole in the wall pizzeria all over the city...Hot Dogs at the Gray Papaya 72 St and Broadway...Seafood the only place I would go to is City Island in the Bronx...(Easy to get to from Manhattan)...I'm sure I'll think of other places...
Old Sep 27th, 2000, 09:47 AM
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Hi Janet since you metioned high end restaurants I have to add my favorites. I usually order seafood so Le Bernadin and Cello are my favorites. Also Jean-George and Daniel.You will get lots of opinions on steak- (locals and visitors too)-Sparks,Smith&Wolenski,and Peter Luger.
Just make sure you make reservations,these top spots fill up fast.One of our favorite Italian places is I Truly.
Old Sep 27th, 2000, 10:10 AM
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Ask ten New Yorkers about the best pizza and you will get ten different answers. My favorite is Strombolis on University between 12th and 13th. You should try kosher deli at the 2nd Ave. Deli, on 2nd Ave at 10th Street. Get the corned beef, pastrami or chopped liver. I like to ask for mine extra lean. Around the corner from where you're staying is a block of Korean restaurants. I've had great bbq (they do it at your table) at an unpretentiious place on either 31st or 32nd, south side of street, just east of the corner of 6th Ave. They will seat you upstairs for the bbq. Generally though, the area you are staying in is not great for restaurants. But it is convenient for most of what you will want to do in the City. Have fun!

Old Sep 27th, 2000, 11:00 AM
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Le Cirque attracts NY bigwigs and tourists, Windows on the World mainly tourists and food not so great. There are many fabulous high-end restaurants, but know that for most you need to reserve 30 days in advance unless you get lucky with a cancellation or want to eat at 10:30 pm.

As for "local" places: For seafood, I recommend Aquagrill down in Soho. Not quite so stellar, but with good food and a fun atmosphere is Blue Water Grill on Union Square (live jazz in the downstairs lounge, as well). For Pizza, I would definitely avoid the corner holes-in-the-wall, and look for NY-style brick-oven pizza. Stromboli is a good choice, as are Lombardi's and John's in Soho (note, though, that the other John's locations are not as good). i Trulli, on E 27th is very good, though expensive. It's next-door wine bar, Enoteca i Trulli, has a great Italian by-the-glass list and is less expensive. If you want an expensive dinner that really centers on great wine, make a reservation at Veritas, which is all about the wine, with a phonebook-sized list. The Waterfront Ale House on 2d Ave at 30th St has one of the most extensive beer selections in the city, both drought and bottled, and also very good food (burgers included) and homemade desserts. One of the city's best burgers is at the bar at Union Square Cafe, which also has a good wine list.

Do a search for New York restauarnats and you';ll find lots of advice, including on high-end restaurants. For great high-end meals, I wouldn't go to either Windows or Le Cirque. As mentioned above, Le Bernadin and Cello are known for their seafood (and high prices), and there are dozens more.
Old Sep 27th, 2000, 12:09 PM
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Janet on 7th Ave close to you is a fun bar/restaurant called Mustang. For the best burger in town I think its the White Horse Tavern on Hudson St a few blocks south of 14th St.

If you are going to be intown within the next couple of weeks alot of the restaurants will still have tables out on the sidewalk so you can watch the city go by.

One of our favorites in the area is the Backporch, good margaritia's 33rd and
3rd Ave and a bit north on third is The Rio Grand for good tex-mex. For good seafood go to Docks at 40th and 3rd.

Have a great time while you are here.

Old Sep 27th, 2000, 02:28 PM
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Il Vagabondo 351 E 62nd St is a restaurant with a bocce court and truly awful food.
your neighborhood (hotel) not so great for restaurants, so head to the theater district, the upper west side, Greenwich Village, and the east side.
Just a few examples:
Greenwich Village, Elephant and Castle,
Greenwich Avenue just south of 12th St.
Inexpensive and good food, excellent burgers, and home-made raspberry soda.
Soho: Le Jardin Bistro, 25 Cleveland Place (ask them for directions, it's a little hard to find), not far from Spring Street subway station. Very small, very French, moderate prices.
Seafood: Atlantic Grill (1341 Third Ave, between 76th and 77th St). Great food, moderate to expensive. Slightly less-expensive seafood but not cheap is
Fireman's of Brooklyn, which is not in Brooklyn but in Manhattan, 1081 Third Ave, between 63rd and 64th St.
Unless you want to spend upwards of $50 per steak(much more for the full dinner)for an outstanding steak dinner, which would give you many choices,opt instead for Bistro le Steak, 1309 Third Ave at 75th St, French-ish.
Save your money on Windows on the World, for that price you can do much better elsewhere. For elegant American food where you dress up, go to Gotham Bar and Grill, Gramercy Tavern, or Aureole.

You can find hundreds of restaurant suggestions in the Zagat guide to New York City restaurants, you can buy it on-line.

Old Sep 27th, 2000, 02:41 PM
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My suggestions for affordable food in some of the categories you mentioned are:
Pasta: Piccolo Angolo in the West Village, corner of Hudson and Jane.
Burgers: Corner Bistro, also in the Village, on W4th St near Jane.
Beer: Ginger Man on E36 St btw. 5 and Madison. Incredible selection of beers, although you will have to deal with yuppie crowds after work.
Steak: Never have found anything that compares to Peter Luger. Worth the price and the trip to Brooklyn. Let the waiter order for you.

Hope you have fun.
Old Sep 27th, 2000, 03:11 PM
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Thanks everyone for your input. I'm coming Nov 4th for 5 days. As I live in casual San Diego and you don't have to wear Jackets in restaurants, other than high end restaurants what is the dress???
Old Sep 27th, 2000, 03:55 PM
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If you go to an upscale restaurant in New York, you'll usually feel more comfortable dressing up rather than down. For men, for example, a sport jacket, but not necessarily a tie, would be approrpriate. For Le Cirque, I would definitely wear a tie.
Old Sep 27th, 2000, 06:30 PM
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Food doesn't get any better than Il Mulino(in the village)! Try lunch as I've heard dinner is almost impossible.
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On my list are Corner Bistro, as mentioned, Katz's Deli, and Nathan's at Coney Island.

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