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Incoming tourist want foodie help!! (Original I know) Also- odd advice needed for little special needs girl.

Hu Kitchen uses maple syrup, honey, and coconut sugar in a few things -- I'd read the ingredients very closely.

about 6 hours ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Incoming tourist want foodie help!! (Original I know) Also- odd advice needed for little special needs girl.

Yeah, it's not an exact 1:1, especially with the "paleo" restaurants, but I was hoping that you'd be able to find somewhere that might make it a little easier on you and your family.

Pate or foie gras sounds fabulous. You could probably pick some prepackaged at Whole Foods Union Square, and they'll have the nutritional info on there as well.

about 6 hours ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Incoming tourist want foodie help!! (Original I know) Also- odd advice needed for little special needs girl.

Ketogenic diet usually means no fruit at all. And no sugar, no flour, no grains, no starchy vegetables like potatoes, no noodles, no beans, etc. Very low carb. Nothing starchy or sugary.

For example, one orange would be 12g of carbs, or literally half your carb allotment for the entire day.

Cheesecake and pie is usually out, too, unless it is sugar free and also made with an alternative non-grain-based crust, such as almond flour, coconut flour, crushed nuts, flaxseed, etc. Rice flour won't work. Neither will oats.

about 6 hours ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Incoming tourist want foodie help!! (Original I know) Also- odd advice needed for little special needs girl.

> momofuku milk/siam

I assume you mean Momofuku Milk Bar & Momofuku SSAM Bar. Not Siam.

> The nanny is leaving early so we have one prospective late night cocktail hour (after cheesesteaks and check in earlier if not too tired), 2 more full days and nights with freedom when we want it and then two more family days including through Halloween. (need ideas for that too, parade? Daughter will absolutely not be able to eat ANY candy, heartbreaking.

That entire weekend will be a big drinking holiday in the Village (both East and West) since Halloween is Friday this year.

Not sure I would bring kids to the big Halloween Parade -- some of the costumes are... risque in nature. (Hey, it's Greenwich Village.) I live near the parade route and usually watch it on NY1 from a neighbor's house. It's a giant pain. The police usually barricade the area and force pedestrians into one way traffic lanes. Subway exits/entrances may be only one direction as well (i.e. exit only going south). (I've also been challenged by NYPD / had to show ID just to get onto my quiet, residential block since the sidewalk was blocked off.)

Approx TWO MILLION people participate or watch from the sidewalks. It's a good place to be if you like loud crowds, vomit, mazes, and grumpy police. It's usually worse after the parade is over because people are just roaming the streets, looking for a good time.

Washington Sq Park usually has a kids Halloween Parade, too.

More ideas here:
http://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/...

She can't have sugar free candy, like the kind they sell at Walgreens or Duane Reade? :(

> We would like to experience, at least one terrific homemade pasta, doesn't need to be exotic, just delicious and in an atmosphere that will make me think about New York. One terrific hand pulled noodle dish. Never had it. Want it. One more expensive date night steak in a New York type atmosphere. Dumplings. We also like French (not as much dishes made from innards) Seafood (white non fishy ocean type fish) Tapas and ethnic cuisines which are unique as they are true to their origin and help you to experience their culture. We also LOVE craft cocktails!

Maybe Maialino? Not too far a walk from where you are staying. You can make a reservation for cocktails at Dear Irving afterwards.

Date night = I'd try Minetta Tavern. Cocktails at Pegu Club afterwards (but only a weekday since it gets crazy on weekends).

Maybe try the Bao, a new soup dumpling place on St Marks.

I think Xian Famous Foods' hand pulled noodles with cumin lamb are ethnic, unique, and delicious. They have a location on St Marks. Small, limited seating.

Best mixology / craft cocktails:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/925938

> Mon the 27th- late night great deal happy hour close to apartment?

Craft cocktail places don't usually have happy hour, period.

But you could try walking to Booker & Dax, for a night cap, assuming you're staying near 3rd and 14th. You can get pork buns there.
http://momofuku.com/new-york/booker-a...

You could walk over to Pouring Ribbons if you're feeling more energetic.

The higher concentration of cocktail bars is nearer East 7th and St Marks, closer to Ave A. I might walk over and try PDT, Death & Co, Mayahuel, etc. but it wouldn't surprise me if there was a short wait at PDT or D&C (even at like 10pm).

Many of these places are minuscule, with "no standing" policies. Mayahuel is usually easier since it is 2 floors.

The newly opened Boilermaker (at 1st and 1st) may not be crowded Monday, late night.

> Tues the 28th- Day with kids! (I got coffee covered, I home roast and am well informed) Have delicious coffee within proximity of apartment.

> Purchase delicious cheese and fat related foods of daughter so she's not missing out. (Stevia sweetened products anywhere?

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Emack & Bolio's on Houston St has 2 flavors of sugar free ice cream but I think it is sweetened with Splenda.

> B-line straight to momofuku a couple blocks away to treat other daughter and taste her crack pie and soft serve. Also share a small a couple filler snacks of (to go?) pork bun at (siam or milk bar?).

The crack pie is very sweet and very rich. I actually enjoy the cookies & cake truffles more. The EV Milk Bar does not have the famous steamed pork buns any more.

> Central Park- (carriage ride to ease foot pain?) Will probably end up at 53rd and 6th for halal (which corner now?) and my wife will probably drag us to Serendipity. I'm assuming the advice would be to try my earnest to get everybody to just order ice cream and cut out for dinner elsewhere?)

Halal Guys has a brick and mortar in the EV (NE corner of E 14 St. and 2 Ave) now.
http://gothamist.com/2014/06/27/halal...

> Weds the 29th and 30th- Toss up probably catch a show and might be in area of Cinderella.

If you do a Broadway show, make a reservation for cocktails at Lantern's Keep afterwards. Excellent craft cocktails, don't be afraid to go off menu. Many of the same staff members work at well known downtown craft cocktail bars.

> Also have an idea for me and wife to rent bikes and take a date "day" away from family and ride to Brooklyn for the sights and to try Di Faras (maybe hit up and then maybe ride to Peter Lugers for best steak ever. Is this feasible? Too far? Too dangerous?

)

Does the bike rental place also rent helmets and locks? Also, you can't assume the weather will be perfect on that day as well...

Peter Luger books 6-8 weeks in advance for dinner. I would call NOW if you want to go. They only take reservations via phone. Might take 4-5x to get a human on the line. They only take these methods of payment: Peter Luger credit card, debit cards, check with ID, cash. No regular Visa, MC, AMEX, etc.

Also I'm not sure what they would do with the bike while you're eating... and you'd ride back afterwards? Would you have wine with dinner?

> One last thing, Patsys. We've been to Manhattan once before for two days in regards to another conference for my daughter. We were staying near the 42nd and 2nd patsys, ate there and LOVED IT!!! So, do we really need to make the trip to Harlem or not, which is it?

The one you went to and the one in East Harlem are unrelated.

However, you would be remiss to miss some of the great stuff in your EV backyard (and with the LES just on the other side of Houston). Motorino, Mighty Quinn's, Momofuku Ssam, Luke's Lobster, Prune, Empellon Cocina, Kyo Ya, Pylos, Hearth (best gnocchi I've ever had), etc.

about 7 hours ago
kathryn in Manhattan

Incoming tourist want foodie help!! (Original I know) Also- odd advice needed for little special needs girl.

> My first thought would be artisan cheeses. Are there any special shops in which may accommodate supplying a nutrition label so I can formalize her meals before we get there?

You could order cheeses (and meats?) from FreshDirect, which has nutritional labels for all of their fancy cheeses (I assume they're accurate).

See also:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/847637

Not all the ideas there may work for you but it gives you a better sense of where your daughter can eat starch, sugar, and grain-free.

Mighty Quinn's takeout may work out well for your daughter... their brisket is very, very fatty.

about 8 hours ago
kathryn in Manhattan

4 ladies in NYC

For hip, creative Mexican and great cocktails, look at the Empellon restaurants.

2 days ago
kathryn in Manhattan
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Authentic local favourite restaurants in Maui (Kaanapali area)?

For local authentic food, what do you seek? Poke? Plate lunch? Lau lau, lomi salmon, kalua pork, squid luau, poi, mac salad, two scoops rice? Malasadas? Shave ice? Etc. Etc.

Regarding shave ice: Ululani's is a MUST - they have 2 Lahaina locations, one by Kahului, and another in North Kihei.

Central Maui and Upcountry will have the most local food, though there is definitely some to be found in West Maui.

South Maui has the least (esp re plate lunch) but there are some gems.

For sushi, assuming you are speaking of pristine nigiri with high quality fish, make a reservation for Koiso in Kihei. Otherwise, Sansei is fine for fusion rolls with tempura this and that and fun sauces, but nothing really special if you live in an urban area with excellent sushi. Sansei is packed because of the massive early bird discounts. I'm guessing a lot of the tourists eating there don't have excellent sushi at home to compare to....

The Japanese food is better on Oahu.

For a fancier dinner on Maui I would choose either Merriman's or Mama's Fish House. Make a reservation in advance. Merriman's has better food & an actual view of the sunset. But Mama's has amazing atmosphere and feels especially "Hawaii." But the food is not quite as good.

Star Noodle in Lahaina is a hip foodie-ish place that's been popular for a while. The chef was on Top Chef. Heavily influenced by David Chang / Momofuku. The chef is moved on but the crowds remain at Star Noodle (he's now at Migrant in Wailea).

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KAPALUA

Honolua Store
502 Office Rd
Daily 6am-8pm
Renovated and now part of the ABC Store chain
Plate lunch, snacks, deli items, souvenirs

HONOKOWAI

Ono Tacos
3481 Lower Honoapiilani Rd
Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, closed Sundays
fish tacos, shrimp tacos, 2 tacos w/ rice and beans plate

Fish Market Maui
3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd
Daily 11am-7pm
fish tacos, poke, ahi burger, oyster shooters

Okazuya & Deli Honokowai
3600D Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Ste
Mon-Sat 11 am - 2:30 pm, Mon-Sat 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Call ahead for takeout, cash only
mahi mahi with lemon caper butter sauce, ono with lemon caper butter sauce

LAHAINA

Tamura’s Fine Wines & Liquors
226 Kupuohi St
Poke Dept. Hours: Mon - Fri 11:00 AM - 8:45 PM Sat 9:30 AM - 8:45 PM Sun 9:30 AM - 7:45 PM
Liquors, pupus, snacks, takeout poke bar
Great poke selection

Local Food
222 Papalaua Street, Lahaina, HI, (808) 667-2882
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm
Kalua pork, spam musubi, great shoyu chicken
Mom and pop hole in the wall, outdoor seating in strip mall

Aloha Mixed Plate
1285 Front St
8am-10pm daily
Loco moco, garlic fries, shoyu chicken, coconut prawns, kalua pork, kalbi

Nagasako Okazu-ya Deli
845 Wainee St
5:30am-4pm daily
breakfast, shoyu chicken, spam musubi, etc.

808 Grindz
843 Wainee St
"We are snuggled away in the Old Lahaina Shopping Center, near Foodland. If you are turning into the Shopping Center from Wainee Street, take your immediate left by Nagasako's and we will be on the opposite end of Lahaina Sports Bar."
7am-2pm daily
Multiple kinds of eggs benedict, multiple kinds of loco moco, pancakes with vanilla macadamia sauce
Sister restaurant to the former NorthShore Cafe in Haiku

KAHULUI

Poi by the Pound
385 Ho'ohana Street Unit 5c Kahului, HI 96732
Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri, Sat 10am-8pm, closed Thursdays and Sundays
Hawaiian food: laulau, kalua pork, chicken long rice, lomi salmon, poke, poi

Da Kitchen
Triangle Square, 425 Koloa St. #104, Kahului, HI 96732
Monday to Saturday - 11am-9pm, Sunday - Closed
Check Facebook for daily specials

Geste Shrimp Truck
Kahului Beach Rd
Tues-Sat 10:30am-5:30pm
Peel and eat shrimp

HAIKU

Daily Grindz
824 Kokomo Rd, Haiku-Pauwela, HI 96708
Across from Colleen’s in the Haiku Cannery, behind Electrical Sub Station #16, in the trailer-looking house structure
Tues-Sun 8 am - 2 pm, Thurs-Sun 6pm-10pm, closed Mondays
fried chicken and waffles, pancakes

WAILUKU

Waikapu on 30
1486 Honoapiilani Hwy, Wailuku, HI 96793
Mon-Fri 6:30 am - 5 pm
Lau lau, saimin, poi

Stillwell's Bakery
1740 Kaʻahumanu Avenue Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
808-243-2243
Mon-Sat, 6am-5pm
Lilikoi Chiffon Pie, cream horn, lilikoi cheesecase

Takayima Market
Poke and bentos, tako poke
359 N Market St, Wailuku
Mondays - Saturdays 5:15am - 6:30pm

Four Sisters
Malasadas and plate lunch, butter rolls, manapua
7am-2pm, Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays)
2062 Vineyard Street (directly across the county parking lot)
Friday lunch Hawaiian Plate: kalua pig, lau lau, chicken long rice, squid luau, lomi lomi salmon, mac salad, rice

Home Maid Bakery
Pastries and bentos/plate lunches
1005 Lower Main Street
Hot malasadas made daily from 5-10 a.m. and 4-10 p.m.
Open 7 days a week, 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sam Sato's
Saimin
1750 Wili Pa Loop, Wailuku, HI 96793
7am-2pm daily except Sundays

MAKAWAO

Pukalani Superette
Poke and bentos
Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 9:00 pm, Saturday 6:30 am - 9:00 pm, Sunday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
15 Makawao Avenue, Pukalani, Hawaii 96768

T Komoda
3674 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768
Bakery, closed when sold out & Sundays & Wednesdays, get there early
cream puffs, stick donuts, butter rolls, malasadas

KIHEI

Sugar Beach Bake Shop
61 South Kihei Road Kihei, HI 96753
Daily 6a-4pm
Fresh malasadas on weekend mornings (call ahead to reserve), musubi, quiches, pies, cake, etc
No malasadas after 10am due to shave ice stand
Takeout/counter

Eskimo Candy
2665 Wai Wai Pl Kihei, HI 96753
Monday-Friday 10:30am-7:00pm
poke, poke bowls, coconut shrimp, fish tacos, closed weekends
counter service only, long lines at lunch

Huli Huli Chicken at the Keolahou Hawaiian Church
177 S Kihei Rd
Wednesdays & Saturdays for lunch
Outside tent vendor

Home Maid Cafe
1280 South Kihei Road, Azeka Plaza
Malasadas and plate lunch
Mon-Fri 6 am - 3:30 pm, Sat 6 am - 2 pm, Closed Sundays

Kihei Caffe (breakfast)
1945 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753
5:00 am – 3:00 pm daily, closes when it rains
loco moco, Cinnamon roll french toast, fried rice, biscuits & gravy, strawberry twisties, turnovers, huevos rancheros
Cash only, counter service only, seat yourself

Surfside Deli
Plate lunch
1993 S. Kihei Road, Maui
Open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Coconut's Fish Cafe
1279 South Kihei Road #304 Kihei, HI 96753
Daily 11am-9pm
fish tacos, spicy fish burger, Maui onion rings
counter service only, seat yourself

Sep 17, 2014
kathryn in Hawaii

Oahu - best dim sum; lunch by Diamond Head?

On the same stretch of Kapahulu Ave that Rainbow Drive-In & Ono Hawaiian Food are on, you'll find also Ono Seafood, Haili's Hawaiian Food, and Side Street Inn. Lots of good eating.

Then finish it off with malasadas from Leonard's Bakery. Or Waiola shave ice. Or both! Maybe after that you'll need to go on another hike!

Sep 17, 2014
kathryn in Hawaii

Best place for Breakfast on Maui?

I would personally drive the extra 20 minutes to Kihei Caffe and have breakfast there! Quintessential hole in the wall, super friendly service. Get in line, order your food, then seat yourself. No saving seats! Don't worry, the line moves quickly. We like their pancakes, fried rice with scrambled eggs, loco moco, cinnamon roll French toast, huevos rancheros, smoothies, iced coffee with coffee ice cubes....

Oahu - best dim sum; lunch by Diamond Head?

If hiking Diamond Head on a Saturday, the KCC farmers market is right there.

Also Diamond Head Market & Grill is nearby. Same for Fort Ruger Market.

Sep 17, 2014
kathryn in Hawaii

Airport to kaiula

Helena's Hawaiian food for lunch, as they are only open Tues-Fri and are very popular. So a line might actually help kill time?

Are you killing time between flight landing and check in to a condo/vacation rental?

For produce, what time will you be shopping? There's farmers markets in Waikiki, Honolulu and Kailua on Thursdays but they don't start until 4pm or 5pm.

http://www.mahikufarmersmarket.com
http://hfbf.org/markets/markets/kailua/

You might be better off going to the Kailua Foodland and Whole Foods, who both have local produce.

Or waiting for the Thursday evening Kailua one which also has prepared food vendors (early dinner?).

Sep 17, 2014
kathryn in Hawaii

4 ladies in NYC

ABC Kitchen is good if the menu works for your group. Last time I checked, it was pretty popular, so book as soon as you are able to (I think they allow 28 days in advance). Cool "shabby chic" vibe. Gets a bit loud. Recycled paper menus and coasters. Mismatched "grandma plates." I don't necessarily see it as a "special" destination though.

Bourdain hasn't been at Les Halles for ages and ages now... even then I think he admitted to not being a great cook in his books. :)

Sep 17, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan
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NYC visit October

"I'm visit NYC in early October with my son - first visit since 1979! We're both Londoners."

^^^ I'm guessing that would be why... Especially if they live in London now, and rarely get to the USA.

Sep 16, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan
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What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #4

I'm inspired! Will be making my own low carb halal cart style chicken over iceberg lettuce soon, cribbing from that Serious Eats recipe. Subbing in cauliflower rice and adding some jarred harissa sauce alongside the white sauce.

Sep 16, 2014
kathryn in Special Diets

What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #4

Low carb chicken tikka masala, made with chicken thighs. Turned out a bit wetter/soupier than I had wanted (too much tomato?), and now I have a ton of leftover chicken tikka sauce in the freezer. Served with some cauliflower rice, and a bunch of okra slices stir-fried in coriander and tumeric.

Sep 16, 2014
kathryn in Special Diets
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Looking for a good-tasting recipe for low-carb brownies

Plain stevia on its own tastes funky to me (have tried both liquid and powder). I prefer to mix it with another sweetener. Mixing it with something you already have might be the ticket!

Sep 16, 2014
kathryn in Special Diets

Looking for a good-tasting recipe for low-carb brownies

Do you have any alternate flours available to you, like almond or coconut? I make a chocolate mug cake using cocoa powder, eggs, melted butter, coconut flour, and Truvia. Sometimes I add a chocolate buttercream made with Truvia as well.

Coconut flour-based cake tends to be more spongey and fluffy, but dependent upon the amount of butter I add, it does get moister. I would look around for similar recipes for brownies.

I've also made several baked good recipes from here and they have generally turned out well. I haven't tried these but they look interesting:
http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2012...
http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2014...
http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2014...

Sep 16, 2014
kathryn in Special Diets

4 ladies in NYC

What are the dates of your trip?

What is your budget for lunch or dinner, before tax, tip, wine/drinks?

Would the group be OK with a prix fixe?

For picky eaters, I usually recommend pizza/Italian, southern, burgers, steak, BBQ, farm-to-table spots, French brasserie, and comfort food. Many sit down places will have a burger or some sort of steak on the menu these days, anyway.

One of your upscale meals could be at a steakhouse or farm-to-table place.

Look at:
Otto
Motorino
Mighty Quinn's
Blue Smoke
Hill Country BBQ / Hill Country Fried Chicken
Root & Bone
Bobwhite
Clinton St Baking Co
Westville
Blue Ribbon Bakery
Shake Shack
The Dutch
Keens or Wolfgang's
Craft, Colicchio & Sons, or Riverpark
Gramercy Tavern
Hearth
Scarpetta
Balthazar

The latter ones on my list tend to be more expensive.

Sep 16, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan
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NYC visit October

The D&D on Broadway and Prince is a madhouse on weekends though, just so the OP is forewarned.

Sep 15, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan
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4 days and nights in Manhattan

Before Carnegie Hall, you could try to squeeze in a prix fixe dinner at the Modern. I mention prix fixe only if you want to get in that upscale meal w/o committing to a full tasting menu, that's all.

Definitely look at Lincoln before the Met Opera.

I might lean towards EMP if only because their tasting menu experience is so elaborate and the bar experience likely won't have a lot of that stuff.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/825873

I can't speak to wine (more of a cocktail person), unfortunately.

Sep 15, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

NYC visit October

Here's what I've written for other visitors & it may help you.
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Where are you coming from?

When are you coming? How long are you here? How many meals do you have available?

We don't want to recommend food that you might do better at home (i.e. BBQ to a Southerner, Mexican to an LA resident), but we also may have some cuisines you can't find at home...

I'd say we are pretty strong in a lot of different cuisines but not equally. Budget will makes big difference in where you can go.

Are you willing to wait for a table at a no reservations restaurant? If so, for how long?

How hard are you willing to work for a reservation at a restaurant that's hard to book?

What is your budget, per person, per meal, BEFORE tax, tip, wine/drinks/etc for your meals? It is much easier for us to help you if you give a pre-tax-and-tip figure.

Feel free to break out your budget in terms of upscale/fancy meals (and number of them) and cheaper/everyday meals.

What else are you doing while you are here? Planning around sightseeing, shopping, Broadway shows, etc? Also if you are sightseeing, to make the best use of your time, you should try to find things to eat to/from the tourist destinations or near the tourist destinations. Our tourist destinations are spread out all around town.

Note that popular places tend to book about a MONTH in advance. Most upscale restaurants serve weekday lunch (but not weekend lunch), and serve dinner Monday through Saturday, and are usually closed Sundays, though there are a few exceptions to the "closed Sundays" rule (ex: Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, Jean Georges).

Check out some "Only in NY" type foods while you're here: bagels and smoked salmon, pastrami on rye, pizza, hot dogs & papaya juice, black and white cookies, cheesecake, egg creams, pickles, halal carts.

Russ & Daughters (they have both a retail store and a sit down place now, busy on weekends), Katz's Deli (from When Harry Met Sally), Papaya King etc. (not gourmet but iconic), William Greenberg's black and whites, Junior's cheesecake, egg creams from Gem Spa or Ray's, Pickle Guys, the Halal Guys (53rd and 6th after sunset), are all iconic "NY" sorts of places that are worth a look.

Past "Uniquely NY" discussions:

Question to Locals
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/911971

Visitors, travellers, tourists and other Chowhounds who do not live in NYC, which places do you revisit when you visit Manhattan? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/912049

What says NYC to you?
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/929958

If you're interested in some of the places I listed above, you could do a LES food crawl. I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles and note that Economy Candy's address is incorrect:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333

Best NY style pizza:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/890813

We also have some of the harder to find Chinese cuisines: Henan, Shaanxi (Xian Famous Foods) and Fuzhou in Manhattan, and many more in Queens and Brooklyn (Shangdong/Qingdao and Dongbei to name a few). scoopG's Chinatown list (dependent upon where you are coming from these may be exotic or not... most places don't have Henan or Xian style food though):
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8343...

You might also want to do a restaurant doing creative takes on Asian, like at Momofuku Ssam Bar, Wong, Fatty Cue, Takashi, RedFarm, Mission Chinese, Jungsik, Kin Shop, or Danji.

My favorite unique places in NY serve Xian (Chinese) food, Issan (Thai) food, organic/local/sustainable Japanese BBQ, authentic Basque (Spanish) tapas, creative diner food, pretzels, hot dogs, halal food, steak, upscale rustic Italian, Italian subs, creative Italian-American, high end non-sushi Japanese (like kaiseki), creative desserts, molecular gastronomy, mixology/creative cocktails, and creative brunches (sometimes every day of the week).
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8383...

Some common tourist inquiries:

Notable food trucks/carts:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701278

Prix fixe lunch deals:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9247...

Late night dining:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/908581
Best Old New York Restaurants:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/697307

Old school cocktail bars

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/805116

Best mixology:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/925938

Best breakfast/brunch in NYC:
It is (IMO) at the Breslin, Locanda Verde, Shopsin's, Clinton St Baking Co., or Minetta Tavern.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8093...

Best bagels in NYC:
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/1...
Summary: the freshest bagels are the best; bagels don't age well at all. Focus on the smoked salmon instead. Preferably at Russ & Daughters! Featured in shows such as No Reservations and Louie!

I'm fond of red onion, capers, regular cream cheese, and tomato on mine. Try a few smoked salmons before you settle on one, they're surprisingly different (and lox is not the same as smoked salmon, because lox is salmon cured in salt brine, and most people actually prefer the more modern, Nova-style smoked salmon). You can get a mini-sized bagel sandwich at Russ & Daughters, too, if you wish. Takeout only.

Eating near tourist attractions:

Where to Eat Near Times Square:
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/833282

Where to Eat Near MoMA (the museum cafe is actually pretty good, as is the Modern next door):
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771459
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767638

Where to Eat Near Museum Mile (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney, Guggenheim, etc) on the UES:
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/963070
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906331
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793684
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/795435
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793684

Where to Eat Near the Museum of Natural History on the UWS:
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793258
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/748686

Where to Eat Near Macy's/Herald Square/Penn Station/Empire State Building:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/894256
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/725320
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/757797
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...

Where to Eat Near Grand Central/Midtown East:
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2014/0...
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...

Where to Eat in Soho:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701593
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7577...

Where to Eat near 5th Avenue shopping / Bloomingdale's / Rockefeller Center:
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/1...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9064...

Where to have dinner before a Broadway show/pre-theatre dining (many of the same Times Square recs also apply):
newyork.seriouseats.com/2014/04/where-to-eat-theater-district-updated.html
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/671275
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/755684
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/715535
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788254

Where to Eat Near the High Line:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/914864
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/912227
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/927420

Note that the High Line is quite long and has its own seasonal food vendors as well.
http://www.thehighline.org/about/high...

My recommendation is to start on the north end and walk south, as you can end at Chelsea Market near the southern end.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/966564
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/844638

Where to Eat Near the 9/11 Memorial:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8461...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/979827

Hudson Eats, an indoor food hall, is also nearby:
http://brookfieldplaceny.com/dining/a...

If you like the idea of RGR's self-guided LES tour above, check these out, too.

Maybe scoopG's self guided Chinatown tour:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7116...

A West Village food crawl
https://foursquare.com/kathrynyu/list...

East Village:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/882582

Sep 14, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan
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4 days and nights in Manhattan

You don't have to do the full pairing at Per Se either -- just ask for 2 or 3 glasses to be paired during the meal.

EMP and Per Se during one short trip is a lot though. EMP, and Per Se, plus Bouley seems like not a lot of diversity as well.

Have you done tasting menus this way before, back to back, or with only one day in between?

Where are the events you are attending? Perhaps you can squeeze in a nice Italian prix fixe one night (Lincoln?) or just something different from what you already have planned. Japanese, Mexican, Thai...

Sep 14, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

NYC visit October

From Canal St/Lafayette St you have a short walk up to Nolita where you'll find Rubirosa, Osteria Morini, and more. Eataly is not really near where you are staying. But if you're into shopping for Italian goods, definitely stop into Di Palo.

Avoid Little Italy, it is mostly tourist traps these days. However, I'd consider bookmarking/bringing along a list of all of these places:
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2014/0...

Their map/guide to the neighborhood is also great:
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...

So is this dessert posting:
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/05/be...

NYC 3 dinners

Do you care more about food or scene? The latter two skew more towards "scene" I think.

Sep 14, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

While we're at it, review our dining itinerary?

NB: Pearl Oyster Bar serves lunch only on weekdays. Not weekends. Closed Sundays.

Sep 13, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

While we're at it, review our dining itinerary?

BR Izakaya is on the LES. You're probably thinking of BR Bakery in the Village?

Sep 13, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

While we're at it, review our dining itinerary?

Thursday, we prefer to start at the northern end of the High Line and work our way down. You can choose from several food vendors on the HL for lunch as well. Or go to Chelsea Market.

Fridat, after Book of Mormon, go to Lanterns Keep. Make a reservation. It's in the Milk & Honey family. Excellent cocktails. Closed Sundays.

Sunday, after Quality Meats swing by the bar at Ma Peche.

If staying in the West Village, besides Employees Only and Little Branch, check out cocktails at Wallflower, the bar at Louro, the bar at Empellon Taqueria, Burning Waters, Pegu Club, ZZ's Clam Bar (make a reservation).

Joseph Leonard, Fedora, and their sister joints usually have pretty solid cocktails as well.

Sep 13, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Is it possible to get a quality cup of coffee between W. 57th St. and W. 84th St.?

Desperate times, desperate measures! There is a 'wichcraft kiosk serving La Colombe inside the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. W 62nd and Broadway. I've only been once or twice though.

Sep 13, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan

Best Cocktails 2014

Spicy Cucumber Margarita at Empellon Cocina & Taqueria: Pueblo Viejo Blanco, St Germain, cucumber puree, jalapeño tincture, fresh lime, chile salt

Sep 13, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan
1

Best Dishes 2014

Lamb Tartare, Avocado Leaf, Pasilla Oaxaqueña, Guaje Seeds at Empellon Cocina

Sep 13, 2014
kathryn in Manhattan
2