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Wall Street, Penn Station, Met

If near Wall you want a truly wonderful dinner, SHO (next to Stock Exchange) hands down. One of best in city but slides a bit under the radar probably because of location. By Met I assume you mean Lincoln Center, in which case ditto Bar Boulud, Boulud Sud and maybe Salumeria Rossi. Cafe des artistes, Jean-Georges, but these might be beyond what you're hoping to spend.
Penn area is a bit slim but I'd definitely second Keens for steaks/chops/old school (think dark wood, fireplaces, 10,000 clay pipes). Maybe something in Koreatown?

Apr 04, 2012
hilogo in Manhattan

1st NYC trip, fine dining chosen, now looking for best pizza, hot dog, deli etc...

Definitely second avoiding Serendipity (screaming kids jacked on frozen hot choc, closed down a bit ago for unsanitary kitchen/health code violations, long pointless waits). Katz's is best for pastrami (second the less lean, only way to go) but try to go week-day, non-dinner hours or just plan for a bit of a line. Walk across street for outstanding gelato (Il Laboratorio). John's pizza seems to my humble opinion to be not as strong. Enjoy.

Il Laboratorio del Gelato
188 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Apr 26, 2011
hilogo in Manhattan

Help Me Find Markets and Restuarants in the LES!

Was sort of pan-spanish and speakeasy now gone it seems was more in street than downstairs, newly redone looks like they're trying to run legit resto now.

Mar 08, 2011
hilogo in Manhattan

John Dory Oyster Bar?

Just had lunch there today. No wait at 1:15. On the whole, not especially impressed. I'm a big fan of Spotted Pig and of pretty muc all things seafood so was hoping for some "wow". Lobster chowder was overwhelmed by a very fishy stock (to me it seemed maybe not so fresh, to my chef-companion that they'd used too strong of a fish in the stock); char pate quite good but nothing exceptional; oyster selection decent but by no means inspired (odd for an oyster bar); oyster roast very rich, strong on the tarragon (which I love) but, again, nothing special; chorizo--stuffed squid maybe gets an "interesting" but certainly no fawning; And I couldn't get rid of the impression that things weren't very fresh. Not an accusation, just a lingering sense.

Service a little weak but not terrible (place wasn't full so I have no idea how they handle a crowd but I can see how it would contribute to wait time). Could certainly be speedier. Neighboring customer unknowingly dropped his napkin and at least three service people walked right by/over it. Minor event but seemed in type. Maybe just needs a bit stricter discpline?? Train to pay closer attention? Noise level pretty high because of all the hard surfaces (again, wasn't full, can't imagine it with a crowd). Most seating is along shallow counters so pairs/couples will work best.

On balance, it may have some promise but I'd probably suggest waiting until they're up to speed.

Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Feb 25, 2011
hilogo in Manhattan

Looking for a place that takes reservations - something similar to The Breslin, John Dory, Joseph Leonard

Don't know if you've made your trip yet but what about BLT Fish? Blue Ribbon? Mermaid Oyster Bar.

BLT Fish
21 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

Mermaid Oyster Bar
79 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Feb 25, 2011
hilogo in Manhattan

Saturday night in Manhattan...great late dinner & drinks

Very quickly off the top of my head, Lure Fishbar. Great fish,seafood, sushi, oysters, excellent drinks, old (power) boat decor.

Jun 25, 2010
hilogo in Manhattan

Back-to-Basics Lobster Roll at Luke's

FYI, as anyone from Maine especially can tell you, a Lobster roll has zero mayo, no celery, is served warmed and sauteed in a bit of butter. What you describe is a Lobster Salad Roll.

Oct 19, 2009
hilogo in Features