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tourist in NY

ok so after going through the Frommers guide, the (their 38 essential for Mar 2010), the Top 50 from NYTimes (, the best of 2009 from Citysearch by cuisine (


...i've come up with this list. would be very grateful for opionions and replies for glaring omissions!
where there are multiple entries for same cuisine, i would appreciate feedback as to which to not bother with
(oh and i need recommendations on pizza's :)
many thanks!

Restaurant - Food
Home - American
Norma's - American Breakfast
Diner - American Diner
Balthazar Bakery - Bakery (French)
Almondine Bakery- Bakery (French)
blaue Gans -Bavarian/German
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que -BBQ
Fette Sau -BBQ
Blue Smoke- BBQ
Virgils Real BBQ -BBQ
Shopsin's -Breakfast
Shake Shack -Burger
Great NY Noodle Town- Chinese
Cafe Habana -Cuban
Bagatelle -French
Le Bernardin- French
Jean Georges- French (fine dining)
Ouest -French / American Traditional
Balthazar -French Bistro
Le Bilboquet- French Bistro
Degustation- French/Spanish Tapas
WestVille -Hot Dogs
il Laboratorio del Gelato- Ice Cream
Devi -Indian
Babbo -Italian
Del Posto -Italian
Locanda Verde- Italian (Rustic)
Peasant -Italian (Tuscan)
The Spotted Pig- Italian and British
Zenkichi -Japanese
Ippudo NY -Japanese
Momofuku Ssam Bar -Korean/Global/Eclectic
Maz Mezcal Mexican -Mexican
Agave - Mexican Fusion -Mexican
Tanoreen -Middle Eastern
Lombardi's -Pizza
Aldea -Portugeuse
Mermaid Inn- Seafood
Socarrat -Spanish (paella bar)
Casa Mono Menu- Spanish (tapas)
Strip House -Steak
Keens Steakhouse -Steak
BLT Steakhouse -Steak
sushi yasuda -Sushi
Pam Real Thai Food -Thai
Momofuku Ssäm Bar

Cafe Habana
229 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Casa Mono
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Shake Shack
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

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

Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Mermaid Inn
96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Pam Real Thai
404 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

Blue Smoke
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

Maz Mezcal
316 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

259 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Strip House
13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
777 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

Jul 07, 2010
quachb76 in Manhattan

tourist in NY

thanks Blacken! great post.
(nice dig about the coffee :P)

Jul 01, 2010
quachb76 in Manhattan

tourist in NY

quite an interesting offer... and entertaining viewing, but i dont think spending a day eating/sampling as much as i can is all that appealing :P
but thank you ! anyway Geo8rge!
but its nice to see a different take, away from the tourist and well known hot spots

Jun 23, 2010
quachb76 in Manhattan

tourist in NY

thanks to everyone for you contribution!
busy busy compiling all the info together and creating a hit list! :D

Jun 21, 2010
quachb76 in Manhattan

tourist in NY

hey sam thanks for the list! very good indeed! will definitely use that

oliver - thank you also. yes, as you pointed out, there is just so much information that only a local resident i think, could give you the best picture. the lonely planet guide (2008) was written by 4 co-authors all living in manhattan, so that im sure has to have some credibility. it';s like if someone came to Sydney, i could instantly point them to my fav top 10. but again it's very subjective

Jun 20, 2010
quachb76 in Manhattan

tourist in NY

Hi All,

ok so i've read through a number of posts and taken in varying tips and people's favourites about where to eat whilst in NY - manhatten.

i guess the problem is that there is just so much information, and particularly when everyone voices their own different opinion. ultimately what you get is hundreds of recommendation to different places. and ultimately for a first timer to NY, im left just as directionless as i was before i started researching.

just wondering if there is a top 20 or so list of places to eat in NY. has one already been created on this website or other websites? I understand everyone has their favourites and hence one person's top 20 might differ from another's. but i guess unanimously, there would be a handful of restaurants/eateries/cafes/..heck even a hot dog cart...that people would agree upon as a must try

my partner and I are arriving in NY from Sydney, Australia, in late july and leaving early August (13days) to be spent solely on absorbing what NY city has to offer. 13 days means around 40 meals! so it'd be great to have some sort of comprehensive foodies list to tick off.

open to trying out everything - from street food to high end restaurants.
we've got the frommers NY guide and the Lonely Planet guide, but in addition to these, it would be great to have a list (if one exists) voted upon by locals or even those who ferquent NY city enough, to say... if you're in NY, you must try this place....


Jun 20, 2010
quachb76 in Manhattan