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NY first-timer with adventurous palate

Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions thus far! I feel like I'd be doing myself a great disservice by limiting myself to Manhattan alone. The friend that I am staying with is eager to take me outside of town and show me some scenic spots. Lastly, I have to admit that Peter Luger's is near the top of my list, and after your guys endorsements I'll be making reservations asap. Thanks again, and please keep em' comin'!

Matt

Apr 28, 2012
moongas44 in Outer Boroughs

Manhattan virgin with adventurous palate

Wow! Thanks the overwhelmingly great responses in less than a day. I have heard of some of these places, and will definitely be looking heavily into the ones that I have not. I would say that my budget is pretty flexible. Not looking to empty the accounts at most meals, but I am definitely willing to spend for quality. I currently live in Dallas, Texas, which surprisingly has more culinary offerings than you might imagine (I realize it pales in comparison to your selection). I hope for many more suggestions and can't wait to go see what I've been missing for all these years. Keep em' comin'!

@kathryn thanks for the posting etiquette tips, would hate to miss out on these great suggestions

Apr 28, 2012
moongas44 in Manhattan

NY first-timer with adventurous palate

I posted this initially on Manhattan board. I just wanted to post here as well to get a broader perspective. Not wanting to necessarily confine myself to Manhattan. Should have stated that in my post. Sorry for the confusion.

Apr 27, 2012
moongas44 in Outer Boroughs

NY first-timer with adventurous palate

Hello all! My name is Matt and I am traveling to NYC with my wife at the end of May to stay with a friend that lives in the UES of Manhattan. At age 27, this will be my inaugural visit to your sprawling metropolis. My wife and I like to consider ourselves entry-level foodies, and are unspeakably excited about spending a week in one of our country's great food meccas. We will be staying in town for 7 nights and would like to hear some locals opinions on some can't miss dining adventures. We wouldn't mind any suggestions, even touristy ones that might intrigue an outsider. However, we are admittedly partial to off-the-beaten-path eateries where food (not necessarily status and ambiance) is the focus. We would ideally like to sample a wide range of cuisines, and are honestly up for trying anything if it tastes good. I realize that a week is obviously not near enough time to sample all of the vibrant offerings that NY has to offer, but we'd love to say that we've eaten at some of your better places. So come on guys, it's bragging time! I'm looking for heavily opinionated responses, with rationale and 'best dishes' if possible.
Off the top of my head questions:
Where's the best place to be outside while drinking a local brew?
Best (freshest) sushi in town, what makes it stand out?
Most authentic NY steak, why?
Where would you drink a cocktail with some of your closest friends?
Can't miss people-watching vantage points?
Best live music venues?
Where should I satisfy the healthy eater in me after a turbulent evening about town?
Where should I satisfy the drunk eater in me during the wee hours of the morning?
Best dive bar?
Freshest seafood around?
The ultimate NY hot dog, where does it live?
What to avoid at all costs even if others swear we must go?
Sorry to ramble on, but we are brimming over with anticipation. Any help with my food upcoming food and beverage excursion would be sincerely appreciated. Hope to hear from many of you guys soon as I continue to investigate your town's exceptional dining options.

So Thankful,
Matt

Apr 27, 2012
moongas44 in Outer Boroughs

Manhattan virgin with adventurous palate

Hello all! My name is Matt and I am traveling to NYC with my wife at the end of May to stay with a friend that lives in the UES of Manhattan. At age 27, this will be my inaugural visit to your sprawling metropolis. My wife and I like to consider ourselves entry-level foodies, and are unspeakably excited about spending a week in one of our country's great food meccas. We will be staying in town for 7 nights and would like to hear some locals opinions on some can't miss dining adventures. We wouldn't mind any suggestions, even touristy ones that might intrigue an outsider. However, we are admittedly partial to off-the-beaten-path eateries where food (not necessarily status and ambiance) is the focus. We would ideally like to sample a wide range of cuisines, and are honestly up for trying anything if it tastes good. I realize that a week is obviously not near enough time to sample all of the vibrant offerings that NY has to offer, but we'd love to say that we've eaten at some of your better places. So come on guys, it's bragging time! I'm looking for heavily opinionated responses, with rationale and 'best dishes' if possible.
Off the top of my head questions:
Where's the best place to be outside while drinking a local brew?
Best (freshest) sushi in town, what makes it stand out?
Most authentic NY steak, why?
Where would you drink a cocktail with some of your closest friends?
Where should I satisfy the healthy eater in me after a turbulent evening about town?
Where should I satisfy the drunk eater in me during the wee hours of the morning?
Best dive bar?
Freshest seafood around?
The ultimate NY hot dog, where does it live?
What to avoid at all costs even if others swear we must go?
Sorry to ramble on, but we are brimming over with anticipation. Any help with my food upcoming food and beverage excursion would be sincerely appreciated. Hope to hear from many of you guys soon as I continue to investigate your town's exceptional dining options. I will also be posting this on the 'outer boroughs' board in hopes of broadening my scope of responses.

So Thankful,
Matt

Apr 27, 2012
moongas44 in Manhattan