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

I'm surprised to see you say that many people in California have never had good pizza, if you're including San Francisco in that category. I've had good pizza in several places in SF, though none recently enough to recommend it.

Anyway, the original Patsy's is in Spanish Harlem, and it's generally considered better than the other places named "Patsy's." There are plenty of other good pizzerias in Manhattan in various different styles. Back in the day, sliceny.com used to be a good source of information, but it was bought by Serious Eats, which has a problematic user interface for a search for timely information on New York pizzerias, I find. This list of the top 10 pizzas in New York, from July, 2011, is seriously dated, but we could at least discuss them:

http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

On the face of it, I disagree with some of them, then and now (for example, Sal & Carmine's, L&B). I don't know some of these places, and perhaps some are no longer in business.

about 7 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

TIBERIAS NY GREAT PIZZA

First post also, so no track record. I hope s/he comes back and makes another comment.

about 8 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

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

San Francisco has very good pizza, so I would disagree in this case.

Also, I didn't think of the idea that this might be a guided tour. I don't think a guide is necessary at all.

about 8 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

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

No, it's an excellent idea, and I think that this is an excellent time for pizza in Manhattan.

about 14 hours ago
Pan in Manhattan

TIBERIAS NY GREAT PIZZA

Thanks for the recommendation. What other kosher eateries do you like in Manhattan? I'd be particularly interested in inexpensive to moderate-priced (no more than $65/person or so, including a glass of their lower-end wine, if any, tax and tip) kosher places within a 12-block radius of 84 St. and Broadway.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Getenypure (chestnut puree - with tejszinhabb [schlag], of course), right? Extremely common - and delicious - dessert in Hungary. If you've never seen that anywhere else, that just shows how poor Manhattan is in Hungarian food, nowadays.

1 day ago
Pan in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

I totally agree.

Sep 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

Thanks. I see their chef used to work at Saigon Grill. Is the food at A La Saigon similar in taste?

Sep 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Favorite wine shop recs?

If there are any bottles left, get one. It's just the smoothest, most delicious rye.

Sep 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

4 days and nights in Manhattan

Some of us have found it very unreliable in quality. You go all the time? Did you have any bad experiences, and has it become more consistent lately?

Sep 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

4 ladies in NYC

If you're willing to go to Jackson Heights, Queens, you can have a look at this recent post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9872...

Also do a search of the Outer Boroughs board and ask for advice on that board.

Manhattan is much weaker for Mexican cuisine, though Spanish Harlem is the borough's hotbed for it. I haven't tried any north of 97 St., but do a search of this board for "Mexican Spanish Harlem."

Sep 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

4 ladies in NYC

Sep 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

4 ladies in NYC

I doubt an Australian will find any of that impressive. Australia is full of East and Southeast Asian cuisine, this is a crowd that wants to go to upscale Italian restaurants and probably wouldn't like any of the food at the San Gennaro festival (I am doing my best to avoid it but in past years never found anything good there), and I feel sure Australia has falafel better than Mamoun's (as indeed we do in New York), which in its original New York location I always found perfectly OK but nothing incredible. As for pizza, almost anywhere isn't good, and if Monsgrantmorg wants recommendations for really good pizza, we should offer some. So Monsgrantmorg, are you interested in pizzeria recommendations, and if so, how nice does the room have to be?

Sep 18, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

La Saigon - is that a new place, or perhaps a new name for an existing place? Not Banh Mi Saigon, right?

Sep 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Fogo de Chao: A Meat Journey

Great post, thank you!

Sep 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

4 days and nights in Manhattan

I've been to Lincoln so far only for a Restaurant Week lunch, but I had wine with it and it was good and pleasant. I wouldn't worry about their wine list one bit.

Sep 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan
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4 days and nights in Manhattan

It's been a while. It's mostly that the door got replaced, but I think they did a bit more work (I have trouble remembering what).

Sep 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Balvanera (LES)

I haven't been there in a few years and I notice the prices have crept up, but I always thought of it as an economical steakhouse and a pleasant place with good meat, including not only steak but also sausages (I love morcilla) and sweetbreads, good wines, and delicious desserts (I loved the panqueques de dulce de leche). Looking over their menu, some of their steak is still under $30, so that's really not bad. I'm craving some entraƱa right about now... :-) http://www.buenosairesnyc.com/

Sep 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

NYC visit October

A great man, but just so you know, everyone still calls that avenue by its original name of 8th Avenue.

Sep 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Favorite wine shop recs?

Yeah, I love Astor. Warehouse Wines and Liquors on Broadway and Waverly is cheaper and the staff there, too, give good recommendations, but Astor has a wider selection.

Let me tell you about my last trip there a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to get a friend of mine who was getting married a great rye for part of her wedding gift, so I checked Warehouse, which didn't carry the ryes I was interested in for a gift (they do carry my standby, Templeton). When I walked into Astor Wines, I noticed that a wine tasting was taking place. Three South African wines were being poured, all of them lovely. Then on my way to the whiskey section, I passed a table set up for gin tastings. This gin was infused with a bunch of different spices, examples of which were set out in a divided display for easy viewing, and it was very pleasant - the first time I've ever tasted a gin that I enjoyed sipping straight. Once I got to the whiskey area, I looked for Angel's Envy rye. I didn't find it, so I spoke with a saleswoman who said she remembered that was an Astor Wines special and checked the computer to confirm that. She told me and my girlfriend that she thought there was an open bottle in the back, and a couple of minutes later, came back with half shots for herself and the two of us, who agreed it was the best rye we'd ever tasted. This was a special edition of a couple of barrels of Angel's Envy rye, made to Astor Wines' specifications, and there were 4 bottles left. I thanked the saleswoman, bought the rye, asking the cashier to gift-wrap it, and went merrily on my way.

Astor's website is http://www.astorwines.com/

Sep 16, 2014
Pan in Manhattan
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4 days and nights in Manhattan

1 block south of Canal on the corner of Bayard and Bowery. And I'd call it super-informal, though the bathrooms are less gross since they were renovated (I can attest to the men's room, anyway). I don't mean to run the place down, as I've been a regular since the late 70s, I think; just telling it like it is.

Sep 15, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Large-party Sunday brunch

You didn't mention your price range.

Sep 14, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Kefi downhill alert?

That's a pretty disappointing report and experience for you. And what's worse is that the kinds of things you describe sound like actual recipe changes, not just an off day.

Sep 14, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Beijing Pop Kebab -- new nothern Chinese restaurant at 122 Mulberry

Thanks for the exciting news and the reports! I loved getting dumplings and pickles in Beijing.

Sep 14, 2014
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Nothing expensive in lower Manhattan

Yeah, if you want cheap baked goods, wherever the best dan tat places are now in Chinatown (I think the place on the corner of Grand and Forsyth is probably still at least relatively good, but I haven't had a dan tat for months) and Moishe's Bake Shop are mostly between 1/4 and 1/2 the prices that Kayser charges, but the items are really different in character.

Sep 14, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

2 Burn-Your-Face-Off Spicy Dinners?

I found it quite spicy, but I'm not one to order a level 5 of spiciness. I order level 3 or 3 1/2, and the duck pad ped was a bit challenging for me at that level - in a good way. The flavors were wonderfully balanced.

Sep 13, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Good mexican restaurant in Manhattan?

In addition to what others have posted, they use liquid smoke. I haven't been there in ages, and the last x-number of times I went there (probably over 20 years ago), my stomach felt like I had eaten kerosene and lit a match. :-)

Sep 13, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Nothing expensive in lower Manhattan

Oh, sorry, you're right: It's Maison Kayser. Yeah, it's not cheap, but it's a good value, and really, getting a single pastry there to go is not so much money. It's not like a $12 high-end restaurant dessert (and some of them are even more expensive now).

Sep 13, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

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

That's good to hear, but with so many other Italian options, I probably won't, unless someone else is paying.

Sep 13, 2014
Pan in Manhattan

Dinner for a large group (25 people), $100 incl. of tax & tip

Restaurants tend to charge more for large groups, as they require a prix fixe. Even Supper Restaurant charged $75/person for a prix fixe plus wine for the table a couple of years ago when my friend had a birthday party there, as I recall. If $100 including tax and tip is your maximum, you should probably be less ambitious than the restaurants you already called, which are rather upscale. So it seems to me, your options are probably a neighborhood Italian place similar to Supper or some other serviceable place like that (maybe Kefi if they can give you a private room?) or a Chinese banquet at a place like Oriental Garden or, if a lot of the crowd likes spicy food, a place like Legend.

Sep 12, 2014
Pan in Manhattan