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Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

Thank you, great ideas. I didn't know there was a Yemeni restaurant. Interesting.

I found out there used to be an Iraqi restaurant but it is closed.

Apr 10, 2015
flygirl in Manhattan

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

Hi

Given how short this trip is going to be, we may just stick to Manhattan. Although Brooklyn for part of the day may be a thing. I do want to take him across the Brooklyn Bridge - and visit the new WTC etc.

Apr 10, 2015
flygirl in Manhattan

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

Sounds excellent.

Apr 10, 2015
flygirl in Manhattan

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

Thanks.

Apr 10, 2015
flygirl in Manhattan

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

Thank you. I don't believe I've been to Harlem before so we will check it out.

Given that this may be only three nights I think we will have to stick to Manhattan. Although Brooklyn is "the thing" in Paris so maybe...

Apr 10, 2015
flygirl in Manhattan

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

Thank you!

Apr 10, 2015
flygirl in Manhattan

Washington DC and VA burbs "ethnic" restaurants

Thank you everyone! Such wonderful ideas. I forgot to mention Korean. He's already told me he hasn't had it yet.

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

Thank you kathryn and boredough. Great ideas. I will leave it up to him - he may well want just American cuisine. I was hoping to give him options, though. He hasn't had Korean BBQ before, for instance. I do want to take him to the Doughnut Plant one morning - and City Bakery. Well, I want to go. And I'll drag him along.

Also good PIZZA! There was a fantastic place right next to the old Limelight church... I can't recall the name but it was well regarded and quite good.

Any ideas about Tunisian or Iraqi food, though? He may enjoy that too.

Apr 09, 2015
flygirl in Manhattan

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

Good morning

I have a friend visiting from Paris this summer. We are spending 3-4 days in NYC.

I know nothing can compare to Paris restaurants, but I'd like to try. I am sure I can show him Ethiopian, Afghan, Lebanese, Peruvian, Moroccan, Vietnamese, Korean.. given that this is the US I will have to show him Mexican. I know he likes BBQ, too.

Can you tell me please: 1. what other countries have I forgotten? I know with only 3-4 days I will need to triage for the best and 2. any places you would recommend for each country? I'm not thinking about western European cuisines, although one or two great examples of US cuisine would be good.

He is French with Iraqi/Tunisian background - so bonus if there are places to eat in NYC of their cuisines. He can't eat pork. Halal meat would be a bonus although I don't think he's that strict - but definitely no pork.

Thank you for any ideas!

Apr 09, 2015
flygirl in Manhattan

Washington DC and VA burbs "ethnic" restaurants

Good morning

I have a friend visiting from Paris this summer.

I know nothing can compare to Paris restaurants, but I'd like to try. I know I can show him Ethiopian, Afghan, Lebanese, Peruvian, Moroccan, Vietnamese.. given that this is the US I will have to show him Mexican. I know he likes BBQ, too.

Can you tell me please: 1. what other countries have I forgotten? and 2. any places you would recommend for each country? I'm not thinking about western European cuisines, although one or two great examples of US cuisine would be good.

He is French with Iraqi/Tunisian background. He can't eat pork but otherwise he's good to go. Halal meat would be a bonus although I don't think he's that strict - but definitely no pork.

Thank you for any ideas!

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

Hello everyone

Thank you all so much for the assistance on this trip. It was very helpful and we will use this information again.

Here is a list of what we did (no review, just list):

Saturday night (arrival day): Toloache

Sunday: Doughnut Plant in LES. Then a stroll to the San Gennaro festival where we split an Italian sausage sandwich. Dinner was Bobby Van (boo)

Monday: City Bakery for breakfast, then a stroll to Chelsea Market to wander. Birreria for lunch. Campbell Apartment for drinks. Dinner was Bar Americain.

Tuesday AM before we hopped on the train for the HV: Doughnut Plant in Chelsea.

Friday afternoon back in town, "dinner"/late lunch at R Lounge which was really, really good. Grilled Cheese as well as Philly Cheesesteak, and drinks. Don't scoff but that small meal scored very highly - much higher than Bobby Van's and to be honest I'd go back there before Bar Americain! After a movie we had Cheesecake at Juniors.

Saturday: Wandered to Orwashers for pastries (found on Yelp, wanted something on Upper East Side as I was hoping we'd do Museum Mile). Kind of blah but nice walk along 78th and then Madison. Then snacks on top of Met roof. Grimaldi's pizza for late lunch. We had Kinky Boots tickets and we were too full to eat before it, but, had Shake Shack cheeseburger and fries right afterwards.

Sunday: Brunch at Petrossian.

Sep 24, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

Hi everyone

Thank you again for all the recos. This is a partial update - we are here, actually in the Hudson Valley since yesterday, and back in Manhattan Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon.

Saturday night was Toloache (already reserved) and Sunday was supposed to be the LES food tour but after the Doughnut Plant (excellent, four doughnuts) we wandered to the San Gennaro festival and eventually split a grilled sausage sandwich.

We had 2 PM LES TM rez and so there went the rest of the time to do the LES food walk because we also had to fit in not only the 911 memorial but also the Brooklyn Bridge walk. Mom did fabulously, by the way. Completely full of energy and kept the pace all day. Sunday Sept 15 marked the 6 month mark after her last chemo treatment. We took cabs from point to point. Sunday was a regrettable dinner at Bobby Van's. Never ask the concierge for recos.

What I didn't do (and shame on me) was to print and map out these wonderful recos other than the LES food walk. Our plans have been somewhat on the fly and other than the LES I didn't map out locations very well. I really should have taken the advice to specifically map out places near the Hilton. Shame, shame on me. This is what happens when you spend all day sightseeing, get back and just want something to eat.

Monday morning was City Bakery (planned - and yay) and lunch was Birreria (planned). Monday night, again, tired, and since I knew Bar Americain was nearby we went there.

Tuesday AM we just had to go back to Doughnut Plant and this time went to their 23rd street location and then ate a few in the park near the Flatiron Bldg. Those were 50 dollar doughnuts. 24 in cabs and 26 for doughnuts and coffee/chai. Ouch. We made it back in time to get the cab to Grand Central Station for our HV portion of this trip.

Back on Friday - and I am definitely using the recos here. Our time Friday afternoon/Saturday will be mostly Hilton area and north since we did so much to the south already. We didn't have pizza yet, though, so we might have to venture south at least once...

BTW we did walk through Chelsea Market but since we had just eaten at City Bakery and had the Birreria planned as well we didn't eat a thing there. That would be a good place for meals though.

Thank you again for all the great tips. Even if I don't use all recos this time, I will be coming back to this thread for subsequent trips, too.

ps. although if anyone has a really good pastry shop reco near Central Park South we'd love that because I can see another breakfast being a walk with pastries and coffee... :)

Sep 18, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Hilton Head Island area foodie places?

I can confirm it's quite good. Not cheap though - you'll pay DC area prices, easily.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Southeast

Hilton Head Island (HHI) - Report on Food

I thought an update was in order. While HHI and Bluffton had dismal restaurants in 2007, the food scene has improved drastically since then. It's still not Charlston or Savannah, but they have upped their game considerably.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Southeast

First visit to Savannah

You've got a great list. Not sure what else you are looking for?

Crystal Beer Parlor is fun with good food, I would go back.

I've heard Local 11 Ten is fantastic, but haven't been yet. Two different friends with excellent taste raved about it, so there's that.

The NOLA place on the riverfront is decent and has an outdoor patio if you want that.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Southeast

Driving from Pittsburgh to Hilton Head, good food cities along the way?

Town House Restaurant in Chilhowie, Virginia, would have been a good choice but apparently it closed. It was a destination restaurant out in the middle of no-where.

ps. once in Bluffton/Hilton Head/Savannah you will be spoiled for choices.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Southeast

Where to eat in Bluffton??? (Staying at Inn at Palmetto Bluff)

Neo is fairly new and is a great choice.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Southeast

Brunch in NYC, near High Line.

This sounds fantastic.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

OMG! You go to Peru for 36 hours and look what is waiting for you when you get home. I'm putting my big THANK YOU up near the top so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle. Still getting used to the embedded replies which seem to start their own little side conversations.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

New restaurant in Lima: IK.

Lima has become quite the food destination over the past decade. I went with my team to a brand-spanking-new restaurant on Monday night. This was a quickie business trip, I don't live in Lima.

It was called IK (ee-kah) and is only two weeks old. It's the initials of the owner/chef who died in December and his brother is carrying on the torch for him - left his own restaurant in Barcelona to run this one in Lima.

Apparently the owner/chef and some of the team came from El Bulli if I am not mistaken. I didn't quite get the whole story but I found this below.

http://www.peruthisweek.com/food-ivan...

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

Thank you. We are all so glad Mom is doing so well.

Aug 07, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

Whoa! Thank you Kathryn. Lots of fantastic ideas. How to narrow it down to so few meals though!

And thanks for the HV reco too. I made rez at the CIA, I will now make rez at the place you mentioned.

David, thank you as well.

Aug 04, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

My Mom isn't the most adventurous eater. I don't think 8 would fly. Now, if we're talking blinis, that's one thing - she'd be all over that. But chicken feet, etc. - no way.

I visited Toloache with a friend after a play a year or so ago. Yep, it was loud. We did sit on the main level.

Aug 04, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Very Casual Italian Restaurant Suggestions for Sunday Evening

Hi,

If I could butt into this thread with a question of my own...

I've been to i trulli and liked it, so there's that.. it's Apulian, yes (trulli?)...?

Of any of the above in this list, have you had killer ravioli in a butter / sage sauce at any of them? And who makes the best bolognese sauce, in your opinion?

Many thanks.

Aug 04, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

Thank you for the recos. I know of a few places nearby that we will dine - Toloache, for one.

I probably should have mentioned - I'm not into the touristy places (Eataly, notwithstanding, we have to visit) and Mom's more or less up for anything but seafood.

I was thinking of "what pizza place can we just not miss" etc.

Our last visit together was just a weekend and we went to Bouley's and also Balthazar. I'm thinking that our lunches will likely be near the current site visited and breakfast and dinner could be wherever. For instance, we will be hauling our butts down to City Bakery one morning for sure.

Thanks again for all thoughts.

ps. Maze - will check it out. For some reason I think I've been to Rue 57 before.

Our last visit had us at the Michelangelo which is more or less the same 'hood.

EDIT AGAIN:

I did some digging, someone had a nice list of what they consider to be ten food experiences to aim for:

1. A bagel with Nova and a schmear.
2. A slice (of Pizza, silly)
3. Jewish deli food
4. A steak house
5. Something from a street vendor
6. An expensive power-scene restaurant
7. A hip and swank new place that is turning out cutting edge food for beautiful people
8. Odd ethnic food that is only found in NY or the original country. (Check the boards!)
9. An old, crusty, NY establishment
10. That one only-in-New-York restaurant that you've always dreamed of going to.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/213576

I would probably knock off 4 6 7 and 8.

Aug 04, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

Thank you so much Charles and Rottyguy!

We will take it easy on the "bad for you, but so good, foods". Maybe those places will be just a visit and a taste instead of an actual meal. Or she can taste what I order, and we'll get something better for herself.

Aug 04, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

Good morning

This is a celebration trip that I have planned. I want it to be special for my Mom.

I am taking her on a week long visit to NYC (with three nights in the Hudson Valley). She had a really rough year - diagnosed with breast cancer just a few weeks before her 71st birthday (by the time of our September arrival it will be just about one year since her diagnosis) and had to deal with three surgeries and then chemo. Her last chemo was March 15 and she's doing great. Her energy is back and she's eating with gusto.

I have been taking her on annual trips to Europe with me for the past several years but I figured something closer to home might be nice - no jet lag to contend with.

So: where to eat? I visit NYC usually 1-2X a year (I live in metro DC) but those tend to be weekend trips and many times theater menus.

We won't be leaving Manhattan with our five nights which means 5 breakfasts and five dinners, and four lunches. Snacking too!

When I think of NYC I think of pizza and bagels and delis. That sort of thing. But, where to go to get them? And what else says "New York"?

We are staying at the Hilton on 53rd, and will probably be all over the map - the Frick, the Neue Galerie, the UN, the Met, the Tenement Museum, the Highline, Soho, etc. I tend to doubt we will go much above 86th street, though (although if the food is amazing, we might!).

Thank you for any thoughts.

Aug 04, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Philadelphia Mike's in Reston is closed?

OK, thanks. At least there are options. I will check out Jimmy's and The Deli.

Hudson Valley farmer markets - also in NYC itself (below Central Park)

Thank you everyone, I've noted the comments. Will hit up Union Square for sure.

Jun 21, 2013
flygirl in Manhattan

Philadelphia Mike's in Reston is closed?

Oh woe is me! I hardly ever leave the Town Center at lunch, and today was the day I had the chance to do so - I was hankering for a good slobbery cheesesteak.

They are gone! Did they move? Why did they close?

Where do you go in the Reston/Sterling/Herndon/Ashburn area for good cheesesteak sandwiches?