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Recs for Upper West Side

Not sure about their locavore creds, but Kefi and Pio Pio are both great UWS options. Both can get a little loud during peak hours though.

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Pio Pio Salon
702 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

Kefi
505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

Apr 25, 2011
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Cheap and delicious [London]

Just moved to London, and starting a column for SeriousEats.com in New York City on cheap, delicious food in London. It's aimed primarily at Americans visiting the UK, but it would be great to introduce locals to unique, out of the way places that they might not have known about too.

Any thoughts on places I have to check out/write about? Suggestions and guidance are greatly appreciated!

Dec 07, 2010
quandros in U.K./Ireland

Quiet, empty but nice enough LES/East Village/Chinatown Sat night 8pm with a group?

Congee Village on SE corner of Allen and Delancey is big, decent, and has a full bar (and even has private rooms downstairs, if you can talk them into letting you use them.) They have a small bar area, but it's really a restaurant - not worth going if you're not going to sit down and eat.

You also might try An Choi, on Orchard just south of Broome. Good Vietnamese food, good drinks, big central table if they're not crowded.

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Congee Village
100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

An Choi
85 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Dec 07, 2010
quandros in Manhattan

A True Literary Cafe Anywhere in New York??

It's out of the area you specified, but I love the Hungarian Pastry Shop on Amsterdam avenue btwn 110th and 111th. The downside is it's often crowded with Columbia students, but this time of year it shouldn't be too bad. Free refills on coffee and tea, and the pastries and cookies are great.

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Hungarian Pastry Shop
1030 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

May 11, 2010
quandros in Manhattan

Cheap-eats food itinerary for 4 days in Manhattan?

For hummus, check out Hummus Asli, on Kenmare and Lafayette - great little Israeli place with amazing pita and hummus.

For South America, I'd recommend Caracas, on 7th st btwn 1st and A, although be prepared to wait for a table since it's almost always crowded. The menu there is mostly arepas, which are small but delicious and surprisingly filling.

May 02, 2010
quandros in Manhattan

Quinessential NY food.

Re Chinese food - I'm not a big fan of Peking Duck house or Dim Sum Gogo. I haven't had peking duck that I liked in New York, but if you're looking for good duck (and amazing food in general), Wu Liang Ye on 48th btwn 5th and 6th is probably the best Szechuan food in manhattan. They have a camphor tea smoked duck that is excellent, as are most dishes on their menu - for the most part the strange they sound, the better they are.

For dim sum, Jing Fong (Elizabeth btwn Canal and Bayard) is a fun experience and the food is pretty good but inconsistent. Go early (by 11am) for the good stuff here. There's also a good dim sum place on the corner of Pell and Mott st, but I can't remember the name. Better food than Jing Fong, but less variety and less of an "experience".

Really good dumplings, 5 for a dollar, on Mosco St just west of Mott.

Feb 24, 2009
quandros in Manhattan

Calling all Wu Liang Ye Frequenters--any great veg dishes?

The Yibin city string beans are excellent, although I think it might have meat in it. Maybe you can order without?

Jan 29, 2009
quandros in Manhattan