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Good Eats - 6th & 38th/39th?

We are staying on 6th Ave between 38th and 39th, any really good eats within a 20 min walk? BF/Lunch/Dinner, any budget, any ethnicity,any style, just need suggestions for some great spots/dishes that should be hit around here. We will be here for 3 days and doing a variety of things, so all recs are appreciated! Thanks in advance.

May 07, 2009
Live_2_Eat in Manhattan

Must-Do's in NYC for foodies??

Lupa, Otto, and Scarpetta all sound like perfect options to Babbo or Convivo. Thx!

Apr 30, 2009
Live_2_Eat in Manhattan

Must-Do's in NYC for foodies??

Thanks Yippee, it looks like we will be staying Midtown, likely somewhere not too far from 40th and 5th. We won't be in Queens much but when we are it will be around the St. Albans/Cambria Heights area (not too far from Lynden/197th).

Eli's sounds cool, but I always leave those kinds of places having spent too much!

Izakaya is Tapas-style Japanese - small plates built for sharing. In Japan these have traditionally been drinking venues where they serve small bites from an ever-changing menu featuring dishes of the day/week. The style has evolved and become very elevated and refined in some cases, Kingyo in Vancouver is a great example.

Apr 30, 2009
Live_2_Eat in Manhattan

Must-Do's in NYC for foodies??

Thanks RGR, I am going to try to hit at least 2 of those 4, because I've also got to fit in one of Kathryn's raw bar recs (prob Aquagrill or Lure) as well as Shake Shack, Katz's, Jean-Gorges (lunch), pizza (Lombardo's/Fornino/Joe's Pizza/DiFara/Patsy's Uptown), and some cart food (tamales from 110th and lexington or the halal chicken and rice cart at 53rd and 6th ave, or Crif Dogs), so I've got a full plate ;)! I'd love to do one of your tours but time is an issue and I'm going to have to pass on Scott's Pizza Tour as well this time round as well.

Really wanted to try for Babbo, Sakagura, Donut Plant, Szechuan Gourmet, Chickalicious and many others, will have to wait for the next trip!

Kathryn do you have a rec for Italian? Convivio sounds great but I'd love some options.

Can't wait, I'm salivating just thinking of all this great food (and experiences), only 6 more sleeps to go! I will definitely be providing a follow up to each place I visit.

Apr 30, 2009
Live_2_Eat in Manhattan

Must-Do's in NYC for foodies??

Wow Kathryn thanks for your reply - I realize now that I should have been alot more specific in my Qs. I'm in the process of reading through the posts on this board, and I will post some more direct questions once I'm better informed.

It's a mini-holiday and we're visiting close friends to celebrate so I don't really have a budget. There will probably be 4-6 of us (the others less adventurous), and for dinner at a great steakhouse or Italian cost isn't really a factor ($150 per person incl. wine/drinks?), same with going out for drinks - martinis and cocktails in a lively upscale bar/lounge (we're in our 30s and listen to 'urban', peppered with a little of everything).

I'll check out the links and recs you listed, but for burgers I'm pretty much set on Shake Shack - I keep hearing about it and can't avoid the hype. I'm sure it won't disappoint. (I prefer my burgers grilled and thick btw but I'm not averse to trying 'theme' burgers if they sound good.)

BBQ: Texas style brisket; Seafood: a raw bar or a combination of cooked/raw seafood, more upscale; Italian: moderne Italian, yes for pasta, smaller plates and selection, popular and stylish, fun atmosphere; Indian: either formal or informal as I'm not sure when I can fit this in, but authenticity and liberal spices and seasonings (read heat) are essential. Favs are butter chicken, tandoor items, biryani, kababs, and keema, but I've also had some great 'modern' and innovative dishes at progressive Indian restaurants.

Katz 's is a definite stop. For pizza I was thinking Scott's Pizza Tours heard of it?

For great upscale bars/lounges we've been assured that our friends have some places in mind so I think that's covered. Thanks again!

Apr 30, 2009
Live_2_Eat in Manhattan

Must-Do's in NYC for foodies??

Thanks Pan, I wanted to get some replies going while I looked around, I definitely will do so.

By 'deli' I do mean Jewish deli. I've heard of Katz's and am planning on trying to stop by for lunch, or at least pickup some smoked meat and rye on the fly. (Curious to see how it compares to Schwartz's in Montreal).

Re steakhouses, In addition to the chains I've heard of Peter Luger, Sparks, Craftsteak (been to the Vegas location), Del Frisco's, and Strip House. I would be interested in comments on any of these.

Apr 25, 2009
Live_2_Eat in Manhattan

Must-Do's in NYC for foodies??

Hi we are visiting NYC for the first time! We've eaten our way around Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Vegas, and it's finally time for the big apple. Please recommend great food - big-name upscale or hidden hole-in-the-wall, as long as it's good!!

We are in NYC, staying in Manhattan but also visiting with friends in Queens, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, leaving Sun evening, so breakfast/lunch/dinner spots are all welcome.

Preferences: steakhouse, Izakaya-style Japanese, outstanding burgers/BBQ, seafood, Italian, Indian, Thai, Mexican/Latin, and deli. Also great upscale bars/lounges for thirty-somethings.

Really looking fwd to your responses! Thanks in advance.

Apr 25, 2009
Live_2_Eat in Manhattan