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Old 03-27-2007, 08:42 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone, as to more information I know I was in a hurry this morning. We love Italian, French and willing to try just about anything. have enjoyed Chez Josephine's atmosphere and food has been hit and miss for us. We're going there before the theater. Would like to experience some nice lunches not at tourist places. Don't care about celebrity's. Also, ate at San Pietro and had good food - on East 54th.

Never been to Cloisters - should we
Love the Frick (small museum)
Thought Tavern on the Green was a tourist trap
Rue 57 - good spot for lunch

Heard Vong's was fabulous - ???? anyone been?

I know I'm rambling. Oh yea I have heard The Green Market at Union Square is good.

City wide interested not just hotel area.
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Old 03-28-2007, 11:19 AM   #12
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One if By Land is great. Peter Lugar's is good if you want steak.

Vong is supposed to be lovely, but it's very $$. I've been to GGV's restaurant in London and it was excellent.

Aquavit, and Artisanal come to mind. Brunch at Balthazar in SoHo is a guilty pleasure of mine.

Still, La Bonne Soupe is right there for you.

If you are in Chinatown, have soup dumplings at Joe's Shanghai.

The Union Square greenmarket is fun. MWF and S. It's better in spring and summer when there is more produce, but still is fun any time. Go early and you might see chefs choosing produce for their restaurants.

Other foodie sites: Zabar's, Fairway, Dean and DeLuca, Citarella, Broadway Panhandler, Bridge Kitchenware, restaurant supply places near Chinatown.
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Old 03-28-2007, 03:13 PM   #13
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barbara, the west side is my side of town.

if you liked rue 57, continue west on 57th street, just past 8th ave to "le biarritz". lots of coworkers frequent the place, and i've never heard a bad review.

right next door is one of my old watering holes, "kennedy's". good pints of guinness and magners. and good craic. just up the block is d.j. reynolds; a somewhat rowdier place.

or go to the next light, chuck a left down 9th, and on the next block on left is "thai basil". it's a hole in the wall, but the food is deelish.

right across the street, corner 56th street is "puttanesca". dw's favourite italian place in all of the city. be sure to order the bufala mozzarella.

now, looking down 9th, for the next 25 blocks are restaurants of every description, from every corner of the globe.

if you want diner type quirky food, head uptown to 77th and broadway, past lincoln center and across from the beacon theatre, to "big nick's burger and pizza joints". another hole in the wall, but great food. a weird combination of greek, american, and health food.

if you're craving late night chinese or japanese ('till 2am), go to empire schzechuan kyoto on 69th and columbus.
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Old 03-28-2007, 03:26 PM   #14
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I'm leaving with DH thursday for New York. I have read previous threads on New York, but would love some input. Just made reservations for Chez Josephine's for our theater night (Jersey Boys) I'm looking for a good place around our hotel the night we arrive - we are staying at the Peninsula on 5th & 55th. We will go to Rainbow Room for a drink and then where??

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You'll be around the corner from one of my most favorite places anywhere... Beacon... is at 25 West 56th Street, just west of 5th Avenue. The food is superb... and so is the service. They feature a wood-fired oven and so many dishes are roasted in that oven... Be sure to tell Waldy that I said hello... He's just super! and on Sunday nights, you can bring your own wine for NO corkage fee!
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Old 03-28-2007, 03:30 PM   #15
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Barbara.....I emailed you directely with everything I have on NY from my research and what others told me here.
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be sure to check out Balducci's on west 66th. I LOVE the cheese selection, and I know there are other locations on the east coast, but the one in Manhattan just feels "right".

Love Juice on Bleeker is good for inexpensive smoothies

Monks Brew pub, at 43rd east 7th is great offering one of the largest selections I have ever seen.
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Katz's deli down by Rivington is the best deli around.
That's the place where Meg Ryan "did" Billy Crystal in "When Harry Met Sally!"
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be sure to check out Balducci's on west 66th. I LOVE the cheese selection, and I know there are other locations on the east coast, but the one in Manhattan just feels "right".
Balducci's is an imposter! Theres not an Italian within 20 miles of the place. The family sold it to sutton Place Gourmet quite a few years ago, and THEY had the audacity to abandon the original location.... As far as I'm concerned, it's just another gourmet store. Nothing special at all. If you want agreat Italian deli, go to the Upper East Side to Agata & Valentino.
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well darn, that is the pits! I haven't been there in about 5 or 6 years so I had no idea, what a shame.
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well darn, that is the pits! I haven't been there in about 5 or 6 years so I had no idea, what a shame.
Yes, it really is a shame. and I (and a whole lot of other folks) wish the Sutton folks had chosem another name. Lots of visitors think they've got the real thing, and it's not even a good copy! But if you've never been to DiPalo's in Little Italy, you'd love that!
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