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New York Vacation: Looking for restaurants recommendations

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Saltricks, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Saltricks

    Saltricks Senior member

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    Can't do la bernadin, the gf doesn't eat seafood (to my everlasting sorrow). If anyone from CA has had santouka, thats the type of ramen im looking for.
     
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    Oh shoot I forgot to tell you I tried the burger there and it was awesome. Meat was a little overcooked but everything else was awesome. I liked how they had these little disposable jars of condiments. The bun was very interesting. Chewy with a little give and a nice crust

    Thanks for the rec
     
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    willy cheesesteak Senior member

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    ^Good to hear! I love that burger. :)


    Second this. Last night I had a dream about Grimaldi's. :embar:
     
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    Gotta try Babbo and Peter Lugar's steak house
     
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    We almost never go to any actual high-end restaurants, but for Pizza, Motorino is good, and easy to get to. But if you REALLY want the best pizza in NYC, go to DiFara's in Midwood. It looks like a total hole in the wall, but damn... that pizza is worth the trip to the dark heart of Brooklyn. Get there right when they open (noon?) if you can. And F*CK Grimaldi's. The pizza is pretty good, but the people who run it are assholes and the place is basically a tourist trap.

    I never got to Santuoka in LA despite a year in WeHo (sad face), so I can't really compare NYC ramen to that, but I went to Daikokuya a lot... and finally decided that it wasn't as good as it could have been. Here in NYC I would definitely recommend Ippudo. It's not really trad Japanese, but it's really good, and can be a very, very fun date spot. If you go there during the day they will take a reservation for that night, otherwise expect to wait in line forever. I definitely would not bother with Momofuku for ramen, either. It's not bad, but just OK. The "crack" balls are really good, though.

    Not far from there is Ess-a-bagel, roughly 20th and 1st ave. I'm not a particular NYC bagel nut (prefer Montreal bagels), but if you want a really good bagel I'd hit it up, my wife says they are about the best in the city.

    One more thing we love is The Donut Plant in the LES, just So of the Wlliamsburg bridge/Delancey St. If you like donuts at ALL, this place will kind of blow your mind.

    Have fun! Overall I think the eating is slightly better in LA, at least for the stuff we like (cheap & dirty), but NYC does have everything... except Jonathan Gold to map it all out for you.
     
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    Oh, right, the 53rd St and 6th Ave Halal cart is ridiculously good. Go there after you go to MOMA. It's the NYC version of your favorite taco truck
    (Oh, Taco Zone, I miss you. Oh, La Estrellita, I miss you too.)

    Did I mention that Grimaldi's sucks? Because it sucks balls. Sweaty, unwashed balls.
     
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    was this review: funny? helpful? cool?
     
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    Never been to DiFara's yet and I probably wont unless I happen to be in the area. The freshly cut basil looks nice but I actually prefer it to be cooked with the pie. Also, 1/3 of the pictures i see of his pies are literally burnt to shit on one side. He is not the Jiro Ono of pizza the way some people make him out to be.

    For "fancier" pizza, Grimaldi's is definitely the best I've had in NY (either the manhattan or brooklyn location is fine). Lombardi's is very good but I feel its best with toppings since the sauce is too acidic and just overpowers the cheese on a regular pie. Recently tried Roberta's and was quite impressed - I would say their margherita > Lombardi's. Motorino's was also really good (get the brussel sprout pie) but it was messy as hell to eat because of the floppiness.

    For plain slices, check out Joe's on Carmine St and Bleecker St Pizza (John's is around the corner as well) for the typical NY style slice. I've been hearing very good things about Suprema so thats worth checking out if you are near MSG.
     
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    I prefer John's to Joe's, but both are great NY slices.

    The Grimaldi's in manhattan delivers 95% + of the Brooklyn location pie in a far more convenient location (I live a 7 minute walk from it).

    Also, I believe there's a Donut Plant expansion location on 23rd in Chelsea. I have not been to that one, but I assume they just get them delivered from the plant. They are the best doughnuts I've had in NYC.
     
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    Johns has really gone into the shitter. Last time I was there, they were using that industrial cheap pepperoni that you get at the Sbaro's of the world and also cheap mozz. Previously, the mozz was fresh and the pepperoni was the very small kind that curls up.
     
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    I like South Brooklyn Pizza as a more convenient alternative to Di Fara. Same general concept.

    Grimaldi's BK is a cut above any Manhattan place because they have the blazing hot oven that does pizzas in like 3 minutes.
     
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    Sam's on Court Street(Brooklyn) does brick oven pizza that is better than Grimaldi's. I live walking distance to both. Grimaldi's gets the gas face vs Sam's.

    Re Luger's.....I hope you made some reservations....If not, make em now!
     
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    Im heading to nyc w. a work group of 12 for inspiration travel. Any suggestions for a big dinner thats "iconic" (managers request) 150$ a head give or take.

    Any mid range destination spots in LES that can handle a 12 top that we have to hit? Bars?

    We're staying in LES at thompson.

    A thousand prayers for your suggestions.
     
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    Haha, this may be the the case. I haven't really hung around the W Village much over the last 3 years and actually can't recall having a slice there in at LEAST that long. Too bad.


    I forgot about South Brooklyn Pizza. Do you mean the Manhattan location? I went there once and it was divine. I also had a pie from the Carroll Gardens location which was simply good.
     
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    I've only been to the one on 2nd ave and the now closed location on Bleeker. Both were good enough for me to not want to trek out to Midwood.
     
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    No slices@ John's! (I think the sign even says it)
     
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    Which of these suggested pizza places has less wait time? I don't think we want to spend an hour or two in line, no matter how good the pizza is.
     
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    For two people, the wait is pretty tolerable at peak hours on the weekend at Lombardi's or Grimaldi's, close to non-existent in the middle of a weekday for an early or late lunch. I haven't been to either in a long time (I don't like Lombardi's, Grimaldi's is solid though), but have been to Motorino, Co., Forcella, and some of the other Neapolitan places numerous times at off hours (3 PM lunch for example) and have never waited. I have waited 10, 20 minutes at the worst during dinner hours for two.
     
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    Waiting in line for pizza in NYC is FUKKIN STUPID!!!
     
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