New York in the Fall

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2011/06/28 13:59:39 (permalink)

New York in the Fall

OK so I realize this is an impossible task as there are just so many choices but I am looking for some recommendations for a first trip to NYC in October.  I will be there for 5 nights from Saturday morning through Thursday afternoon.  We will be staying at the Pod Hotel on 51st between 2nd and 3rd.  We will be willing to take reasonable length cab rides and easy to navigate subway rides in addition to walking.
 
I like pretty much everything but would want to avoid anything in the $100 a person range.  I will be there to celebrate my 40th so I'm not opposed to something fairly nice on one of the nights.  Other than that I am up for anything - street food, pizza, hot dogs, deli, ethnic, bagels, donuts, diners, seafood, really anything.
 
Thanks in advance for any advice.
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    bartl
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    Re:New York in the Fall 2011/07/01 15:01:33 (permalink)
    OK, here are a few of my favorite, less expensive (but not cheap) places:
    Chinese/Hispanic: Although most of these are Cuban/Chinese, my favorite is Flor de Mayo, which throws Peruvian food into the mix (order a Peruvian roast chicken for the table, regardless of what else you're ordering). They're at 484 Amsterdam Avenue (around 84th-85th St).
     
    The best deli I can recommend is Sarges on 34th St. & 3rd Ave. At one time, it was certainly one of the better ones, but the best have gone down in quality while Sarges has not.
     
    If you want an Indian buffet lunch and don't want to venture out to Jackson Heights in Queens (although it's right off the E train), the best one I know of is Diwan at East 48th St. between Lexington & 3rd. For straight Indian food, nothing compares to the excellent albeit possibly too expensive Dawat on East 58th between 2nd & 3rd. If you want what the cab drivers eat, try Curry in a Hurry on Lexington and East 28th St. (look for all the double parked cabs). Cheap, no ambiance, but good food.
     
    That should start you off.
     
    Bart
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    Re:New York in the Fall 2011/07/01 15:18:54 (permalink)
    I have been to NYC many times.  If I return, I will visit Brooklyn in the ethnic areas of Greek, Italian and Russian and some other neat places.  I have always wanted to visit this area.
     
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    Re:New York in the Fall 2011/07/01 19:15:29 (permalink)
    You can get better responses, if we know more about the neighborhoods you want to explore. I say this not to be nosy, but the restaurant scene is so good and varied, you can plan around where you will be, come mealtime.
    That said, Williamsburg is great for food and shopping and bookstores. Fette Sau http://www.fettesaubbq.com/ Pies and Thighs http://piesnthighs.com/ and Dumont Burger http://www.dumontburger.com/ are some recommendations that won't break the bank. There are 2 fun markets in Williamsburg, on Saturday is Smorgasburg, a food oriented one and a flea market on Sunday, small but thorough (still with good food choices). http://www.brooklynflea.com/markets/
    Sophisticated cocktails and small plates? Death and Co. in the East Village http://www.deathandcompany.com/lounge/
    For more of a splurge, with a bistro menu, I like Blue Ribbon in Soho. http://www.blueribbonrest...sts_brass_man_main.htm
    Pizza is an intense, ongoing saga in the city. You might check out Slice, a pizza blog with maps.
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    Re:New York in the Fall 2011/07/01 21:47:46 (permalink)
    Also in Williamsburg is my recommendation - Peter Luger's for steak as well as probably the best cheeseburger I have ever eaten.  Bring lots of cash, as they are expensive and they do not take any cards except their own privately issued ones.
    post edited by TJ Jackson - 2011/07/01 21:52:11
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    Re:New York in the Fall 2011/07/01 22:29:32 (permalink)
    There's like a million places to recommend, of course. But right in your neighborhood, for a great lunch in a typical fast-paced NY City type of way, and a  true throwback to the "Mad Men" era, you can't beat Prime Burger. It's maybe a 5 minute walk from where you are staying:
    http://www.primeburger.com/
     
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    Re:New York in the Fall 2011/07/02 16:13:38 (permalink)
     
     
    On the very same block of the Pod Hotel
    (and at 831 3rd Avenue), you will not find
    better bagels anywhere in NYC than at:
     
     
    FYI.   
     
     
     
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