We are staying close to Times Square. I know (from what I have heard) there are not really any good places to eat in Times Square but I am sure there are plenty within a short walk or cab ride.
Actually, there are several fantastic restaurants in Times Square (more or less, depending on how you define the area). Mario Batali's Esca
comes to mind. But you are wise for wanting to venture out of that area. It's just dreadful.
We going to be there for 4 days and are looking to experience as much as we can. I am hoping for: at least one fine dining meal, one Jewish Deli, good italian, something Roadfoody, something foreign, and any other suggestions are welcome. Before anyone says anything, I know there are other posts about NYC but I was hoping for some fresh and new suggestions.
"Something foreign" is just a tad vague. There are 20,000 restaurants in NYC (twenty THOUSAND). I would venture to guess that a vast majority of them can be considered "foreign". Is there a region of the world that you could narrow it down to?
And although the list is not as long for "fine dining", it's nearly as hard to make a suggestion. You're better off giving a price range. (For example: If money is NO object, that's one list; under $200 for dinner for 2 is another, etc...)
"Good Italian"- fuggetaboudit. You must narrow that down too. Just so many spectacular choices. Gun to my head, Il Mulino
is my favorite. The food is great, but it's an old-school experience that's unforgettable.
"Jewish Deli", well now THERE'S a short list. In my opinion, there's only 2 in Manhattan worth visiting at all. Second Avenue Deli
for Kosher (best bets there are matzoh ball soup, kasha varnishkes, chopped liver); and the "Kosher style" (which really means "not kosher") Katz's
, - for hands down, the best pastrami on the face of the earth. They also have spectacular corned beef, hot dogs, knoblewurst and a fine salami omelette. Another great thing about Katz's is that it's in a wonderful historic neighborhood filled with destination food stops (Yonah Schimmels, Economy Candy,
and the sublime Russ and Daughters
for example). If you're thinking "Jewish breakfast", you cannot go wrong with a visit to Barney Greengrass.
For "something roadfoody"
, I suggest a visit to midtownlunch.com. There you'll find a comprehensive reporting of the food truck scene, as well as hundreds of under-$10 lunch suggestions. They also host a "twitter tracker", so you can see where each truck is each day. I would search out El Rey Del Sabor
(Mexican) or Bian Dang
(Taiwanese fried chicken).
We are also big fans of bars and plan on doing our fair share of drinking so any recommendations there would be wlecome also.
I would go for the historic places while you're here. McSorley's
is definitely old, and definitely fun, but you'll have to tolerate a LOT of loud, obnoxious 21 year old frat boys. The King Cole Bar
at the St. Regis Hotel is worth a visit just to check it out. Bring lots of money. My favorite dive bar is PDT
, which is hidden behind Crif's Dogs. The Ear Inn
on Spring Street is (arguably) the oldest bar in NYC (I think it's really called "Bar", but the "B" in the sign is partially obscured.) My favorite Irish bar is Molly's Pub and Shebeen
. If you're looking for ultra-hip clubs and celebrity haunts- I'm afraid I can't help you there.
Have a great trip!