Audilover, awesome!! Welcome to Roadfood!! I think you'll love the city.
To echo what fatty was saying, do you like to walk?
Are you willing to explore the other boroughs?
Are you comfortable taking the subway or a taxi?
Are there any restaurants in particular or icopnic foods that you want to try while you're in the city?
How do you define "expensive restaurant"?
A couple of sites that you might find useful:
(An in the know site for all places to eat in midtown Manhattan)
2.) seriouseatsny.com (great site for all things food related to NYC. Great series on best bagels, sandwiches, Chinese, cupcakes, doughnuts, mac & cheese, great tourist spots, etc...)
3.) menupages.com (when you pull up this site you may have to select NY as the city, I have it as my default setting) Great resource for menus, locations, hours and reviews. Only covers Manhattan and Brooklyn.
A few of my favorite things:
1.) The burger at Peter Luger's, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
2.) Slice of pizza from Patsy's, Harlem
3.) Nutella & Banana panini sandwich from BITE, corner of Lafayette & Bleecker Streets
4.) Belgian frites from Pommes Frites on 2nd Ave near St. Mark's Place, East Village
5.) Chocolate egg cream from Gem Spa (about 3 storefronts north of Pommes Frites) or from Lexington candy Shop on corner of 83rd Street and Lexington Avenue.
6.) Pizza at Grimaldi's by Brooklyn Bridge (on Brooklyn side). eat inside or my favorite, outside in the park by the water. View are great, weather permitting of course. Followed by ice cream from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory just down the street closer to the water.
7.) Bagel at Ess-A-Bagel (either location), Leo's Bagels or Murray's Bagels
8.) Donuts from The Donut Pub (corner of 14th Street & 7th Avenue) or the Doughnut Plant on Grand Street (Lower East Side)
9.) Hot dogs at Gray's Papaya (72nd St & Broadway) or from Crif Dogs (St. Mark's Place & 1st Ave)
10.) Pastrami sandwich at Katz's Deli
11.) Pie, cupcakes, banana pudding from Sugar Sweet Sunshine (Rivington St, Lower East Side)
12.) Browsing through Economy Candy on Rivington Street
13.) Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Harlem
14.) Vanessa's Dumplings on the Lower East Side
And a few Trip Report threads you might find helpful: http://www.roadfood.com/F...York-City-m665184.aspx http://www.roadfood.com/F...d-Karilyn-m656137.aspx http://www.roadfood.com/F...York-City-m647641.aspx http://www.roadfood.com/F...York-City-m641842.aspx http://www.roadfood.com/F...with-pics-m623421.aspx http://www.roadfood.com/F...r-St-Fair-m589458.aspx http://www.roadfood.com/F...l-ever-do-m587463.aspx http://www.roadfood.com/F...-2nd-trip-m552935.aspx
Hope this is helpful. Happy Eating!!
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