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10-22-2005, 11:01 AM
DH and I are going to NYC for Thanksgiving. We are leaving on Wed. AM and will be returning on Sunday afternoon.
We are staying at the Omini Berkshire at 52nd and Madsion.
1. Any suggestions on a restaurant for Thansksgiving?
2. Any really good tried and proven restaruants that will not cost us a fortune since the trip already is pretty outragous in price; hotel, Amtrack tickets and theater tickets for Mama Mia and Movin Out?
We are open to any areas of the city.
Thanks for any help you can provide.
We are also planning to go to the Macy's Day Parade.
This trip should be awesome since I won't be cooking for 30 unappreciative guests who don't do ANYTHING TO HELP!!!
10-22-2005, 03:54 PM
No specific suggestions for Thanksgiving. My guess though is that if you are looking for an authentic Thanksgiving meal you might want to reserve early.
I would also suggest avoiding all Times Square/Theater district restaurants since those will run you.
Here are some suggestions. I tried to stick with those that are inexpensive rather than necessarily the top foodie choices. Most of my faves are downtown.
Some other good spots:
Grand Central Station has a new food court in the basement--not your typical mall food court--lots of good NYC type choices including Junior's Cheesecake. Great for a lunch or dinner
Blue Ribbon Bakery in Tribeca is not necessarily cheap, but amazing. And if you do something simple like a cheese platter, bread and wine it can be fairly inexpensive
Hampton Chutney Company in Soho. Very good and inexpensive
If you want pizza definitely do Lombardi's in the lower east side. It is the best and pizza is always cheap.
If you like beer you could try the Gingerman on 36th betwn Madison and 5th. They also have a light menu. (and keep in mind NYC bars are non-smoking which makes them very appealing to eat in now).
Hamburger Heaven (I think there's one very near your hotel) is actually kind of fun and cheap. Not exactly a foodie haven, but great burgers and veggie burgers.
Other places you might want to check out:
Baluchi's Indian (there are a few)
Marriot Marquis bar for drinks and an awesome view of Times Square (not necessarily food though)
If I think of any more I'll let you know.
10-22-2005, 05:06 PM
I don't get into the city much, so I don't really know about the restaurant scene. But you mentioned that you'd be going to the theatre. Last year when my Mom, sisters, and myself went to see Chicago we had dinner at Joe Allen's before the show. Nothing fancy...but we all really enjoyed our food. It was a positive experience all around. No reservation, no wait, and good food.
10-22-2005, 05:16 PM
Not a restaurant suggestion but the next time I get to Manhattan I'm making a beeline for a Beard Papa's outlet. Cream puffs are one of my favourites!!
10-22-2005, 10:10 PM
Here are some of my favorite places to eat:
Bamiyan - 26th and 3rd (I think....) - this is an adorable, delicious, affordable Afgahan place. Some of the best food I've ever had and only about $15 for an entree.
Kum Gan San -32nd and 6th - this is great Korean food, get the bbq at the table. Korean bbq is a lot of fun and it's hard to find outside of NYC
Sushi Seki - 1st Ave and low 60s - this is the best, most affordable sushi I've ever had. You probably have to call ahead, but well worth the hassle.
Pomme Frites - this is over in the East Village and they have these really neat, yummy Belgian fries.
Finestra - York and 73rd - this is a little neighborhood Italian place on the UES, but it's so good and reasonable.
I second the poster that said Junior's. It's in Brooklyn, but they've got the best cheesecake.
10-24-2005, 09:42 AM
Livinglowfat: They now have a Junior's at Grand Central Station in Manhattan. Much closer than Brooklyn. It's not the original, but it is the original cheesecake.
10-25-2005, 10:27 AM
10-25-2005, 12:19 PM
There's a great little pizza place that is famous for cooking their pizza over charcoal... Their signature is the roasted garlic and roasted red peppers. You'll have to stand in line unless you go at an 'off' time, but it's well worth it.
It's awesome... and not that pricey.
10-25-2005, 02:36 PM
Here are some reviews and restaurant lists:
URL=http://www.slowtrav.com/usa/restaurants/list.asp?r=New%20York]NYC Restaurant Reviews[/URL]
New York City Restaurant Lists (http://www.slowtrav.com/usa/restaurants/index.htm)
Some other suggestions:
Becco (http://www.becconyc.com/) in the theatre district.
Pizzeria Otto (http://ottopizzeria.com/) in the village.
Oh and here's a good website to check out: NY Magazine Restaurants and Food (http://www.newyorkmetro.com/restaurants/)
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