Off to New York on Sunday - School me on the best places to eat

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TravisthedogTravisthedog Frets: 1752
edited July 11 in Off Topic
Me and Mrs Travis have been married 20 years next week so I'm taking her to NYC for 5 days. 

Got loads of stuff planned but the dining seems to be a case of too much choice.

Does anyone have any favourite haunts out there in the way of bars, eateries, pizza so we can focus our efforts a little 

Many thanks 
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  • benmurray85benmurray85 Frets: 1135
    Brooklyn Diner - the one nearest Central Park. Book ahead. 

    And Katz’s deli. It’s really expensive and we never went whilst we were there but I’ve kicked myself ever since as everyone raves about it. 

    Also try the little delis/dives right in the centre. They look dodgy but you’ll get some amazing food for cheaps!
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 7581
    Best meal we had was Tavern On The Green in Central Park, bloody expensive but it was great food, the timing and family mood made it special though and afterwards we visited John Lennon's former home at The Dakota Building just round the corner which was a lot more of an emotional experience than I thought it would be, to stand in the archway where Mark Chapman shot John Lennon was quite harrowing.


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  • markjmarkj Frets: 322
    The Loeb boathouse in Central Park, superb. It also was featured in When Harry met Sally.
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  • martmart Frets: 3356
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    And Katz’s deli. It’s really expensive and we never went whilst we were there but I’ve kicked myself ever since as everyone raves about it. 
    ...
    Don't kick yourself too much - we were in NYC last week and all the locals said Katz's has gone downhill and is overpriced and nothing special now. 
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  • DrCorneliusDrCornelius Frets: 1232
    Its not fine dining but great for a beer and a bite - https://chumleysnewyork.com/

    An old speakeasy from the 1920s with a fantastic vibe about the place
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 3890
    I've always wanted to go here just for the Suzanne Vega reference https://www.tomsrestaurant.net/ (she renamed it Toms Diner) 
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 11709
    Katz is good for a sandwich and a beer.

    Del Posto is essential if you’re going for a big anniversary. You have dress fairly well, but their lunch has a set menu for about $60 and it’s the Best Thing. Go for the wine pairings if you want to spend more and get a bit pished. Don’t go for dinner - it’s way more expensive. Right next to Chelsea market and the high line so you can spend the day in the area if you want

    Keste is v good for pizza (including really good gluten free if you need). They have 3 or 4 locations iirc. 

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  • peteripeteri Frets: 1124
    Absolutely visit Katz's it's the only meal you'll need that day.

    Depending on budget, I can recommend brunch at the Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle, the views are amazing.

    There are some really good pizza and mexican places in Hells Kitchen

    And for a very, very cool venue and good food - 
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  • sev112sev112 Frets: 641
    Dallas BBQ is you want a social experience of how other people eat, or alternatively if you like massively huge portions of unhealthy food

    an off the wall suggestion, is Cafe 82, on Upper West Side, near the Nathural History Museum.  We found it for lunch when knackered after spending the morning in the museums. It is real old school REAL New York cafe with real New York people serving and real New York people eating.  The food was good and “wholesome” , the service was just really nice and friendly, the locals were friendly and real.  Nothing snazzy, nothing posh, but I still remember it as a highlight of our trip.

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  • I loved Sparks Steak House. Old school Italian American restaurant, the kind of place mafia boss's meet in films, feels like being in Goodfellas of the Sopranos. Yes really, in 1985 mafia boss Paul Castellano was whacked, gunned down outside it's entrance! Had an incredible steak and good service from the Italian American waiters, apart from when we asked which country the beef came from, which they did not like!




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  • peteri said:

    And for a very, very cool venue and good food - 
    I'll second that suggestion. We only booked there as my wife wanted to go as apparently it was used in a big scene in Sex And The City. However, it was a fantastic all round experience and I was thoroughly impressed.

    If you fancy splashing out on a fancy steak dinner I'd highly recommend Keen's Steakhouse, the oldest steakhouse in Manhattan. Food is incredible (as are the prices!!!) 

    http://keens.com/mobile/index.html?url=http://www.keens.com/&utm_referrer=https://www.google.com/


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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 526
    edited July 11
    If you like a bit of fine dining the wife and I loved this (albeit back in 2013)

    https://www.elevenmadisonpark.com/
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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 4883
    Grimaldi's pizza just across the Brooklyn Bridge. It's a bit of a New York institution and you'll have to queue and they don't serve alcohol. Pizzas are superb though.
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  • RobDaviesRobDavies Frets: 1929
    Johns Pizzeria, Times Square. 


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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 4798
    Sister and Brother in law found this one pretty fun:

    http://www.ninjanewyork.com
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  • JasonJason Frets: 515
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    The Meatball Shop in Greenwich Village was my favourite this time
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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 11027
    Rosie O'Grady's is great. Excellent steaks

    https://www.rosieogradys.com/


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  • JasonJason Frets: 515
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    I won a load of brownie points a few years back, we went for my wife's 40th and I booked Perfect Picnic for a surprise delivery to Central Park
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  • jonnyburgojonnyburgo Frets: 6945
    I’ll only eat at the Waldorf Astoria breakfast dinner and tea.
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  • fandangofandango Frets: 1445
    +1 for del Posto

    Absolutely amazing place. Top top service. Fantastic food. Don’t be put off by the exterior. It’s a must go. 


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  • cpcompanycpcompany Frets: 110
    edited July 12
    For breakfast Pershing Square and Lexington Brasserie were excellent. Although American and Canadian Bacon can be a bit dodgy.  

    If you fancy Italian we went up to a place in the Bronx called Marios. Excellent food and the portions are ridiculous.  If that’s a bit too far out , Otto is really nice. The pizza was excellent, pasta was decent but I would stick to pizza if I went back.

    I dont think I would recommend Katzs. If you do go, share a sandwich, and even then you might be too full to eat for the rest of the day. It’s probably the only place I ate in New York that I wouldn’t go back to. 

    Also, if you like BBQ, John Brown smokehouse in Queens and Mighty Quinn’s were awesome. They are a fairly casual dining experience though, not the kind of place you hang around talking after eating. Mighty Quinn’s had a beer called Ol Dirty Bastard, worth going just for that !! 
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  • 57Deluxe57Deluxe Frets: 6737
    RobDavies said:
    Johns Pizzeria, Times Square. 


    size of that Pizza...
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