View Full Version : Hidden Restaurants in New York

October 5th, 2005, 02:53 PM
Anyone have any favorite little-known restaurants in New York that tourists, vacationers, and newcomers might not know about? I have many from my visits to New York, including two Italian restaurants, Marinella and Focacceria in Greenwich Village; La Caridad 78 (Cuban and Chinese cuisine) and the Manhattan Diner in the Upper West Side, Veselka (East European food) in the East Side, and Sekku (Japanese cuisine) in Murray Hill.

Anyone else have any others?



October 7th, 2005, 11:42 PM
Veselka I think is pretty popular. Ukrainian place in the East Village. It's good. A little bit expensive for what it is. Sekku is really good as well as Focacceria.

My recommendation would be Pink Tea Cup on Grove Street off the Christopher 1. Great greasy food. Pancakes, chicken, cornbread, pork chops, whatever.

October 8th, 2005, 03:59 PM
In Brooklyn there's a little restaurant called "le petit goût". I think it's a good place.

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October 8th, 2005, 04:22 PM
Telephone Bar & Grille, on Second between 9th and 10th, is a cool English pub. The red London phone booths out front are easy to spot, and British expats are known to frequent the place. Try the fish and chips.

October 8th, 2005, 11:37 PM
Caffe Bondi. 7 W 20th St, between 5th & 6th Aves. Nice little spot, good/great food, kind of pricey - best to go for a special occasion, or for a date where you know you're gonna get some :D . Has a back garden that is surprisingly touching, even intimate.


October 11th, 2005, 10:04 PM
Telephone Bar & Grille, on Second between 9th and 10th, is a cool English pub. The red London phone booths out front are easy to spot, and British expats are known to frequent the place. Try the fish and chips.

Great place. Fish and chips are outstanding. It kind of sucks that they always have soccer on, but if that's your thing, it's really good food and atmosphere.

October 12th, 2005, 09:15 AM
You can always ask for Rugby!!! ;)

Ear Inn, down along Washington Street I believe on Spring Street.
Great place for a beer and a burger. One of the oldest in the city. I like getting chicken sandwiches there.

Il Corallo Trattoria
Nice little place on Prince Street between Thompson and Sullivan:
Good lunch specials (although they have not changed in 8 years) and some decent lighter italian fare.

Um, Loreley. GREAT beer, good German food (best I have had here in NYC to date).
7 Rivington St. Off of Bowrey

Down the street is a place some of the guys mentioned to me when I was looking for eats at the Bowrey, Freemans.
Nice little place, and the food looks interesting. "medium" priced for NYC.

There was also another that was close to there that looked nice. I forgot the name, it was something like country cafe or something. I will have to look it up on my request thread.

Corner Bistro http://www.newyorkmetro.com/pages/details/4212.htm
W. 4th at Jane Street (it is actually quite a bit north of where you would think 4th street would be. 4th takes a bend northward at about 6th avenue I believe).

Cheap eats. But keep it simple. I made the mistake of ordering a chili-burger and what I ended up with was slop.

There are mnore around, like a good cheap lunch special at Baby Buddah on Washington street around 12th, or a decent moderate priced fare at Sazzy's on Hudson about two blocks up from Christopher (next to Rubyfruit)....

I hope some of the ones I gave helped a bit though....

October 12th, 2005, 09:28 AM
Fragole at 394 Court St in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn, for traditional Italian with a focus on northern Italian dishes. Maybe a little off the beaten path for some "Manhattan-only tourists", but well worth the trip. Take the F train to Carroll St.

October 12th, 2005, 11:00 AM
"Vietnam" on a dingy alley called Doyers Street in Chinatown. At the junction where the alley turns, there is a set of stairs you go down. It's a very modest looking place, but it is the best Vietnamese in NYC.

"Hog Pit" on corner of 9th Ave and West 13th Street. A great neighborhood place BBQ. Again, very low key, no attitude, friendly, laid back. Good food.

"Dylan Prime" downtown steakhouse - one of my favorite places 62 Laight Street.

"Piadina" at 57 West 10th off of Sixth Ave. This little downstairs Italian place is very intimate with a super friendly staff.

"Peking Duck House" - Best Peking Duck ANYWHERE. 28 Mott Street.

October 12th, 2005, 11:38 AM
Wo Hop on 17 Mott St. Especially at 4am when you're all lit up, which thankfully is quite rare for me these days.

October 12th, 2005, 08:40 PM
Ah, while we're on "late night meals." Two I love, but haven't been too in way long:

"Stingy Lou-Lou's" on St. Mark's & Avenue A
"Florent" on Ganesvoort Street between 9th Ave & Washington.

October 10th, 2010, 11:30 AM
Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar is hidden gem in New York. Good idea for a fine dinining after a Brodway Show or concert MSG. 11 west 31st Midtown



October 12th, 2010, 08:11 AM

I would have never known that was a restaurant... :rolleyes:

October 12th, 2010, 01:39 PM
Nice response to this thread. Looking forward to trying a few of these out. Thanks.