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  1. #31


    an awesome restaurants in the upper east can be found at

    It's a site for new york residents but some great recommendations for NY newbies/visitors.

    Most restaurants are located around normandie court.

  2. #32

    Thumbs up New York Restaurant

    Well worth a visit is the 21 Club on West 52nd.

    Most people think its a private club but its just a regular restaurant with a great pedigree. Its appeared in loads of films from The Sweet Smell of Success to One Fine Day. They even used it for a scene for Sex in the City.

    Originally a speakeasy it has a secret wine cellar hidden behind a wall that has a secret mechanism to open - now its a private dining room which is just wild.

    The Bar Room restaurant is the place to eat with a ceiling covered in all sorts of toys and crazy things.

    The food is really terrific and not cheap, but if you go for lunch or the early evening dining menu its really affordable and a great experience. Even if you don't fancy dinner its worth popping in for drinks at the bar.

  3. #33


    Does anyone know any good restaurants near the Roosevelt Hotel area? (45th and Madison) What is this area like? Shops, restaurants, NOISE, etc? We've never stayed in the middle of Midtown before.

  4. #34


    It wasnt a joke, I like Starbucks. Thanks!

  5. #35
    The Dude Abides
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    NYC - Financial District


    Quote Originally Posted by NewYorkYankee
    Does anyone know any good restaurants near the Roosevelt Hotel area? (45th and Madison) What is this area like? Shops, restaurants, NOISE, etc? We've never stayed in the middle of Midtown before.
    Lots of retail, lots of noise, and lots of places to eat. If you like a good steakhouse, I've been to Morton's, which I believe is down the block or one block south. There's so many other places to eat, especially around Grand Central. Walk the streets and stumble into a place that looks good, that's the best approach.

  6. #36
    The Dude Abides
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    I suggest getting a bagel for breakfast. Nothing is better than a fresh, warm New York bagel with cream cheese. Mmmmmmmm. I don't know where there's a bagel place in that neighborhood, but I know there a lot on the east side in the upper 40's and lower 50's. Ess-a-Bagel, I believe it's called, is on 51st and 1st. Voted Best New York Bagel at some point. Also, check this out.

  7. #37


    Hi to all,

    soon I'm visiting great NYC, I'm staying in a hostel on the western side of Bowery, can some one recommend something cheap/decent place to eat breakfast and lunch. Budget for this trip is not so big, and prices in NYC are . so I need any help. thanks.

  8. #38

    September 7, 2005
    A Tasting Menu of Restaurants to Come

    The meatpacking district is expanding. Hotel restaurants show tremendous vitality. There will be more sushi than ever. This is a snapshot of New York's new restaurant scene for this fall and beyond. The count of new restaurants is more than 60. Most are at new sites, not replacing failures, and they will add more than 5,000 seats to a city that already has at least a million.

    Maybe because of that, just about everyone is playing it safe. French and Italian places are represented, but most of the food is contemporary market-driven American or Mediterranean, often wine-friendly, wood-grilled and perhaps touched with French, Asian or Italian sensibilities. Greek restaurants are in play, and of course steakhouses are on the list. Charlie Trotter will offer seafood at the Time Warner Center. Banking on the appetite for huge Japanese restaurants are Ninja, Morimoto and a second Megu.

    Sirio Maccioni's soap-operatic move of Le Cirque from the New York Palace notwithstanding, hotels all around Manhattan are still fertile ground for dining. "The hotel has to support the restaurant, you get a much longer lease, and with rooms upstairs you have some guaranteed clients," said Geoffrey Zakarian, who is complementing Town in the Chambers with Country in the Carlton. Kurt Gutenbrunner has opened Thor in the Rivington on the Lower East Side. By spring the renowned chefs Joël Robuchon of France and Gordon Ramsay of England should be in hotels here.

    But the focus remains on the meatpacking district, last year's hot destination. Like a thick, juicy steak too big for the plate, it is seeping west and north, along 10th Avenue. Del Posto, which may replace Babbo as the flagship in the Batali-Bastianich empire, is one of seven new restaurants there. But Sascha Lyon, one of the new players, is not concerned. "It's fantastic," he said. "A hundred years ago some newspaper wrote about the Gansevoort Market and the intense energy in the neighborhood. That's what this area was always about. The more the merrier."
    Sooner Rather Than Later

    The following restaurants are scheduled to open in the next few weeks.

    Cafe B With Bruno Jamais, the owner of Bruno Jamais Restaurant and Supper Club, as a new partner, the owners of Barbalùc have renamed their restaurant, dressed it up and hired Matteo Siliberti from Milan to prepare Mediterranean dishes: 135 East 65th Street, (212) 774-1999.

    Cercle Rouge David Féau, who was the last chef at Lutèce, will open his own boutique restaurant with a raw bar and a French bistro menu that also offers the chef's interpretation of New England clam chowder and chicken wings: 241 West Broadway (White Street), (212) 226-6252.

    Cookshop Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer of Five Points in NoHo are about to add their rustic seasonal American food to Chelsea, where a grill, a rotisserie and a wood-burning oven will flavor the ingredients: 156 10th Avenue (20th Street), (212) 924-4440.

    Country If your idea of a country place is Versailles, then you will be right at home in Geoffrey Zakarian's balconied, silver-trimmed and ornamented dining room. David Rockwell's design was inspired by the 1907 Beaux-Arts décor of the Carlton hotel, once the Seville. The prix fixe menu of market-driven American fare will be served family style. Doug Psaltis, who worked for Alain Ducasse, is the chef: 90 Madison Avenue (29th Street), (212) 889-7100.

    The Diner More heavy duty than the average diner, this new spot, with inventive retro food, is backed by Marc Packer (Tao and Bolzano) and was designed by Morris Nathanson (Bolzano): 44 Ninth Avenue (14th Street), (212) 627-2230.

    D'Or Ahn This warmly modern 50-seat place owned by Lannie Ahn and serving Rachel Yang's Korean food is next to Tia Pol. It's the second spot on the block whose owner and chef are both women: 207 Tenth Avenue (22nd Street), (212) 627-7777.

    Earl Monroe's Restaurant Riverbank State Park, overlooking the Hudson River, is the stunning setting for this spacious restaurant with a terrace. Christopher Faulkner, formerly the sous-chef at Town, will combine cuisines that are typical of Harlem and are long on seafood. The dining room becomes the Pearl Club for late-night jazz: Riverside Drive at 145th Street, (212) 491-1500.

    Eat with Your Bear Hands Cafe This cafe in the Build-a-Bear Workshop store will welcome children, adults and stuffed animals with little hot dogs, chicken nuggets, sandwiches, salads and desserts: 565 Fifth Avenue (46th Street), (212) 871-7080 or (800) 560-2327.

    Fatty Crab Adding another restaurant with Asian street food to the meatpacking district, Zak Pelaccio will be the chef at this 32-seat spot, named for one of his favorite places in Kuala Lumpur. He will remain in charge of 5 Ninth: 643 Hudson Street (Horatio Street), (212) 352-3590.

    Ginger Michelle Jean, who set Butter in NoLIta in motion, is opening this Chinese restaurant emphasizing healthful recipes by James Marshall, formerly at China Grill: 1400 Fifth Avenue (116th Street), (212) 423-1111.

    Jefferson Grill Simpson Wong has reopened with a menu of tasting plates to mix and match: 121 West 10th Street, (212) 255-3333.

    Jimmy's Jimmy Carbone, the former owner of Patio Dining, is opening a pint-size rathskeller with hearty European food and beers on draft. He will do the cooking: 43 East 7th Street, (212) 982-3006.

    Jovia A town house is the setting for Thalia and Stephen Loffredo's latest venture. Josh DeChellis of Sumile will create an American menu with an Italian accent: 135 East 62nd Street (no telephone yet).

    Loft Part lounge, part Mediterranean, this fills a gap in a restaurant row that is becoming increasingly Mexican: 505 Columbus Avenue (84th Street), (212) 362-6440.

    Mo Pitkin's House of Satisfaction This spot, which just opened, combines Latino and Jewish dishes, offers entertainment and might be worthy of attention for its manischevitini, a near-cosmopolitan made with Manischevitz wine instead of cranberry juice: 34 Avenue A (Second Street), (212) 777-5660, extension 21.

    Ninja New York This $3.5 million Japanese newcomer has an executive chef, Michinobu Okamoto, leading a dozen chefs from Japan. The labyrinthine setting is designed to replicate a mountain village. Waiters in ninja garb will serve food that fuses Japanese with an international grab bag, some on tasting menus that go to $200: 25 Hudson Street (Duane Street), (212) 274-8500.

    Rosa Mexicano The former America has been converted to the third Rosa Mexicano, the second with a water wall: 9 East 18th Street, (212) 533-3350 after Sept. 26.

    Royal's Downtown Alex McWilliams will shop at the Greenmarket for his seasonal menu: 215 Union Street (Henry Street), (718) 923-9866.

    Thor Kurt Gutenbrunner's food is not strictly Austrian at this restaurant, which has just opened in the Rivington Hotel, 107 Rivington Street (Ludlow Street), (646) 253-6700. Mr. Gutenbrunner is also expanding his services at the Neue Galerie on the Upper East Side, where he runs Café Sabarsky, adding Café Fledermaus on the lower level. It is to open in time for the gallery's Egon Schiele exhibit, which starts Oct. 21: 1048 Fifth Avenue (86th Street).
    Later Rather Than Sooner

    Restaurant owners have the best of intentions when they announce an opening date, but everything from Con Edison inspections, Landmark Commission approval, hiring and training staff members, even deciding on a name, can interfere. Most of the following will roll out later in the fall, but a few may not see customers until well into 2006.

    Agata & Valentina's Food Bar Taking cafeteria dining to another level, this handsome room, originally a bank, will have at least six different food stations for food prepared to order, plus waiter service for drinks and desserts: 1513 First Avenue (79th Street).

    American Masala Suvir Saran and Hemant Mathur, the chefs and owners of Devi, will open this spot for quick Indian food with an American accent, like ribbon fries with lamb burgers: 60 Pearl Street (Broad Street). Ammos Jack Trantides, who owns Ammos Estiatorio in Astoria, Queens, has joined Christos Christou to offer a Greek spot with seafood by the pound: 52 Vanderbilt Avenue (45th Street).

    Artemis A Greek steakhouse is named for the goddess of hunting: Holiday Inn Martinique, 33rd Street and Broadway.

    Barbounia A riff on the cooking of Greece and also of Italy, Croatia and Turkey will happen in a room with an open kitchen: 250 Park Avenue South (20th Street).

    BG A dining room and bar overlooking Central Park will open on Bergdorf Goodman's seventh floor: 754 Fifth Avenue (58th Street).

    Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill Bruce and Eric Bromberg will take their successful SoHo formula uptown to the West Park Hotel, which is being renovated by Jason Pomeranc, who developed 60 Thompson: 308 West 58th Street.

    Bouchon Bakery Thomas Keller's bakery, cafe and wine bar on the third floor of the Time Warner Center, is to open early next year: Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle.

    Buddakan For now, this pan-Asian import from Philadelphia has Angelo Sosa, formerly of Yumcha, consulting: 75 Ninth Avenue (16th Street).

    Café d'Alsace With this uptown bistro, the restaurateur Simon Oren is moving from the South of France, where his Marseille and Nice Matin are rooted, and offering classics like choucroute garnie: 1695 Second Avenue (88th Street).

    Andrew Carmellini Mr. Carmellini, the former chef at Café Boulud, will shift from French to Italian for this new 90-seater owned by MARC of London and designed by Tony Chi, with a generous outdoor patio. The name is a work in progress: 41 Madison Avenue (26th Street).

    Centovini Nicola Marzovilla, an owner of I Trulli, and the owners of Moss will open a wine bar with casual food next door to Moss Gallery: 25 West Houston Street (Greene Street).

    Charlie Trotter's The long-awaited New York debut of the renowned Chicago chef is not likely to occur before February, but a seafood venue is promised: Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle.

    Chinatown Brasserie Josh Pickard, the owner of Time Cafe, is converting the cafe's generous space, including the downstairs that was Fez, into a Chinese restaurant. His partner is John McDonald, with whom he owns Lever House and Lure Fishbar: 380 Lafayette Street (Great Jones Street). Colors Restaurant Next month, former employees of Windows on the World will open an employee-owned restaurant (like René Pujol in the theater district), with an American menu infused with global influences and an international wine list, all in homage to the restaurant that was destroyed with the World Trade Center. The design will evoke the Art Deco period of the 1939 World's Fair: 417 Lafayette Street (Astor Place).

    Craftsteak Tom Colicchio's steakhouse takes up residence where Frank's left off: 85 10th Avenue (16th Street).

    Dani Don Pintabona is opening this Mediterranean place with Sicilian-accented food: 333 Hudson Street (King Street).

    David Burke at Bloomingdale's David Burke, the chef and partner in David Burke and Donatella, will open a full-service coffee and wine bar with light food on one side of the store's new 59th Street entrance. On the other side will be takeout with a few seats for sandwiches, soups and desserts: Bloomingdale's, 59th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues.

    Del Posto With a high-end classic Italian menu and Mark Ladner as chef, this collaboration between Mario Batali and the Bastianich family will have a luxurious dining room with balcony tables. The idea is old-school, fancy Italian dining. The rest of the 22,000 square feet of space will be a lower-level banquet hall and wine area. It will also have valet parking: 85 10th Avenue (16th Street).

    Jean Denoyer Mr. Denoyer, a restaurateur, has not named his French brasserie, nor has he named a chef. But he does know the décor will be Art Deco: 35 Rockefeller Plaza (50th Street).

    European Union Pan-European pub food by Anne Burrell, who worked with Mario Batali, will be served in a setting that includes an outdoor cafe: 235 East Fourth Street.

    Gordon Ramsay The Michelin three-star chef from London is to open a restaurant and a cafe in the Rihga Royal hotel: 151 West 54th Street.

    Iacopo Across the street from his restaurant, Falai, Iacopo Falai plans a bakery and cafe to showcase his original talents as pastry chef: 79 Clinton Street (Rivington Street).

    Kellari Taverna Stavros Aktipis has taken over the Torre di Pisa space and will open a contemporary Greek place: 19 West 44th Street.

    L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at the Four Seasons This approximate copy of Mr. Robuchon's successful Paris restaurant will replace Fifty Seven Fifty Seven in the Four Seasons Hotel, with seating at a counter, where reservations are not necessary, and table service: 57 East 57th Street.

    Le Cirque This restaurant, which has dropped "2000" from its name, will most likely open early in 2006. There will be a main dining room, a wine bar, a lounge and private dining on two levels in what is known as the Bloomberg building: 1 Beacon Court (58th Street and Lexington Avenue).

    Maroons Harlem Arlene Weston, who owns Maroons in Chelsea, will take her blend of Southern and Jamaican food uptown to a spacious dining room designed by Glen Coben: 300 West 145th Street.

    Megu at Trump World Tower A smaller version of the TriBeCa behemoth will have the requisite ice Buddha and a complex menu: 845 United Nations Plaza (47th Street).

    Mint Former Devi and Café Spice chefs will provide a contemporary spin to curries, regional specialties from Goa and dishes from the tandoor: 150 East 50th Street.

    Morimoto Stephen Starr and Masaharu Morimoto, an Iron Chef and former Nobu sushi master, are opening an elaborate restaurant, a branch of their place in Philadelphia: 88 10th Avenue (16th Street).

    Noodle Bar The name tells it all in this spot that Quentin Danté, an owner of Yumcha, expects to be open in October, replacing a pizzeria with a soccer theme: 26 Carmine Street (Bleecker Street).

    Pair of 8's A restaurant and wine bar with an emphasis on food and wine pairings, will have food by Bill Peet, formerly of Lutèce and Café des Artistes, in the kitchen: 568 Amsterdam Avenue (88th Street).

    Palá Pizza All sorts of pizza technology is going into this place, which will pride itself on its crust and its Roman-style ingredients: 198 Allen Street (Stanton Street).

    Parea Thank this Greek spot for Manhattan's first honey room, a Greek-style dessert and coffee bar with jars of preserved fruits and honeys on display. Before dessert there will be classics like souvlaki from a menu that emphasizes organic ingredients: 36 East 20th Street.

    Peacock Alley This venerable restaurant is to reopen Nov. 1 with Cedric Tovar as executive chef. A $5.5 million facelift will not obliterate the room's Art Deco lines: Waldorf-Astoria hotel, Park Avenue at 50th Street.

    Porcão This Rio-based churrascaria has an outpost in Miami. The name, in Portuguese, means big pig, but it's appropriately pronounced "poor cow." Hunks of meat sliced tableside reign: 360 Park Avenue (26th Street).

    Sascha A working bakery with an emphasis on old-fashioned sweets, a cafe and fine dining upstairs are the parts being brought together by Sascha Lyon, formerly of Pastis. He plans New York food with ethnic touches suggestive of Eastern Europe. The site, a former packing house whose owners are Mr. Lyon's partners, retains much of its original structure, with new glass and ironwork detail: 55-61 Gansevoort Street (Ninth Avenue).

    STK A steakhouse partner for One Little West Twelfth around the corner is to open this winter with Kersten Eggers, who worked with David Burke, interpreting steakhouse fare from across America: 26 Little West Twelfth Street (Ninth Avenue).

    Telepan Bill Telepan, formerly of Judson Grill, will be opening a place of his own for market-fresh cooking: 72 West 69th Street.

    Tocqueville This restaurant will move into more spacious and elegant digs a few doors west in November: 1 East 15th Street.

    24 Prince A restaurant, cafe and lounge that expects to offer comfort food: 24 Prince Street (Mott Street).

  9. #39


    Who knows a nice buffet in NYC?

  10. #40

    Default place to actually cook?

    any restaurants where its more fun like being able to cook your own pizza or meal or something like that??

  11. #41


    Woo Lae Oak is a Korean restaurant with grills on the table.

    As for the buffet question, New York isn't really a buffet kind of town.

  12. #42
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    Cacio e Pepe, on Second Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets, is a Roman-style Italian restaurant. Interesting but tasty food, good service, and reasonable prices.

    (Try the green tomato strudel with basil sorbet for dessert )

  13. #43


    Is there an all you can eat buffet in NYC?

  14. #44


    Yes, at the Hari Krishna ashram in Brooklyn.

    What sort of food are you looking for, Gab? And why a buffet?

  15. #45


    I will just go during the sunday feast in the Hare Krishna temple on Schermerhorn street. It can be a chinese buffet or anything else. I like so many kind of food. A buffet because I like to get get so many choice. I've been in that temple because I know several devotee in Montreal and somebody picked me up to get in NYC. I won't come back in NYC with the stupid driver who really pissed me off when I came back in Montréal. I told him turn right or left when he had to turn and I went straight instead. What an idiot.
    Last edited by Gab; September 23rd, 2005 at 04:03 PM.

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