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    It depends what region of India you want food from and how upscale you're able to eat. I found the Indian in London different generally but of a much more consistent quality, and there are some places (like the Red Fort in Chelsea) that are amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by czsz
    It depends what region of India you want food from and how upscale you're able to eat. I found the Indian in London different generally but of a much more consistent quality, and there are some places (like the Red Fort in Chelsea) that are amazing.
    If you want upscale Indian, there are tons of places to get it in Manhattan.

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    Right, but it's not quite what it's like in London, and like I said, the quality of the downscale places are more consistent there.

    Anyway is there any food you actually prefer in London? (beyond steak and kidney pie?)

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    Food in NY is dramatically better than in London. Nevertheless, London has some of the best restaurants in the world and is probably second only to NY in terms of the variety of cuisine one can find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer
    I walked by there and was disappointed to see that it's not the Benigin's site. Sadly, the building that will be razed, while in need of a cleaning, is decent. This follows the trend on 8th of razing the decent buildings and keeping the garbage. In fact, it appears from the rendering that the whole block on 8th will not be razed. The most disgusting structures on the north end of the block will remain!
    Took a walk on this block today and a homeless guy tried to sell me a used electronic razor. Although the building on the south would be decent if restored, its got huge flashy port shops as tenants. Also going will be 3 bars, including Kevin St James. It isnt a bad idea to tear down this block.

    On the north side it seems 2 buildings will remain. The inner is nothing special, and the corner building is a boutique hotel. Was dark but it seemed worth keeping.

    The bennigans site, with the NY tour will come down - just a matter of time - but the block being replaced will totally change the neighborhood for the better. While duane reade already has a presense in the area, I dont think there is much on 8th in terms of banks. I wouldnt be suprised if we get a bank on the ground floor on 8th, with a large chain on the second floor. Unfortunate, but 9th Ave seems to be the place for restaurants and nightlife.

    The parking lot in the rear is already chained off, and most of the windows have been boarded up on the apartments. This project will make restaurant row more inviting, and really makes 46th street feel that much more cozy and warming, relative to the huge buildings on 8th. And with the towers, after dinner, you have a grand entrance to your broadway show, instead of walking through porn.

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    I'd put LA (or SoCal in general) in front of London in terms of variety of food. Koreatown, Vietnamese in Orange County, Mexican all over the place... LA blows away London. To say nothing about, e.g., In-And-Out Burger, ocean-side taco shacks, etc, etc, etc. Yum...

    For that matter, the SF Bay Area is better than London too. I'd guess that even places like Washington DC are better.

    London is fine if you're rich, really really rich. Where it falls down is in cheap good food -- great food for less than $20. And yes, I include the Indian food in this too. Indian food is England's saving grace, but at the end of the day, even that's bloody expensive these days in dollar terms.

    For instance, in the US, you'd never pay for kimchi at a Korean restaurant. The plethora of really great little dishes is included. In London... first of all Korean food is thin on the ground, secondly, you pay (through the fricking nose) for every individual little dish of kimchi.

    Don't get me wrong. The UK is vastly ahead of where it was 20 years ago. But it started so far back that it still has a long way to go. And London has way more (and often quite good) Arab, Turkish and Indian. But against that, it's almost totally missing a lot of the great Asian cuisines (at anything approaching reasonable price/performance levels) and of course there's no Mexican to speak of. And that, my friend, is something that I personally cannot live with.

    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer
    Food in NY is dramatically better than in London. Nevertheless, London has some of the best restaurants in the world and is probably second only to NY in terms of the variety of cuisine one can find.

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    "Took a walk on this block today and a homeless guy tried to sell me a used electronic razor."

    So what was the problem? That the razor was used?

    Morning rant:

    The problem on 8th is not so much that new buildings are going up, but that everything seems to be left to the developer.... so it´s hit or miss. 8th ave is an historic neighborhood and should be treated as such. I was happy to see the web site for the architectural firm that´s doing this building at 46th and 8th.... they´ve done very nice stuff downtown....buildings that respect their surroundings. But this could´ve just as easily been another ugly faux-luxury job like the hideous Marc up the street. I don´t buy this business about tearing down buildings because they´re "run down" or "house porn". Those comments are without culture. A building is run down and houses porn until it´s restored and houses a boutique. Small, low rise tenements are charming and are an intrinsic part of Hell´s Kitchen. There is history with them and they create a sense of place AND add value to their new neighbors. So many people come to NYC with no knowlege of it´s history.... bred on the highway strip-mall arcitecture of their suburban home "towns" that they expect their NY experience to be just as sqeaky clean and homogenous. Chain stores, Starbucks and ticky-tack faceless condos are "familair" to them and reassuring... but the true beauty of NY takes effort to understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabrizio
    I don´t buy this business about tearing down buildings because they´re "run down" or "house porn". Those comments are without culture. A building is run down and houses porn until it´s restored and houses a boutique. Small, low rise tenements are charming and are an intrinsic part of Hell´s Kitchen. There is history with them and they create a sense of place AND add value to their new neighbors. So many people come to NYC with no knowlege of it´s history.... bred on the highway strip-mall arcitecture of their suburban home "towns" that they expect their NY experience to be just as sqeaky clean and homogenous. Chain stores, Starbucks and ticky-tack faceless condos are "familair" to them and reassuring... but the true beauty of NY takes effort to understand.
    Applause.

    A Southern "city" like Charlotte has no past left showing because of this phenomenon. Uprooted and, yes, without culture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vc10
    but at the end of the day, even that's bloody expensive these days in dollar terms.
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    Everything is expensive here because of the exchange rate. I bought a shit hot camera in ny last summer for 350 dollars. I came back to the uk and it would have cost 600

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabrizio
    "Small, low rise tenements are charming and are an intrinsic part of Hell´s Kitchen. There is history with them and they create a sense of place AND add value to their new neighbors.
    Agreed, and there are so many nice low rises between 8th and 10th, and all along 9th avenue, from 43rd to 57th. But 8th ave doesnt have that continuity - just a nice one here and there - and has the porn shops, parking lots, and other buildings and businesses that dont give an inviting or a neighborhood feel, even if restored. There is a reason the new Hearst building will be 300 W 57th and no longer 959 8th Ave. 8th ave isnt the charming hells kitchen.

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    Not just because of the exchange rate. London is intrinsically expensive even for those who live there and are paid well. For instance, it's not unusual for (shock, horror) managing directors in London I-banks to *iron their own shirts*. Seriously, landering a shirt in London costs $4 or more -- not in a hotel, just anywhere.

    Quote Originally Posted by alonzo-ny
    Everything is expensive here because of the exchange rate. I bought a shit hot camera in ny last summer for 350 dollars. I came back to the uk and it would have cost 600

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    I take it no one likes porn shops....

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    Or ironing their own shirts ...

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    When you're working 16 hours a day on a regular basis, having someone else iron shirts is well worth it...

    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1
    Or ironing their own shirts ...

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    Directly across 8th, another res. tower is to go up that will be nearly as tall. (39-42 stories 450'+)

    The thread on the tower is here

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