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Posted 08 June 2005 - 03:11 PM

MANHATTAN MOUTHFULS

What this is not

This is not a listing of mid- to up-scale destination restaurants; the kind of restaurants where you call ahead for a reservation and/or make a special journey. Nor is this an encyclopaedic list of places for casual eats, drinks and food shopping.

What this is

This is the Mouthfuls members' consensus on the best places - and only the best - for spontaneous eating, drinking and shopping, arranged neighborhood by neighborhood - and the listings run, more or less, uptown to downtown and west to east.

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We have tried to list businesses as places to sit down and eat, places to stand up/take out, places to drink, etc. We used our best judgment - but, of course, at many places you have the choice of a table or take-away, and anywhere you can eat you can also usually drink; the categorisation just gives you some idea of how the place is best used - and we have also tried to direct you to the best things to sample, and what to avoid.

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These lists were created by unpaid enthusiasts. We hope the information is accurate, because we use it ourselves; but in any case, businesses change hands, change locations, and close. If in doubt, call ahead.

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There are many web and print sources for addresses, telephone numbers and opening hours, including the White and Yellow Pages, the various Time Out, Zagat and other guides. The following web-sites are useful for factual information:

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 03:15 PM

EL BARRIO, WASHINGTON HEIGHTS & INWOOD

The Barrio from north side of 106th and East of Park Avenue, until you hit the water. Washington Heights is everything north side of 155th up.

Sitting down mouthfuls

Tacqueria El Paso for Mexican (not just tacos). El Malecon for rotisserie chicken. Best Italian: Patsy's for house salad and red sauce standards. Sandy's for lechon asado and roast chicken. Best burger: The Piper's Kilt in Inwood. For Dominican home cooking: Margot Restaurant; El Capri (try the cocido). New Leaf Cafe (note weekend brunch). For Korean barbecue: Joa.

Standing up mouthfuls

Best slice: Patsy's; other contenders are George's (classic NY) and Grandpa's (thin crust). Best tacos: Taco Mix - look out for offal options; Santa Clarita (stall outside in summer months); La Taquicardia is less consistent. A good taco stand on the corner of 3rd and 105th in the warmer months. Home made tamales and many other options from the stalls on the north and south side of 116th between 3rd/Lex, especially in the summer; look out for one offering Oaxacan-style tamal in banana leaves. For Indian take-out: Tawaa.

On the south side of 116th between 2nd and 3rd: stand making tacos and quesadillas with fresh tortillas; also storefront stand selling tacos and gorditas. North side of 116th, corner of Lexington: Stand selling empanadas and arroz con leche; various trucks between Lexington and 3rd, especially El Paso truck for tortas and tacos. Note also the evening cuchifrito trucks on Amsterdam between 174th and 178th.

Sweet mouthfuls

La Torpezienne Bakery, for croissants, petit fours and other viennoiserie, fruit tarts, and baguettes and sandwiches too. Carrot Top for carrot cake. Yumlicious for latina ice cream.

Thirsty mouthfuls

Orbit for drinks and no-cover music. Camaradas is a good entry in the pan-Latin bar stakes, with live music and a kind of upascale cuchifrito menu.

Shopping mouthfuls

PJ Wines and Liquor, large and well-priced with a notable selection of Spanish wines.

What else?

You can drink at the bar at Rao's. That's all, though.

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 03:21 PM

HARLEM and MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS

North side of 110th to south side of 155th and west of Park Avenue.

Sitting down mouthfuls

Best soul/bbq bistro: Mobay (live jazz too). Best old-style supper club: Londel's. Best soul food: Amy Ruth's (smothered chicken with waffles); Louise's Family Restaurant for collard greens, corn bread, etc.. Best steam tables: Manna's (three branches).

Best fried chicken: Manna's (various branches). For a good cafe - Society. Salvadorean: La Cabana, but we've had mixed reports.

Thirsty mouthfuls

Best old-style Harlem bar: The Seville Lounge.

Sweet Mouthfuls

Inwood's Carrot Top (carrot cake) has an unsampled franchise here. Mondel's chocolates (Kate Hepburn's favorite, since 1943). Chokolat Patisserie for croissants and fruit tarts.

Shopping mouthfuls

Fairway's. For wine - Harlem Vintage.

Anything else?

Some people like Dinosaur BBQ; mixed reports here. :o

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 03:39 PM

UPPER WEST SIDE

West of Central Park, all the way to the Hudson, from the north side of 60th Street up to 110th.

Sitting down mouthfuls

An UWS institution: Barney Greengrass (for its smoked fish, especially for breakfast or the very popular brunch; the nova, eggs and onions is the best egg dish in the city, and their corned beef sandwich is also mentioned). Some claim Fine & Schapiro is the best all-round deli, while Artie's gets a mention for chicken soup with matzoh balls. Best all-round diner: City Diner (their meatloaf is noted) or Metro (fabulous rice pudding); Omega recommended for its greasy breakfast sausage. Best Greek: Kefi, in the old Onera space.

For grilled meats, go to La Rural; for pistou, Nice Matin; and for the cheese plate, Celeste. Niko's is recommended for chopped salad and garlic gorgonzola bread; Dock's for clam chowder, but not for fish entrees; Henry's for clam chowder and a beer. Best all-round seafood: Ocean Grill, but there are dissenters. For Peruvian food: the 84th and Amsterdam Flor de Mayo, especially the daily specials, saltados, pariheula, spicy fish soups, aji de gallina, pollo a la brasa (although the rotisserie chicken might be a little better at the uptown Broadway location). Chirping chicken for the roast chicken (not so much for the sides).

Best casual sushi: Sakura or Lenge. For avocado salad: La Caridad. Go to Bella Luna for linguini with white clam sauce, Good Enough to Eat for meatloaf, Dinastia for Chinese greens in garlic sauce, and La Mirabelle for rognons a la moutarde. For a cheap dinner with BYO: A on Columbus. Hummus Place for, well, hummus.

Standing up mouthfuls

Best pizza: V&T; also Bettola on 80th and Amsterdam (many of their other dishes are excellent, too). Best bagels: H&H, or maybe Absolute. Best knishes: Zabar's. Best burger: Big Nick's (not to mention the chicken steak sandwich); or Parlour. Best croque monsieur: the cafe in Fairway (some like the burger too). Best way to spend 75 cents: a Gray's Papaya hot dog.

For turkey shwarma with homemade laffa bread and the chicken soup, and good falafel (get it in the laffe with fried eggplant): Ali Baba on 85th and Amsterdam. For corned beef hash: Good Enough to Eat.

Sweet mouthfuls

Apple and cheese strudel from Zabar's (they also carry the recommended Green's babka and Eli's biscotti). Best coffee and dessert: Cafe Lalo or Edgar's. Not to mention Beard Papa's cream puffs. Levain for cookies. Soutine for birthday and other special cakes.

Thirsty mouthfuls

Best pubs in a neighborhood with a lot of frat-boy beer halls: Dublin House, Malachy's and The Brew Pub. Best hidden bar: Cafe des Artistes (the menu from the upscale restaurant is available, as well as bar snacks).

Also, Homer's for milk shakes.

Shopping mouthfuls

Best all-round market: Fairway, although Zabar's is popular too and is excellent for kitchen/cooking supplies, small appliances, etc. on its second floor. Citarella's is best for fish. Best smoked fish, appetizings: Murray's Sturgeon; Supersol for their whitefish salad (chunks not a smooth paste). 67 Wine and Liquors has a good selection on two floors, but some warn about the wine storage; others mentioned for wine - Nancy's, Rose's, Acker Merrell & Condit, and Beacon. For expensive bread: Levain Bakery.

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 03:45 PM

UPPER EAST SIDE

Uptown side of 60th Street up to 106th, and Fifth Avenue to the East River.

Sitting down mouthfuls

Best Italian: Spigolo. Best Greek: Trata. Best Chinese: Wu Liang Ye. Best Mexican: El Paso. Best bistro: Quatorze. Best burger: Etats-Unis (see best wine bar); some still like J.G. Melon. Best diner: Mansion. Best fancy diners: Viand; Nectar - several branches each. Best Latin hole-in-wall: Abuela's Cuchifritos. Best vegan: Candle 79; Candlestick Cafe. Best drop-in sushi: Inase. Best persian: Shalizar.

For New England mussels: Flex Mussels. Back Page sports bar for the buffalo wings. Burmese Mingala Cafe for ginger salad. Café Luka for breakfasts. Willy's for surprisingly good inexpensive steaks. Nicholas for old fashioned European. André's for Hungarian. B Café for Belgian.

Standing up mouthfuls

Best bagels: Bagel Works (check out the mini-bagels). Best pizzas: Totonno's; Nick's. Lorenzo & Maria Kitchen for international take-out meals and delivery.

Sweet mouthfuls

Best candy: Dylan's. Best brownie's: Glaser's. Best baked sweets: Two Little Red Hens.

Thirsty mouthfuls

Best beer selection: David Copperfield's; Cafe d'Alsace for a more European list. Best wine bar: Les Etats Unis (and snacks including guacamole, crab dip with Triscuits, baby back bbq ribs, lobster club and mac 'n' cheese). Best classic bar (cocktails, wine): Bemelmans in the Carlyle (also best murals). Best sake bar: Hana Sake. Best adult bar with comfort food: Kurio.

Shopping mouthfuls

Best upscale emporium: Agata & Valentina; also for cheese, Ideal Cheese. Best expensive butcher: Lobel's. Best old-time butcher: Leonard's. Best bread: Payard (pastries too); Le Pain Quotidien. Best European/German-style breads: Orwasher's. Best german deli: Schaller & Weber. Best wine merchant: Neal Rosenthal. Best wine stores: Sherry-Lehmann, Garnet's, Mister Wright's. Best seafood-based deli products: Sables.

Anything else?

Best cafe in a museum: Cafe Sabarsky - especially the pastries and coffee. Best inside a department store: Fred's at Barney's. Best grease delivery system: the bacon biscuit at the Yorkville Packing House (also known as the Hungarian Meat Market & Deli at 81st and 2nd).

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 04:34 PM

MIDTOWN WEST

West of Ninth Avenue, between south side of 60th and north side of 34th.

Sitting down mouthfuls

Best cheese selection: Casellula (also wines and hot snacks). Best Mediterranean: Taboon. Best Ethiopian: Queen of Sheba (although not everyone loves it). Best Thai, and maybe the only passable Thai in Manhattan: Pam Real Thai; also mentioned, Wondee Siam III. Best Mexican: Tulcingo del Valle. Best BBQ: Daisy May. Best Turkish: Turkish Cuisine. For West Indian: Island Spice.

Standing up mouthfuls

Best pita sandwiches: Azuri. Sullivan Bakery for pizza squares and Cinotto. Best cookies: Ruby et Violet. Best tacos: Tehuitzingo Grocery; also La Paloma. Best German sausages: Hallo Berlin (10th Avenue between 44th and 45th; the 51st location has closed).

Sweet mouthfuls

Dousoeur de Paris for French patisserie selections. The Little Pie Company for sour cream apple walnut pie. Good and Plenty to Go for home-made sweets.

Thirsty mouthfuls

Best lounge (gay): Tenth Avenue Lounge. For a bar with a garden: Disiac. The historic Landmark Tavern has re-opened with a full menu. Best coffee: Cupcake Cafe @ Casa.

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 04:34 PM

MIDTOWN CENTRAL/THEATER DISTRICT

Southside of 60th Street down to north side of 34th; 9th Avenue across to 3rd Avenue

Sitting down mouthfuls

Best upscale, expensive burger (foie gras in the center of the patty, black truffles extra) at the communal dining tables in the "bar" at dB Bistro Moderne (full menu offered). For regular burgers: The Bar at Keens Steakhouse; the Burger Joint at the Parker Meridien (in the smaller-patty and skinny fries style); the bar at Cafe Centro; opinions are divided on Island Burger and Shakes (but the shakes are recommended). P.J. Clarke's offers a burger in a historic bar setting (Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend drank here); good burger and sweet potato fries at Delta Grill. Best pre-theater family restaurant: Virgil's BBQ (see Thirsty too). Best Chinese: Szechuan Gourmet or Wu Liang Ye (two locations). Note also the Chinese garment worker buffets, Ying Du/38th Street Restaurant and Bakery, and also the one right across the street.

Han Bat for non-BBQ Korean. Best Thai: Pongsri Thai. Best Latino/Argentinian: Old San Juan for sweetbreads, morcilla and mofongo; Argentinian meat and fried potatoes at Chimichurri; Cuban sandwiches etc at Margon. Best yakitori: Yakitori Totto. Best Indian: Utsav Festival restaurant or Shaan, both for the lunch buffet; a vote for the buffet Spice Fusion too; and Indus Express, especially before 1pm for chat. Katsuhama for fried pork. Djerdan 3 for Serbian food. For simple Italian: La Masseria. For French salads and sandwiches and sweets from Falai, Macaron Cafe.

Grand Central Oyster Bar: only oysters and pan roasts, and only at the bar (and opinion is still divided). The Sea Grill is moderately upscale, but it has a capacious bar with a selection of oysters, salmon tartare with a quail egg, portobello fries, and a view of the Rock Center skating rink. Brandade at La Bonne Soupe. Via Brasil for caiprinhas and reasonably-priced meals. For Swedish food designed by Marcus Samuelsson of Aquavit: AQ Kafe.

El Deportivo for breaded pork chops. Lazarra's for pizza and chicken parm heroes in old-world setting. Knace Cafe in the Parker Meridien for the pork terrine sandwich.

Standing up mouthfuls

Excellent eggplant parm: Manganaro's Hero Boy. Best falafel: House of Pita on 48th between 5th - 6th, in the jewelers' arcade. Best bacon, egg & cheese sandwich on the east side of midtown: Bel Paese Italian Deli. Best tacos: Pampano Tacqueria. Best $3 lunch: Anwar's cart, 46th and 3rd. Best German sausages on a roll: The Hallo Berlin cart. Best chicken parm sandwich: Luigi's. Azuri for falafel sanwiches. Kati Roll Company for cheap, filling Indian snacks. Some like Empanada Mama.

Sweet mouthfuls

Poseidon Bakery for sweet (and savory) Greek pastries, the last place making their own phyllo dough. Best cookies: Cucina (small chain). Kyotofu for Japanese desserts.

Thirsty mouthfuls

Best old-style Times Square bar: Jimmy's Corner. Best American beer selection: Collins Bar; Virgil's BBQ. Downstairs corner bar at Sardi's for strong highballs and endless peanuts and cheesespread with crackers - avoid the dining room. Best martini: The Campbell Apartments; the 21 Club. For a leisurely drinks, the lobby at the Algonquin Hotel. Robert Emmett for best Guinness and people-watching from the front window high tables.

St Andrew's for a selection of single malts (also shepher'ds pie and fish & chips), but the ambience and tourist crowds don't appeal to everyone. Uncle Vanya's for flavored vodka (also pelmenys; opinion split on other offerings). Best dive bar with free if kind of strong-smelling hot dogs: Rudy's. Another edgy dive: The Holland Bar. And the tiny, newly opened Bar Centrale above Joe Allen - if you can get in.

For margaritas (and tacos), the bar at Toloache. Best South African wine bar: Xai Xai (small plates too).

Shopping mouthfuls

Best Food market: Whole Foods at Columbus Circle. Also the market at Grand Central station; notably the fish at Wild Edibles; and the butcher, Ceriello. Also in Grand Central, some like the wide selection of German cold cuts at Koglin's, others complain about the pre-slicing; Murray's Cheese is the best in the district, but prices are high and there are complaints about inconsistent quality; Murray's now has a salume store there too. Best bread: Amy's; Le Pain Quotidien for bread and sandwiches. International Grocery for excellent olives, taramasalata, feta, and other Greek specialties - try the marinated octopus; and the African Food Center - self-explanatory. Sea Breeze for decent and fairly inexpensive fresh fish. Best ninth Avenue butcher: Esposito's. Morrell's is a well-known (expensive) wine store. Park Avenue Liquors for single malts as well as a good wine selection.

Anything else?

Jimmy's Corner serves free pretzels. :o

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 04:43 PM

MIDTOWN EAST

East of Third Avenue, south side of 60th to north side of 34th.

Sitting down mouthfuls

Best Chinese: Grand Sichuan. For Cantonese: Phoenix Garden, especially the diced squab with lettuce leaves, and pepper and salt anything. Best burger: Wollensky's Grill. Carl's for cheesesteaks.

Standing up mouthfuls

Best pizza: Amish Market; also the slices at Abatino's and a pizza truck at 46th and Vanderbilt. Best Chicago-style hot dog: in the glass pavillion in Katherine Hepburn Park. Best tacos: Pampano Taqueria. Anwar's cart at 46th and 3rd for grilled chicken over rice with spicy sauce - three bucks.

Sweet mouthfuls

Buttercup Bake Shop (Lady Baltimore cake in spring and summer). Choux Factory for cream puffs. 40 Carats in Bloomingdale's for frozen yoghurt. Cucina for peanut butter and raisin/oatmeal cookies.

Thirsty mouthfuls

Best pub: CB Six. Best beer selection: Manchester Pub. Best wine bar: Bateau Ivre. Drinks at Ringo's are allegedly "fun".

Shopping mouthfuls

The green market off First Avenue.

Anything else?

Sushi Yasuda is upscale, but has good lunch deals.

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 06:02 PM

CHELSEA

North side of 14th to south side of 34th - west side of 7th Avenue to the river.

Sitting down mouthfuls

Best Chinese: Grand Sichuan. Best tapas: Tia Pol and its tiny sibling El Quinto Pino; for basque tapas, Txikito. Best small bistro with no pretensions: Le Singe Vert. Best Vietnamese: O Mai. Best Japanese: Izakaya Ten. Best diner: West Side Diner.

Standing up mouthfuls

Best Bagels: Murrays. Best take-out lunch: Bottino to Go. Best hot dogs: F&B. Best burger: Peter McManus not bad either.

Sweet mouthfuls

La Bergamote - best French pastries. Best American baked goods: Fat Witch Brownies, Billy's. Ice cream: L'Arte del Gelato in Chelsea Markets. Nana's Treats for muffins. Three Tarts for macarons.

Thirsty mouthfuls

Pete McManus is a good traditional pub. Best cocktails: the consistently competent restaurant Red Cat, but it's hard sometimes to get a seat at the bar. Also, delicious appetizers available to soak up the cocktails. The friendliest staff in a liquor store: Phillipe, which has a so-so selection of wines but will order cases of almost anything available if you ask nicely. Bongo is a fun bar, which also has the best oysters.

Shopping mouthfuls

Chelsea Markets has a good wine store, Chelsea Wine Vaults; the butcher used to be okay, but seems to have shrunk. We are in two minds about the fishmonger - some cite freshness problems, others are satisfied especially with the tuna belly. Also recommended in the Markets, the excellent Italian food store, Buon Italia; Eleni's for cleverly decorated cookies; Ruthie's for rugalach;Fat Witch for brownies; Amy's Bread; The Cleaver Company, famous for their pot pies; Manhattan Fruit and Vegetable (nice selection of fresh squeezed juices - try the blueberry lemonade in Spring). Bargain kitchen utensils and tableware in the back - Bowery Kitchen Supplies (Samurai knife sharpening outside on Wed.s/Sat.s).

Best supermarket: Chelsea Whole Foods.

Anything else?

Maybe the beer garden at The Park, but we don't know about the food.

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 06:02 PM

FLATIRON

South side of 34th down to north side of 14th. West side of Park to East side of 7th.

Sitting down mouthfuls

Best BBQ: Hill Country. Best burger: Wolfgang's. Best sushi: Mizu. Best lunch buffet: City Bakery. Best casual Indian (or Indian-fusion): Bread Bar at Tabla. For cheese and wine, the bar at Artisanal. For fresh, cheap Japanese fast food, Ennju. For mussels, frites and Belgian beer: Markt.

Standing up mouthfuls

Best sausage sandwiches: Dogmatic Dogs. Raw food snacks: One Lucky Duck (just around the corner from mothership Pure Food & Wine). Best Chicago-style burger and hot dog stand: Shake Shack. Sala for grilled veggie sandwich with romesco sauce. "Grandma-style" slice: Maffei's. Tacos: Grand Burrito; Chipotle. Fancy sandwiches: 'wichcraft.

Sweet mouthfuls

Best sandwich cookie & chocolate scone: 'wichcraft. Best macarons and other French pastries: Madeleine Patisserie.

Thirsty mouthfuls

Best pub: The Old Town Bar. Best vintage cocktails: Flatiron Lounge. Best wine bars: Bar Jamon, Bar Stuzzichini (both have good light food too).

Best hot chocolate and lemonade: City Bakery. Best juices and smoothies: Jamba Juice.

Shopping mouthfuls

Our Union Square green market picks: High Hope Hogs (pork: look out for scrapple); Flying Pigs (pork); Windfall Farms (good but expensive baby greens; Hotalings (cider); the Korean stall selling kimchi and baby bok choi; Quattro (pheasant eggs); Body and Soul for sweet and savory vegan pastry products; Keith's (garlic); Samascott Orchards (apples); Patches of Star (goat meat and cheese); Eckerton Hill Farm (heirloon and cherry tomatoes, chilies); Sprout Creek (cheeses, especially Ourlay) and Cato Corner (cheeses, especially Hooligan); Yuno (vegetables); Berried Treasures (ramps in season, beans, potatoes); Locust Grove (apples, quinces, stone fruits and grapes); Quattro (duck eggs, smoked chicken, pheasant sausage); Three Corner Farm (lamb and cheeses); Dancing Ewe Farm for ricotta; Wild Hive Farm (bread, flour, grains) - note, not every vendor is there every day.

Best bread: Pain Quotidien (in ABC). Best wine store: Moore Bros. Best for tea and accessories: T Salon & T Emporium. General food shopping: Garden of Eden.

Anything else?

Park Avenue South is a meat market of a different kind on weekend evenings.

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 06:02 PM

GRAMERCY PARK and KIPS BAY

East side of Park Avenue to the river; south side of 34th to north side of 14th.

Sitting down mouthfuls

Best Burger: Molly's Shebeen; Waterfront Ale-house (but avoid their BBQ). Best BBQ ribs: Blue Smoke (and look out for the smoked baloney sandwich). Best wood-oven pizza: Da Ciro. Best thin-crust coal oven pizza: Posto; Totonno's. Best Turkish: Limon; Ali Baba; Saharas. Best Vietnamese: Bao Noodles. Best Mexican: El Parador. Best brunch: Sunflower Diner. Best Greek: Ethos. Best pan-Asian: Rice. Best Thai: Lantern.

Irving Mill for the burger. Mixed reports on the burger at Blue Smoke. L'Express for tablier de sapeur (breadcrumbed tripe). Rolf's for roast goose and German beers. Split decision on the cheap curry restaurants: Curry In A Hurry or Curry Leaf. Noodles on 28th for ribs and Chinese dumplings. Bar Jamon for late night Spanish cold cuts and wine. Jimmy's House Chinese for the lobster special and good rice dishes. Aiello's for wings. For a quiet, friendly meal: The Black Duck. Saravanaas for vegetarian Indian. Chino's for Asian tapas. For Afghan: Bamiyan.

Standing up mouthfuls

Baoguette for Vietnamese sandwiches. Best expensive sandwiches: Todaro's. Best halal chicken sandwich: cart at 18th and Park Avenue South. Best bagels and schmears: Ess-A-Bagel (check out the mini-bagels and the large pumpernickel); also, a vote for Bagelry. Best gyro (and a view of police cadets): Cosmo Diner. Mike's Pizza for classic NY slices.

Sweet mouthfuls

Amai for sweets and tea.

Thirsty mouthfuls

Best pubs: Pete's Tavern (for the history, not the food, except maybe the burger); Molly's Shebeen; Waterfront Ale House. Best wine bar: Enoteca I Trulli (also salumi and cheeses). The bar at Blue Smoke has a notable all-round beverage selection. Good cocktails, but a bit of a scene: Cibar.

Best Irish whisky selection: Failte. Best Irish pubs with room to play darts: McCarthy's; McSwiggan's. Caliban's for a quiet drink.

Best coffee shop: 71 Irving.

Shopping mouthfuls

Best Indian grocery: International Foods (aka Sinha Trading). Best international grocery (Indian too): Kalustyan's (especially for hard-to-find ingredients and spices, and note the cafe upstairs). Lamazou for cheese ripened on the premises, proscuitto, and British groceries. Best general wine store: First Avenue Wine and Liquor. Best Italian wine store: Vino; or, more upscale with excellent service - Italian Wine Merchants (note the salumeria in the rear). Best expensive butcher: Organic Butcher (Gramercy Fish Co next door is okay for a neighborhood place).

Anything else?

AYCE free peanuts with rockabilly at Rodeo Bar.

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 06:02 PM

WEST VILLAGE

South side of 14th down to north side of Houston, and from west side of 7th Avenue all the way to water.

Sitting down mouthfuls

Mary's Fish Camp for lobster roll, clams, etc. Best casual Italians: Malatesta Trattoria; Da Andrea.. Best greek: Snack Taverna. Best burger: Corner Bistro or Westville. Best casual French: Paradou (look out for the Joel Durand chocolates). Macellaria for chicken livers over polenta. Some like Fatty Crab for updated Malaysian.

For British home cooking (and shopping): Tea and Sympathy. For nouvelle Indian: Surya (it has a garden too). For Middle Eastern: Moustache.
Standing up mouthfuls

Standing up mouthfuls

Best pork pies, sausage rolls, and other British titbits: Myers of Keswick. For vegetarian sandwiches, S'Nice. Best falafel: Taim.

Sweet mouthfuls

Best chocolates: The Chocolate Box; also Li-Lac for basic American chocolates.

Thirsty mouthfuls

Best dive: The White Horse Tavern. For margheritas (and non-traditional Mexican food): Agave. Best cocktails: Employees Only.

Shopping mouthfuls

Myers of Keswick again, for British groceries. Casa Olvera for Spanish and Portuguese wines.

Anything else?

A lovely nightspot if you like young people. And AOC has a summertime garden scene.

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#13 Wilfrid1

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 06:03 PM

GREENWICH VILLAGE

South side of 14th street down to north side of Houston; west side of 3rd Avenue to east side of 7th Avenue.

Sitting down mouthfuls

Best fancy diner: NoHo Star (try the home-made ginger ale). Best pizza: Arturo's or Patsy's (old-style. Arturo's has an eccentric bar scene too); Gonzo's (a little different). Best small plates: Alta. Best sushi: Ushi Wakamaru. Best non-sushi Japanese: Miyagi. Best izakaya: Rockmeisha. Best vegetarian/vegan: Maoz; also Gobo. Best Chinese: Grand Szechuan.

Cafe Bruxelles for french fries. Pearl Oyster Bar for lobster roll, clams, etc. Blue Ribbon Bakery for light meals. Fish for casual, er, fish. Lassi for casual Indian. Bellavitae for cacio e pepe. Las Ramblas for tapas and wine.

Standing up mouthfuls

Best sandwiches: Dean & Deluca; The Adore; 'wichcraft; note also two branches of Pain Quotidien (which serve sit-down meals too). Best falafel: Mamoun's. Hummus Place for falafel, hummus, etc. Blue Ribbon Bakery Shop for foccaccia, sandwiches and Mexican honeys. For dosas, the cart in Washington Square Park (warm weather).

Sweet mouthfuls

Best gelati: Otto; also gelati and sorbetti at Cones. For sweets in the street: Dessert Truck (8th and University).

Thirsty mouthfuls

Best pub: Blind Tiger (good bar food too); The Monkey's Paw (formerly The Lion's Head. Best wine bars: Otto; Blue Ribbon Wine Bar; note also 'ino and it's famous truffled egg toast. Best cocktails: Temple Bar. Best old-fashioned "two-fisted" cocktails: Knickerbocker (check out the burger too).

Best espresso and espresso granita: Dante's. Best café: Carry On Tea and Sympathy. Best non-espresso coffee: Joe's on Waverly.

Shopping mouthfuls

Best all-round supermarket: Whole Foods. Best butchers: Florence Meat Market; Ottomanelli's. Best fish markets: The Lobster Place; Citarella. Best cheese store (although it has its critics - it's also good for sandwiches and charcuterie): Murray's. Best bread: Le Pain Quotidien. Best wine store: Astor Place. Best pork products: Faicco's. Best coffee beans: Porto Rico. Best fresh pasta: Rafetto's.

For kitchen supplies: Broadway Panhandler (relocated from SoHo).

Anything else?

Best places to sit outside, or sort of outside, on a nice night and have a drink and a bite: Bar Pitti.

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 06:03 PM

EAST VILLAGE

14th Street from Third Avenue, east until you hit the water; E. Houston similarly, as far as it goes; and Third Avenue from 14th Street until it runs into the Bowery, then the Bowery down to E. Houston.

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Momofuku and Momofuku Ssäm Bar are almost destinations for inventive Asian-style cuisine (expect long lines at busy times). Redhead for inventive Southern-based cooking (especially the fried chicken). Best Sardinian: Cannonau (with an interesting wine list). Pizza: Frankie's/Lil' Frankie's (and note the broccoli side with garlic); Luzzo. Best Indian: Banjara (especially for the chicken liver and mini puri appetizer); some like Brick Lane. Japanese: Best Takoyaki (strange Japanese snacks) - Otafuku (Oh! Taisho is a noisier option); Kasadela is a good, peaceful izakaya; best ramen - Minca or Rai Rai Ken; best sushi - Kanoyama or Lan; Esashi for more casual sushi. For homestyle Japanese - Chiyono. For kaiseki-style: Kyo Ya. Best Thai: Zabb Thai.

Best Greek: Pylos. Best arepas: Caracas Arepas. Best French bistro: Lucien, or the noisier and less comfortable Flea Market. Best soup: the tripe soup at the Ukrainian Restaurant. Best salad: Garden salad with feta from Moustache--enormous, enough for a meal. The only real Chinese contender: Grand Szichuan. Filipino: the steam table at Elvie's (with or without the balut). Best Mexican: Mercadito Cantina; some like the tiny Itzocan or Palapa or Downtown Bakery; or Ray's, the Mexican hole-in-the-wall near dba (see Best Pub). Cheese blintzes at the vegetarian B&H Dairy. Best brunch: Prune (Don't miss the 'Prune' juice - great blend of citruses); also Westville. Typhoon for liver sashimi. Lan for vegetarian Vietnamese. Mixed reports on the African food at Meskel. For French-Caribbean: Arcane.

For Aussie Grub: Sunburnt Cow (everything $10 on Mondays). For dumplings, TKettle. For Italian coffee and snack, Caffe Emilia. For fine Spanish hams including jamon Iberico: Pata Negra.

Standing up mouthfuls

Best slices: Vinny Vincenzo; Muzzarella. Best Cubano: Joselito's ( note also El Nuevo Castillo). Best falafel: Tahini (formerly Chickpea). Hot dogs at Crif Dogs is good (service can be slow). Tuck Shop for Aussie pies and sausage rolls (and a few bar stools to grab a Cooper's). Porchetta for the porchetta (some don't think it's worth it) and good roast potatoes.

For burgers: Royale; Black Iron Burger Shop; Le Gamin; Croxley Ales.

Sweet mouthfuls

Not-too-sweet desserts at Chikalicious. The Black Forest cake or chocolate cookies at Something Sweet. Best hamentashen: Moshe's. Black Hound Bakery too for cakes. On Avenue A between 7th and St Mark's, look out for a hole-in-the-wall for chocolate egg creams and malteds. Best tacos: Zaragoza. For desserts and shakes (and pork buns): Momofuku Milk Bar. For ice cream: Sundaes & Cones.

Thirsty mouthfuls

Best wine bars: Il Posto Accanto, In Vino. Best cocktails: Death & Co; PDT (reservations recommended); Louis 649 is quieter; Angel's Share for old school cocktails. Best pub (one of the best all-round beer, bourbon, single malt selections in the city): dba. Also good beer selections at Hop Devil Grill and East Village Tavern. Best slice of NYC drinking history: McSorley's, established 1854. Also, note the tequila selection at Mercadito. Good beer selection at gastro-pub Jimmy's.

Bars with food: Terroir (excellent wine bar); Decibel (sake bar); Forbidden City (music lounge with Japanese small plates; especially the pork belly). Bar Veloce (Italian wine bar with very good pannini; especially the apple/Taleggio/grappa version). Some like the German sausages, etc, at the busy Zum Schneider. Best espresso: Taralluci e Vino. For a superior bar-menu, Telephone Bar & Grill.

Best coffee: Abraço; Ninth Street Espresso. Best tea-room: Podunk, although others prefer Cha-An.

Shopping mouthfuls

The Sunday green market at Tompkins Square Park is the only one in the neighborhood, but it's small. For all-round grocery shopping, St Mark's Market; also Gracefully. Baczynsky's East Village Meat Market for kielbasa. Best Japanese market - Sunrise Market, with m2m a close second. There is a little Indian market, Dual Specialty Store (formerly Dowel Products), on the west side of First Avenue between 5th and 6th, which sells hundreds of international beers, and also a solid range of spices and ingredients for Indian cooking. Best to shop outside the neighborhood for fresh meat and fish.

Barnyard for cheeses, salume, sandwiches and good bread. East Village cheese has some non-cheese bargains (bagels, EVOO, etc) although we don't like the cheese. S.O.S. Chefs for high end ingredients - truffles, morels, wild mushrooms and all kinds of things in jars and cans. St MArk's Market for Tom Cat and Balthazar bread.

Wine shop: Discovery Wines; Brix Wines, Alphabet City Wine Co. Spanish wine specialist: Tinto Fino.

Anything else?

Full Irish breakfast at St Dymphna's pub (or Ryan's).

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SOHO

South side of Houston, down to north side of Canal. West side of Lafayette to the river.

Sitting down mouthfuls

Late night dining: Blue Ribbon, especially the bone marrow. Best oyster bar: Aquagrill; also the bar at Balthazar (great fries too). Best weekend breakfast/brunch: Balthazar. Best Moroccan: Cafe Noir. Peppe Rosso for penne a la vodka. Broome Street bar has a good burger on flimsy pita bread. Best Greek: Snack (not for large parties). Best burger: Fanelli's (see also Thirsty Mouthfuls); also Shorty's 32. Boqueria SoHo for tapas. Best Mexican: Lupe. Once Upon a Tart for frittata/salad combos.

Standing up mouthfuls

Best italian sandwiches: Alidoro (formerly Melampo). Olives for sesame noodles, salads, sandwiches. Grandaisy Bakery (formerly Sullivan Street Bakery) for pizza, especially funghi, bianca and patate. Grand Daisy for breads, especially dessert breads, and cauliflower pizza. Mooncake for Asian-style sandwiches. For Mexican snacks, especially the beef burrito, the Calexico cart at the corner of Prince and Wooster.

Sweet mouthfuls

Best chocolates: Jacques Torres' Chocolate Haven and Kee's Chocolates. Rumors of great schiacciata d'uva (champagne grapes, raisins, evoo, anise seed and sugar) in season at Sullivan Street Bakery as well as tortino di cioccolato.

Thirsty mouthfuls

Best cocktail bar: Pegu Club. Best pubs/dives: Fanelli's; Ear Inn. Best place for a drink on Sunday nights: Raoul's. Best Bloody Mary: Spring Lounge. Best wine bar: Centovini (full restaurant menu too).

Best hot chocolate: MarieBelle

Shopping mouthfuls

Best mozzarella: Joe's Dairy. Dean & Deluca is expensive and inconsistent, but it's SoHo's trademark high-end food emporium. The Yogurt Place for tzatziki as well as yogurt (with fruit). Pino's' for meat. Yoghurt Place for Greek yoghurt and other Greek groceries. Sur la Table for kitchen needs.

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