Will be in NYC for a week, I'm a chef from Guatemala and have always eaten amazing food in NYC. Any recommendations on what not to miss food wise ?

  • Posted by: jorge
  • September 23, 2013


QueenSashy October 2, 2013
... and do let us know what you tried, and what you liked.
ATG117 September 29, 2013
I would check out Eater. You can filter based on neighborhood, whih probably makes the most sense.
sexyLAMBCHOPx September 29, 2013
Hi Jorge, I just had another amazing meal at Prune. Gabrielle is considered a cooks-cook and her electric comfort food has had me since its opening 12-13 years ago. I don't think I've ever had a bad meal there. It's great for brunch, lunch & dinner. Check it out on the web. http://www.prunerestaurant.com/
pierino September 29, 2013
Prune is great. It's also incredibly tiny so getting a table or even a seat at the bar can be difficult. But it's certainly worth the effort.
QueenSashy September 29, 2013
I am with you... Love Prune.
QueenSashy September 27, 2013
And if you happen to stroll around Chinatown, go get some spicy jerky at Malaysia Beef Jerky (95 Elizabeth), plus the noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods (67 Bayard) are not to be missed.
jorge September 26, 2013
Thank you all for the suggestions! I'll try as many as possible!
Valentina S. September 25, 2013
Cronuts and ramen burgers are all he hype now.
Still, there are even more wonderful foods for shorter lines. My personal faves:
Ramen: Ippudo. It's a must.
Pizza: Eataly's pizzeria does a pretty damn good job.
General Italian: Piadina, a tiny hole in the West Village, has a short menu but serves real grandma Italian fare.
Cheap/vegan eats: Taïm's falafel sandwich. I have dreams of it at night.
Even cheaper eats: the Yuenan bun at the Deluxe foods market in Chinatown.
Great breakfast: Two Little Red Hens in the Upper West Side, if you happen to be up there.
And so many others! I find the NYC section of the Serious Eats site to be a good source of inspiration. Enjoy the wonderful city!
pierino September 25, 2013
Eataly is a great suggestion (23rd and 5th). It's almost a museum of food. But not just pizza. There are three "restaurant" spaces in it and a sandwich counter. It's an amazing place.
pierino September 24, 2013
To continue the conversation, let me say first that I was born in NYC and revisit frequently. This may sound strange but New York is like the dark star. Practically nothing originates there, not even theater. But it sucks all these bits out of everywhere. This can be a good thing. Some parts it just spits out as undigestible but many other things it assimilates, absorbs and hammers into the ground. There will always be good French restaurants in NYC. Italian too. But the San Gabriel Valley (LA) probably has a Chinese population at least 200,000 greater than NYC and you get the real, real stuff. And you get the innovations. Same with Korean. A Korean restaurant in NYC which I highly recommend is Cho Dang Gol on 35th between 6th and Broadway. Two stars from the New York Times. Very traditional with all the banshan. And lunch is a really good deal.

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littleman September 24, 2013
But NYC is where he is intending to go, if I am not mistaken. And LA is hardly a subway ride away, especially during one week, so why confuse the gentleman, if I may ask?
sexyLAMBCHOPx September 23, 2013
Are you looking to visit a celebrated or favorite chef? Do you prefer one cuisine over another? More info on your likes would offer better suggestions. As always, I disagree with Pierino if you're looking "For real Cutting Edge you have to go to LA", I mean, huh? He may be able to direct you to a burrito stand though.
pierino September 23, 2013
Actually LA does have cutting edge burrito stands, not to mention food trucks. That didn't start in NYC. Trends go to NYC to die, mostly. LA is hodgepodge of cuisines that overlap, Korean, Central American, Chinese---I could go on. Okay, so name someone (apart from Chang) who is as cutting edge as like a Roy Choi. It's okay I can wait.
Diana B. September 23, 2013
There are some recommendations in these older posts:
pierino September 23, 2013
One of the newest entries is Costata on Spring Street. Now owned by the former chef of the defunct Fiamma but in the same location.
For cutting edge New York there is of course David Chang's Momofuku. For real cutting edge you have to go to LA.
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