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1. Posted by Kathelijne (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

We're planning a trip to New York for 5 days.
We will arrive on December 26 and leave on December 30.
Can anyone recommend good restaurants/places to eat and/or bars/pubs/cafes in New York?
We will be staying in the Pennsylvania Hotel near Penn station (Madison Square Garden?).
any suggestions?

2. Posted by Kathelijne (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Little mistake, we are staying in the Helmsley Middletowne Hotel. Near Rockefeller center.
Does anyone have any suggestions?

Many thanks!

3. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

There are a lot of places to eat and drink. It all depends on your budget. What are you looking to spend?

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Carnegie Deli is close by and somewhat famous. I found it a little overpriced, but it's NYC, what can you do?

If you want a pricey meal with a million dollar view, check out the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center.

People often mentioned Monster Sushi to me (46th and 5th), but I never ate there. I ate at Havana Central once and it was pretty decent.

There are tons of restaurants in the area, by the way.

5. Posted by Kathelijne (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi All

Thanks for the replies!
We are not on a specific budget. If the meal is good as well as the place and the service we are quite happy to spend more.
I realize that there a lot of places where you can have a good meal and to go out in New York, that's why I posted this question.
We are only there for 5 days (this includes travelling time) so it will be very convenient if we would already know where we could spend our nights at.
I heard some (good) things of Joe's cafe.
Anyone been there?

We like live music and 'ambiance'!

thanks again

6. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Well, the best place in town is Le Bernardine, but there are only another 100 places worth mentioning--although when you say you want a place with live music, did you mean during dinner or in the piano bar or in the theatre next door where you will be taking in the show?

Personally, if you want to try what New York (and the US) is famous for, go for a steakhouse like Peter Lugar, Daniel, or Smith & Wollensky (this last one is a bit expensive--and the other's aren't cheap either). If you want unusual but great continental, try Per Se; and if you want really American unique (southwestern US food) go to Mesa Grille (Bobby Flay is one of our "Iron Chefs").

After dinner, catch a Broadway show down near Times Square (I prefer "Wicked"--the untold story of the wizards of Oz--which is a continuation of the movie "The Wizard of Oz"--first shown in 1939, but still rated one of the top 20 movies in America's history). Funny and heartwarming all in one.

Take a nightcap at the Russian Tea Room or go to 46th street between 8th and 9th avenue and search out one of the two great piano bars there--"Don't Tell Mama" or "Danny's Broadway Piano Bar". Both of these places serve food--and Danny's is not a bad restaurant if you want to go here instead the more expensive places I mentioned above for the main meal.

Anyway, have a great time. In New York City, that's a pretty easy thing to do.

7. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Let me make two unusual suggestions on where to dine if I may:

Take one of the ferry buses that go up and down 42nd or 50th avenue--or just take a taxi to the ferry building--and then take the ferry across the Hudson to New Jersey. Order a cab prior to leaving your hotel to meet you at the ferry building--and to take you the 1/2 mile down to the Charthouse Restaurant. This place has the entire one side of its enormous building facing the New York Skyline back across the river and is probably the most beautiful view you can get.

(If you are going to do this, you should obviously call ahead for reservations and ask for a table by the window).

The food at the Charthouse is good, but not as fabulous as the other places I've mentioned in NY. However, the view is unsurpassed.

Another option is to take one of the boats that cruise the Hudson and East River and have dinners (and dances) on board. I think they are called the "Spirit of New York" and "Spirit of New Jersey". Nothing like cruising by the Statue of Liberty while enjoying your appetizer or main course.

Personally I think you would be better served by doing what I suggested in my last post--but I thought I'd mention these other alternatives.


8. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

It's been a while so I've forgotten a lot of specifics but Virgil's in Times Square is yummy. In general my favorite New York food is an egg and cheese on a kaiser roll from most any deli you pass - good luck!

9. Posted by gnarlyds (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

There's this amazing Portuguese restaurant somewhere in the 70s and lex, called Buzina Pop. Somewhat on the pricey side, but totally worth it. Food is to die for, atmosphere is great. I wish I had more hands to give it more thumbs up.

10. Posted by Kathelijne (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thank you all for your replies!
We will definitely go to some of the suggested places!

We're leaving tomorrow morning, but first we will celebrate Christmas here in Belgium!