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I'm going to be in New York, New York for the fist time over Thanksgiving. I'll be there for about 3 days...unfortunately I'll only have about a day to myself so I don't know if I could meet up with anyone unless it was brief...sorry. At any rate, some recommendations for where to eat/drink/get some good deals on some quality liquors would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Where to find the "best" New York pizza is one of those arguments better avoided, but I remember Lombardy's pizza from their coal fired ovens to be quite tasty. Warning: cash only. No credit cards or checks. They are on the lower East side.

 

6th Avenue, lower West Side has a lot of relatively inexpensive and really good ethnic restaurants.

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For a 60-80 meal I'd recommend Craft or Gramercy Tavern. There are just SO many restaurants you'd pretty much have to break it down to the type of cuisine you're looking for if you want novelty intertwined with quality, ya know? Particularly since you're looking at one day.

Keep in mind that for "good deals on quality liquor" you probably won't find that in the restaurant you choose. I'll leave that up to DP or similar to guide you in the right direction for liquor purchases by the bottle etc.

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In the liquor department, you may well find some very nice things, but Manhattan isn't noted for being inexpensive. At least not in this era.

 

Why not visit LaNell's? It's actually in Brooklyn. You'll be able to find any whiskey, scotch, bourbon, bitters, &c &c that you'd like.

 

I can't seem to find my bookmark for their site, or find their site online.

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Villa Borghese in Brooklyn made the best veal pargimian I've ever eaten to this day, back in the early 70s, and I've read that the food is still top notch. It was a favorite of many wiseguys, so I suppose they had to be that good, or someone would have made them an offer they couldn't refuse... also, not surprisingly, their service was impeccable.

 

They're located on 24th Ave,, and I think the neighborhood is Bay Ridge.

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Oh yeah I went to NYC btw...I had a BLAST. It was just...yes there were crowds, but they worked because people understood what they were doing and it all FLOWED right.

 

So yeah I ate at a few places, trying to remember them...something called Junior's which my mother wanted because apparently their cheesecake is good enough to be recognized. It was good.

 

For Thanksgiving meal we ate at a Thai place whose name eludes me...really wasn't that spectacular anyway. But I DID eat at a vegetarian restaurant with my folks called Zenith and WOW they did things with vegetable products that floored me, like stuff that had a very meaty consistency and an amazing flavor.

 

My brother also dragged me to the Jekyl and Hyde theme restaurant...don't bother. That about sums up my eating experience. Thanks for all the advise, I did what I could. Seeing MoMa was definitely one of the best experiences...well that and finding this crazy hole in the wall role playing store :)

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It is nice. Just cold. Flew back home to Charlotte and it was JUST as cold.

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Tell me! I'll be in Manhattan on the 19th for a meeting.

 

In my state right now I can't remember right now if it's on 9th street and 2nd avenue or 8th street. I will ask my brother and let you know. I was there last December and it was sooo good and it's just a little dive that's a hole in the wall and I can't wait to go back. I used to go there all the time when I lived there.

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Beddah than my home town deep dish? [insert argument here]

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The best pizza I ever had in my life was actually in Brooklyn... I can't tell you where it was because we had actually gotten lost looking for a Golden Krust (as I mentioned on another thread Jamaican Curry Goat is my world's best dish). There we were, three very large fellows ambling down through Brooklyn looking for this elusive Carribean chain and finally we gave up and went to this pizza place within site of the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge. The food was amazing... 6 bucks got me a slice of seafood pizza with lobster, shrimp and scallops on a white sauce & cheese with a soda. For 9 bucks one of my buddies bought a slice & a plate of spagetti and ended up having to share it with the rest of us.

 

I'm heading back to Brooklyn 02/14 - 02/19. I am going to introduce my host to absinthe while I'm there. I am pretty sure I can buy some locally instead of flying it from SFO.

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