Are you new to Chowhound? Or just to the Manhattan board? Perhaps visiting from out of town? We've got some tips to help you get started.
If you're brand new to the site, you should read our Site Etiquette (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/367605) so you don't break any rules or step on any toes.
This board is focused on discussing chow in Manhattan. If you'd like tips on chow in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens or the Bronx, head to the Outer Boroughs board at http://www.chowhound.com/boards/19 . For other boards in the New York region, please select "See All Boards" in the Chowhound Discussions dropdown at the top of the page.
HAVE A HOT TIP?
If you've got a great tip or a recommendation for someone, dive right in and post it. It's great if you can include some details of why you like a place, but even those short tips on where to find a great taco or donut are appreciated. To start a new thread, use the "Chowhound Discussions" menu in the navigation bar at the top of the page to go to the index of the board, and then choose the "start new thread" button.
HAVE A QUESTION?
The Manhattan board is a pretty active place, and a lot of questions have been covered recently--the Chowhound archives are a great resource.
Start your quest for an answer with a search of all the great info that's already out there. The search box is in the top right corner of the screen. If you're searching from this board, it should default to searching Manhattan. Just add your keywords and go. On the search results page, you can change your search criteria to add more keywords, or change your sort order or the dates you're interested in.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON THE MANHATTAN BOARD:
Where should we eat in Times Square?
Search terms to try: Times Square, pre-theater
Where should we eat near Lincoln Center/Metropolitan Museum/Penn Station/Madison Square Gardens/etc?
Search terms to try: the name of the attraction you want to eat near, plus any short form names like MSG or The Met
Where should we go for our special occasion?
Search terms to try: anniversary, "special occasion", proposal, romantic
Where should we eat on our Girls Night Out?
Search terms to try: "Girls Night", bachelorette, "fun night out"
Coming to New York with kids/teens, where should we eat?
Search terms to try: kids, children, teens, toddler, along with the neighborhood
Where's the best brunch/sushi/burger/etc?
Search terms to try: best, the name of the food, include a neighborhood for local results.
How do I get a reservation at Babbo? And what should I order?
Search terms to try: Babbo, Babbo reservation, Batali
STILL HAVE A QUESTION?
Manhattan chowhounds are a great resource, but help them help you by including some important details. Tell them what parts of town you'll be in, how you'll be getting around and how far you're willing to travel for great chow (Manhattan is pretty small, so you can really cover a lot of ground), what your budget is (out-of-towners, Manhattan is a more expensive place to eat in than most so your usual gauge of cheap/moderate/expensive may be off), what types of cuisine you're interested in and any other special considerations (traveling with kids? vegetarians? non-chowhounds?). If you've searched first and done some of your own research, include that in your question, too, so people can help fill in the gaps and update your knowledge rather than rehashing things you already know.
Most importantly, during or after your trip, thank the local hounds for their help by reporting back. Tell people which suggestions you used and how the meals turned out, plus add tips about any great places you discovered on your own.
MANHATTAN SPECIFIC TERMS
Here are some things you might see referred to on the Manhattan board that are unique to this board:
UES / UWS / LES -- Upper East Side / Upper West Side / Lower East Side
GV / EV / WV -- Greenwich Village / East Village / West Village
Best of Chowhound New York City: http://www.chow.com/digest/new-york-c...
Manhattanites, if there's something you think is vitally important for new members of the board to know that we've missed, please comment on this Site Talk thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/444455