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Help-Headed to NYC next Monday (one foodie and one non-foodie)


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Help-Headed to NYC next Monday (one foodie and one non-foodie)

van2380 | | Aug 17, 2011 09:08 PM

We are from Vancouver and coming to NYC for a week. We are staying in Mid-town west but are planning on visiting all the manhattan neighbourhoods.

I have been lurking on your boards for the last few weeks and have come away with a lot of ideas. My problem is that I am a foodie and my boyfriend is not. He basically eats pizza, burgers, sandwiches and pasta. He is not into fine dining or ethnic food and doesn't really like seafood (or spending a lot of money on food). He took one look at the menu at EMP and said "I can't eat anything here". Thankfully, he understands my interest and knows that half the fun for me is going to restaurants, so he agreed to do a lunch there. I am trying to come up with things we would both like or at least find lunch places where he can eat pizza and I can go next door or down the block and get something else.

Please review my picks and let me know if I am on track

-Keste (we both love Neapolitan style pizza)
-Modern Bar or Scarpetta?
-Shake Shack
-Peter Lugers-burgers
-Luke's Lobster
-Artichoke pizza
-Momofuku Ssam-is it worth dragging him to?
-Minertta tavern-heard it has a good transition to a lounge for after dinner fun (plus it has a burger)
-Terrior wine bar
-Blue smoke
-veggie places-Angelica kitchen, Souen, blossom, or dirty candy?

The other things I am looking for are good sandwich places (is Katz's worth it?), bagel shops, chinatown eats, and other asian noodle soups (love tom yum, pho and wonton soup)

Another thing I noticed from these board is that everything seems expensive and/or fine dining or cheap eats. What are the good moderate priced restaurants where you can sit down and enjoy yourself but not break the bank? If you go to a moderate-more expensive restaurant (in my mind $30+ per entree) is it a faux pas to just order a main dish? I know in Vancouver it is cool but not sure about New york.

Last thing, any great wine bars that do wine flights or wine by the glass? Would love to be able to get really great wines by the glass, even if pricey.

Also, if you have one dish or restaurant to convert a non-foodie what would it be? I did take him one place in Vancouver for a tasting menu where he eat everything in front of him.

On average, I eat fairly healthy so I have been dreaming about my NYC food extravaganza for weeks now. Didn't realize I had so many questions or I would have asked sooner. This board is, in my opinion, the go-to for food so thanks in advance for your help!

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