Alright. My husband and I are doing a whirlwind trip this July for Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, leaving Monday early afternoon. We're staying in Astoria but will be spending most of our time Saturday and Sunday in Manhattan.
We are from Texas, so we are wanting to steer clear of mexican, barbecue, and burgers, just because those things are so readily available to us.
We are adventurous eaters (my husband more so than me) so we'd like to stay away from chains, and "american" food (steaks, burgers, stuff like that.)
Saturday we'll be going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and stuff around there, and seeing a show at B.B. King (where I have already been warned not to eat.) that night. We're good with mass transit, so we're open to recommendations around the area. I've been reading different threads and have a good feel for what to look for in Astoria, but not as much in Manhattan.
Turkish food (my husband lived there for two years)
Japanese (except sushi, I know, we're weird.)
steamed dumplings (or momos)
Jamaican food (spicy is gooooood)
Maaaaybe Russian? I've never had it so I don't know.
My husband speaks a reasonable amount of Turkish, but other than that, we have no language skills, so some level of English friendliness would be good, but neither of us mind pointing at a menu item.
Our budget is probably under $40 a meal for two people, with no alcohol in that calculation.
We got our fill of food carts in Portland, but are open to suggestions regarding them if there are anything that we shouldn't miss.
Also, if there are any decent independent coffee places, we'd like to know ;)