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LA hound seeks advice - specific questions

Megan | Aug 12, 2004 07:05 PM

I am very excited for my Thurs-Mon. New York visit, but need some help. I am a bit overwhelmed by all of the options in the culinary mecca (you're so lucky!)

I thought of Jewel Bako (read an article on it yrs ago and have wanted to go ever since), Hearth and Lupa (Italian in LA does not hold a candle to the east) for 3 of my 4 dinners. Anyone think these are not good choices?

For the other, I want a great neighborhood restaurant. There are great ones in Phila. where I grew up but few in LA, and it is what I miss the most. Recommendations? That might be a vague description - food is most important - place w/ lots of regulars, not too expensive, that kind of thing. I read an article in Food and Wine years ago written by a female NYC chef/restaurant owner - a piece about the nature of a neighborhood spot vs. destination dining (if it helps, she also talked about serving comfort food and about her staff breaking the jelly jars she used as wine glasses in response to customer complaints). The place sounded great but I forget the name/details. Ring a bell for anyone? If it does, is it worth a visit?

I'm coffee-obsessed. It's like a religion to me. Last visit I could not find an expertly made cappucino (made with top quality coffee) - there are so many places and I went to all the wrong ones! Can anyone help? I'll travel for it, but it's easier if it's close - I'm staying on W 57th (at 7th) and will be at NYU one day, Columbia another.

Last request? Great pastries (espec. cupcakes) and true to form NY BAGELS. All help appreciated.

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