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Manhattan godzilla list (coming to manhattan tomorrow!)

CaptCrunch | | Aug 15, 2013 08:48 PM

Hello everybody!

I am a fellow chowhounder from Montreal coming to visit your wonderful city tomorrow. I will be staying a full week with a group of friends in a condo near madison square park.

My goal was to make a list large enough to be able to improvise while filtering out places that would not be interesting to me. I deliberately left out supper high end/highbrow restaurants (Jean Georges et al) and I want to try a bit of everything: lowbrow/trashy/delicious to artisanal, kitch to hipster It wasn't a scientific approach and I'll be honest in saying that getting this together was 50% instinct and 50% analysis. I also kinda broke down in the end and had to force myself to stop and bring the list together (so you will all probably have one place you love that won't be there) All in all I will probably try 4-5 bars out of the bar list and 10 to 12 places from the restaurant list.

I won't ask you to filter down the list further but I would be curious to know if any places stand out to you!

Bar list


1-Cocktail & speakeasies
3-Dive bars and atmospherics
4-Tiki & kitch
5-Irish pubs

Cocktail & speakeasies

1-Please Don’t Tell


3-The Guthrie Inn

4-The Russian Vodka Room

5-Dutch Kills

6-The Campbell Appartments

7-King Cole Bar at The St.Regis Hotel

8-Lenox Lounge

9-Raines Law Room

10-Pegu Club

11-Brandy library

12-Silver Lining


1-McSorley’s Old Ale House

2-Pony Bar

3-Spuyten Duyvil

4-PJ Clarke

5-Old Town Bar & Restaurant

Dive Bar & atmospherics (low cost neighborhood



2-Johnny’s Bar

3-Welcome to the Johnson’s

4- Pete’s Candy Store

5- The Library

6-KGB Bar

7-Revision Lounge & Gallery

8-The Distinguished Wakamba Lounge

Tiki & kitch

1-Otto’s shrunken head

2-Zombie Hut

3-Redhook Bait & Tackle

Irish pub


2-Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar

3-Paddy Maguire’s Ale House

4-McSwiggan’s bar


1-Institutional classics
2-Boutiques and shops
3-Bagel& breakfast
5-Hotdogs, hamburgers and sandwiches
6-Meat, BBQ and meatballs
8-Asia (no japan
10-New hipster/faux high-end terroir
11-Quebec in NYC!
12-South america & Mexico
13-Funny & particular

Institutional classics

1- Grand Central Oyster Bar

2.- Keen’s chophouse

3. – Katz’s

4- Schaller & Weber

5- Le Veau d’Or

Boutiques & Shops

1- Borgatti Ravioli & Egg Noodles

2- Russ & Daughters

3- Espositos Pork Shop

4- Salumeria Rossi

5- Despana

6- Murray’s Cheese Shop

7- Momofuku Milk Bar

8- Puddin’

9- Villabate Alba

10- Eataly

11- LaDurée

12- Dough

13- Doughnut Plant

14- Levain

15- Los Paisanos

Bagels & breakfast

1- Absolute bagels

2- Ess-A-Bagel

3- H&H Midtown Bagel

4- Barney Greengrass Deli


1- Luzzo’s

2- Lucali

3- J&V Pizza

4- Luna Rossa

Hotdog, Hamburger & Sandwiches

1- Eisenberg Sandwich Shop

2- Minetta Tavern

3- Papaya King

4- Grey’s Papaya

5- Burger Joint

6- Shake Shack

7- Crif Dog

Meat. BBQ & meatballs

1- The Meatball Shop

2- Char no4

3- Frankie Spuntino

4- Blue Smoke


1- Bianca

2- Paprika


4-Gaia Italian Café


6- L’Artusi

7- Frank restaurant

8- Locanda Verde

Asia (without japan


1- Hop Lee Restaurant

2- Cho Dang Gol

3- Hanbat

4- Momofuku Ssam

5- SriRaPhai

6- Pure Thai Cookhouse

7- Baohaus

8- Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

9- New Imperial Seafood Restaurant

10- Mission Chinese NYC

11- Pokpok NY

12- Great NY Noodle Town


1- Otafuku

2- Yakitori Taisho

3- Village Yokocho

4- Yakinuku West

5- Samurai Mama

New hipster/Faux high end « Terroir »

1- Walter Food

2- Gwynnett St

3- Battersby

Quebec in NYC!

1- Miles-End Deli

2- M.Wells Dinette

3- Fedora

South american & Mexico

1- Empellon Taqueria

2- Tortilleria Nixtamal

3- Arepas Lady

Funny and particular

1- King Yum

2- Dukagjini Burek

3- Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse


1- Marc Forgione

2- Blue Hill

3- Neta

4- Momofuku Ko

5- Spotted Pig

6- WD-50

7- Torrisi Italian Specialities

I'll be keeping you up to date when I can on my impressions!