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obscure picks for West Coast hound

Windy | | May 25, 2011 09:31 PM

Sorry, I know it's high season for tourists, but I've got a short list in need of your expertise plus a few odd requests.

I'll be visiting from San Francisco in June. Usually I stay with cousins in Brooklyn, but this time I'm staying in a cubby hole at the Jane and then in SoHo. Working near Grand Central; so midtown takeout lunches are likely.

I've scoured Serious Eats and the Voice and kathryn's and RGR's amazing posts for ideas. Also I was born in Flushing and have visited many times, so no need to start with Katz's and DiFara.

Random short list for your review:
Luke's Lobster, Momofuku Milk Bar, Coppelia, Scarpetta (worth it? I snagged a Sunday reservation), Nom Wah (the first place I had dim sum, a million years ago), Essa Bagel, Cafe Sabarsky, Gazala Place, Taam Tov, Pier 9, bisous, ciao, Xian Famous Foods, Takashi?

Any musts or obvious cuts?

Coming from the West Coast, I'm less interested in Asian, Mexican, coffee, and pizza.

But I would love recs for:
* Greek (diner or home style)
* Caribbean or West Indies
* Eastern European or old school Jewish
* great vegetarian for dinner with my boss. Was thinking HanGawi or their teahouse, or the Mandoo Bar.

Points for healthy options: I'm not looking for a week of pork belly and donuts so Shake Shack is out. And places I can enjoy on my own: open kitchens or comfortable bar seating with an interesting crowd.

My dinner budget's probably $50 before tax and tip, but I can go higher once or twice. Snacks and carts are great. I probably won't get many sit-down lunches.

BTW Where in Midtown can you get a rare roast beef sandwich, maybe with cole slaw and Russian dressing on a roll? No cheese, no grilled onions or ciabatta, just an old-fashioned deli classic.

Thanks for all and any opinions. A full report when I return.

Cafe Sabarsky
1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Gazala Place
709 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

12 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

Mandoo Bar
2 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

Momofuku Milk Bar
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Pier 9
802 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

207 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011