Visiting your wonderful city for only the 2nd time ever in my life. My wife and I visited last year and managed to bumble around the sights and stumble into some good eats purely out of luck based on reading the restaurant captions out of the free city guides that are in every hotel.
This year, I thought I would be more organized and ask for some help. I realize that there are threads in the past that have many wonderful suggestions. I don't expect people to waste time repeating them. However, I would appreciate it if a subject line or key word is suggested instead for the types of food I like to make the search easier.
Additionally I would appreciate any advice on how to look up addresses efficiently if only a name is available. Currently I have a map that I'm marking up with all the restaurants I want to visit. My battle plan as it were with notes and subway stops highlighted to make the travel more efficient.
On to the food, We eat just about anything. The types of foods we are most interested in are items that are not easily availabe in LA/Southern California. I am Asian and grew up near East LA. So Asian and Mexican food is out on this visit. Restaurants that we stumbled into and really enjoyed last time were Firebird, Uncle Nick's and a Brazilian that served a good feijoda and caprahiania's. Being a Tony Bourdain fan, we also stopped at Les Halles and had the cassoulet and pig's feet which we enjoyed. The tapas dinner at Uncle Nick's was a highlight after watching a show. The tasting menu at Firebird capped a wonderful day/night, walking around in the cool damp night after catching a show, feeling the rhythms of the people and the city.
We love hearty rustic style fare from any European county. Mainly because its so different from the types of foods I had growing up. We like organ meats and the other parts of the animal that can be transformed into a wonderful meal. We're most comfortable in casual places but also like to splurge in white linen restaurants occassinally. I guess the key for us is to experience foods that only NY can offer due to its diversity. I want to try the great NY pizza and hotdog, the ethnic place hidden in the middle of nowhere. I don't know if I've ever had a great jewish deli experience with the lox, bagels, whitefish, etc.
Is Papaya King and Barney Greengrass worth the anticipation I've been feeling? That kind of stuff.
I would appreciate any help in experiencing the chowhound side of the best food city in the world. As I said, even just a key word or phrase to get me started in my search would be great. We will be there for a week starting next weekend. Thanks in advance for any help and for reading through all this.