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Bewildered Brit Needs Help.........

Longtonian | Nov 9, 200901:27 AM

We are visiting Manhattan for the first time later in November and for the last couple of weeks we've been doing some research on where to eat and drink. However, we feel swamped by all the information available and need some help from the NYC horse's mouth, so to speak. One problem is that New Yorkers seem very adept at finding things wrong with restaurants/eateries (nothing wrong with that, we like a good complaint ourselves), so when we find somewhere that looks good in the Time Out guide or NYMag etc and then go on to read "real" reviews, someone will always find something bad about the place! Just to fill you in about what we're looking for.....Firstly, we're staying for five nights at the Tribeca Grand - we're looking at 5 or 6 breakfasts, lunches/brunches and dinners. We're not looking for high end dining, just good quality food in a good atmosphere. Neither of us eats meat, but we do eat fish (but my wife only does so of it's face has been removed, it is skinned, boned and cut in the shape of a teddy bear and doesn't taste of fish). We like ethnic food, particularly Indian and Chinese and are partial to good quality pizza. This doesn't mean we'd exclude other types of restaurant though. A few reviews mention places, particularly Chinese as being "dirty" - we like authentic, but would prefer to avoid this! For breakfast and dinner we'd probably stay localish (within safe walking distance or short cab ride for the latter) but for lunch we'll probably be out and about - one day we aim to walk over to Brooklyn to Williamsburg, another day we'll try the Staten Island Ferry, and we'll spend one day uptown. Other days TBA - one of them will be Thanksgiving. Any bar recommendations would also be gratefully received - we like a cocktail and good beer (microbrewery stuff). I know all this info is probably available on the boards already, but we are already up to our necks! Thanks in advance. Steve nd Sue

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