I have 6 cousins visiting from California and they are trying to claim that LA has better food than NYC! They've thrown down the gauntlet so I have 3 days (Sun, Mon and Tue) to convince them they are completely absurdly wrong. But I've only lived in the city for a few months and I don't know the best places!
So this is where you come in. What are the must-try places in Manhattan that I can use to WIN this thing? Nothing too pricey (like Gramercy Tavern is out of the question I think). Quintessential East Coast/NY food would be great. Especially:
1) Best pizza (Ray's right? I heard the one on 11th St and something Ave.is good... I tried Lombardi's and wasn't that impressed. Any other place?) - preferably in Manhattan.
2) Best fried chicken
3) Best bagels
4) Best moderately priced lunch place
5) Any other fave winners you can think of (burgers, etc.)
Thanks in advance for any help you guys can provide!