As a poor recent college grad avoiding the soul-sucking siren lure of the various high-paying jobs in this city, I don't get to indulge my foodie cravings as often as I'd like (usually focus on my home cooking!). But I have a very special guest coming to town for a week (an ex, specifically), and I figure it's as good an excuse as any to break out the credit cards and enjoy some dining options. I'm putting together plans, and I find I need some advice and second opinions on filling the following dining spots on the schedule:
-Good quick lunch in the village - vegetarian options a must. Was thinking of maybe Klong on St. Marks since it's relatively cheap, and gives a chance to walk around the classic hip "village" streets... any other suggestions in the 15-20/pp price range for sit down and a nice intro to NYC?
-Dinner somewhere between Times Square and the Empire State Building. Was thinking of sticking with the "welcome to nyc" theme by getting new york style slice Pizza... but alas, I know the best aren't near there. Would Little Italy or Teatro be okay? Should we maybe do something in koreatown instead and save the pizza for a trip to John's or someplace like that? Advice would be welcome.
-Lox and Bagels. Chelsea or Penn Station area.
-Lunch in Montauk -- any clues for the off-season?
-Fancy but affordable dinner... my friend loves Italian, and when I was down in Alabama treated me to their closest attempt at the cuisine. I was thinking of Da Andrea since it's a fave of mine... but for sheer unique style, I was thinking of going Biltmore Room. Would ideally like to keep the total tab under 120 for two with wine...
-Dinner in Manhattan Chinatown...
-Affordable yet decent Sushi. I've gotten a lot of reccomendations from friends, but nothing's ever satisfied. I live in chelsea, so I've done Daioh, Monster, and Hana, and all those have seriously disappointed me. What say ye, chowhounds?
-Last good dinner in NYC. Blow my mind. Something only in New York.... and the cheaper, the better.