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LA hound looking for NYC centric ethnic


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LA hound looking for NYC centric ethnic

Jase | Feb 8, 2009 07:53 PM

Hi hounds, LA hound here. it's been 4 years since our last visit to New York. We used to visit twice a year for a five year stretch and had some favorites but it looks like things have changed considerably. We're going to be in town in a couple of weeks for a five day visit. Flight landing Wed afternoon and leaving late Mon night, trying to squeeze in as many meals as possible. I've been doing some board searches the past couple weeks. Looking for food that LA does not do well. So not looking for Asian or Mexican. We like funky ethnic places and also looking for Italian and French.

We love items like offal, sweetbreads, tripe and any peasant parts of the pig. Casa Mono is a stop and last time we loved trying all the different items such as rooster comb, got 12 plates just for the two of us and that was before dessert. Is there a good Les Halles equivalent these days? Scouring the boards and the online menu it seems like they aren't as good as they used to be and don't carry as much of the non mainstream dishes we love like pig foot. I used to love their version of that dish.

We're not big wine drinkers but usually order a lot of food. Budget if possible around $60 pp before tax and tip but willing to go higher for a few of the nicer meals figuring it'll be balanced by the cheaper sub 10-15 pp meals.

We also love little hole in the wall ethnic places and aren't afraid of wandering into places where we stick out. Wife on a solo visit one year wandered into a halal place that where most of the customers were taxi drivers and just started pointing at stuff to order. We also don't mind eating at off hours whether early or late, it just means we can squeeze in two dinners or more snacks like pommes frittes.

Am also interested in ethnic delis where they have different cured meats and sausages. Especially items that I can't find in LA.

We plan to try the 53rd and 6th chicken and rice truck. Of course we have to get our usual Katz's and Lombardi's visits in. And a gray's papaya mid morning or afternoon snack in between meals. We also have show tickets for two nights and will need to plan meals around those.

We're staying near 29th and 5th but are used to walking a lot and both have a working familiarity with the subway system, at the very least, we can usually puzzle out on the map which line and stop we need to go somewhere. I'm used to marking the line and stop next to the restaurant info.

Appreciate any suggestions even for keyword searches so I can continue research if people don't have time to list places. We're also familiar with all the location acronyms. Thanks in advance. I hope I gave enough info, was trying to avoid the usual generic, what's good post.

Hope this wasn't too long.

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