I will be traveling from LA to New York for a week and I'd like some recommendations on great places to eat! I am a soon-to-be college graduate who grew up with foodie parents and thus inherited their great taste in food and atmosphere. But I'm on a much different budget ;( being thrifty is creative!! I am staying in the East Village but I don't mind trekking somewhere else. I like creative, adventurous, delicious food in a restaurant with a hip, up-beat, neighborhood-y feel. I'm a stickler for great service (having perfected my own actress-by-day, waitress-by-night skills). If you're interested press 3 after the beep. no, i'm kidding.
I'd love recommendations for
quick, tasty lunches throughout the city (italian delis, hot dog stands, etc)
some places good for a large group
a good romantic dinner place
a tapas bar
a coffee shop(s) throughout the city
good dim sum
sushi that doesn't break the bank, or make me barf
a wine bar
any great bar a normal gal (and her friends) could get into without being a movie star
a scandinavian restaurant
(i know those last two are random- i have a swedish boyfriend who loves pho. who knew?)
any other suggestions are WELCOMED!