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Returning to Manhattan for several days, where would you recommend for brunch, lobster, dumplings, borscht, blintzes, Russian food, Turkish food, Scandinavian food and more?

prima | Oct 23, 201708:55 AM

I tend to lean towards innovative and less common 'ethnic' foods over French food/bagels/burgers/pizza/steak.

Love Russian, Georgian, Turkish, Afghan, Scandinavian, Serbian, Mexican, Malaysian, Thai and Chinese foods.

I don't like kimchi but I love mandoo, japchae, galbi, bi bim bap.

I love dumplings.

I like trying new things.

I would prefer cheap to midrange restaurants (up to $60 per person for a meal, not including alcohol, tax or tip)

I also plan to have 2 splurge American meals. I'm thinking the Gramercy Tavern for one, since I have never been. If not the Gramercy Tavern, where would you go?

For American-style lobster (either a boiled/steamed lobster dinner or a lobster roll), where would you go?

I also want to try the brunch at Clinton St Baking Co. Which dishes do you like best?

I'll have around 5 lunches and 5 dinners in Manhattan, and I'm also willing to detour for snacks, innovative cocktails and good coffee.

Most of my time will be spent between Canal St and 42nd St, with a possible snack near some of the museums on the UES. Maybe I'll stop to revisit Cafe Sabarsky, if it isn't busy.

I might make time to revisit Veselka, an old haunt, late at night.

Where should I go for blintzes?

Based on years of my own wishlists and hours of scrolling through Instagram, these are some places I'm thinking about:

Mimi Cheng's
at least one Nom Wah
Balaboosta for the Tunisian tuna sandwich
Mari Vanna (any newish Russian restos I should consider?)
maybe Kyo Ya / autre Kyo Ya
Gramercy Tavern
Clinton St Baking Co
Xian Famous Foods
maybe Ayios for gyros or fried calamari or mezes

Thanks for any comments and suggestions.

Kyo Ya,
Mari Vanna,
Nom Wah Tea Parlor,
Mimi Cheng's Dumplings,
Cafe Sabarsky,
Gramercy Tavern,
Autre Kyo Ya,
Clinton St. Baking Company,
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