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:
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
Clinton St Baking Co
Xian Famous Foods
maybe Ayios for gyros or fried calamari or mezes http://ayiosgr.com
Thanks for any comments and suggestions.