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Visiting CA hound (ethnic food)

jlrobe | Jan 11, 200805:10 PM

Hello New Yorkers.

I have traveled to NY on business on occassion, but this May I will be coming for vacation.

I always explore different cities by trying different types of food.

I will probably be making about 10 posts over the next few months.

For this current post, I am seeking suggestions on ethnic food. Living in Both SF and Los Angeles, I have had fanstastic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, Thai, and Ethiopian food. I am very excited since I love food. According to Pulitzer winning Jonathan Gold of the LA weekly, Los Angeles has the best hole-in-the-wall authentic ethnic food in the country, but as a foodie, NYC is till King!

What I would love to try is

African (not ethiopian)
Puerto Rican
Argentinian/South American (not Peruvian and not central American)
Jaimacan (great meat patties if possible)
Belgium/German/Bavarian (especially desserts for Belgium)
Eastern European/Russian (if there is anything actually good)
Greek/Turkish/Persian/Middle Eastern

I prefer not to go to Harlem (due to my travel mates requests), but if I must, I will make the trek alone if need be to experience great food.

I STRONGLY prefer nothing touristy. I dont care if it is in a hole in the wall or dirty. I dont care if they serve tripe, beef tuonge, inards, feet, whatever. I dont care if they dont speak any english, or if they serve outragously spicy food. Food first, everything else second. Please dont list the Rosa Mexicano style places.

If you list a restaurant, could you please list the specialities or what I should order (beverages included)? In LA/SF, most great ethnic eateries only have one or two fantastic items, and the rest is just good. If you could, maybe explain the spices, the region of the cuisine, etc. I just really want to learn and explore more of the world through NYC cuisine, as well as the city itself. If possible, could you also give me neighorhood tips, local hangouts, really unique neighorhood stores,landmarks, parks, or anything else of interest near the restaurant? that would be AWESOME.

I here places like:
St. Mark's Place,
9th ave between 37th and 57th st
46th st. between 8th and 9th ave
28th st around Lexington

have a decent concentration.

As for Indian
I have eaten at Vij's in Vancouver and have experienced updated indian bistro style food that was VERY good. I have also eaten at some fabulous and exciting indian restaurants in Europe. The updated indian in Seattle, SF, and LA have not impressed me as much. The southern indian (dosas) food in CA is quite solid, but I have never been blown away. I want anything and everything indian, unique, and world class yummy.

THanks everyone

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