Out of the Blue

Happy birthday to our oldest niece, who, in an effort to make us wonder where the time goes, turns seven years old today!

A forum post yesterday raised the question about recommendations for a Manhattan visit that are not typical tourist destinations. Since nothing good in NYC remains obscure for too long, the list I've compiled is probably more touristy than the poster had wished, but I figured if I post it here on a slow Sunday it can serve as a guide for others, and perhaps informed New Yorkers can add suggestions:

The number-one rule for an authentic NYC dining experience is to avoid Times Square. No natives eat there, and there's probably a Planet Hollywood and a Hard Rock Cafe near where you came from anyway.

* For the truly daring, follow the advice of an old boss of mine and seek out the vendor with the dirtiest fingernails.

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Aug 3, 2009, 13:15
Kxmode
 
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Aug 3, 2009, 13:15
 Kxmode
 
As a New Yorker who has relocated and settled in the mid-south, I'm here to tell ya that you can't really go wrong at any pizzeria in New York. They are all great. Sure some are better than others, but the worst one I've ever had was better than anything you could get down here. In the south, they have the idea of pizza; but getting real NY pizza is basically a pipe dream.

Prez open up an authentic New York pizzeria. I guarantee you it will be popular.
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Aug 3, 2009, 09:44
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Aug 3, 2009, 09:44
 
In the south, they have the idea of pizza; but getting real NY pizza is basically a pipe dream.

yeh NC has a franchize of "elizabeths pizza" which are usually owned by relocated NY italians.. its good stuff
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 3, 2009, 02:56
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Aug 3, 2009, 02:56
 PHJF
 
In the south, they have the idea of pizza; but getting real NY pizza is basically a pipe dream.

Here in Wilmington, NC there are a score of "NY-style pizzerias." One named Cosmo's was complete with an old Italian guy flipping dough in the open kitchen. It was pretty damn good...
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 3, 2009, 02:17
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Aug 3, 2009, 02:17
 Prez
 
As a New Yorker who has relocated and settled in the mid-south, I'm here to tell ya that you can't really go wrong at any pizzeria in New York. They are all great. Sure some are better than others, but the worst one I've ever had was better than anything you could get down here. In the south, they have the idea of pizza; but getting real NY pizza is basically a pipe dream.
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Aug 3, 2009, 00:02
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Re: Out of the Blue Aug 3, 2009, 00:02
Aug 3, 2009, 00:02
 
Manhattan? Pish posh, Brooklyn is where it's at! My favorites...
Pizza: Driggs Pizza
Burger: Dumont or Dumont Burger
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Aug 2, 2009, 23:52
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Aug 2, 2009, 23:52
 
no Italian dining recommendations? I can't remember where we use to go when I lived there, but we had 2-3 favorites, of which only one was in little italy. On our last trip, we ate at Tony DiNapoli's which was pretty decent....large portions for sure, but not the best Italian I've ever had. We also fould this place http://stellaristorante.com/ in Floral Park and it was good was well (I thought it was better than Tony's ....the sauce was awesome).
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Aug 2, 2009, 21:22
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Aug 2, 2009, 21:22
 
A Carnegie Deli pastrami sandwich is worth the trip into Manhattan and I don't care where you live.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2009, 21:21
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Aug 2, 2009, 21:21
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What about Pizza?! You can't visit New York without trying a pie slice. Have any recommendations.

nevermind. i see the pizzeria not.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2009, 21:04
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Aug 2, 2009, 21:04
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I don't care what their made of or what might be in them. I LOVE push-cart hot dogs. I am a Sabrett junkie.
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Aug 2, 2009, 19:59
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Aug 2, 2009, 19:59
 
Katz's deli is good but certainly not unique to NY.
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Aug 2, 2009, 19:58
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They tore down Chumley's after the chimney collapsed.. apparently they're rebuilding it.. so sayeth Wikipedia
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Aug 2, 2009, 19:48
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I don't know how McSorley's is off the tap, but out of the bottle its one of the worst beers I've ever tried.
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Aug 2, 2009, 18:53
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I want to watch Indiana Jones movies now.
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Re: 7-year-old steals car to skip church
Aug 2, 2009, 17:52
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Re: 7-year-old steals car to skip church Aug 2, 2009, 17:52
Aug 2, 2009, 17:52
 
heres a comment from that page:

That boy's parents need to beat him untill he bruises! The boy clearly needs to go to church MORE SO HE UNDERSTANDS HE WAS WRONG!
If that boy was my son I wouldhave whiped his ass so hard he couldnt sit for a year! He needs to learn GODS Commandments!! ESPECIALY THOU SHALT HONOR THY FATHER AND MOTHER!!!!
dispicible libral parents probably praised they're kid and gave him new toys for finding a new way to avoid church. Their just jelous they never thoght of that when growing up as kids themselfs.
Beat this boy and teach him a leson!!!!!!!1

those christians and their loving forgiveness
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Aug 2, 2009, 17:14
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When I was in the Army I had a guy in my squad that was from Brooklyn. Right before I got out our battalion was on block leave, he came back from leave a bit early (he was a fresh cherry so he didn't have enough days saved up to take full leave; I was less than three months from getting out so I opted not to take leave) with a box full of pastrami sandwiches and cannolis from one of the Brooklyn delis. I can't remember what the name of the deli was, but it was some of the most amazing food I've ever tasted in my life, even for being a couple of days old. In the 3 years since then I've been meaning to take a trip to NYC to tour the delis, but I just haven't had time.

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Aug 2, 2009, 16:54
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I'd say McSorely's is a definite must for sure, that place is awesome! The Oyster Bar in Grand Central is a legendary place to check out too. For hot dogs I'd say Nathans though. Nothing like a classic steamer in NYC. I've been to Katz's deli, mmm, but not the others and I'll have to check them out one of these days. After all, you've never really "done" NYC unless you've had some good deli.

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Aug 2, 2009, 16:50
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Aug 2, 2009, 16:50
 
To young to charge with a crime? You have to be kidding me. Not allow him to get his license till 18, or better yet 21. Fine the parents as well.
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Aug 2, 2009, 15:11
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Aug 2, 2009, 15:11
 
I was going to recommend Cal's in Chelsea, but in looking for a link I discovered that the place has closed down since last I was in New York. Crap.
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Aug 2, 2009, 15:11
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Aug 2, 2009, 15:11
 
Ok, so what was his explanation for that bit of advise?

I think it was just his observation that the best-tasting hot dogs came from the grossest vendors.

Unless it had something to do with it showing they kept their hands out of the water...
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Aug 2, 2009, 15:00
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Yeah. Nobody should have to see a naked cowboy. >=\
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