Calling NYC guys - share your hidden gems

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    Jan 25, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    I'm looking for more variety. I've noticed despite my best efforts, I've fallen into a sort of rut - same places, same faces.

    So, I'm turning to you gents and am looking for your hidden gems (minds out of the gutter, please icon_smile.gif ):

    -restaurants, all cuisines - those places that have great/interesting food yet haven't really made "the scene" yet (i.e.; not Balthazar) where do you recommend?

    -museums - the City has tons, but there are many that don't get the press or attention they deserve (i.e.; not MOMA) what are your favs?

    -galleries - again, there's tons - where do you go to see the up and coming artists?

    -pubs/bars - again, tons - where do you go (gay and/or straight) for the great jukebox, darts, pool, live music, shows, DJ, overall FUN?

    And anything else you want to recommend about our City.

  • Generaleclect...

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    Jan 25, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    Restaurants - Junior's (famous cheesecake), Madiba's (blended South African cuisine), The Smoke Joint (excellent smoked dishes and unique drinks)

    Museums - Museum of the Moving Image (history of 4D tech, video, animation), Brooklyn Museum (interesting art and Saturday parties)

    Galleries - any gallery in Chelsea, L.E.S., or Williamsburg, really. The MoCaDa in Brooklyn is up and coming, too.

    Bars - The Tempest (karaoke night), Southpaw (Not so much a bar, but a club with awesome DJs and classic House music)

    Hope this helps.

  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Jan 25, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    I'm not a New Yorker (a "wannabe" yeah!), however, I have a favorite restaurant to share:

    44 Southwest is a MUST for great Northern Italian at an awesome price. The food is exceptional, but plan ahead if you go. The restaurant does not seat many people.

    Location: Corner of 44th and 9th in Hell's Kitchen.

    Wonderful. Just wonderful food.

    (also, I do agree with the post above regarding Junior's--cheesecake like no other)
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    Jan 25, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    I just spent Sunday exploring UES a bit.

    First stop was the Museum of the City of New York. I really enjoyed several of their exhibits - from a photographer who worked with NYPD, to a historical view of the grid system that defines the city. It was all really well done.

    Then we hopped on Yelp and walked over to Earl's Beer & Cheese. A tiny little place on Park Ave and 97th, but with excellent food and beer.

    Up in my neighborhood, Inwood, you have Indian Road Cafe, which is pretty popular with the locals. The Cloisters in Fort Tryon park is pretty cool if you like medieval religious art, and the park itself is beautiful.
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    Jan 25, 2012 5:00 AM GMT
    There's a really cool bar called Rudy's - what makes it cool is that for any purchase of a pitcher of a beer you get unlimited free hot dogs. Plus it's pretty close to a couple pretty popular gay clubs/bars (Industry and the Ritz). All in Hell's Kitchen.
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    Jan 25, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    kama22222 saidThere's a really cool bar called Rudy's - what makes it cool is that for any purchase of a pitcher of a beer you get unlimited free hot dogs. Plus it's pretty close to a couple pretty popular gay clubs/bars (Industry and the Ritz). All in Hell's Kitchen.


    My college buddy Rudy went there! Showed off pics and all. I plan on going there when I visit NYC. That, and I wouldn't mind eating Rudy's hotdog >)
  • psustud

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    Jan 25, 2012 5:12 AM GMT
    I hear "Low Country" has amazing southern cuisine!
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    Jan 25, 2012 5:16 AM GMT
    Gandhi Cafe on Bleeker Street and 6 Ave South if you like Indian food... best spot in NYC, if you ask me!
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    Jan 25, 2012 5:23 AM GMT
    Restaurants: Ilili, on 5th Avenue at 27th Street. Sort of Middle Eastern tapas, good cocktails, kind of an upscale lounge atmosphere.

    Also try Donatella on 8th Avenue at 19th Street. This is one of Donatella Arpaia's places (she's on Food Network a lot); it's largely pizza but it's really good and not too expensive.

    Have you gone to Eataly?

    Cafe Cortadito is really good Cuban in the East Village.

    If you want to head into Brooklyn, Sea in Williamsburg is a hot place (the food is hit or miss, but it's not expensive and it gets big crowds because it was in Sex and the City and it has a club feel to it).

    Bogota on 5th Avenue in Park Slope is good, inexpensive pan-Latin food. It's gay owned.

    I really like Yamato on 7th Avenue in Park Slope -- not so cheap but a cute little place with great pan-Asian food and wonderful service.

    Also, you have to try the gelato at Amorino on University Place at 10th Street. It's their only American location.

    Museum: Have you seen the Frick Collection or the International Center of Photography?
  • nomadfornow

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    Jan 25, 2012 5:30 AM GMT
    sahem62896 saidGandhi Cafe on Bleeker Street and 6 Ave South if you like Indian food... best spot in NYC, if you ask me!


    Yes! Been there many times. Great little cozy mom & pop place, reasonably priced, really good food.

    I also agree with the above posts about Rudy's. Fun dive bar, though it can get crowded at times.

    If you're a beer drinker, I highly recommend Pony Bar on 45th & 10th Ave. They serve all American craft brews, and frequently have events where select breweries will take over all 20 taps for the night. Really quality stuff, and every pint is $5 ($4 during happy hour, 4:20 - 5:20), which is a pretty good deal, especially for midtown Manhattan. I would suggest you go early, though, as it also gets crowded.

  • benarw

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    Jan 25, 2012 5:42 AM GMT
    sahem62896 saidGandhi Cafe on Bleeker Street and 6 Ave South if you like Indian food... best spot in NYC, if you ask me!


    Thanks for this! I promised my guy I'd find us a good affordable Indian restaurant for his birthday in March. We'll have to check this out.
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    Jan 25, 2012 5:50 AM GMT
    What a BS thread.
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    Jan 25, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    Italian: Puttanesca on 9th near 54th

    Belgian food/beer: Le Petite Abeille, W. Broadway (they have a few locations)

    Greek: Uncle Nick's, on 9th near 46th

    Italian: Locanda Verde in Tribeca, owned by Robert DeNiro

    Indian: Bay Leaf off Times Square