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    Mar 24, 2012 8:50 PM GMT
    Hi Guys, I ll be visiting NY in June for several weeks. I would really like to get together a list of recommendations from locals. I am not really interested in the touristic stuff, and I am not looking for gay only recommendations, just general one, your favourite cafe, restaurant, theatre...

    My interests:
    > Multiculture, International, North African, Middle Eastern
    > Cute restaurants/cafes for lunch brunch breakfast and so
    > Unique shopping, alternative art
    > Brooklyn I guess, I am not sure
    > I would love to visit the Bronx and Queens as well, especially for good food

    Looking forward to your tips icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 24, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    Do you want a list? icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 25, 2012 7:56 AM GMT
    Anything that's Asian on 32th street between 6th and 5th ave. Koreans eat there, like all of them. So you know it's good. Oh yeah and to tie it in with your bullet points it's "multicultural"...and close to Macy's, the worlds largest something something store. No seriously it's a fucking huge store. You'll get lost.
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    Mar 25, 2012 8:10 AM GMT
    1. Japanese restaurants. Especially those around Midtown (expat businessmen) or at St. Mark's (younger folks). For example:

    Onya (seriously great fresh handmade udon and other small items)
    Aburiya kinnosuke (great lunch sets, dinner is pretty good)

    Ramen totto (1 hour line for best ramen noodles in the city)
    Ippudo (also 1+ hour line for best ramen, but their strength is in preparation of the soup)

    Sushi Yasuda (very high quality sushi, pricey and upscale)
    Lots of other good sushi-centric restaurants

    Cafe Zaiya, the one by the public library (great cheap bakery for breakfast/snack/lunch)


    2. Williamsburg. Haven't been myself but it's where all the young hip people go nowadays.
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    Mar 26, 2012 10:08 PM GMT
    Thank you guys loads for your tips, love Asian food, especially Japanese! Yum.
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    Mar 26, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    I am here for two weeks, staying mid-town at 7th and 53rd icon_biggrin.gif
    in training class all day 8-5 and then group study sessions every evening. icon_sad.gif

    - Dining suggestions in the Times Square area that aren't touristy?
    - Fun suggestions anywhere for the weekend?
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    Mar 26, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    Queen of Sheba on 10th between 45th and 46th for really good Ethiopian food.
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    Mar 26, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    yo_mamali saidQueen of Sheba on 10th between 45th and 46th for really good Ethiopian food.


    Exciting, I ve never had ethiopian food, thanks!
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    Mar 27, 2012 1:25 AM GMT
    I'm not a native of NYC or the NYC area but I highly recommend a visit to the Museum of Sex located at 233 Fifth Avenue, north of Madison Square Park and 23rd Street. The exhibits are very good (in my opinion) and they have a really cool bar that serves sex-themed drinks such as the F*ck Me and Get Laid.

    http://www.museumofsex.com/
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    Mar 27, 2012 3:19 AM GMT
    Sip Sak on Second Ave between 49th and 50th has good Turkish food.
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    Mar 27, 2012 3:20 AM GMT
    calf said1. Japanese restaurants. Especially those around Midtown (expat businessmen) or at St. Mark's (younger folks). For example:

    Onya (seriously great fresh handmade udon and other small items)
    Aburiya kinnosuke (great lunch sets, dinner is pretty good)

    Ramen totto (1 hour line for best ramen noodles in the city)
    Ippudo (also 1+ hour line for best ramen, but their strength is in preparation of the soup)

    Sushi Yasuda (very high quality sushi, pricey and upscale)
    Lots of other good sushi-centric restaurants

    Cafe Zaiya, the one by the public library (great cheap bakery for breakfast/snack/lunch)


    2. Williamsburg. Haven't been myself but it's where all the young hip people go nowadays.


    Ippudo icon_biggrin.gif I've been there so many times, waiting for a table at least an hour each time, I've wasted so much of my life in that place hahaha ALWAYS WORTH IT.

    The Clinton St Baking Company is one of my faves too.. get the Smoked Salmon Scramble with Cream Cheese and the chocolate chip pancakes. It's also an hour wait.

    Babbo is really good italian.
    Aquagrill for seafood.. best fresh oysters in the city.
    Artichoke for pizza.. get the artichoke slice.
    Shake Shack for burgers. Or 5 napkin burger and get the Burger with avocados, guac and ranch dressing.
    Cereal milkshakes at Momofuku milk bar
    Mac and cheese at S'Mac

    There's so much more, but these are what I can think of off the top of my head. I'd probably end up filling the entire screen if I listed everything.
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    Mar 27, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    Where's Tino when you need him? icon_confused.gif
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    Mar 27, 2012 3:22 AM GMT
    Take the L train one stop into Brooklyn for some serious laughs. Williamsburg is home to the weirdest people in NYC.
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    Mar 27, 2012 3:26 AM GMT
    We just had great Thai food at a really small place on Houston Street called Tai Thai.
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    Mar 27, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
    This will help weed out the "transplants"

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    Mar 27, 2012 4:29 AM GMT
    I don't live in NYC but my sister does. The first place I head to when I visit is Chocolat on Broadway for red velvet cupcakes.You can thank me later.
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    Mar 27, 2012 4:49 AM GMT
    Ilili is a great Lebanese place on 5th Avenue near Madison Square Park. Small plates with good cocktails (I like the Poison Sumac Margarita and the From Beirut with Passion). http://www.ililinyc.com/

    Nearby is Eataly which is owned by Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich. An amazing gourmet shop/restaurant that you have to at least stop in. http://www.eatalyny.com

    See if you can do a show at the Repertorio Espanol. They have shows in English and Spanish. http://www.repertorio.org/

    Shop at Uniqlo. The one on 5th Avenue is huge. http://www.uniqlo.com

    Many tourists miss the Frick Collection. If you're into art, it's definitely worth a visit. http://www.frick.org

    Think Coffee is a great coffeehouse/bar. The one on NYU's campus is my favorite (Foursquare was developed there). http://www.thinkcoffeenyc.com/