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Old 05-02-2019, 12:00 PM
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I'm in NYC for the TD 5 Borough Bike Tour Sunday. Staying in the financial district. Need suggestioms for Italian and Chinese. I know we're going to Katz's, a Yankee game, and a bunch of other activities. One of my buddies is craving soupy dumplings lol
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Old 05-02-2019, 12:34 PM
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What KIND of chinese does he want? There's a ton of variety.
Soup Dumplings
Manhattan: Deluxe Green Bo or Shanghai Heping
Brooklyn: Pacificana (also super awesome dim sum)

Italian: find the smallest diviest place in a basement.

YOU WILL GO TO DiFara's AND HAVE A SLICE. YOU CAN NOT PASS THIS UP.
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Old 05-02-2019, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by likwid View Post
What KIND of chinese does he want? There's a ton of variety.
Soup Dumplings
Manhattan: Deluxe Green Bo or Shanghai Heping
Brooklyn: Pacificana (also super awesome dim sum)

Italian: find the smallest diviest place in a basement.

YOU WILL GO TO DiFara's AND HAVE A SLICE. YOU CAN NOT PASS THIS UP.
All he cares about is the dumplings! 30 of us are on a bus from JFK right now. Thanks for the tip on the pizza.
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In the financial district is Harry's Hanover square, classic steak house.

For Italian, Marea on central park south, killer crudo and the must have fusilli with octopus and bone marrow.
While not as good or expensive as above I really like Il Corso (e50's)

For Chinese Hop Lee (Mott St) is an old school classic, Wor Wonton Soup, Lobster Chinese Style, Razor clams, it's all good or Wo's Wonton King for roast suckling pig or live king crab.

No NYC Dim Sum experience would be complete without Nom Wah Tea Parlor.
Jing Fong is also an experience, but I'd avoid it on a weekend.
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:22 PM
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for soup dumplings just stick to the original - joeís shanhai (chinatown)

the other op means hop KEE/wo hop on mott - but thatís really the original cantonese american style chinese - good, but not soup dumplings.

for italian - if you want GOOD (not cheap) - lupo - thatís downtown. don angie (may be hard to get in), also il mulino.

honestly, donít get too excited about katz, its not what it used to be. more or less a tourist trap.

use yelp... its very reliable / accurate in nyc.

if you want to hit a real nyc classic go over to williamsburg and hit peter lugers. also not cheap but the best meat you will ever have in your life.
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:25 PM
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The only place for soup dumplings is Joe's Shanghai as Nick mentioned above.
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Johns of 12th street is very good italian, they even have a vegan menu. In little italy so not in financial districy but not terribly far. Really good canolis and pastries not far away... starts with a v, but cant think of the name.
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456 for Shanghai soupy dumplings.
Think it`s grand kids of the old 70`s joint.
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Old 05-02-2019, 06:19 PM
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Iím doing the 5 boro as well

itís always so jammed up at the starting line, we just take the west side bike path north which overlooks the Hudson River

We cut into the West Village for a stop at Murrayís cheese shop, they make awesome grill cheese sandwiches, itís a nice morning snack which is very filling

Back onto the bike path, you pass the Intrepid, a great photo opportunity.




we cut back in by 57th street and meet the tour just as it enters Central Park

once you leave the park it heads into Harlem and you get greeted by a gospel band singing in front of a big Church, then just before leaving there is a reggae band jamming it up

then itís off for a very very brief tour into the Bronx where the guys are pounding on the drums and bongos

back into Manhattan going down the FDR which is awesome, especially since traffic is flying by you going the opposite direction

Right before leaving FDR is a big bottle neck, be prepared to walk your bike for a bit





after going over 59th street bridge the tour heads to Astoria park, we skip that too and head to Boulis Cafe for some fresh homemade Loukoumades. They are a great sweet treat and delicious.

We have done the tour so many times, we now call it quits by the BK bridge where we park the cars and head over to Williamsburg for lunch. We have found the BQE part of the tour to be really hard riding, no good visuals, mostly up hill and ALWAYS riding against the wind.

If you have done the tour before you know all this already lol, if not finish the tour and conquer the Verrazano bridge at the end

Be prepared to wait at least an hour in line for the ferries back to Manhattan

i highly recommend going to Williamsburg if you can to eat and laugh at the hipsters too lol

Fette Sau for BBQ, get the pork belly itís amazing
Milk bar a block from Fette Sau for the crack pie (dessert)
Peter lugers for steak as someone mentioned already
Brooklyn bowl for the best fried chicken you ever had and the Brooklyn brewery is the next building around the corner

Good luck and have a safe ride


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This is the 3rd year in a row for our group. Weather isn't looking good this year. We rode by the Intrepid earlier. Bike Expo and Yankees game tomorrow.
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Old 05-02-2019, 09:09 PM
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If you want dumplings and the best Chinese food you ever ate go to Wo Hop 17 Mott street downstairs, all the tourists go upstairs the real people go downstairs. It’s cheap and amazing, I think it’s open all night too
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Oddly, the best dumpling I've had are near you. ODEON - they have an amazing chicken dumping tossed in buffalo sauce. Not your classic soupy dumpling... I'm sure there's a bunch in Chinatown or listed above. But this restaurant is a great, alll round great place. https://www.theodeonrestaurant.com

One of the best Italian - no reservations - Emilio's Ballato https://www.yelp.com/biz/emilios-ballato-new-york

L'artusi (hard to get a reservation, but if you can go late or early, sit at the bar) https://www.lartusi.com
iSode (same as above) isodi nyc
And I second Don Angi from above. Get the lasagna. https://www.donangie.com

My go to chinese - old school NYC chinese - Grand Sichuan - Delicious Chinese food to tempt your palate

Have fun... I'll be eating at two of these this weekend.
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I'm bias to Wo Hop for Chinese. It's in Chinatown. I second Katz's deli as well. Enjoy.
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:08 AM
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Another Vote for Joe's Shanghai in chinatown.
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:57 AM
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Italian: I used to work around the corner, best Italian in Lower Manhattan! Giardino D'Oro
Upscale, stone-walled trattoria specializing in traditional Italian recipes.
: 5 Gold St, New York, NY 10038

Open ⋅ Closes 3PM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Phone: (212) 514-6400





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Now this is a thread I can relate to!

Second (or third) on Joe's Shanghai for soup dumplings and Hop Kee. BUT, here's a tip -- also on Pell Street, on the same side as Joe's Shanghai, is Joe's Ginger. Guess what -- it is owned by the same family and has the exact same dumplings. So when Joe's Shanghai has a line out the door, just walk down the street and eat at Joe's Ginger.

Other Chinese food favorites:
Xian Famous Foods, 45 Bayard Street (hand pulled noodles)
Pot Stickers at the Fried Dumpling place, 106 Mosco St, around corner from Hop Kee.
Golden Unicorn, (dim sum) 18 E Broadway

Have fun adding back all the calories you'll bike off on the 5-boro ride.

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Go through the Battery to get a taste of old word italian.. Red Hook section Brooklyn. It's been around since 1904. Focacceria is fast food Italian.
Ferdinando?s Focacceria, Brooklyn, NY

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Just be warned that Peter Luger's does not accept credit cards, cash or a Luger check cashing card only.
Next to Bklyn Bowl is The William Vale Hotel, go up to the rooftop bar - Fabulous view of Manhattan https://www.thewilliamvale.com/
and next door is Leuga where you can get roast suckling pig. https://www.thewilliamvale.com/dining/
The River Cafe in the Bklyn Dumbo area is a very nice Michelin star rated restaurant with fantastic views on Manhattan. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60827-d482173-Reviews-The_River_Cafe-Brooklyn_New_York.html
The Wythe Hotel also has a rooftop bar, across from the Bklyn Bowl

https://wythehotel.com/event-venues-...and-blue-room/


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Old 05-04-2019, 01:25 PM
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5 of us are at Joe's Ginger now. Went the pizza place first suggested and it was a 45 minute wait. We blew it off. Still got 26 miles yesterday. Rode from the Battery across the GW today and up 9W a ways. 42 miles today. Glad it cleared up today.
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Glad you found some good eats. It looked like the 5-boro bike ride was wet this year. Hope you had fun, nonetheless.

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