AES 2007

Restaurants

Sep 18, 2007 5:18 PM

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CLOSE TO JAVITS: Manganaro's Hero Boy

In the mix of old-school and new-school dining choices that line Ninth Avenue near the Javits, Manganaro’s is a killer option. Scrumptious sandwiches like chicken or eggplant parmagiana are made fresh in front of your eyes, the ingredients are fresh and high-quality, and the proof is in the eating. Daily special entrees like lasagna, chicken francese and more are always a sure bet. This is a great, inexpensive stop for lunch or dinner while you’re in the vicinity (open until 7:30 p.m., closed on Sunday). Feel free to try Manganaro’s Italian Groceria & Restaurant next door as well, where the aroma of 100 years of parmesan lingers lovingly.
494 Ninth Avenue (between 37-38 streets), 212/947-7325
—David Weiss

CLOSE TO JAVITS: Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse

We may be a progressive bunch, but scratch many an audio engineer and you’re sure to find a meat eater below the surface. If you’re looking for your steakhouse fix near the Javits, Uncle Jack’s will do just fine. The buffalini mozzarella and tomatoes salad is a great way to progress into USDA prime dry aged steaks like porterhouse and ribeye. Creamed spinach will stop your heart just like you want it to. Wine list is good, just be prepared for the aggressive sommelier and waiters, who push a second bottle like their jobs are on the line.
440 Ninth Avenue, 212/244-0005, www.unclejacks.com
—David Weiss

Temple Bar

Dark, sexy, intimate, an ambience vastly improved by Mayor Bloomberg's no smoking law. This out-of-the-way spot (right next door to the famed Noho Star) is identified by two green lights on either side of a dark wooden door. Potent libations wash down delectable thin-crust pizza, and for the heartier of expense accounts, there's always caviar…One of NY's most romantic and "sultry" rendezvous.
332 Lafayette Street between Bleecker & Houston, 212/925 4242
—Howard Sherman, hshermanpr@aol.com

Old Homestead Steakhouse

Right across the street from Chelsea Market is Old Homestead Steakhouse, where you will get the best damn steak in New York City. It’s been around since the 19th century and so has the waitstaff, most of whom sport hoary handlebar mustaches and big white aprons. Reservations are recommended. You can cut the steak with a butter knife. The one drawback is the place is as loud as you might expect a restaurant to be that’s packed with ravenous carnivores dressed in business suits and tanked on bourbon. Expensive.
56 Ninth Avenue (between 14th and 15th streets), 212/242-9040
—Brian Boggess, www.spiffycox.com, www.MySpace.com/SpiffyCox

The Hog Pit

If you’re looking for a little country flavor in the big city, check out the Hog Pit, located in the heart of the Meat Packing District. Modestly hip, the Hog Pit attracts transients and high-class models alike, all wishing to partake in the genuine southern cuisine, washed down with $2 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Of course, the highlight is the jukebox, featuring a healthy range of country classics and vintage rock.
22 Ninth Ave. (at 13th Street), 212/604-0092
—Travis McGee, tmcgee@griffinpr.com

CLOSE TO JAVITS: Carmine's

For those who feel there is shame in ducking into a restaurant that’s actually in the touristy Times Square area where they’re staying, you may embrace Carmine’s. Yes, the place is big and boisterous, but the family-style portions offer up a lot of great food. A recent visit procured a “buffalo wings” appetizer special that was a highly classy spin on the dish, full of great flavor and meaty wings. Classic Italian dishes like rigatoni with sausage and broccoli, or chicken saltimbocca will not disappoint. If you find yourself with a large group to accommodate in midtown, Carmine’s should prove a very sound option.
200 West 44th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), 212/221-3800, www.carminesnyc.com
—David Weiss

Cedar Tavern

Here’s a restaurant established in the ‘60s where Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan used to hang. The long oak bar and back room of booths provide a comfortable atmosphere where you can order reasonably priced burgers and such. The taps at Cedar Tavern are very clean and well maintained. I recommend a New Castle Brown ale with your meal. You won’t find a better tap.
82 University Pl., 212/741-9754
—Brian Boggess, www.spiffycox.com, www.MySpace.com/SpiffyCox

Bo Ky

There are plenty of places in NYC where you can get a big bowl of pho (Vietnamese soup), but this no-frills, dirt-cheap Chinatown joint may just be the best. Go for the seafood with flat noodles, or if you're feeling adventurous, try the chicken curry and see if you can avoid getting any on your shirt. The soup's a meal in itself, but you should also make room for the special house shrimp rolls, which are in a class all their own.
80 Bayard St., 212/406-2292
—Mac Randall, www.guitaronemag.com




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