A few suggestions for New York City:

(last updated May 2002)

The places mentioned below were either checked out at some point by myself or recommended to me by friends.

Please be aware that things can change very quickly in NYC!


Kelly and Ping

(Asian grocery and noodle shop)
127 Green St. (bet. Prince St & West Houston St)
Phone: 212-228-1212

Penang Malaysian Cuisine

109 Spring Street (bet. Greene & Mercer St)
location moved to the Upper Wet Side:
127 West 72nd Street, New York

Trattoria Dell'Arte - italian

900 Seventh Ave. (bet.56th & 57th Sts.)
Phone: 212-245-9800
CusineNet: "Lively, pumpkin-colored dining rooms at Trattoria Dell'Arte make for a perfect gathering place after an evening at the concert hall. The huge ear, nose, and bosom sculptures by Gordon Steckel are natural ice-breakers, and the antipasto bar is one of the city's best. The reliable menu offers delicious, fresh appetizers and main courses, for hearty or light appetites. Recommended as starters are the fried artichokes, bresaola, and chicken livers; and as a main course, try the oil-free grilled vegetable platter, chicken paillard, or Tuscan rib-eye steak with arugula salad."

Calle Ocho - brazilian

446 Columbus Ave
Phone: 212-873-5025

Riodizio - Brazilian

417 Lafayette Street (bet. Astor Place & 4th St)
Phone: 212-529-1313
CusineNet: "Do not even attempt to go to this new Brazilian sensation on a Friday or Saturday night. The space is cavernous and industrial, with leather banquettes and booths, an elevated seating area, huge, cone-shaped hanging lamps and big Rothko-style paintings on the wall behind the happening bar. The food, by Jamie Leeds, is big too, and especially popular is the $24.95 dinner with unlimited servings of grilled meats, poultry and seafood flourished on long skewers and carved tableside, plus a salad, black beans, steamed greens, brown rice and fried plantains. If pigging out isn't your style, there's a raw bar, lots of little dishes and a number of appealing entrees."

Cafe Luxembourg - French

200 West 70th Street
Phone: 212-873-7411

food &/or just drinks:

Tap Room - american/austrian
18th St (between 5th & 6th)

Match - american & sushi
160 Mercer St. (bet. Houston & Prince St)
Phone: 212-343-0020

Kavehaz - The Gallery Cafe
113 Mercer St. (bet. Prince & Spring St)
Phone: 212-343-0612
Sometimes live music in the evening

1125 1st Ave (corner 1st & 62nd St)
Phone: 212-243-5131
Restaurant: http://www.merchantsny.com
Restaurant & Bar upstairs: music was a bit to loud - for my taste
Cigar Bar: http://www.nyccigarbar.com
Cozy Lounge with Cigar Bar downstairs: often with live music - jazz/blues

View over the city:

Marriot Marquis
Broadway - Times Square
rotating Lounge on the top of the Hotel - for all ages (admission 5$)
open till 2am

Rainbow Room - Lounge & Restaurant
formal dress required
GE Bldg., 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th fl. (bet. 49th & 50th Sts.)
Phone: 212-632-5100

The Top of the Standard - High Line NYC - Lounge & Restaurant
Cocktail attire required.
The Top of the Standard
848 Washington at 13th Street
phone: 212-645-4646

NYC tips from Dmitry

(info was given me back in 1998/1999)

The cozy lounge called "Merchants" would be a good evening place
to hang out, it is on 1st Ave. & 62st. street.

For Dining, the place on Bowery Street, (somewhere near Houston Ave.)
called "Bowery Bar" -- pretty good.

Also, in SoHo, place called "Pravda" (E. Houston & ?) near Broadway.
Everyone knows so, just ask around.

In Midtown, check out "Jackyl & Hyde Club" on 7th Ave & 57th St.(?)
They have over 250 beers from all over the world. It's right next
to Harley Davidson Cafe.
http://www.jekyllandhydeclub.com (pretty weired)

BTW, if you like crazy club music, techno dance, etc. check out
"The BANK" (closed in the meantime) on Houston or "Webster Hall".
These places are usually near Soho and Village.