Subject: Re: New York City eats

I'm not great on buffets so I can't help you there but here are some of the suggestions I give to passengers when I'm doing a tour to NYC.

>From low to high here are a few suggestions for dining in NYC

The low price end - Gray#s Papaya Hot Dogs 8th & 37th, NW corner - BEST & CHEAPEST in town- ONLY 50¢ (price was 2002) open 24 / 7 - featured in the PBS special on Hot Dogs.

On the high end, for perfect ambiance, perfect food and perfect service, One if by land, Two if by Sea # 17 Barrow Street in the West Village - Salad, entrée (flat $65), 1 wine, coffee, dessert and tip will be about $100 pp. (again 2002 prices). This was one of Jackie O#s favorite restaurants. They are known worldwide for their Beef Wellington and indeed, it is excellent. website -

Dervish # A Turkish restaurant at 146 w. 47TH - about a half block east of the Times Sq. 2 for 1 ticket booth. They have a great prix-fixe menu

There are many restaurants in the Times Square # theatre district area that have prix-fixe menus for lunch or dinner. For any restaurant with a prix-fixe menu, you must check and see what hours they serve that menu. It could be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5 to 6:30 p.m., 5:30 to 7:30, etc. etc. Some also have specially priced post-theatre meals starting at 10 p.m.

Of course, you also have Restaurant Row which is 46th St. between 8th and 9th Avenues # walk around, and check the menu boards. The Chilean restaurant is excellent.

For a great Sunday morning, or any other time, breakfast, try Katz#s Deli at the corner of Ludlow and Houston (pronounced How#ston). This is where the famous deli scene in When Harry Met Sally was filmed!

The height of ambiance of course is Tavern on the Green http: // It is very expensive for the generally low quality of the food. I usually recommend going there for a drink or dessert. The large green chandelier in the main dining room is from the film, Gone With The Wind They do have prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus and a pre-theatre dinner.

Sam#s on West 45th St., east of 8th Ave (212) 719-5416 # For dinner you MUST reserve. A lot of Broadway stars and gypsies eat here (A gypsy is a dancer in a Broadway show).

Molyvos (Greek) at 871 7th Ave between 55th & 56th Streets is excellent.

RESTAURANT WEEK 2003 - For anyone that is going to be in NYC June 23 # 27 or June 30 to July 4, Over 170 of the city#s finest restaurants will be serving three-course prix-fixe lunches for $20.03, and three-course prix-fixe dinners for $30.03. This is your invitation to experience quality, variety and hospitality of New York City#s great chefs.

The Trump Tower at 53rd & 5th Ave is great for a quick cup of coffee. At the very top of the many escalators is a small Coffee Shop. You can sit and enjoy the view of the indoor waterfall wall.