Dear Gad Abouts, Our special guest blogger today is Kathy Biehl. Kathy is the co-author of the up-coming Walk NYC, a walking guide to New York City. Kathy is incredibly knowledgeable about where and how to find the best restaurants in Manhattan without blowing your travel budget.
Gad About Gals are all about traveling light and unencumbered. This is definitely the approach I like to take when it comes to eating in Manhattan. As tempting as the high-profile restaurants may be, I’m not one to make a reservation weeks in advance or pay the equivalent of my electric bill for a meal. (Given my decade-plus reviewing restaurants in Houston and NYC, you might think otherwise, but you would be wrong!) I prefer to show up on the spur of a moment, look in a window or at a menu and follow where my mood takes me. Here are some of my finds.
Hallo Berlin Express, 744 9th Ave. near 50th, the humongous burgers and shakes at the inexplicably surf-themed Island Burger, 766 9th Ave. near 51st, and the paper-thin slices at 9th Avenue Pizzeria, 791 9th Ave. near 52nd.
Cornelia Street Cafe,
29 Cornelia Street. The menu is light American bistro fare in a comfortably arty atmosphere, and the bar is a welcoming place for a single person to enjoy a meal. The remainder of Cornelia Street is worth a stroll, too. Even though it’s only a block long, it’s got one tiny restaurant gem after another. Terrific pizza abounds in both directions down as well. Head towards 6th Avenue for Joe’s Pizza, 7 Carmine Street. You’ll have to fight your way to the counter and stand to eat your slice, but with pizza this satisfying, you won’t mind. Or head toward for John’s Pizza, 278 Bleecker, where you can enjoy your pie seated at a table like a respectable person.
with more than a dozen restaurants side by side. Browse the menus, check the crowds and noise levels and pick a place for your meal.