Offbeat things to do in NYC on a medium budget
If you like seafood, chances are that Grand Central Oyster Bar place will impress you! Located in Grand Central Terminal, you can either sit down and have a grand dinner or just have sandwiches. They also have a great wine list. Though prices of main dishes can go upto $30, there are several other things on the menu which you can try if you are not willing to spend that much. They have a fresh menu everyday depending on the day's catch. Having a meal here would be a classic New York experience as you hear the trains rumbling by in the background.
Tip: Try the Fried Oysters.
Here is a review:
A New York classic. The Grand Central Oyster Bar should be a required destination for any tourist. It is as much Manhattan as a ride to the top of the Empire State Building or a Broadway play. The food was excellent and the surroundings unique.
Special Features: fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
Price: Upto $30 per entree. Sandwiches upto $10
Book your table here.
Oyster Combination Plate (Source: Elliot)
Phone: (212) 490-6650
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 9:30pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 9:30pm
Neighborhood: Midtown East
Cross Street: Vanderbilt and Lexington
The reason I recommend Pure Food and Wine is because of their extensive wine menu. They have a Vegan menu yet very innovative. You will not be disappointed that you did not get to have fish or meat. The prices are a bit high, but may be if you are in a mood to splurge you can try this place.
Here is a snippet about wine from their website:
Complement your pure food with our excellent selection of wines and cocktails. Our wines are biodynamic, organic, or simply sustainable (which usually means they're from vineyards that have always practiced organically but have not been certified). Our fresh cocktails are made using organic Momokawa sake from Oregon, mixed with organic fresh pressed juices, fresh herbs, and exotic flavors. We are also the only restaurant in New York City to have sake on tap (organic Momokawa
(Source: Pure Food and Wine - One Lucky Duck)
This is what a diner says:
My friend had a Groupon, so my dinner of shared appetizer, a glass of sake, and an entree came to $45 with tax and tip (about $10 less than it would have been without the coupon). That atmosphere is dim, romantic, and very red. The service was warm and professional. The food was inventive, beautiful, and tasty. The appetizer of nut cheeses with rosemary crackers was small for $16 (7 small pieces of 3 types of cheese, some greens, and about 6 hearty crackers) but tasty and fun -- I didn't realize how much I like nut cheese! I enjoyed my corn tamales and they were actually very filing -- there were two huge tamales stuffed with a corn mash and mushroom, garnished with a mole sauce, herbs, vegan sour cream and salted slices of avocado.
I'm glad I was finally able to try this restaurant -- I've been meaning to come here for a couple of years. I won't be a regular though -- the prices make it a special occasion kind of place.
Price Range: Upto $26 per entree, Wine per glass from $11 onwards
Pure Food and Wine
54 Irving Place
(between 17th & 18th St.)
New York, NY 10003
Hope these information prove useful to you! Have a great New York experience this weekend!
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