There is plenty in between those two, I’d recommend all of these:
Calexico– a great Mexican, we visited the one on 2nd Avenue, the veggies tacos were great and the margaritas were strong.
The Meatball Shop – Various locations across the city, fun menu with plenty of choice, they also deliver if there is one close to your hotel or apartment and you don’t feel like heading out.
Scarpetta – It’s moved since we last visited but still offers the famous Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce, it might seem expensive but it is exquisite, even if you order something else get a portion to share, you won’t regret it, the bread basket here is like a meal in itself.
Hangawi – Behind a big wooden door is a vegetarian Korean restaurant described as a sanctuary and it really is like nowhere else I have ever been, you leave your shoes at the door and sit at sunken tables so it feels as though your on the floor, the menu was varied and delicious and I think even meat-eaters couldn’t fail to be wowed here.
Clinton St Baking Co – You can’t come to New York and not have pancakes, they are available everywhere but these were the best I’ve ever had, there is a reason you need to book or queue here, its worth it though.
Hill Country BBQ – Many years ago I happened to be in New York at the same time as an old school friend who lives in the States, we met up with him on the day we arrived so had been up for hours but he took us here and although there wasn’t much on the menu for veggies what there was delicious and the meat dishes looked amazing, the relaxed atmosphere, sport on the TV and cocktails in jam jars before it was trendy all made it a great evening.
My favourite and the easiest way to get about whilst in New York is the subway, it’s cheap, quick and once you get your bearings simple to find your way about, essentially its a series of coloured lines, like the London Underground, but each line has a few different trains on it, identified by either numbers or letters. They don’t all stop at every station but the maps are pretty clearly marked and if you do get on one that doesn’t stop where you want you can always walk the last few blocks or go back and jump on a different one, the announcements are regular and clear and most stations have displays to tell you how long until the next train.
Every station has machines to purchase a Metro Card, this is what you’ll use to open the barriers at the station before boarding the trains, it’s an old swipe card system and feels very dated compared to the London Underground but it works. The fare for each ride is $3.00, no matter how far you go but if you’re there for a few days and will be hopping on and off I recommend a 7-day unlimited ride card for just $33. The vending machines do take cards but the easiest way to do it is with some cash as they can get confused by prepaid travel cards like the Revolut ones we use.
I’m already thinking about when we can go back and I hope these tips will be useful for anyone else planning a visit if you’ve got any other questions to stick them in the comments and I’ll get Mr H to teach me how to answer them!!