I just typed up a bunch of random recommendations for my sister's friend who's visiting NYC for the first time, so I thought why let it go to waste, might as well share here with you guys. Post your restaurant recommendations, experiences and shit here. NYC recommendations: "In no particular order, here goes: forget everything you thought you knew about Chinese food, don’t miss Land of Plenty – it’s focused on cuisine from the southwestern Sichuan province of China. This place is so good I will send you a list of things to order at the end of this. Next, Pipalli, north Indian food that won’t disappoint. Or try Kokum, which is right around the corner. It’s focused on South Indian cuisine and does it well, a rare thing. For Mediterranean/Turkish, Barbounia is super elegant and loud. It’s a ‘happening’ place and has great food to boot. Taverna Kyclades is authentic Greek, very good food. For Thai, try Land, superb food and don’t forget to ask for their tray of condiments, it’s good fun experimenting. Zabb Elee has unusual Thai you haven’t had before, crab fried rice here is unusually good. Japanese, Totto Ramen has a perennial line, chicken based broth unlike most ramen places, they are famous for it. I’m still exploring the sushi in NY, so no recommendations on that. Brazilian – Emporio Brasil, but what I truly recommend is Favela Grill, bit of a trek but had one of my best meals of 2015 there. If you’re into beer, try The Gingerman. Now for off-the-beaten path recommendations, the ‘chicken and rice’ food scene in New York is strong, and the guys at 53rd and 6th are most famous for it. You’ll see long lines, but they also have a ‘restaurant’ for street food at 14th and 1st or 2nd. There are better places to get ‘chicken and rice’ but they are so deep in Queens I’m not sure you’d want to make the trek. If you want to get a sense of what it’s about this place will do. For NY style pizza, Joe’s pizza in Manhattan will do, they make a mean slice, but the best place is Sac’s in Astoria (sorry, everyone else online who doesn't know this is wrong). If you don’t know what xiao long bao is about, head to Shanghai Café Deluxe. And now the only place on this list I haven’t been to: Brodo. A place where the chef has decided to sell one thing and one thing only: broth. It’s cold here so stop by, I’ve heard great things, and need to go myself. At Land of Plenty, order the pork wontons in spicy peppercorn sauce, and crystal shrimp dumplings and whatever else to start. For the main course, do the braised fish filets with silky tofu (forget everything you thought you knew about fish and tofu), and also do smoked wok tossed chicken with chili, chili, chili, have that stuff with your basic beef fried rice (also slightly different here than most Chinese places) and you’ll be super happy."