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A city of great shoes, but also a city of great food. I've only been living in Manhattan for a couple weeks but my lack of a well equipped kitchen has had me eating out a lot. Here are a few of my favorite restaurants so far:

Ali Baba's Terrace 862 2nd Ave (btwn 46th and 47th)

If you're looking for some good Turkish and Mediterranean food, definitely check this place out. I went here with a Turkish friend and let him do all the ordering (which was quite possibly one of the best decisions I ever made). From seafood salad to a Cupra (whole grilled Mediterranean Dorado fish) I have to say that this meal is definitely in the top 10 meals of my life. Don't forget to sit upstairs on the terrace and try the raki (Turkish alcoholic beverage) if you dare.

Appetizers $6-$13; Entrees $16-$26 Visit their website!

Spice Market

403 West 13th Street (on the corner of 9th Ave)

My parents live right across the Hudson in the Jersey suburbs and frequent the city for dinners with friends. This is one of their finds. The best way to enjoy a meal at Spice Market is to go with a group and order a bunch of different things to share. The restaurant features common Asian dishes presented with new twists. Everything I ate was delicious but the highlights for me were the Ginger Margaritas and the Kumquat Cheesecake (drool).

Appetizers $9-$15; Entrees $10-$35 Visit their website!

Noodle Bar 172 Orchard Street (Orchard and Stanton)

This place is just down the street from where I live. They have the best noodles and rice dishes on the block FOR SURE. It's cheaper than a lot of other noodle places I've been to and the food is STELLAR. They also offer some locally bottled non-alcoholic beverages like a Lemon-peel-ginger-root-fizzy-drink. Mmm. Also, some of the waiters are super cute. Hehe ;) A great alternative to the noodle shops in Chinatown. Appetizers $4-$8; Entrees $6-$12 Visit their website!

I'm really glad I ate my lunch before writing this post, although writing this did leave me wishing I had gone to one of these places during my break instead of the corner deli. Oh well...Thank god for dinner, I always say! More coming soon! xx Nikki