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Need-To-Go Food Destinations in NYC (Boroughs Included)

Hi pennyperogi. As a long-time New Yorker, I can understand getting so wrapped up in whatever you're doing that it's hard to get out and enjoy the wealth of tastes the city has to offer. A couple of suggestions, keeping in mind your budget requirements:

1. Take a walk around Chinatown. You experience a movable feast just by sampling what the street vendors have to offer. I can bet you can also find suggestions of particular ones to try on the boards here.

2. Check out Brighton Beach's food markets. Again, you can get a taste of a culture and neighborhood by eating where the locals shop. Many of the stores there have a wide selection of prepared foods. While you're in the neighborhood, go to Coney Island and get a Nathan's hot dog and ride the Cyclone. Actually, it's probably wise to ride the Cyclone, FIRST, for obvious reasons.

3. I had the most amazing sandwich at the indoor market off of Bedford Avenue in the Bronx. It's close to Fordham, the Botanical Gardens and the Zoo, so you can make a day's outing out of exploring the area. The sandwich still makes my mouth water - fresh mozzarella, fried eggplant, roasted red peppers, basil leaves and olive oil on an Italian roll. I don't remember which stand it was, since this was years ago.

4. Jackson Heights. A lot of interesting food out there and at very reasonable prices. The neighborhood is great.

Run a search on the boards for whatever kind of food interests you. I'm sure you'll find some great options. Good luck with your last year of school and enjoy!

Jul 26, 2008
skpow in Manhattan

Best coffee in New York City?

Totally unscientific and subjective NYC coffee test session #1 & 2: Despana and Joe Grand Central.

First, some full disclosure. I do not drink coffee regularly. I quit drinking it altogether about ten years ago for a variety of reasons and did not really miss it at all. It wasn't until after I had a post-dinner espresso at a fantastic restaurant in the middle of the Tuscan countryside that I fully understood why I didn't miss it. So now, I drink the occasional coffee on vacation, especially if I'm someplace where the locals know from really good coffee.

I tried Despana this weekend and had a single cortado. It came pretty close to the coffee I had in Spain, but the first sip was just slightly harsh and powdery. I'm picking nits admittedly. Overall, a good cup of coffee.

Today, I tried Joe in the Graybar passage. Again, I ordered a cortado. First sip, a little strong. I'm wondering how much of that has to do with temperature or the paper cup. The flavor of the coffee is mellow, a little chocolately. Again, a very good cup of coffee.

Stay tuned. More experiments to come.

Jul 23, 2008
skpow in Manhattan

Recommended Chowhound Itinerary For 4 Days In Barcelona?

Hi Hoc,
My family and I traveled to Barcelona for the first time in May. Close to the apartment where we stayed in L'Eixample is a Persian restaurant, Rincon Persa. The owner/chef is very warm and welcoming and the menu has a good selection of vegetarian options. Floridablanca, 85. They're closed, like a lot of places, on Monday.

We missed this because of the timing of our visit, but try to catch the Sardana. It's the Catalan traditional dance and takes place outdoors on the weekends. Most of the Flamenco you'll find in Barcelona is pretty tourist-oriented.

Jul 22, 2008
skpow in Spain/Portugal

Best coffee in New York City?

Thanks so much for the great reply!

Jul 20, 2008
skpow in Manhattan

Best coffee in New York City?

Many thanks!

Jul 13, 2008
skpow in Manhattan

Best coffee in New York City?

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions! I'm going to take a coffee tour of the city and report back on my findings. Muchas gracias!

Jul 13, 2008
skpow in Manhattan

Best coffee in New York City?

yeah, tried that. But still find that most of the espresso here pales. Do you have any specific suggestions?

Jul 05, 2008
skpow in Manhattan

Best coffee in New York City?

Just having been to Spain, I find that the coffee in New York is severely lacking. Does anyone know where to go in New York for a REALLY consistently good cup of coffee that isn't brackish, bitter, sour or otherwise offensive to the taste?

Jul 05, 2008
skpow in Manhattan

La Flor Cafe

I know you're looking for more all-American fare, but there's a Cuban restaurant that opened up right across the street from La Flor, Mojitos, which is pretty good. I think that space used to be a dive bar. I'm not a Cuban food connoisseur, but I thought the food was flavorful, subtle and extremely reasonably priced. Their salads were made with very fresh ingredients, generously portioned and not overdressed. My friend and I split a salad and each had an entree; mine was great, his a little salty for my taste. Overall, I had a good experience and didn't leave feeling stuffed and bloated. Has anyone else tried it?

Apr 30, 2008
skpow in Outer Boroughs