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I've tried the tamales from the woman that walks up the Bowery in the morning (although it's been years) and the tamales from the lady at Union Square on the weekends. They've been decent, but I don't have super high standards for tamales in Manhattan. I'm just happy when I come across them. For some reason, it's never occurred to me to get tamales at Zaragoza. Thanks for the tip.

Sep 12, 2014
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NY'er returning from LA -- looing for suggestions

I don't know a knish from a knosh, but I'm very happy when someone brings me knishes from Knish Knosh (Queens). If you're going to stop in at Katz's, you might as well stop at Yonnah Schimmel for a knish (down the block) although I don't care for them.

Sep 10, 2014
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Black Seed Bagels

If you're biking to R&D in the evening, Kossar's generally has bagels and almost always has bialies in the evening. Their bagels are a bit big for my tastes, but they generally bake through out the day.

Sep 08, 2014
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Reccomendations for a 50th birthday [food gift]

I have a friend who got many such gifts for his wedding. I believe his favorite was the GC from Despana.

Sep 08, 2014
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Pastrami - Bringing It Home on the Plane?

another option is to get the three meat platter from katz's. they'll pack mustard, bread, and pickles for you too.

Aug 28, 2014
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Weakest cuisines

The cha is the egg cake, the suon is the pork chop.

Aug 28, 2014
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Weakest cuisines

Thanks! I couldn't figure out what the shredded tendon was. Cong Ly makes a decent version of Com Tam Bi Suon (cha). They used to make an excellent version, but their cooks have changed and I can't vouch for it being excellent anymore. But most items there are decent. I went through a broken rice stage there, but now I pretty much just get their pho or their bun bo hue.

Aug 27, 2014
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Help! Where can I buy Kinder Bueno?

I've bought them at Economy Candy. They don't have them all the time, though.

Aug 18, 2014
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Best restaurant for a 40th Birthday with wife and 2 kids aged 10&15?

Not sure if this is special enough for you, but my family really enjoys Blue Ribbon Izakaya on the LES. My picky eater likes the fried chicken there (although he picks off the skin and we get regular honey instead of wasabi honey). The rest of us have a lot of different options and we like to share. It's quiet if you go early, but gets more lively the later it gets.

Gramercy Tavern in the front bar area would probably work well for you (although no reservations are taken). I also agree that Union Square Cafe would be another good choice.

Jul 29, 2014
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Fast Casual NYC

saigon banh mi
yuji ramen

Jun 05, 2014
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Seamless Recommendations FiDi/Wall Street?

I've done seamless for Nicky's and Luke's. I noticed that Sushi a la kawa is on there and I get take out from them a lot. I've noticed a seamless sign at diwan e khaas and at arroya dee which are decent indian/thai. Is shorty's on seamless?

May 22, 2014
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Bar seating LES with a view of the kitchen?

aldea has a chef's counter.

May 13, 2014
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I eat lunch at the spotted pig by myself. There are always a number of solo diners at the bar. You can also eat at a table, but I prefer the bar when dining solo.

May 07, 2014
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Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

Agree. I would drop Dylan's and substitute Economy Candy.

Apr 09, 2014
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Where can I find the best chocolate bunnies and more?

La maison du chocolat has stunning easter stuff for top dollar. And it's delicious (altho you might not be willing to pay that much). I've bought the real egg that has chocolate inside.

For cheaper stuff, Economy Candy has nice European candy. They have the Kinder Eggs, but may run out for Easter.

Mar 28, 2014
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need rec for kid-friendly, foodie-friendly, beer-friendly downtown place

What about Cafe Katja? I eat there with my kids and the beer is good. Not sure if that fits into a foodie category or not. There is always one fish and one veg entree, but you might want to check the menu.

Mar 28, 2014
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Best almond croissant in EV/UnSq/Gram?

last time i asked, la colombe got their pastries from ceci cela.

Mar 04, 2014
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Carnegie or Katz's, and why?

you can sit at a table and get waitress service at katz's.

Jan 15, 2014
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What says NYC to you?

it's pretty easy to get in for lunch.

Jan 06, 2014
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Great Affordable eats near 55th St and 5th Ave...HELP!

agree on ramen. that's the cheap eats i always hit when i'm in that area.

Nov 12, 2013
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Ideas for dinner party to go

I've ordered a pig from Daisy May's. They deliver and you could make sure that some of the sides are vegetarian. I've also ordered a suckling pig from Chinatown.

Nov 08, 2013
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Thanksgiving Turkeys

I'm pretty sure Quattro's has Bourbon Reds. They're at Union Square Sat and Wed.

Oct 31, 2013
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ISO great drip coffee in Financial District

There's a Blue Spoon on Williams. I've only gone to the one on Chambers tho.

Oct 30, 2013
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Chinatown/Little Italy/LES Food Tour

Agree. If you're already at Grand and Bowery, it's a pretty short walk to Katz's. I love Birreria, but I wouldn't bother to stop there after Katz's since there are plenty of bars in the LES (and that's an understatement).

Russ & Daughters closes pretty early and I personally would stop at Economy Candy on the way to Katz's (also closes early).

I would probably hit North End for lunch after SOL. Keeps you relatively close to the 9-11 Memorial. I also think the Woolworth lobby is pretty spectacular (altho I haven't seen it in years). I would be limping home after SOL, 9-11, and Woolworth.

I'd hit Junior's in GC if you must do a Junior's and do GC at the same time.

Sep 12, 2013
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Returnng to New York, looking for your valued input on my shortlist and questions

My kids have always split an order of something (pancakes or french toast) and a drink at Shopsin's.

I'm not sure where you are from, but my kids always enjoy going to Chinatown and getting those cakes off the street and a bubble tea (we are quickly fans).

They also love La Newyorkina for popscicles. They also love the baked goods at abraco.

Aug 07, 2013
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Wanted: delicious, unique birthday meal for 3 including a toddler

For a two year old, I want reservations and freakishly fast service. At that age, I found that Asian restaurants generally did the trick. You could try to get a 5:30 reservation at Mission Chinese. Maybe sushi as long as it's not one of the top tier places (we used to do Blue Ribbon Sushi at that age although we haven't tried the Blue Ribbon on the LES yet). Almost anywhere in Chinatown will be amenable to children.

I would also recommend that you bring a booster. Many of the downtown restaurants barely have room for patrons, let alone boosters or high chairs.

Jun 13, 2013
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Favorite cookie?

Olive cookie at Abraco. I too am a fan of the chocolate chip cookie at City/Birdbath.

Nov 15, 2012
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Kid Friendly restaurants walking distance from Tudor City

Agree with a visit to GC. My kids love it. Although we generally walk down to Artisinal to eat.

Oct 10, 2012
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Financial District Blues

I'm surprised you think it's so pricey. I generally spend less than $10 for lunch for take-out (Ho Yip, Baoguette, Benny's, Diwan E Khaas, Nicky's for sardine sandwich are my go-tos). I don't go to Terrace very often anymore since they closed down their Fulton branch, but I used to get the C15 (fried fish, seafood rice, salad). You can pay an extra $1 and you'll get flounder instead of "fish". I never bothered. Diwan E Khass's lunch box is at $10, I think, but it's a ton of food.

May 30, 2012
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Financial District Blues

I really like FiDi for affordable take out. My go-tos are:

Diwan E Khaas (perhaps not the best Indian, but their lunchbox deal is a ton of food)
Benny's Thai (I generally just get there prepared food section)
Ho Yip's (chinatown side, but I regularly call and get the bitter melon)
Luke's Lobster (near Stone St)
I also like Smorgas Chef/Crepes du Nord (they are connected) for sit down
Ulysses is always good for a burger and a beer (altho their carving station isn't bad)
Delmonico's for their steak sandwich (in the bar)
BonChon isn't bad if you aren't too picky about your BonChon

I like the sushi special at Oka Sushi. Quite cheap and not half bad. I prefer ISE for sit down.

I also like Terrace Fish for a cheap fish special (also near Stone St).
There's a Five Guys on Fulton (if that's your thing) and a million Financiers.

I never understood why FiDi gets so flamed in regards to food. I like the take-out options. Granted, these recommendations skew a bit north of you.

May 25, 2012
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