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Mar 25, 2000 07:09 PM

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Planning a trip to the city in May. I will be in town three days. I would like some suggestions on how to get the maximum number of "FOOD MOMENTS" as possible. Are there neighborhoods where you can spend five or six hours? Would a better plan be to research and single out specific spots and stick to them? I have the New "York Market Guide" from Zagat Is this a reliable reference? Does anybody do Food tours of the city?

Peter Luger in Brooklyn and 2nd Ave Deli are my only definite so far. Any input would be appreciated


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  1. first place to staart is arthur ave section of the bronx. shop/eat all day/ don't miss eating at roberto's, buy mozzarella at casa de mozzarella, buy wine at carmel wines, hit terranova bakery/pasta at borghatti's, if you do it, you'll go back the next day. also hit mike's deli in the indoor market.

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    1. re: stephen kaye

      Thanks for the tips on arthur ave. Will these places be easy to find? It sounds like the right neighborhood to be asking about slices. My pizza preferences are crust, cheese and sauce in that order. The crust has to be thick enough to be chewy. I do not like the thin cracker crust type. In addition, the outer edges should be irregular with bubbles. The cheese, a good "whole milk" mozzarella, the stringer the better. I am flexible on the sauce, as long as it's good it can be either the cooked or fresh variety. Cornmeal should be used as the non-stick solution.

      Several years ago, without any guidance or direction, I stumbled into a place on Mott St. or one of the cross streets. It was the very pie I just described. I often wondered if I had been incredibly lucky or was this the type of pizza most places had.


      1. re: Paul

        Luger's and the 2nd Ave. Deli are certainly exemplars of their kind, and my own personal favorites.

        Similarly, it sounds like you were incredibly lucky and wandered into Lombardi's Pizza on Spring St. off Mott, arguably the best in the city. Unfortunately, this is far from typical NYC pizza, and such really good places do not for the most part sell slices.

        Lombardi's isn't far from Chinatown. Chinatown, Little Italy, and the adjacent SoHo (cafes and bars, the upscale Dean & DeLuca food hall, and countless non-food shops and galleries) would make a for at least one satisfying day.

        Other likely areas are Jackson Heights in Queens (Indian, latino, and, oddly enough, barbecue), Brighton Beach in Brooklyn (Russian and Jewish), Atlantic Avenue/Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn (Middle Eastern/varied Yuppie and Patsy Grimaldi's pizza), and the Asian areas of Queens.

        If you don't already have it, Jim's book "The Eclectic Gourmet's Guide to Greater NYC" is indexed by cuisine and neighborhood. Also useful is Eleanor Berman's "New York Neighborhoods: A Food Lover's Walking, Eating, and Shopping Guide..." Both should be available from Amazon; to save Jim the trouble, I'll note that there's an Amazon link on the Chowhound home page, purchases through which (we are told) will help to fund this site to some small degree.

        Someone reading the above (The Bronx! Brooklyn! Queens!) might conclude that the central business, shopping, and touring areas of Manhattan hold no serious interest, so I'll ask: Exactly what else do you seek? Ethnic nabes? High-end dining? Bistros? Cafes? Patisseries? Bars? (Food) shopping?

        Below is a link to the home page of a small outfit that does eating-related tours. I have no experience with it, nor do I recall where I came across the link, but one of the principals turns out to be both my junior-high-school English teacher and the mother of actress Marisa Tomei.


        1. re: AHR

          Hi! I assume you've either taken your trip already or are in the middle of it. I have a few tips. Here they are: Get "NY Eats" by Ed Levine. It covers stores, not rest., but has a lot of good info, esp. on non-Man. places that might not get much publicity. Next time you're here, try Dojo on St. Marks Pl. (bet. Second & Third Ave.), mainly for the prices. They have stuff for $5/6 that's actually good. I like the vegetable tempura. Go early to avoid a wait. Go to Katz's just for the experience and celeb pix. (Don't you want to sit where Harry met Sally? The restaurant scene was filmed there and they never let you forget it). (You could walk there from the Second Ave. Deli. Walk down Second Ave. till you hit E. Houston St. Cross the street, turn left, and eventually you'll get there. Ok, it's a long walk, but what could be cooler than hitting 2 famous NY delis in one day??). Go to Kalustyan's, a great food store on Lexington Ave. around E. 29 St. (Little India). Where else are you gonna find Jordan pistachios (like the almonds) and sugar-coated fennel seeds? Bon appetit!

        2. re: Paul

          yes, all places are easy to find. If you're in manhattan, I would have a taxi, take you there. get dropped off on arthurave & 187th st bronx new york. go all the way those two streets are the main attractions, but also hit side streets. again don't miss 1-roberto's for lunch or dinner 2- mike's deli in the indoor market 3-casa de mozzarella 4-carmel wines 4-terranova bakery 6-borghatti pasta 7- many butchers, fish shops, etc etc. rnjoy-

      2. Hi, glad you are coming to eat your way thru NYC :-) Too bad it's not for longer than 3 days!

        There is a food tour I can recommend. It's called Foods of New York and I believe their website is or sure! But in any case, I did their tour and was pleasently surprised. It was $25 and ran fromfrom about 11 or 12 to 3... a nice afternoon with enough food samples to definitly be lunch. It specialized in the village and w. village and was a good balance of food stores (Murray's Cheese Shop, Faicco's deli, etc.) and restaurants (we did a whole run-down of Cornelia St. but no samples there) and smaller places (Joe's Pizza, schwarma on MacDougal).

        I was really wary because I am a native NYer and live in SoHo so I thought: what can they teach me? ALOT! (For instance, did you know that Faicco's, while known for meats, has amazing mozzarella?) Plus it's just fun: We got a great platter of cheese bread and olives to eat out on the street from Murray's, great samples of bread from Zito's, then cannoli and pastries from Rocco's and Bleecker St. Pastry, etc, etc., etc.

        The tour leader was very knowledgable and on very good terms w. all the proprietors so you felt like a VIP. The leader gave us a list of restaurants (about 25) which impressed me because he explained that places only get on the list if they have investigated it for a full year, including the kitchen and bathroom! It handily explains which ones need reservations, or take cash only, etc. and which are the best dishes to get. The list may even be on the website.

        Good luck and bon appetite!

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