LOOONG East Side Trek -- Looking for Recommendations!
I'm looking to take a LONG walk from 125th all the way down to Tribeca with a few friends on a Saturday or Sunday soon, stopping along the way for booze and grub. Looking for small bites that can be shared amongst a few people. I'm trying to get some culinary variety--looking for suggestions! Here's what I'm thinkin' right now, starting from North to South:
black pudding at Kinsale Tavern (93rd/3rd)
custard choux at the Choux Factory (48th/1st location)
hot chocolate shots at City Bakery
wine at Otto's
takoyaki at Otafuku
fries at Pommes Frites
hot dogs at Katz's (pastrami would be too filling)
grilled corn at Cafe Habana
chive and pork dumplings at Dumpling House
lychee sorbet at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
Areas of need:
1. I want to make a few stops for beer along the way, so need recommendations for bars with something particularly appealing/worthwhile/distinctive about them.
2. Need something between E 125th and E 93rd.
3. Need something between E 93rd and E 48th.
Fire away, Chowhounders!
Also for #3 above, how about Papaya King on 86th and 3rd for a snappy hot dog and strange-and-a-bit-fake-but-somehow-tasty (imo) papaya drink? The whole thing might run you $3.
Unless you want to have multiple hot dogs on this crawl, you might want to revise your choice at Katz's. Maybe a pastrami sanwich cut into quarters?
Cafe d'Alsace, on 88th & 2nd, has 125 beers on their list. Many are unusual, and very good. And the bar is pleasant.
Becky's (1156 1st ave, btw 63-64): My old local when I lived up there. Nice atmosphere, plenty of good taps with some good British brews.
Gingerman (11 East 36th, btw Mad and 5th): Lots of taps, tons of choices. Shouldn't be crazy during the day.
d.b.a. (41 1st, btw 2-3): Plenty of cask conditioned choices.
#2: El Paso Taqueria, on 97th St. b/t Park and Madison if I remember correctly (I think they have another location around 103rd or 104th? and Lex, maybe?)
#3: well, if you REALLY wouldn't mind getting something in addition to the gelato and sorbet, there's 40 Carrots in the basement of Bloomingdale's for their plain (not vanilla) frozen yogurt...
or, Katagiri on 60th St. b/t 2nd and 3rd, which is actually a Japanese supermarket; they have a deli case (to your left when you go in) full of goodies - noodles, tempura, rice, plus rolls and bento boxes - that you can take to go or eat at the tiny counter. extremely reasonable prices, very fresh. there's also Ess-A-Bagel on 51st and 3rd, which is my favorite for bagels. not a small bite, but you could slice it into quarters...?
So it took 3 month, but I finally led my East Side Epicuriosity food tour this last Sunday. We started at East 96th around noon, and finished down on Bayard (south of Canal) around nine p.m. That's right, it took us NINE hours ... truly epic. At our peak we had about 10 people, but only 4 of us made it all the way. Here's where we ended up going:
1. Kinsale Tavern // black pudding and Guinness
2. Pio Pio // sangria
3. The Choux Factory // custard choux
4. La Maison du Chocolat // truffles, bon bons, macarons
5. Burke in the Box // sliders
6. Pizza 33 // baked ziti and margherita slices
7. City Bakery // hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows
8. S'Mac // two mac 'n' cheese flavors: four cheese and gruyere + bacon
9. Pomme Frites // we had poutine, parmesan peppercorn and horseradish mayo
10. Otafuku // takoyaki--Japanese octopus fritters (these didn't go over so well, as my fellow tour members have a persistent bonito flake phobia)
11. Otto Enoteca // wine
12. Katz's // pastrami and sour pickles
13. Cafe Habana // grilled corn and sodas
14. Dumpling House // chive and pork potstickers
15. Il Laboratorio del Gelato // CLOSED! Apparently, it closes at 6 pm every day.
16. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory // lots and lots of ice cream in various flavors
Whew. Next up, the West Side ...