Manhattan Crawl / Food Marathon
A friend and I are doing a 'food marathon'- hitting 4-5 places in Manhattan on a Friday in October (figure 10am-4pm). Don't worry, we're professionals and we've done this before in other cities.
We're thinking Grimaldi's for pizza (and I don't want to start a 'best pizza battle,' so don't waste your type). We'd like a solid Chinatown choice, a gourmet burger place, possibly Indian and perhaps something else (maybe deli, maybe a hot dog).
Keeping travel strategy in mind would be helpful as well, so it's a geographically logical expedition.
Here's an easily walkable itinerary: you could go to NY Noodletown or Congee Village in Chinatown, then head to Angon on 6th Street for Indian, Crif Dogs a little further east and north for a hot dog and end at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.
a variaton on that route: congee village, dash dogs (on rivington and norfolk), banjara (1st ave @ 6th st) or madras cafe (2nd ave & 4th st), molly's on 3rd ave & 22nd for excellent burgers. katz's (houston & ludlow) would be a great deli option and is also good for hot dogs.
For Chinatown, just a stop for fried dumplings at Dumpling House and soup dumplings at Joe's Shanghai.
Skip the hot dog and head straight to Katz for pastrami.
For the burger I would throw in a stop at Mo Pitkins for the Mo-burger: with a schmear of chicken liver, fried onions and a fried egg.
Then up to 6th St and hit Angon for Indian. Then hang around the E.V. and hit the following for noshes:
Minca: Shoyu ramen
Caracas Arepa Bar: arepas, of course
Momofuku or Ssam Bar: pork buns
Otafuku: squid balls
Zaragoza Grocery: taco
Gem Spa: egg cream
Beard Papa: cream puff
Tuck Shop: Australian meat pie
And that's just to start...
PS. Without getting into who has better pizza, geographically Lombardi's or Una Pizza Napoletana is a better choice for you than Grimaldi's, which is in Brooklyn. Your choice, of course.
The West Village would be a whole 'nother tour. It would include the Bing Lady, but also:
-Cones for South American-style gelato
-Patisserie Claude for croissants
-Pio Maya for a really good taco, torta or tamale
-Murray's for good artisanal cheese
-Rocco for a good cannoli and Bruno for a fruit tart (or is it the other way around?)
-John's for a whole pie, Joe's for a slice
-Shopsin's for something interesting
-Pearl or Mary's for a lobster roll (or some littlenecks)
This could go on for a long time. The point being that West Village places deserve a whole day to itself.