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Greenwich Village Treats/Walking Tour

nycrani Nov 9, 2006 04:24 PM


I was thinking of exploring some cheaper food/snack places in the Village after reading about Patisserie Claude and 'bings', although I'm not completely sure what this is, would like to try it.

Are there any other good cheap eats I could go for while on a tasting tour of the area?

I heard about falafels somewhere in the area too.....



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    pronek Nov 9, 2006 08:29 PM

    The special at Papaya King, 6th Ave and 8th St. A slice at Ray's Pizza, 6th Ave and 11th St. Mamoun's Falafel on MacDougal just off Washington Square. The dosa cart, if it's there, south side of the square. Coffee at Jack's Stir Brew on 10th just off Greenwich Ave. Almond croissant at Tartine, corner of 11th and 4th streets.

    That should get you started....

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      Blumie Nov 9, 2006 08:37 PM

      You can do like Calvin Trillin and start in the Village and end up in Chinatown for 5/$1 fried dumplings and $1 Chinese greens sandwiches.

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        Sweatshirt Guy Nov 9, 2006 08:38 PM

        Get a Cannoli at Roccos on Bleecker. I think Bleecker St Pizzaor West Village Pizza or even Village Pizza for a slice.

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          mle18 Nov 9, 2006 08:39 PM

          cookie at lafayette pastry shop on Greenwich near 6th (I think) it's not so much the cookie as the old ladies who run the place that I love.

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            racer x Jan 24, 2009 09:35 AM

            Lafayette? -- not such a good idea.

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            Lucia Nov 9, 2006 08:51 PM

            It's definitely worth stopping into Roll & Dough (bings) and Patisserie Claude. Some others: Faicco, Rocco's, Amy's, Murray's Cheese, Cones, Blue Ribbon Bakery Market, Porto Rico, Milk & Cookies, Peanut Butter Co. (for the kitsch factor).

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            1. re: Lucia
              rose water Nov 9, 2006 09:03 PM

              the blue ribbon bakery market has incredible honey--you can ask to sample their 6-8 flavors, then get some on toast or buy a (pricey but splurge-worthy) jar. their breads are also fantastic.

              i'm surprised that nobody has mentioned cones so far. it's a gelato? ice cream? place that's popular on this board, but i'm not a huge fan. i got the corn gelato last time, and was initially pleased with the texture (nice mixed-in chewy corn skin flecks) until assaulted by overwhelming sweetness. way way way too sweet!

              i second the recommendation for the bings. my favorite is the spicy beef.

              also in the area is beard papa's. great cream puffs, filled fresh.

              EDITED: Duh. Lucia, who I replied to, recommended Cones. my bad.
              also second the recommendation for amy's bread-- the sour dough dark chocolate chip twists are fantastic.

              1. re: rose water
                danoots Nov 9, 2006 09:23 PM

                oh baby... those sour dough chocolate chip twists are sooo good (especially, I've found, earlier in the day). And not very expensive...

            2. NAtiveNewYorker Nov 9, 2006 08:55 PM

              Two problems with Patisserie Claude:

              1. Claude is a grump and is strict about his "$2 minimum per person if you want to sit down at a table"
              2. They run out of Pain au Chocolat by 10 AM

              But the Napoleans are great.

              Bings are like round hot pockets with Chinese food inside. They are great.

              Bleeker Street Pizza (Bleeker and 7th) is next to Yummy, a falafel place, so you can kill two birds with one stone.

              Milk and Cookies is on Commerce between 7th and Bedford. Avoid all things other than cookies there (i.e. brownies and bars).

              Walk all the way to DeMarco (on Houston and MacDougal) for a unique slice of pizza.

              Rocco's is best for cannoli. The rest of their stuff is just good.

              Faicco's Pork Store (on Bleeker Street between the Yummy/Bleeker Pizza corner and Rocco's) sells great rice balls and fried ravioli as well as a great Italian sub.

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              1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
                Lucia Nov 9, 2006 09:33 PM

                I've had the chocolate croissant in the middle of the afternoon before on a weekend.

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                  Spoony Bard Nov 11, 2006 03:15 PM

                  I'd say go to Rocco's for cannoli and/or a black and white cookie. One of the few places that uses a layer of apricot jam beneath the icing. Super sweet, but adds a unique flavor profile.

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                  looloopoo Nov 9, 2006 11:21 PM

                  Rocco's? Cannoli? I beg to differ. Veniero's cannoli (although out of the way in the east village) are worlds better than Rocco's.

                  It's a shame Joe's isn't there anymore.

                  Joe on Waverly off of 6th ave. is a great place for any type of coffee drink.

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                    NAtiveNewYorker Nov 10, 2006 03:53 PM

                    Yes. Rocco's + Cannoli. One of the great combos in this city.

                    Last time I was at Veniero's, the cannoli were pre-filled and the shell was thin and a little bland.

                    (BTW, in the later years, Joe's Pizza began to taste like burnt toast + pizza quick sauce + American cheese)

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                      KayMae Nov 10, 2006 09:48 PM

                      I agree with Native.... last time I was at Veneiro's (maybe
                      a year ago) my cappucino was watery and had an aftertaste, and the cannoli was nothing to write home about (esp. since home,
                      as in 'born in'..in my case is Philly where the cannoli ROCK ). Filled to order is the way to go, and Rocco's makes a great espresso & cappucino too.

                  2. guttergourmet Nov 10, 2006 11:02 AM

                    Taim on Waverly Place for the best falafel

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                      piccola Nov 10, 2006 11:56 AM

                      I was just going to suggest that

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                      mrnyc Nov 11, 2006 11:36 PM

                      don't forget about KATI ROLLS too.

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                      1. re: mrnyc
                        rose water Nov 12, 2006 01:14 AM

                        Is it just me, or is the Kati roll place worse than it used to be? I remember braving the surly service and the pricey-for-what-you-get food for some serious flavor. The last couple times I've been, I've been pretty disappointed. Greasier, and muted flavors.

                        Also stop at Rafetto's on Houston for some fresh pasta to take home. It's sliced to your desired width on an amazing ancient industrial pasta cutting machine. They've got lots of varieties, including mushroom, lemon pepper, plain egg, and saffron (my favorite).

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