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The perfect day in LES and Chinatown

If you were going to start your day with a visit to the Tenement Museum on the LES, and you wanted to chow your way through the LES towards Chinatown, what would be your must top locations? I know that before the day is over, I must visit Pomme Frites (in the area, no?) and The Dumpling House on Eldridge. Any other advise to create the perfect strolling day for out of state visitors? Thanks!

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  1. I love a visit to Chickpea at the other end of St. Marks from Pomme Frites when I don't go to Katz's instead. And, depending on my mood, either doughnuts from the Doughnut Plant or Ice cream from the Lab.

    1. It's cold now, but if you have any thoughts of ice cream, Il Laboratorio di Gelato is excellent, and it's on the same block as the Tenement Museum. And right around the block, on Allen just south of Delancey, is Congee Village, the delicious restaurant that the Tenement Museum tried and failed to evict through attempted abuse of eminent domain laws.

      The two best sandwiches I know of in the area are the aforementioned Katz's (pastrami!) and Banh Mi Saigon Bakery on Mott St. between Grand and Hester, which serves delicious Vietnamese sandwiches (if you go there, go for lunch, as they close at 6 P.M., I believe).

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      1. re: Pan

        As for sandwiches, I would also suggest a bialy with whitefish salad from Russ & Daughters. Even better than Katz's pastrami in my opinion. The fact that there are no indoor seats is a problem in this weather though.

        1. re: Pan

          If you're going to go to Bahn Mi Saigon - which I would heartily suggest - you should also walk a couple blocks to Despana on Broome. Get a sandwich at the counter in the back, enjoy some samples, etc.

          certainly some of these are repeats, but for the LES, my stops generally include the Doughnut Plant (which has its detractors but I am a huge fan, try the tres leches cake donut), kossar's next door for a bialy (although you may want to save it for later if you'll be eating a lot), the pickle guys just down the block for pickles (better than guss' i think), prosperity dumpling for dumplings and for a sesame pancake with beef. definitely pick up some fish at russ & daughters, either to eat right then or to eat later.

        2. For Chinatown, I'd suggest Marco Polo on Baxter (south of Canal) for a large, cheap bowl of their noodle soup. Tons of noodles and topping (roast pork, spicy beef...), goes great w/cold days.

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          1. re: ultbil

            I love Marco Polo. They also have casseroles in a hot pot, however, since I never had them anywhere else I can't rate them except to say I enjoy them.

          2. If you're in Chinatown, you can't miss the soup dumplings: perfect for a winter day. "Joe's Shanghai" on Pell betw Bowery and Mott is the best written about, but recently a friend of mine took me to "Shanghai Cuisine"on Bayard at Mulberry which also has excellent soup dumplings PLUS a good entree menu. At "Joe's", the mix of crab and pork is yum and at "Shanghai Cuisine" I preferred the pork over the shrimp soup dumping.

            1. Not everybody agrees that Dumpling House is the place to go. I'm in the camp that prefers Prosperity Dumpling at 46 Eldridge. Then there are all the noodle soup places in the same vicinity--such as Super Taste at 26 Eldridge, Young City Fish Balls at 21 Eldridge and Eastern Noodles at 28 Forsyth, just to name a few that are in the same two block area.