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My friend and I are coming to NY for four days on a food trip. Each day we want to focus on one food and taste the "best" of each, outer boroughs included. We are thinking pizza, hamburgers, bbq and are deciding on the last one.

Can anyone suggest some plans of action. Here is what we were thinking, but this is tentative:

Pizza- Nick's in Forest Hills, Full Moon on Arthur Ave (maybe a hero at mike's for fun), Pasty's in East Harlem, Una Pizza Naplotena, Lombardi's, Grimaldi's, Di Fara and possibly one in Staten Island.

Burgers- Dumont Burgers in Brooklyn, Spotted Pig, White Manna in Hackensack (suggestion of a friend), union square cafe, Burgers Joint, Molly's (at the suggestion of seemingly everyone on this board)

BBQ- dinosaur BBQ, daisy may's, R.U.B (need some more suggestions, especially in outer boroughs)

I feel like we have pizza under control, but burgers and bbq need more insight. Anyone suggest a 4th category? We were thinking something more upscale.

Thanks. I will try to write a trip report once our itinerary comes together.

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  1. Not sure how you are possible going to tray all these places in 4 days. Not only from a logistical standpoint but from a gastric capacity standpoint. However, my comments are;
    For pizza go with Eddies on Hillside Ave in Queens and Arturos on Houston in NYC
    Burgers - Royale on Ave C, certainly not Union Square cafe. Many hounds will say shake shack as well
    BBQ - I would add Hill Country and eliminate RUB. There is also a place in Queens where the old Pearsons used to be that is supposed to be the best but I cant remember the name.
    For a 4th catagory you need something sweet. I would go with ice cream/ices/gelato

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    1. re: princeofpork

      Thanks. Luckily we can pack it away, but we won't go crazy at each place. Should specify, we are going to keep it to 5 places a day so that we don't over exert ourselves logistically.

    2. personally, id get sick of eating the same food one after the other but to each his/her own.

      id add lucalis to yr pizza list in carroll gardens, brooklyn and totally remove una pizza napaletona which i feel is the biggest sham in nyc these days...terrible pie...so overpriced its comical.

      add corner bistro for burgers...west village...people say its overrated but i think its still the best.

      bbq...you need to go to hill country...about 5 blocks from RUB and in my opinion, much better. great pork ribs, amazing brisket and sausage.

      if yr looking for another food, what about sushi? eh, i cant believe im supporting this.

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      1. re: sam1

        You think una pizza is a sham, but like corner bistro? I would agree that una pizza is expensive and some might say over priced, but you cannot take anything away from the food which is excellent. Corner Bistro on the other hand imho is mediocre at best.

      2. I'll chime in and add my vote for Hill Country for BBQ's. My favorite burger is at Shake Shack.

        1. For burgers, I'd add August to the list.
          BBQ: Hill Country

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          1. re: LeahBaila

            How has nobody introduced Shake Shack or Corner Bistro for burgers?

            The last category - Tacos (Red Hook), dogs (Gray's Papaya)....

            Upscale - Pick up the best of NY article in New York magazine and Time Out New York. You'll have all the categories you need.

            I love your concept, btw. Don't let everyone worry you - if you plan the order of events right, you can fit even the outer boroughs in a day.

            1. re: aacharya

              Good call on tacos! I vote for Tulcingo del Valle

              1. re: aacharya

                For tacos, you can also go to Sunset Park...

                For burgers, you're going to burger joint inside the Parker Meridien, right? There also a few Burger Joint places that are different.

            2. Dinosaurs Tip: side items sucks. I think they're best for wings(not buffalo) over their ribs. Make reservation.

              R.U.B is aiite..nothing special.

              That is alot of pizza in one day. Most of those on your list only serve pies. Do you need any assistance in finishing those?

              Where are you coming from btw? This would help in choosing the 4th category.