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Best of the UWS (a la RGB's best of LES tour)

glutton Mar 20, 2008 05:27 PM

RGB has a great tour for the lower east side (Russ & Daughters, Kossars, etc.). Does anyone have an equivalent tour for the Upper West Side? Obviously, there is Zabars, Grom, H&H, Barney Greengrass, but what else is out there that I'm missing? I'm forever indebted to RGB...

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    TexasEx10 Mar 20, 2008 05:36 PM

    It's actually RGR and not RGB... but that said, I would add Levain Bakery on 74th and the Super taco truck on 96th (assuming this tour can encompass 20 blocks of deliciousness).

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    1. re: TexasEx10
      glutton Mar 21, 2008 06:14 AM

      Oops... my bad. My spelling is not indicative of my appreciation for the person.

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      valerie Mar 20, 2008 05:44 PM

      Fairway and Citarella?

      1. LNG212 Mar 20, 2008 05:52 PM

        Add Jacques Torres. And even Beard Papa, if you like that sort of thing.

        Agreed with adding Fairway and Citarella. DH loves the Super Taco truck!

        1. JoanN Mar 20, 2008 06:23 PM

          Start at Grandaisy bakery on 72nd and B'way and try the pizza bianca and whatever else might appeal. (Check out Grey's Papaya next door for hot dogs.)


          Walk a block up Amsterdam to Jacques Torres chocolates


          Head west to Broadway to check out Fairway and Citarella. Don’t miss Fairway upstairs for cooking equipment at very good prices with a very knowledgeable staff.

          Keep walking north on Broadway to Zabars, passing Grom, Beard Papa, and H&H on the way. Then over to Barney Greengrass at Amsterdam and 86th Street.

          Don’t know where specifcally—or when—about the Super Taco Truck; maybe someone else can add more info.

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            LNG212 Mar 20, 2008 06:41 PM

            Do you mean Zabar's upstairs for cooking equipment? I love them. I thought Fairway upstairs was mostly organics, bulk, and vitamins/supplements. Plus the cafe of course.

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              JoanN Mar 20, 2008 07:36 PM

              Sorry. You're right. Brain not in gear with fingers. Zabar's upstaiars.

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                samiam123 Mar 20, 2008 08:25 PM

                Hit Murray's Sturgeon (90th and Broadway) for any of their smoked fish or Barney Greengrass (Amsterdam and 86th St) whose lox, eggs and onions are amazing as well as their fish too!

                1. re: samiam123
                  uwsgrazer Mar 23, 2008 07:42 PM

                  Magnolia Bakery at 69th and Columbus.

                  Soutine Bakery on W 70th between Broadway and Columbus (closer to Columbus)

                  Then on to Silver Moon Bakery at Broadway and 105th.


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            eriny Mar 23, 2008 10:23 AM

            The Super Taco Truck is at the SW corner of 96th and Broadway, all day on the weekends, after about 5 or 6 pm on weekdays. As a former Angeleno with (too) many tacos under my belt, I think it smells a lot better than it tastes, but it seems to have a lot of fans.

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              glutton Mar 23, 2008 11:07 AM

              And now I'm going to say something inflammatory... Is this taco truck good by NYC standards or good by LA standards? I think LA is the benchmark for evaluating taco trucks.

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                fgf Mar 23, 2008 06:14 PM

                Taqueria y Fonda on Amsterdam between 107 and 108 is the place for tacos.

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                  jgradieoakes Mar 23, 2008 06:46 PM

                  Where do you like to go for tacos in the city?

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                  Almondine Mar 24, 2008 01:45 PM

                  Add the new Grandaisy Bakery on 72nd off of Amsterdam for a slice of potatoe/rosemary pizza. And I think Absolute Bagels on B'way around 106 are the best bagels on the UWS.

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