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Ultimate Food Destinations in Da Big Apple

Traveling to NY with the hubster for a weekend of foodie retched excess. We're covered on restaurant reservations--Insieme, Prune, Momafuko, Babbo--but while the mister is tending to biz I thought I might indulge myself by touring some of the awesome foodie markets and shops in the greater NY area. I'll have limited time so I need to be selective. Here are a few places (in no particular order) I thought I would like to visit but I need other suggestions and opinions on my list--Thanks

The Green Market
Sullivan St Bakery
Russ and Daughters
Aurthur Ave. (in the Bronx) How do I get there via public transport?
Chelsea Market (is it worth the time)
Chinatown (Where can I find fresh tofu--and great dim sum)
Depalo's

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  1. Do you mean the Union Square greenmarket? If so, it's a great destination. Now that it's spring, so much lovely stuff is around. It's on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, opens at 8 (officially). There are also smaller greenmarkets all around town on different days. If you want to see different ones, here's the site where you can find them: http://www.cenyc.org/

    Chelsea Market is okay. The architecture, to me, is the best part. But I don't think it's worth a special trip. Definitely stop by there if you are in the neighborhood. The Italian store is pretty good. My favorite is to get an ice cream at Ronnybrook Dairy's milk bar. Bowery Kitchen Supply has a small outpost there too.

    If you are on the Upper West Side, I'd suggest stopping at Zabar's -- great stuff, especially cheese. The upstairs is wonderful for kitchen supplies. And Fairway -- also great cheese and other "gourmet" items (olive oils, etc. etc.).

    As for Arthur Avenue, I'd just take the D train to Fordham Road and walk. But perhaps someone else can suggest something else since it's a bit of a walk (though downhill there, uphill back).

    Good luck!

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    1. re: LNG212

      Thanks. I think I'll check out the Union Square market. Do you have any favorite vendors I should look for?

      1. re: kitchengidget

        I love the Berkshire Berry products - the Golden Berry Raspberry, the Horseradish jelly, the pepper jellies ...

        1. re: MMRuth

          Are those the ones who always have samples set up in front? If so, then I like those alot too. I also like Cato Corner cheese. I think Valley Shephard cheese might have a setup there as well (I usually get them at 97th St. though).

          1. re: LNG212

            Yes - on little crackers. On Saturdays, they are now at the south end of USQ.

    2. Lots of links here to ideas:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/49142...

      I wouldn't bother w/ Chelsea Market, unless you happen to be in the area. I love Arthur Avenue, but I gather it is time consuming to get to via public transportation. Di Palo is one of my favorite places, and it is also quite close to both Chinatown and Despana, a Spanish food specialty store on Broome Street.

      1. Skip Chelsea market and add Zabars. Also add Kalyustans. I would also like to know about a source for the fresh tofu in Chinatown!

        Skip Sullivan Street Bakery if pressed for time. You can buy their Pan Pugliese at Di Palo on weekends, and at Whole Foods and Zabar's almost anytime..

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        1. re: erica

          For Arthur Ave., I would recommend taking Metro North from Grand Central. It's a 20 minute ride and will get you much closer to Arthur Ave. than any subway. Another place of interest is Atlantic Ave. between Court and Clinton Streets in nearby Brooklyn, Especially Sahadi's. You might also be interested in all or part of RGR's Lower East Side tour. (Do a search on this board, it will come up several times).

          1. re: bobjbkln

            Where do you get off the train in the Bronx? Thanks!

            1. re: MMRuth

              There's a Fordham Road stop. If you go on the weekends, you can get a City Ticket (which is $3 instead of the normal full fare).

              1. re: LNG212

                Thanks - we usually drive up, but I wanted to tell a friend who might want to go sometime w/out me.

            2. re: bobjbkln

              Thanks for the info. Could you recommend a few shops. Also do you think I could do the Arthur Ave. trip in 2 hours or would it be more between travel and browsing?

              1. re: kitchengidget

                Here is a link to some threads on the Outer Boroughs board:

                http://www.chow.com/search?search%5Bq...

                When I go, two hours is plenty for browsing/shopping, but I don't know about the travel time.

            3. re: erica

              You can find fresh tofu two places on Grand Street. One is a corner shop on Grand and Bowery. And there's another one across from Bowery on the same side on Grand as well.

              1. re: Miss Needle

                Many thanks! I went to Kam Man on Canal a few days ago, thinking I could find it there and all they had was the stuff in the packages...

                Can you tell me which corner of Grand and Bowery? Are these grocery shops or tofu shops? (Is there such a thing as a tofu shop in NYC?)

                1. re: erica

                  Erica, It's on the NE corner of Grand and Bowery. That one sells tofu, bean sprouts, and rice noodles. And the other tofu shop/stand is on Grand, between Bowery and Elizabeth.

                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    yes, much prefer the second one; it's on the north side of grand street, about 5 storefronts west of bowery. there is basically a lady doling out beautiful blocks of tofu, 5 for a dollar. she also has some bagged stuff but just look out for the woman in front of an open counter with a couple of fridges behind her, and buckets and buckets of tofu. the corner shop (kong kee) is open early for breakfast and has a lot of hot items, a couple kinds of chow fun, noodles and soups; good place to buy shrimp fun or chow fun ever since the old place at the corner of canal and lafayette closed.

            4. I would also add Zabars to your list if you're in the area. They've got a pretty good cooking equipment section upstairs. There's a branch of Sullivan Street Bakery near the area as well. Citarella and Fairway is nearby as well (though not really a destination place) but can make for some fun browsing.

              1. I would maybe do a mini-tour of the west village (bleecker street) with food in mind. Grab a slice of Joe's pizza on Carmine street (no need to stand in line for marginal pizza at John's) or Bleecker Street Pizza on 7th ave. If Grom on the corner of bleeker and Carmine (right next door is open), follow with Gelato, if not, Cones on Bleecker would be an adequate alternative.Continue on to Amy's Bread around the corner on Bleecker and try their red velvet slice. Next door is Murray's Cheese, taste to your heart's content and maybe try one of their grilled sandwiches (Salami and Mozarrella is a good choice) and finish up at Faicco's next door (Proscuitto Bread is a calorie bomb but really good).

                Also a bit of a detour, Kati Roll on Macdougal street is really delicious and have yet to see outside of NYC. The Paneer Kati Roll is really good.

                Also if you are open to venturing out of Manhattan, Sripraphai in Queens is a must.

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                1. re: bussy26

                  Some great ideas--I love cheese and did want to stop at Murray's. What is Sripraphai--I've never heard of it.

                  1. re: kitchengidget

                    Sripraphai is a Thai restaurant. As noted, it's in Queens. So, if you want to get more info, go to the Outer Boroughs board.

                2. Love your ideas but have a few extra to add. First, Zabars is a must, a Manhattan food institution. However, if you can't make it over to the Deli on the west, they have a restaurant in 80s east called Eli's. If you're up for something a little more fancy, Marcus Samuelsson's flagship restaurant, Aquavit on 55th by Moma is out of this world. I've been going there for over 10 yrs and everthing is fantastic. If you're ever down in soho, find Alidoro's at 105 Sullivan btwn Prince and Spring. BEST sandwich you will ever have, piles of proscuitto and fresh sliced mozz. Go early cause they close when they run out of bread. If you do make it up to Zabars and are hungry for a perfect NYC dive lunch, hit The Great Burrito on Amsterdam btwn 79 and 80. Best chicken quesadilla you will ever have. It is the first place I go when I fly in. Sorry this is long, but I hope it helps.

                  1. If you're going to be at Russ & Daughters, you might as well stroll down the block to Katz's and Yonah Shimmel Knish, both Lower East Side institutions. I agree that Chelsea Market is not worth the time. It's a decent market but not really mindblowing or unique. I'm on the fence about Arthur Avenue. It's kind of a trek, and a lot of the food is not good. But if you're looking just to absorb the old Italian-American culture and the people, it's worth it. I just don't think the food itself merits a trip.

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                    1. re: toovernator

                      WOW ~ what great ideas all these posts are. Makes me want to spend a weekend in NYC and just roam all these places!