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)
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).
Lots of links here to ideas:
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.