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fooddudeone Jul 29, 2008 12:38 PM

Hi,

I recently moved to a sublet in Harlem (125th & Lennox) from San Francisco recently and I am on the hunt for SF equivalents and other recommendations in Manhattan.

My interests are super casual, mom n pop, inexpensive eats made with love!

Some of the things I miss from SF that I want to find in NYC:

Tu Lan (vietnamese): greasy huge crisp Imperial Rolls, Curry fried rice.

Mexican food in the mission: REAL al pastor cooked on vertical spit, and also good carnitas.

Turtle Tower (viet): Real Bun Cha

Some good casual Beef Rendang from a good Indonesian place

Burma SuperStar: burmese curries & foods

Many casual Thai places in SF: Crying Tiger, crispy pork belly w/ spicy sauce, pork leg stew, duck fried rice, roast duck over white rice, etc., etc.

...this is all I can think of right no...more will follow

Also, recommendations to really good food spots in Harlem where I am subletting (125th & Lennox) is very welcome for when I wanna eat local.

thanks

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    sugartoof Jul 29, 2008 04:09 PM

    I'll have to give some of these some thought, but just to get started....

    Mexican: there's been a huge improvement here, but nothing is San Francisco style. Your best bet will be with tacos. Try Pinche Taqueria on Mott St. to hold you over. The Red Hook ball fields have about a half dozen taco truck vendors that might make for a fun adventure for you. East Harlem has a number of taco spots. Best to do a search, and keep expectations low. Really low.

    Thai: East Coast Thai food is very different in my opinion. Won Di Siam has the crispy pork. Actually a lot of places do, but you're best bet is to check the outer boroughs board. That advice would go for all the Asian requests. Expect some trips to Queens.

    Burmese Superstar: I wish. Maybe outside Manhattan?

    Harlem food: Amy Ruth's, Melba's, and Charles Southern get the most raves. There was an extensive thread with suggestions from Morningside Heights up to Sugar Hill a couple months back for a young family that was staying in the area on vacation. That's going to be the most complete list with a lot of non-soul food ideas.

    Also check the Village Voice food reviews, as they tend to focus on off the beaten track ethnic cheap eats.

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      fooddudeone Jul 29, 2008 04:40 PM

      thx.

      In all honesty, I am somewhat disappointed in NYC eats so far; BUT, I have not been here long enough at all. So I am really in no position to judge it just yet.

      My brief generalization so far is that there are many different types of foods offered, with large flow and much to be given, and at the same time less concentration of love that is put into a single food and less distinction as compared to SF.

      I know you cant really compare 2 cities exactly to each other, especially when the cities have totally different immigrant foundations. But, I have yet to find vast distinction between the same food cooked at 2 separate places. ie: soul food here is very good, but place A tastes somewhat similar to place B. This can be said for many pizza places, delicatessens, japanese, chinese, indian, Caribbean, cuban, jamaican, halal, etc. here in NYC in my opinion.

      In contrast, I can easily give you two different thai, chinese, indian, etc. restaurants that totally taste different from one another, while at the same time have the same price point, decor, even menu. and in the casual format.

      Nothing personal NYers. The food here is very good! I am just looking for more eats that are truly worthy of hunting down and worth even waiting in a long crowded line. It seems to me that each neighborhood 'does' almost have everything each other neighborhood has; but like I said before for example: "this cuban/pizza/japanese/etc place in neighborhood A is freakin delicious, but it tastes almost exactly the same as that one place in neighborhood B.

      I hope my example makes sense.

      So what Im really lookin for as well are place that are uniquely delicious not just to NYC, but to food period. (taste/food wise; not looking for trendiness/ambiance/history/ec - is all about the FOOD).

      Here is your chance to prove me wrong ;)

      1. re: fooddudeone
        Miss Needle Jul 29, 2008 05:43 PM

        I don't think you're going to find real bun cha in NYC (I'm assuming you're talking about the type where you dip the noodles). The only place I've even seen it offered is at Viet Cafe, and I haven't been there. And at $15 a bowl, it's a far cry from what you'd probably pay in Vietnam or Turtle Tower.

        You're also not going to find too many Indonesian restaurants in Manhattan. Queens is the place to go -- in fact, for a lot of what you're looking for, you really should post something on the Outer Boroughs Board. But Malaysian restaurants in Manhattan have beef rengdang. I used to like the rengdang at Nyonya a while ago. But the last time I had it, it wasn't that great. Hounds like Skyway Malaysian and New Malaysia restaurant. I haven't had the rendang there, but haven't been too impressed with the other offerings. My favorite Malaysian is still in Queens.

        Rhong Tiam (for Thai food) has been getting rave reviews. You may want to check it out. I don't think they have the dishes you're looking for, but they've got rengdang on the menu (it used to be a Malaysian place). Sripraphai in Queens is probably your best bet for the dishes you're mentioning.

        If you haven't had the chance yet, you should definitely check out the halal chicken and rice carts. My favorite is the one on 6th Ave and 43rd Street. They're only there around during the day, and if you order it, you must get the white rice. The yellow rice sucks. Chicken is the most flavorful I have found. There's also the really famous one on 53rd and 6th, but my preference is still for the 43rd.

        You also live near Patsy's Pizza in Harlem. You'll probably want to check it out for a NYC slice.

        I think the Korean scene is better in NYC than SF. Check out Koreatown from 32-36th Streets, between 5th and 6th Ave (main drag is 32nd Street). You may also want to check out Flushing in Queens as well for Korean food. Some of the places I like are Gahm Mi Ok for their sullongtang and kimchi, Madangsui for kalbi and Hyo Dong Gak for jjamp bong (Korean-Chinese spicy noodle soup with seafood).

        If you haven't had it yet, I really like the double shack at Shake Shack in NYC. The regular burgers are good, but IMO overrated for the lines you see. I only go if the lines are short as it is not worth the huge line. The double shack is a combo of a beef burger and a deep-fried breaded cheese-filled portobello mushroom burger. I think there's a version where it's two beef burger patties and a mushroom -- have no idea how people can finish that. Pretty juicy and tasty.

        No al pastor, but there's this awesome tamale thread that you should check out.
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/514388

        A blog I recommend you checking out is eatingintranslation.com. I'm in awe how Dave (also a CH poster) gets around the entire city eating. He eats at a lot of places off the radar. I think you'll get some great recs from visiting his site.

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          sugartoof Jul 29, 2008 05:50 PM

          Likewise I split my time living between SF and NYC, and I would say I've felt those exact same gripes when in San Francisco as well. Even when it's second and third rate, the Mexican here is far uniform, non-descript. The soul food and BBQ here are vastly different tasting from one place to another providing you really like that kind of food.

          So my advice would be not to duplicate your old favs in a new city, but to try and explore new flavors you can't get nearly as good in San Francisco at all. That would include Polish/Ukranian, Cuban, fresh noodles, high end sushi, burgers!, falafel, and so on. There's a LOT of hype out here.... but you're looking for cheap eats, and New York is a great town for bargains and strange surprises.

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            fooddudeone Jul 29, 2008 06:26 PM

            thx for the tips..

            ...yes i concur. I guess ill just have to eat new foods and explore (which ive been doing).

            I have tried the famous 53rd & 6th cart (actually many times already to a point im getting tired of it, lol). Its cheap and delicious, and something Cali doesnt have and prolly will never have..

            I've tried the other NY quintessential foods already and love em (katzs, crif dogs, golden krust, sophies, etc. just to name a few)

            As far as quality burgers, I havent hunted yet in NY; but I am love to give it a mission. SF has a multitude of really good burger joints that handground good meat in front of you a couple times a day as well as other diner type (Mo's, 21 Amendment, Burgermeister, Sparky's, Metro Cafe)

            Izakaya in NY, I havent tried yet; it better be somewhat casual (if you havent noticed yet, I hate it when casual foods become high end dining; Izakaya = casual, period!). But ive seen Izakaya type places that are white table cloth in all cities before.

            Ramen in NY..ive tried Sapporo and Men Kui Tei. Decent, but Shin Sen Gumi in LA easily puts them to shame, brothwise and noodle wise and also yakitori accompiniments while still being in a "casual" setting.

            As far as Sushi goes, I am not into it. Why? Because it has become waay too overhyped and trendy. Kinda like when the only thing that someone orders at a mexican place is carne asada, or at a japanese place teryaki.. ya know what i mean?

            1. re: fooddudeone
              jvish Jul 29, 2008 06:47 PM

              Sounds like you really just want to try to get the point across the you think food in SF/LA is better than NY. Which is absolutely fine if that is your opinion....Sushi is far from over-hyped or trendy by tghe way. That is like saying a Burger is over-hyped or trendy, Sushi is not some exotice trendy food item is as common as burgers or pizza. By dismissing it you are missing out on some truly wonderful restaurants. If you dont like it thats another thing entirely

              SF and NY both have amazing food, They are different cities seperated by thousands of miles. You arent going to find repilcas of your favorites or even the same types of places..I dont know your neighborhood but just start roaming around..you will be amazed at the places you will stumble across

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                sugartoof Jul 29, 2008 06:57 PM

                "SF has a multitude of really good burger joints that handground good meat in front of you a couple times a day as well as other diner type (Mo's, 21 Amendment, Burgermeister, Sparky's, Metro Cafe)"

                See, that sounds like you might be reaching a little bit with that one haha. Sparky's? Really? I don't know about that. I mean, If I could chose a Burgemeister or a Shake Shack burger right now, I'd take the Burgermeister.... but the best burgers I have ever had were in NYC hands down. I don't know or care when they grinded their meat, because it was so tasty.

                That said, I wouldn't get too caught up in the comparison thing, just have fun getting to live in a city with an endless amount of cheap, casual, adventurous food, and if it's not the best something or other you've ever had, then hopefully you'll come away with a good NY story instead, or at worst, got to explore a new neighborhood your normally wouldn't see.

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                  fooddudeone Jul 29, 2008 08:19 PM

                  lol, you got me...Sparky's i admit can be whatevs...but pretty good for a late night burger ;)

                  Maybe I just miss SF, haha. But, I do stumble across some amazing soul food places in Harlem alot, especially for the price and quality and quantity you get. Like just a few mins ago I bought a chicken sandwich platter from Pee Dees and it is grilled fresh. When I opened the to go box I was like woah! Thats alot of food for $6!! And tasty too.

                  I guess Im also too much in a rush to fill my foodie needs and cravings.

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                    kathryn Jul 29, 2008 11:11 PM

                    For ramen, why not try Hakata Ippudo or Setagaya?

                    I'm with the others...for very specific Asian cuisine request, you gotta go east of Manhattan to Queens. Or go west of Manhattan, into New Jersey where huge populations of different Asian immigrants live (take the bus out to Mitsuwa for ramen!). It's not fair to compare the greater SF or LA metropolitan areas with just Manhattan.

                    So slow down! :) Go back and read all of Peter Meehan's $25 and under columns in the NYT. Then read all of Robert Sietsema's columns for the Village Voice. Read all of user Brian S's postings about Flushing. Read this Porkchop Express's postings on banh mi's around the city or the Red Hook Ballfields.....

                    Some linkage:

                    NYT finally discovers Flushing:
                    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/30/dining/30flushing.html

                    Cheap eats and street food (have you tried ALL of these yet? :
                    )http://www.timeout.com/newyork/articles/features/9142/the-new-york-cheap-eats-pyramid
                    http://nymag.com/restaurants/features/33526/
                    http://topics.nytimes.com/top/features/diningandwine/columns/25_and_under/index.html

                    Best under $10
                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/390555

                    Rare or unusual ethnic cuisines:
                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/382942
                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/442254
                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/453435
                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/478515

                    1. re: kathryn
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                      fooddudeone Jul 29, 2008 11:28 PM

                      ooooh, nice! I got some readin to do.

                      thnx kathryn!

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          ShinjukuAce Jul 30, 2008 07:29 AM

          For Thai, try Boyd Thai, Land Northeast Thai, and if you're willing to trek to Queens, Sripraphai. I've heard good things about Rhong Tiam.
          For Vietnamese, Pho Pasteur in Chinatown. Also Banh Mi Saigon Bakery.
          For local places in Harlem, try Sokhna for West African, and Massawa for Eritrean (basically like Ethiopian). I've heard Zoma is very good but haven't been.
          Zebu Grill is excellent Brazilian not far from where you are.
          I haven't found any good Burmese or Indonesian places - Cafe Mingala and Bali Nusa Indah are passable.

          New York doesn't measure up to SF/LA for Mexican or Vietnamese (although the Mexican immigrant community has grown substantially in the last 15 years so this may change soon) but the Indian, Middle Eastern, French, Italian, Spanish, and Greek are much better here.

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          1. re: ShinjukuAce
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            fooddudeone Jul 30, 2008 12:39 PM

            Im always down for Spanish casual...any recomendations for simple inexpensive bocadillos with nice fresh crisp baguettes and Iberico hams?

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              MMRuth Jul 30, 2008 12:57 PM

              You could try Bar Jamon and Despana.

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                sugartoof Jul 30, 2008 03:46 PM

                Despana, yes. Bar Jamon, save that for when family visits, or you're on a date. It's not the kind of greasy spoon, ethnic hole in the wall joint they're looking for. Despana is a really nice market with some prepared foods. Are there any bargains there though?

                1. re: sugartoof
                  steve h. Jul 30, 2008 03:52 PM

                  love the bar jamon. small as small can be. go solo and then decide if you can squeeze in family. i'm betting you can't. still, the cava is good and the ham is spectacular. use it as a launching pad before dinner at casa mono. the hostess will fetch you.

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                    sugartoof Jul 30, 2008 05:26 PM

                    did you read the post though? neither bar jamon or casa mono fit the order for someone looking for get down cheap ethnic eats. the OP is discouraged enough. they're budget conscious and want food over atmosphere.

                    1. re: sugartoof
                      steve h. Jul 30, 2008 09:45 PM

                      sugartoof,
                      got it. i misunderstood your post.
                      no hard feelings?

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                        Miss Needle Jul 31, 2008 07:09 AM

                        But the OP also asked for iberico hams, which is not budget-friendly in the very least.

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                          kathryn Jul 31, 2008 08:33 AM

                          For Jamon Iberico, you can also get some from Pata Negra, a wine bar in the EV. I have heard that the owner was smuggling them in his suitcase before they were allowed into the US. It's not cheap, of course.

                          You can get some decent patitas there there, 5 for $7.

                          http://patanegratapas.com/menu.shtml

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                            Miss Needle Jul 31, 2008 08:37 AM

                            Seriously?!?! That's a great find. I hope this lasts for a while. Thanks for the tip!

                    2. re: sugartoof
                      MMRuth Jul 30, 2008 05:43 PM

                      Despana has some great tapas/raciones made with good quality ingredient, and would make a nice quick bite to eat for lunch, IMO, at a reasonable (i.e., under $10) price. Since the OP asked about Spanish, the suggestions made seem appropriate. But, would love to know if you have other suggestions for cheaper great Spanish food.

                2. re: ShinjukuAce
                  bigjeff Aug 4, 2008 10:00 PM

                  zoma is very nice for ethiopian.

                3. E Eto Jul 30, 2008 08:07 AM

                  For Mexican, try the places on 116th east of Lexington. You should put your Spanish to good use, since there's not a lot of English spoken around there. This part of Spanish Harlem has the highest concentration of Mexicans in Manhattan.

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                    Peter Cherches Jul 30, 2008 03:12 PM

                    I never thought Tu Lan was very good. Several better places on Larkin (like Pagolac), However, you just won't find great Vietnamese in NY.

                    You won't get good Bay Area style Mexican here, but you can get good Poblano food at Tulcingo del Valle on 10th Ave.

                    For real Indonesian rendang you have to go to Minangasli in Queens. Nyonya in Chinatown does a good Malaysian style, but it's a slightly different preparation.

                    There's no good Burmese in NY that I know of. Mingala sucks.

                    You need to go to Queens for great Thai.

                    http://petercherches.blogspot.com

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                      jeanki Jul 30, 2008 08:36 PM

                      I agree you're out of luck if you're looking for the same strengths in NYC as San Fran, especially re: southeast Asian food which is surprisingly weak in Manhattan. Mingala Burmese is the only Burmese (on upper east side, east village branch too) which is ok but it was nowhere near as good as Burmese Superstar. Vietnamese is so so here, although you can find passable stuff in Chinatown, and I like Bao 111 for a more fusion take (although again, nowhere near as good as Slanted Door). Thai quite frankly sucks in Manhattan, although I hear raves about Sriphaphai in Queens.

                      One OK authentic Mexican joint I've found since you live in Harlem is El Paso Taqueria on 97th and Park (and there's another Harlem branch too I believe). I like their tacos al pastor, although it might not compare to San Fran mission stuff.

                      I just found a new Cambodian place on the Upper east side (93rd and 3rd) called Cambodian Cuisine which is unique if you want to try it.

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                        fooddudeone Jul 30, 2008 11:08 PM

                        TuLan is good for it's imperial rolls mostly....which are pretty greasy and unhealthy, but oh so good when you wanna splurge. Ive lived all over Cali where many vieatnamese live, and no one makes it as good as TuLan. They're just so crisp, big, nice skin, filling, etc.

                        The rest of TuLan's menu is I admit pretty bleh. The only other things decent there are the bbq beef/pork and curry fried rice just because its stirfried southeast asian style with curry powder (i know, pretty ghetto and simple..but who else does this with it tasting good?)

                      2. financialdistrictresident Jul 30, 2008 05:41 PM

                        Casa Adela when you want to venture downtown. No ambience, great baccalau (Puerto Rican style). All this talk about good Mexican food has me longing for San Diego where they make the tortillas fresh right before your eyes.

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                          jkrell Jul 31, 2008 02:51 PM

                          Also - try Pio Pio. Locations around the city. Cheap, craveable peruvian chicken.

                          1. thew Jul 31, 2008 03:13 PM

                            i can't believe in a harlem based thread no one mentioned dinosaur BBQ

                            do not miss it.

                            i love rhong tiam for thai, some of the best i ever had, and that includes in thailand

                            there are some great soul food palces in harlem - maybels, amy ruth's

                            there are some nice more upscale places too (i can only think of is londel's off the top of my head, but there are more)

                            i know ive said it a million times, but i think patsy's is overrated

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                              bearmi Aug 3, 2008 05:13 AM

                              I am originally from California too and I think NYC doesn't offer too many good restaurants in the types of cuisines (Vietnamese, Thai, Burmese, Mexican, etc) you have mentioned. Just to let you know, not sure if you like them, dim sum is another weak area for NYC. Nontheless, in the future, if you find restaurants serving the above cuisines that suit your taste, please make sure you share your experiences with us! I would like to know!

                              p.s. I think the ramen noodle soup at Santouka in Mitsuwa (in Edgewater, NJ) is pretty good. If you get a chance to go to Mitsuwa, please check it out. There is a shuttle (for a small fee) that travels between Mitsuwa and Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown.

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                                fooddudeone Aug 3, 2008 01:24 PM

                                They have many Mitsuwas in SoCal w/ a variety of little restaurants inside. They are good, but nothing to rave about to be honest.

                                If youre looking for really good Tonkotsu Hakata Ramen (thick opaque white pork broth) in SoCal, you gotta try Shin Sen Gumi. I hear this place is very close to taste and food as in Japan (never been o Japan).

                                As for recently..I tried Pho Pasteur in chinatown for a quick meal. I tried the pork chop and fried shrimp rolls. The pork chop were tasty and fatty, typical vietnamese style like in California, but nothing too special (id order it again just because I like viet pork chops). As for the fried shrimp rolls, these were quite surprising to me. I loved em for the fact that the crispy skin was VERY close to that of Tu Lan's Imperial Rolls in SF (nice crisp, bubbly, etc.). Alot of viet places ive been to in Cali made soggy imperial/fried rolls. The filling though was just mediocre, actually totally diff than Tu Lan in that it is a ground seafood/shrimp filling instead of ground pork/vermicelli filling. Even then, the pho pasteur fried rolls wil definitely meet my cravings for a crunchy roll (its all about the crispy skin/casing. Thanks for that reco :)

                                Now I just gotta find a nice dingy/casual/authenic/ghetto Thai place that serves real and tasty dishes. Has anyone tried those thai places right next door to Pho Pasteur or around chinatown?

                                oh yeah, I passed by that pllace called Land North Eastern Thai in the east side and didnt even walk in/try it because of the menu and ambiance/look. I could already tell I was gonna pay 20 bux for a "white washed" mediocre thai dish that was going to upset me.

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                                  thew Aug 3, 2008 01:39 PM

                                  i heard good things about land east, but i've never been

                                  im in love w/ rhong tiam these days, but they are not a hole in the wall

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                                    MMRuth Aug 3, 2008 05:29 PM

                                    I ordered delivery from Land on the UES and was quite disappointed. When I want Thai these days, I just head out to Sri.

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                                    sugartoof Aug 3, 2008 05:04 PM

                                    You're fighting two battles on the Thai food front... trying to find authentic Thai... and trying to find remotely what you're used to in California. With the last one, good luck trying to find a good peanut sauce in this town!

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                                      bearmi Aug 5, 2008 04:50 PM

                                      I have been to Shin Sen Gumi for shabu-shabu and yakitori but never had ramen noodle there. I will have to check it out when I am in Southern Cal next time :) Hate to say it, but I think the Santouka ramen at Mitsuwa is one of the better ramen in the NYC area. That means the rest of the ramen places around here are even worse in terms of quality :(

                                      Good that you found good food at Pho Pasteur. I have never been there but I am glad that you think their Imperial Rolls are decent (althought not perfect in your opinion). I will have to check it out.

                                  3. ZerlinaVania Aug 3, 2008 03:17 PM

                                    I would agree with most of the comments already made here. We relocated from SF to Manhattan two years ago, and attempting to replace restaurants like Burma Superstar and just about any taqueria or burrito place in the Mission with NYC equivalents would just be frustrating and disappointing. I've tried.

                                    Surprisingly, I recently discovered Nha Trang One on Baxter (Chinatown, just up the street from the courthouse). As close to Bay Area Vietnamese food as you could get. It's also very reasonably priced. http://newyork.citysearch.com/profile/45674381/nyc_ny/nha_trang_one.html

                                    For Harlem eats, if you haven't been to Amy Ruth's yet, you must go. Try the Terry Rivers - honey dipped southern fried chicken. To die for!

                                    I might get some crap for this, but my recommendation for Thai is Pongsri on 23rd and 7th. http://newyork.citysearch.com/profile... I don't recommend the one in Midtown simply because they have the worst service ever.

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                                      thew Aug 3, 2008 04:02 PM

                                      the place labled just thailand restaurant on the corner of baxter is also pongsri ( i think the 1st one)

                                      they were very (gasp) authentic (heehee).. but im all about rhong tiam now

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                                        fooddudeone Aug 3, 2008 06:04 PM

                                        thx for the thai tips...which do you think is the best from the ones mentioned?

                                        As for replicating Cali thai...it doesnt need to be the "best" thai place on earth...id be happy with just a decent one...but has to be at least non-"fancy pants" and with a decent menu (aka = big menu in which i dont know what im ordering, hehe ;)

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                                        Miss Needle Aug 4, 2008 12:20 PM

                                        From all of the Pongsris, I thought that the one in Chinatown was the best in terms of food (though I haven't been at the one on 23rd and 7th). I haven't had the service issues you talk of in Midtown.

                                        I do have to get myself to Rhong Tiam at some point. I haven't had decent khao soi in a long time.

                                        1. re: Miss Needle
                                          thew Aug 4, 2008 01:08 PM

                                          after my last trip to thailand i had to make kow soi every few weeks for the next year

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                                            Miss Needle Aug 4, 2008 01:41 PM

                                            It's the best. I need to learn how to make it at home. Perfect for fall/winter eating.

                                      3. bigjeff Aug 4, 2008 10:02 PM

                                        uptown juice bar on 125th street has great vegetarian caribbean-style rastafari food, excellent for takeout and a ton of food (I think 4 choices for under $10) or something like that, good for 2 or 3 meals.

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                                          cimui Aug 4, 2008 10:33 PM

                                          Try Senegalese on 116th St. There are lots of very inexpensive places to choose from and to judge by my semi-random sampling, many are good. Africa Kine is one of the better known ones. Thiebu djen ($10) is the best known lunch menu item. Portions are so massive, they'll last most mere mortals for at least one other meal.

                                          Cheap, Mexican street food (tacos, gorditas, tamales) may be found at Taqueria y la Fonda around 107th and Amsterdam.

                                          Right next door is Thai Market, where I really like the daikon radish cake appetizer, grilled skewers (calamari, chicken, pork, beef), fried, whole trout, and Gra Prow Kai Dow. I'm less a fan of their noodle dishes.

                                          Other good things to try in NYC that are less common in SF:

                                          * Dominican / Puerto Rican mofongo
                                          * Bagels
                                          * Falafel

                                          1. bobjbkln Aug 5, 2008 12:56 PM

                                            One day a year you can get authentic CHEAP Burmese food in NY (Queens)! And you are in luck. It is this Saturday (August 16). See http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/545137

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