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Feb 23, 2009 12:20 PM

Quinessential NY food.

Hi, I'm going to NY for three days in the beginning of April. This vacation is mainly for the food. My family and I are already going to Craft and do not want to eat at too many upscale places as I wasnt to experience the real food of New York. In terms of pizza I would like to know the best place to get the then floppy greasy (not too greasy) delicious pizza NY is known for. As far as Chinese I'm sure we'll try Peking Duck house and Dim Sum GoGo as I heard they are quite good. If anybody could suggest any more essentials and gems in NY such as the best bagel, chinese(especially dumplings and noodles), dessert, and other gems I would appreciate it, as we will be there for a short time we'll only be able to try basically one of everything.

P.S. I don't mind offals so bizarre places are ok. And any foodie type specialties too as my ad and I are big foodies.

Thanks in Advance

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  1. Searching is your friend. Here are some non-exhaustive search results that will help you:

    Best Bagels thread:

    Best Everything Bagel:


    Where to go to dessert after dinner:

    Restaurants with recommended desserts:

    So many pizza results! Here's the raw search results of threads on "pizza," limited to this board and sorted by relevance:

    But the first place I think of under "quintessential New York food" is Katz's Delicatessen.

    You also need to look at RGR's Lower East Side self-tour, if you haven't yet:

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    1. re: Pan

      Thanks, I have been searching but have found so much in as NY is such a magnificent place, and I just wanted the opinion of a seasoned hound.

      I appreciate the help very much, thanks =].

      1. re: ChefTel

        You're welcome.

        I figure that the same hounds would be liable to post here as already posted in threads like the ones I linked to, anyway, with much the same opinions they already posted.

    2. Re Chinese food - I'm not a big fan of Peking Duck house or Dim Sum Gogo. I haven't had peking duck that I liked in New York, but if you're looking for good duck (and amazing food in general), Wu Liang Ye on 48th btwn 5th and 6th is probably the best Szechuan food in manhattan. They have a camphor tea smoked duck that is excellent, as are most dishes on their menu - for the most part the strange they sound, the better they are.

      For dim sum, Jing Fong (Elizabeth btwn Canal and Bayard) is a fun experience and the food is pretty good but inconsistent. Go early (by 11am) for the good stuff here. There's also a good dim sum place on the corner of Pell and Mott st, but I can't remember the name. Better food than Jing Fong, but less variety and less of an "experience".

      Really good dumplings, 5 for a dollar, on Mosco St just west of Mott.

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      1. re: quandros

        Szechuan Gourmet has WLY beat in spades.

        Prosperity Dumplings at 46 Eldridge has much better pan fried dumplings than Mosco street.

        I would put the Peking Duck House Peking Duck up with what I've found in Hongkong, Taipei and Beijing.

        1. re: scoopG

          I would agree that Peking Duck House is actually very good. And I second prosperity dumpling. Some excellent handmade noodle hole-in-the-wall places in Chinatown...but I dont know names. I like Wing Shoon on East Broadway for a an authentic laidback, delicious dim sum experience

          For Sichuan, I like Grand Sichuan at 24th and 9th... just stick to the Sichuan section. Also I've heard that Famous Szechuan at 10 Pell Street in Chinatown is good, but cant attest.

          I second Katz's. A real piece of genuine NYC history...and classic Jewish fare....very rare.

          Quintessential pizza...I still like Grimaldi's in Brooklyn.

          Indian Food in Curry Hill perhaps (cant recommend by name).

          Great Russian/Eastern-European food experience in Brighton Beach (Brooklyn) if youre willing to make the trek.