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Moving to NYC: where can I get..

I'm moving to SoHo in August from Montreal. Of course coming from Montreal I'm huge on trying different types of good food and I'm looking forward to some adventures in NYC. But I need to know where I can find items from my staple diet.

Vietnamese subs (Banh Mi)

Korean BBQ (Where they bring you raw meat and you grill it on the table yourself)

Pizza by the slice (Cheap and great)

Tacos (Simple beef, lettuce, and cheese)

Vietnamese grilled beef and vermicelli

Good cheap burger joint

Something similar to chick-fil-a?

Grilled portuguese chicken (usually breast, salad, and fries for around $7)

Thanks in advance!

And if you have any other suggestions please feel free.

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  1. I've not been to Montreal, so I can't make any comparisons, but you aren't *too* far away from Saigon Bakery in Chinatown for the Bahn Mi. Here's a link to a list of food "places" that I like downtown that may help you generally.


    (The address for Saigon Bakery is on that list.)

    1. Pizza by the slice - my personal favorite is Joe's on Carmine Street, but there are a lot of opions on this topic here, do a search.

      Good cheap burger joint - Corner Bistro

      Grilled portuguese chicken -tClosest thing I can think of is the Domincan Roast Chicken uptown. There's a decent place on Amsterdam at around 97th Street.

      Tacos - there's are numerous cheap taco places called various names all run by chinese people.

      1. welcome to NY...

        i love Montreal...the bad news is that NYC has a current shortage of good French bistros, but the good news is that all the items you requested are available in one form or another...but i'd recommend searching the board for each of those items individually...given that you'll be in Soho, you'll find most of them either walking distance away or short subway ride...even a search for Korean BBQ will yield more suggestions than you can read in one evening...

        As mentioned above, start your Banh Mi eating at Saigon in the little jewelry store place, then i'd rec trying Nicky's...

        1. You are right by the best of the banh mi in Manhattan, in order of preference: Saigon Bakery, Banh Mi Saigon, Paris Bakery.

          Korean BBQ: There are a few yakiniku restaurants downtown, my favorites being Yakiniku West and Gyu-Kaku. For a more authentic Korean experience, K-Town abounds with options. I've been happy at Won Jo and Kang Suh but hear plaudits for Mandangsui. Bann in Midtown West also has good barbecue.

          Tacos: The bistec taco at La Esquina is terrific. Others also swear by Pinche.

          Cheap burger: Cheap is relative in NYC. One of my favorite burger spots is Five Guys, but I don't consider $11 for a fast food burger cheap, just delicious.

          1. haf anybody posting on ch from anywhere is generally huge on trying different types of food!

            for pizza JOES in the village is an eternal favorite for pizza by the slice. however, you might give GRANDAISY a try too. it's lost a few steps, but the tomato and the potato are good.

            for your grilled chicken you might try IPANEMA but you are going to pay double that or more. we have ALFAMA in the west village but its even more expensive. for cheaper you might want to explore the ironbound in newark, nj, a historically portugese neighborhood that is well worth the short path train ride.

            for burgers my last couple have been at THE FRYING PAN. not the best, but they are grilled and you cant beat the atmosphere this time of year (its a barge on the hudson). the CORNER BISTRO somebody mentioned indeed has a mighty burger called the bistro burger you should try, but fyi they also have a chicken sandwich i like too.

            oh and welcome to town!

            1. Thanks for the warm welcome and all the responses. Looking forward to some fantastic eats.

              1. Welcome to nyc!

                People have already mentioned the two banh mi bulwarks, Saigon Bakery and Banh Mi Saigon "so 1", both not far from Soho. Worth mentioning as a different option(and part of the recent banh mi explosion) is Baoguette in Curry Hill or the St. Marks location in the East Village. Although given you're in Soho you may want to stick to the first two, as convenience is the main reason I go to Baoguette more than the others.

                My favorite slice in manhattan is Artichoke's, on 14th st in the East village. Get the sicilian, its great(I just had a couple from them tonight and was delicious). I've never gotten their other slices, but the reports from other hounds is that they are all far inferior to the sicilian, including the eponymous artichoke slice.

                Molly's in gramercy has a fantastic burger, and its a very homey non-pretentious place. Well-loved on chowhound.

                I don't know about grilled portuguese chicken, but you may wanted to check out Pio Pio for peruvian roast chicken. Its a bit like some of the portuguese roast chicken take-out places, but maybe not quite as spicy, you could put your own peri-peri sauce on though maybe. I've only had Pio Pio once so my memory of the spiciness is a bit vague, but it does have something of that good portuguese roast chicken with fries take-out vibe(which I've had in south africa at nando's, but no where else).

                Not a mexican food expert, but Tehuitzingo is supposed to have good tacos, I had a good taco recently at Tulcingo de Valle, and have heard good things about Zaragoza. Others can probably provide more info per that.

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                1. re: brettnyc

                  So there's really no luck with the Portuguese chicken in Manhattan then? Nando's is a pretty good reference but is still far from authentic. I'm looking for something like this: http://mymontrealresto.blogspot.com/2...

                  1. re: hafizrealmadrid

                    Sounds like Chirping Chicken (Amsterdam and 77th St) might be the closest as it is cooked on a grill., We don't have any thing we call Portuguse chicken, but it may just be the name we don't have.. You should check out Pio Pio though. It is great chicken. There is an UES (Upper East Side) and UWS (upper westside) location.
                    And do a search on the Swartz's smoked beef verses Katz's corned beef or pastrami. LOL maybe you shouldn't. You might get too upset.

                      1. re: hafizrealmadrid

                        Only a little bit. I think they have hot sauce on the side.

                2. E32nd st between 5th and Broadway is called "KoreaTown"... Shilla is a good place for Korean BBQ, bulgogi etc. Lots of great Korean places on this street.

                  There is a single Chick Fil A in the NYU cafeteria on E14th st st off Union Square.

                  Bo Ky on Bayard st bet Mott and Mulberry in Chinatown has all sorts of delicious Vietnamese dishes, try here for your grilled beef fix.

                  By chance, are you moving here to open a smoked meat place? That is one Montreal food I love and we have it NOWHERE in NYC :)

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                    1. re: Spoony Bard

                      OOOHHH!! Well they never sold me on the bagels but the rest of it... can't wait! Thanks for the link :) DH and I will have to check this place out.

                      To the OP... if you visit this place can you give us your opinion?

                      1. re: iluvcookies

                        I will definitely have to check it out and report back with my comparisons to the authentic stuff.

                        Mile End is a great area in Montreal where you get fantastic food, so I'm sure they have their minds pointed in the right direct. It looks like a good project.

                    2. re: iluvcookies

                      I am absolutely ecstatic over the fact that there is a chic fil a in NYC. My lunch. Everyday.

                      1. re: hafizrealmadrid

                        You can't get in to thta Chic-Fil-A unless you have an NYU ID, though. And it's not on 14th, it's in the Freshman dorm with the notoriously tough guards.

                        1. re: JungMann

                          What. Please tell me there is a way to get in. I went to the moon and back when I found out there's one in the the city.

                          I'll be paying NYU freshmen to get my food for me.

                        2. re: hafizrealmadrid

                          Chick Fil A did some kind of promo this morning by the CBS early show on 5th ave. Maybe more are coming??? Will have to post on Chains board and see what is going on.
                          And I was told the NYU one was on 14th by someone who brought me a(very tasty) sandwich recently... sorry for the misinformation.