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Chowworthy places to stop as driving through Manhattan?

I am sharing my food info I get with a friend leaving next week. Three chicks, ages 35 to 45 going for three days. Will be landing at LGA and driving to Woodbury Commons to shop. They said they'll be starved and I've got nothing to help them with.

Where can they stop going through Manhattane, even turn off if they have to; it'll be 10ish - crepes, great sandwich, street food that they can eat in the car.

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  1. Manhattan is a hard place to just stop in. Maybe they should try to find a place in Queens near LGA. I suggest you post on the outer boroughs board. I think you can find some good places in Flushing and definitely Jackson Heights which is not far from there.

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    1. re: maxine

      Wasn't sure of the boroughs. They will be going through Flushing, Queens and Jackson Heights. Thanks; will tell them the big apple isn't great for a nibble.

      1. re: itryalot

        The Big Apple is *awesome* for a nibble. But Manhattan will not be fun to try to park in if their priority is getting out of the city and getting to their shopping.

        1. re: planetjess

          By " nibble", I meant quick in, park, get it, out and drive. I totally get the food mecca it is by the spreadsheet of chowworthy places that keeps growing.

          1. re: itryalot

            I also heartily second the chowish recommendation of their stopping in Flushing or Jackson Heights. I will say, however, that I think it's also a bit of a PITA to get off the freeway in the Outer Boroughs to find chow if they're not familiar with the city. Are they? If not, here's an idea--how about they drive down to Katz's or to one of the heralded banh mi places or to City Bakery or to Artichoke (or any one of the hundreds of take-away type spots we love to recommend on this board), and two of them can run in for food while one drives around the block?

    2. They would have no reason to go through Manhattan if they are going upstate...and I would hate to send them to any part of Queens unless they know it already. Astoria is the only reasonable stop, and if they choose to do that they really need a good map and detailed google instructions.
      And by the way-if they go through Flushing, they are lost.
      I think they would be better off looking in NJ, if the goal is shopping and not eating.

      1. This is a case of the blind (me) leading the blind (friends). The goal is to get in, get out and enjoy it. Will have a good map, but don't want to make it a two hour affair. They haven't even looked at a map yet to see how they are getting there, but are pretty confident. They are definitely NOT familiar with the city.

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        1. re: itryalot

          In and Out of Manhattan will take them two hours w/o the eating. And if they arrive 10ish, nothing will really be open that's worth a detour in Astoria - unless someone knows a super breakfast stop.

          1. re: serious

            My route from LGA would be to continue west on Grand Central, over the Triboro Bridge to the George Washington Bridge and then north on Palisades Parkway to route 17. Woodbury Commons is just east of Route 17. Now maybe that can help the Chowhounds find you a great place to eat.

            1. re: susanl143

              Thanks. They did a mapquest and it was looking (to them) like they were going through the city.

            2. re: serious

              I agree with this assessment. Also, being lost in Manhattan or even making a wrong turn (depending on the neighborhood) will easily add on an extra 30 minutes. Manhattan is a terrifying city to drive in and I've lived here for 5 years. If they want to get to Woodbury Commons and have a reasonable amount of time to shop, I suggest not stopping in any part of the city.

              flushing has delicious food but the traffic there is insane. Chinatown also has good grab and go options but the traffic there is tedious and parking can take a good half hour even for a native Manhattanite.

              1. re: windycity

                If they want to get to Woodbury Commons and have a reasonable amount of time to shop, I suggest not stopping in any part of the city.
                three days is not enough?


                1. re: fourunder

                  Hey, not if you have a panic attack from driving and getting lost in Manhattan and you decide to flee :)

          2. Thanks all; I have posted on the outer boroughs.

            1. The only thing I can think of is Fairway in Harlem. If they are coming from Queens over the Triboro they could go across 125 to Fairway. There's a parking lot. Get picnic-type food. Then go up the west side hwy to the bridge to nj. Not sure if that helps you at all. Good luck.

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              1. re: LNG212

                First, I would suggest you provide which day your group is landing at La Guardia Airport. It makes a huge difference on traffic and what is available, i.e., what's open due to religious restrictions. Whenever I am recruited to make a pick-up or discharge of passengers at a New York airport.....I usually take advantage and head down to Houston, Essex & Grand Streets and environs for some LES treats. Parking is not impossible at the time of day mentioned by the OP, and the area is easy off and easy back onto the FDR to get to the GWB. Then there is also Chinatown to consider.

                For Chinese on the LES, you can have some baked or steamed goods, dim sum, food cart items, Chinese BBQ and dumplings(5/$1)....all very cheap. You can also purchase the cheapest Roast Duck and Roast Pig in the city. A whole duck chopped is $9 and the Roast Pig/ Red Roast Pork is $5/lb. You can purchase egg tarts, Chinese style curried chicken or beef empanadas and char shui boa for about .50-.60 each.



                For Jewish and other items, there are these places:

                Kossar's Bialys
                Doughnut Plant
                Guss' Pickles or The Pickle Guys
                Russ & Daughters
                Yonah Schimmel Knishes
                Economy Candy

                As for Fairway Market, instead of Harlem, and the route taking the Palisades Parkway, once over the George Washington Bridge, You can take New Jersey State Highways #4 and #17 through Paramus and hit the newly opened Fairway market there. It's right on Route 17, so again easy off and back onto the highway, and plenty of free parking to boot.

                If you take (susanl143)'s route, it will most probably be quicker, but there isn't anything you can stop for other than gas until you hit New York Route 17.....but personally, I do not know why you would get off the thruway(87/287) to take 17 up to Woodbury Commons. You can just stay on the thruway to the Harriman exit.

              2. Thanks all; I forwarded all emails, suggested they pack a snack with them and look at the restos at Wbury Commons. Apparently there is a Nathan's Dog place and a quick, healthy Mexican. Told them I thought they should just drive and eat there.

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