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You're About to Die And You Only have $50

kottke Feb 25, 2010 02:00 PM

One day left to live - where would you eat your last two or three meals in Manhattan and what would you order if you only had (about) $50 to spend for the day?

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    sam1 Feb 25, 2010 02:57 PM

    $50 worth of sushi and a kirin draft at ushiwakamaru.

    or id walk across the brooklyn bridge and eat a red wattle pork chop and have a glass of rye at vinegar hill house.

    if i have to break it up...double shack burger, fries, and chocolate shack at shake shack...2 squares at artichoke pizza...merguez sandwich at moustache...quattro panino at 'ino...that should be under $50.

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      RCC Feb 25, 2010 03:01 PM

      Per Se and order the most expensive tasting menu and wines.

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      1. re: RCC
        Peter Cherches Feb 25, 2010 04:02 PM

        Huh? Put it on a credit card, I guess.


        1. re: Peter Cherches
          RCC Feb 25, 2010 04:16 PM

          With a few hours to live? I'm not even bringing my credit cards. Let Keller's staff figure out what to do with me. Meanwhile I can always call the valet downstairs to hold off on fetching the Ferrari that I rented earlier.

        2. re: RCC
          foodwhisperer Oct 2, 2013 08:28 PM

          LOLOLOL yessssssss , Brilliant!!!!

        3. Marge Feb 25, 2010 03:02 PM

          I would go to Masa and order the most expensive omakase they would do for me....hey, I have one day to live, what are they gonna do, have me arrested?

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          1. re: Marge
            RCC Feb 25, 2010 03:15 PM

            Oh, and don't forget to order that $400 botlle of sake.

            1. re: RCC
              pbjluver Feb 25, 2010 03:19 PM

              Popeye's Cajun Fried Chicken, biscuits, cole slaw
              then a few Baoguettes (medium spicy).

              I do not need a fancy restaurant

              1. re: pbjluver
                Peter Cherches Feb 25, 2010 04:05 PM

                I wouldn't go near either, but if somebody could get me the same from Bojangles (none in NY, alas) and some banh mi from ba xuen, that's another matter.


                1. re: Peter Cherches
                  Bone Thug n Hominy Mar 7, 2010 08:10 AM

                  This probably doesn't help you in any way, but there's a Bojangles in Hempstead.

              2. re: RCC
                Marge Feb 25, 2010 03:33 PM

                Sounds like a plan, RCC, take me to your meal at Per Se and then I'll take you to mine at Masa. Then we can die knowing we had the ultimate meals at the mall at Columbus Circle!

                1. re: Marge
                  RCC Feb 25, 2010 03:43 PM

                  OK Marge. We'll just have to make sure that our respective last days coincide. I'd hate to be arrested while still having more than a day to live.

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              cubeoccupant Feb 25, 2010 04:57 PM

              I will play along. (i will cheat a bit and ignore tax and be a non-tipper)

              breakfast: croissant from Patisserie Claude $2.50(?)
              breakfast: small coffee from Grumpy $2.50 (the cheapest on the menu)

              lunch: akamaru ramen from Ippudo $14.00, plain slice from Joe's $3.00 (if outer borough was permitted - i will cough up $5 for di fara's), al pastor taco on 116th st. $2.00

              alternative lunch: Il Capitan sandwhich at Alidoro $9.00, fish taco from pinche $4.00, elote from habana $3

              afternoon snack: shot of hot chocolate at City Bakery $2.00

              dinner: nigiri of oo-toro and uni at whichever sushi joint that has the best/freshest that day. $20.
              alternative option: lasagna from Apizz, spaghetti from Malatesta
              dessert: slice of cake from Lady M, $8

              I've clearly gone over the budget, and I failed to squeeze in steak, wine, beer, and couple of glasses of scotch that I would surely want on my last day among other things. I think I need about 3G to stuff myself on my last day..

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                windycity Feb 25, 2010 05:29 PM

                I'm a dessert freak, so:

                $5 at Kee's for the rose-lychee macaron and a green tea truffle.
                $12 for a coffee caramel dome at the Bar at the Modern
                $10 for the olive oil coppetta at Otto
                $5.50 for the Beaux Arts pastry at Payard (this is kinda cheating cos Payard doesn't have this flavor anymore at the new shop, he stopped making it before the old Payard closed)

                $3.5 - Sicilian slice at Artichoke
                The remainder is a toss up between some Korean fried chicken, a hot pastrami & pitcher of chocolate soda at 2nd Ave Deli, or some really good lobster or crab somewhere. The first two usually make me want to die of feeling full afterward eating anyway.

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                1. re: windycity
                  kottke Feb 25, 2010 05:55 PM

                  Thanks a ton for the ideas! I am on a tight budget with just a few days in Manhattan and really want to know what foods are special to people.

                  1. re: kottke
                    Marge Feb 25, 2010 06:06 PM

                    Do you have just one day to live....or are you just on a tight budget? Really big difference kottke...

                    1. re: Marge
                      windycity Feb 25, 2010 06:14 PM

                      For a foodie, every day could be their last day to eat and live. That's why I always start with dessert :)

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                        uwsister Feb 25, 2010 09:47 PM

                        Great thinking!

                        1. re: windycity
                          BuildingMyBento Oct 2, 2013 10:20 PM

                          Assuming that all chowhounds prefer sweet to any other taste is a horse of a different color!

                          If the point was to actually spend the fifty bucks, as opposed to "call it quits" while getting arraigned for kipping out on a bill, I might as well gulp a bottle of Badia a Coltibuono EVOO along with beefsteak tomatoes, a baguette, burrata, and a mix of salt and black pepper.

                          Or, I'd have a lunch feast in Koreatown and drain an entire bottle of sesame oil, then I'd move on to künefe and kaymak at Güllüoğlu.

                          If there was a 3rd option, I'd follow in the footsteps of the elderly woman in the supermarket scene of Tampopo...but with one slight change. I'd eat the stuff too.


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                    lfjacob Feb 25, 2010 07:32 PM

                    I am really really (really) into the Spaghetti Aglio Olio w/Pomodoro at 'inoteca these days (garlic, olive oil, crushed tomatoes, pepper flakes, with grated parmesan). It's unbelievably satisfying but simple, and done to perfection every single time. That, along with a glass of red wine and then a few City Bakery chocolate chip cookies, is heaven on earth... and possibly even under the $50 budget!

                    1. Motosport Feb 26, 2010 05:57 AM

                      Katz's hot pastrami on rye with a little cole slaw, russian dressing heavy on the mustard
                      Nathan's Coney Island Hot dog with sauerkraut, relish heavy on the mustard, fries and a root beer. Sorry I had to go to Brooklyn for this.
                      Junior's strawberry cheese pie, vanilla egg cream and a mile high hot fudge sundae.

                      1. LeahBaila Feb 26, 2010 08:08 AM

                        LOVE this thread! Here goes:

                        Buttercup Bakeshop's PB&J cupcake: $2
                        Ali Baba's patatesli-stuffed pide: $12.95
                        The Donut Pub's glazed cake donut stick: $1.65
                        Ah Chihuahua's lunch special of 2 cheese enchiladas, rice & beans: $8.95
                        Joe's Shanghai's pork soup dumplings: $4.65
                        Q'doba's chips & cheese dip: $5.19
                        The Breslin's thrice-cooked chips: $7
                        Corner Bistro's Bistro Burger (would have preferred Luger's, but this is all I can afford at this point): $6.50


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                        1. re: LeahBaila
                          CantStopEating Feb 26, 2010 10:14 AM

                          LeahBaila - if it was the apocalypse, we'd probably run into each other all over the city!

                          In addition to Corner Bistro, Joe's Shanghai, and The Donut Pub, I'd stop by Charles' Pan Fried Chicken for 4 fried chickens and a Coke (despite the precious time I'd lose by traveling up there), Mitali East for Lamb Vindaloo and a Taco at Tehuitzingo. I think I'm broke now. And if I was broke at this point, I'd stick up Madeleine Patisserie for a few macarons.


                          1. re: CantStopEating
                            LeahBaila Feb 26, 2010 10:16 AM

                            Hahhahhah! :)


                        2. thew Feb 26, 2010 09:01 AM

                          chinese food delivered so i could spend the time in bed with a loved one

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                            foodwhisperer Oct 2, 2013 08:31 PM

                            very romantic. I'd eat a bag ofchips and hire a "loved one" for the $49

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                              Ziggy41 Oct 3, 2013 05:06 AM

                              What kind of "loved one" can you get for $49 these days? You better off hiring the Chinese delivery guy

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                            kottke Oct 2, 2013 08:17 PM

                            Any nudges or updates on this 3.5 years later? 24 hours to eat whatever you want in the city, you get to spend 111 bucks on food (inflation).

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                            1. re: kottke
                              kathryn Oct 2, 2013 08:27 PM

                              Don't you already have a new, similar thread? 5 meals for $300 or something?

                              1. re: kathryn
                                kottke Oct 3, 2013 09:24 AM

                                Just trying to round up any action I can and thought this thread might be more successful. Maybe I'll just need to scour the old posts for this kind of "Favorite meals" thread.

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                              UES Mayor Oct 3, 2013 04:26 AM

                              I would buy a bottle of Xanax and pop a few w a Bloody Mary (Extra spicy) to ease the journey into Kingdom come.

                              1. Motosport Oct 3, 2013 09:34 AM

                                I immediately thought Katz's Pastrami sammich on rye, vanilla egg cream and Junior's strawberry cheese pie.
                                On second thought: I'd take my old Brooklyn sweetie Gina out for a lobster dinner. $50 would cover her dinner. I'd watch her eat while I have a cup of coffee.
                                After a lobster dinner Gina was mine for the night!!
                                What a way to go!!

                                1. Monica Oct 3, 2013 09:40 AM

                                  2 sandwiches I had at Shopsin's last week. With the 20% tip, it was exactly $50 for my husband and I.
                                  but then if I am dying today, i simply won't tip and spend that money on a slice of mille crepe at Lady M.


                                  I can get salmon sushi and roll combo from Katagiri Japanese supermarket and get a slice of mille crepe from Lady M.

                                  or buy 5 slices of mille crepe from Lady M and buy a pint or two of Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream.

                                  1. financialdistrictresident Oct 6, 2013 08:08 AM

                                    I hope it's Summer and I can eat a tomato fresh from the vine in an organic garden . . .

                                    Alternatively, Union Square Greenmarket for me.

                                    I miss Gourmet (Happy Thanksgiving . . .November 2009) but still remember Ruth Reichl's letter from the editor re: the tomato.

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                                    1. re: financialdistrictresident
                                      financialdistrictresident Oct 10, 2013 08:09 AM

                                      I'm still thinking seasonal and also like the shaved white truffle over some fresh pasta suggestion posted by another hound.

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                                      jmarya Oct 6, 2013 08:20 AM

                                      I'd order an assortment of cheese and cured meats from East Village cheese, a bagel with lox from Russ and Daughters, and the spicy lamb cumin noodles from Xi'an Famous Foods.

                                      and a bloody mary (or three) somewhere, but I can't think of anywhere in Manhattan that has a bloody mary that I truly loved.

                                      1. Ziggy41 Oct 6, 2013 01:40 PM

                                        It depends on the season. I would rather die in the fall or winter where I can enjoy some fresh white truffles somewhere. Perhaps Maialino

                                        And whichever place I pick I would park right next to the nearest fire hydrant

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                                          beevod Oct 7, 2013 08:10 AM

                                          Something healthy

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                                            Monica Oct 7, 2013 08:14 AM

                                            Are you my mother in law??

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                                            shoeman Oct 7, 2013 10:36 AM

                                            I know you did not mean it literally. However, you can look up the last meal eaten by Texas death row inmates.

                                            Interestingly, most opted for comfort foods like mac n cheese, pizza, pasta, ice cream, hamburgers and hot dogs or something their mother made for them.

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                                            1. re: shoeman
                                              Monica Oct 7, 2013 10:45 AM

                                              well, I am sure most of those inmates have never had foie gras, truffles, uni and other exotic items in their lives.
                                              I mean, i can't imagine an inmate asking for, I'd like some pasta with shaved white alba truffle on top, make sure the uni is from Santa Barbara, some seared foie gras with balsamic reduction and some hamachi crudo.

                                              1. re: Monica
                                                Motosport Oct 7, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                Only on death row in Manhattan, Paris and Los Angeles

                                                1. re: Monica
                                                  shoeman Oct 7, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                  No - But I'm sure they've had steak and lobster.

                                                  Either way your not going to enjoy any last meal. I don't think that foie gras or anything exotic would be on top of anyone's list? However, one last slice of my mother lasagna might hit the spot.

                                                  1. re: shoeman
                                                    Monica Oct 7, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                    Oh no, if i was getting my last meal, I AM getting that seard foie gras.
                                                    I'd love to have my mom's cooking too but if my mother found out that I was on a death row, she'd hang herself first so eating her food isn't going to happen.

                                                  2. re: Monica
                                                    Ziggy41 Oct 8, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                    In a weird way this thread made me reconsider our trip to Alba next year for the truffle festival. If I do go and something happens to me it will all be on your head

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                                                  pauliface Oct 8, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                  I no longer live in Manhattan so this is a bit tinged with nostalgia, but...

                                                  Falafel at Mamoun's (~ $3)

                                                  Omen in Soho for:
                                                  "Salad of the House" - ~$13
                                                  + pickles $10
                                                  + shiso rice $7

                                                  Cookies from Veniero's' ($3 worth)

                                                  Lemon Italian Ices at Ferrara's (~$5)

                                                  And I believe that still leaves enough left over for a hot dog on the steps of the Met (mustard and sauerkraut)

                                                  1. Wilfrid Oct 10, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                    I'd go somewhere with a killer wine-list, and stiff them on the check. :)

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                                                    1. re: Wilfrid
                                                      Motosport Oct 10, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                      Bad kharma amigo!

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