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Jul 1, 2010 12:22 PM

Snacks in the City - what's your favorite?

Sorry for the lame pun, I saw Sex and the City 2 yesterday.

Anyway, I'm a student, in NY for the summer with my days mostly free. I like to plan some places to go in order to give my day structure, and that includes trekking around the city in search of delicious treats! I'd like things on the cheap side (around $10 or less), any type of food, any part of the city. What are you favorites??

I've lived in NY before so I already have some places on my list (pretzel croissants, dumpling man, cheese rock from big booty bread co), but I'd love to add some more.


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  1. That pun made me cringe. Here are a few of my go-tos.

    B&W cookie (or chocolate dipper, or marble cruller) @ Donut Pub
    Toasted marshmallow shake @ Stand
    Chocolate walnut cookie @ Levain
    Iced coffee @ Abraco (Blue Bottle in Brooklyn is even better)
    Ebelskivers (or maple donuts) @ Shopsins
    WMD @ Wafels & Dinges
    Ice cream sandwich @ Holey Cream

    Bao trio @ Baohaus
    Sicilian slice @ Artichoke
    Slice @ Patsy's in E Harlem
    Taco al pastor @ Taco Mix
    Doner Kebab @ Bereket
    Arepas @ Caracas
    Pastry pizza @ Birdbath Bakery
    Falafel @ Taim
    Cheese sandwich @ Saxelby

    187 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

    86 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

    Donut Pub
    203 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

    Taco Mix
    234 E 116th St, New York, NY 10029

    Holey Cream
    796 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    4 Replies
    1. re: Bone Thug n Hominy

      i 2nd all of bone thug's suggestions
      I'll do a similiar list with 10 savory and 10 sweets
      savory (under 10 dollars):
      Russ\Daughters: bagel with whitefish salad
      Bleecker Street Pizza: nonna maria slice
      Carteles: Cubano Christo
      baoguette:bahn mi
      cafe habana (i believe they have a takeout section next door): corn
      Prosperity Dumplings: dumplings
      Otafuku: Yakitori
      Hill country: kreuz sausage with jalapeno cheese (will be a long line though)
      BLT Burger: Lamb burger
      Shake Shack: Shack Stack Burger
      Jacque Torres: Ice cream sandwich
      Kee's Chocolates
      Spot: Cupcakes I also like Two Little Red Hens
      Bouchon Bakery: Macaroons
      Treats Truck
      Sundaes and Cones
      Bruno Bakery: gelato, but if you prefer thicker gelato Otto is the place to go
      Donut Plant: My 5 favorite Creme brulee:(but it's small),Coconut custard, Peanut butter and jelly, Tres leches and Carrot cake
      Wichcraft: Oatmeal (Heard the ham\avocado sandwich is awesome there too)
      Led Zeppole: peanut butter and jelly icey and cookies and cream icey

      Kee's Chocolates
      80 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

      Two Little Red Hens
      1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

      Bouchon Bakery
      10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

      Sundaes and Cones
      95 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

      Shake Shack
      Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

      Bleecker Street Pizza
      69 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

      Prosperity Dumpling
      46 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

      236 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

      Bruno Bakery
      506 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

      245 Park Ave, New York, NY 10167

      Led Zeppole
      328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

      443 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

      BLT Burger
      470 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      1. re: daffyduck

        I wasn't aware Led Zeppole served anything not fried-will you tell me more about the iceys? Is it really thin or does it have a crunch to it, do you drink it through a straw or is it more of an eat-it-with-a-spoon type icey? Thanks!

        Led Zeppole
        328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: Jess321

          its an italian ice, like you would get at any pizzeria. u dont need a spoon to eat it but i doubt u can drink it. they only have a few flavors but i liked the two i tried. it's a great snack for this weather.

      2. re: Bone Thug n Hominy

        id like to just add that blt burger and shopsin's also have great milkshakes. a tip with shopsin's if the waiter is a jerk and gives you a problem with ordering too much food is to talk to kenny and tell him youre a pothead and that you have the munchies. im serious, it works. but you will probably have to listen to kenny for a few mins about how he made most of the stuff on the menu while he was high.

      3. Thank you! This will definitely keep me busy.

        And I know that pun was awful, but it was better than the movie.

        1. Cupcakes at Two Little Red Hens or Sweet Revenge.
          Macarons at La Maison du Chocolate
          Pretzel Croissant at City Bakery.
          Almond Croissant at Petrossian or Madeline Patisserie
          TKO and Nutter Butter at Bouchon Bakery
          Sweet Pea and Proscuitto Bruschetta at Otto

          Fried Egg Pork Bun and Cinnamon Bun Pie at Momofuku Milk Bar

          Two Little Red Hens
          1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

          Bouchon Bakery
          10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

          City Bakery
          3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

          182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

          Sweet Revenge
          62 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

          Momofuku Milk Bar
          251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

          1. I'd add Momofuku Milk Bar for sweet treats or pork buns. Also for super cheap hit up one of the dollar dumpling spots in chinatown.


            Momofuku Milk Bar
            251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

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            1. re: wontonfm

              I don't know if you posted on the Outer Boroughs Board, but take the 7 (or the LIRR) to Flushing and go to the stands around the LIRR station or the food courts. You couldn't possibly spend a full $10 before you are too full to walk.

            2. I've become kind of obsessed with a new Japanese bakery in Tribeca, Takahashi Bakery, on Murrary, near West Broadway. Awesome macarons in flavors like cherry blossom and green tea. Lots of interesting pastries, some with Japanese twist, like an edamame brioche, or red bean --fill in the blank.
              I'll make a special trip to get Il Laboratorio de Gelato.
              Going with the sweet and savory theme, I'll add falafel from Bereket or Mamoun's for my savory suggestion.

              187 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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              1. re: colfaxBee

                Wow, Takahashi Bakery sounds great! I'll have to pay a visit soon. Thanks for sharing!

                1. re: colfaxBee

                  speaking of falafels i really like the ones at Taim, though Mamoun's has them beat on price. i haven't tried bereket yet, but i definitely will since it's 24 hrs and in the LES\East Village which is where I usually hang out.

                  1. re: daffyduck

                    I think Taim has the best falafels in NYC. With that said, I think Bereket's food is much better overall--well, Taim doesn't offer much of a selection, so it's an unfair comparison. Beyond that, Mamoun's is a solid meal at a very reasonable price point. You can't go wrong whichever place you choose.

                    187 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                    1. re: Bone Thug n Hominy

                      Soomsoom on the UWS is really superior to all of those, not to mention more authentic with good thick pita.

                      Taim is more of a health food approach, where people mask the flavors with various hot sauce options. It's almost a different breed.

                      1. re: sugartoof

                        You're right--I'm not crazy about Taim's pita. I'd try Soomsoom, but I dunno. I really have to be in the mood for vegetarian middle eastern food.

                        1. re: Bone Thug n Hominy

                          Taim always feels more vegetarian to me. Maybe it just tastes more vegetarian for some reason.

                          1. re: sugartoof

                            It's more of a health thing, than anything else. Taim can present it as they like, but nothing is less healthy than combining fats with starches, then eliminating protein.

                            I'm not saying it's going to kill you (it's not--I'm sure of it), but I try to limit my empty calorie intake, so I really have to be in the mood to break my rule.

                        2. re: sugartoof

                          Please remind me where Soomsoom is.

                          For another Upper West Side option, I like Jerusalem Restaurant. I think Taim is better, though.

                          1. re: Pan

                            SoomSoom Vegetarian bar
                            166 West 72nd Street

                            It's near Grandaisy.

                            1. re: sugartoof

                              I think I know where it is on that street. Thanks.

                      2. re: daffyduck

                        Taim is far superior to Mamoun's and Bereket, really at a different level of quality and deliciousness. I've found the original location of Mamoun's - not the St Mark's location - to be reliable, though. Bereket is so incredibly fatty, I find it gross.

                        187 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002