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One of the things I dislike is when someone asks a lot of questions but then doesn't follow-up on their experiences (good or bad). So here is my trip report; hope it isn't regarded as clutter. I'm from Dallas but have been to NYC several times and this was more of a cheap eats type visit. I really enjoyed the cheap eats threads that many have contributed to.

Shake Shack (Madison Square Park Madison/5th Ave and 23rd) - A major reason I enjoy NYC is Shake Shack which makes my favorite burger. I tried the Shack Stack which was a ridiculous explosion of gooey cheesy awesomeness. I know they say mushrooms are in there but I mostly noticed the amazing amount of cheese. Visited three times during my stay and enjoyed a consistent Shackburger burger each time.

Aroma Espresso Bar (3rd Ave and 42nd) - I became addicted to the Iced Aroma Coffee drink from here. The light version was tasty as well.

Daniel's Bagel (3rd Ave and 38th/37th) and H&H Bagel (2nd Ave and 80th/81th) - I've heard raves from friends/locals about NYC Bagels and can only conclude it's either an acquired taste or hit or miss. I've read the best bagels are fresh from the oven and that could be the case. The mid morning ones I ate were not bad but not particularly compelling. Tried plain, onion, works, blueberry.

Famous Halal Guys (6th Ave and 53rd) - I went to the SE corner during the day. From what I can tell/have read it's the same operation that operates in the SW corner at night. They were having a hard time trying to convince a few tourists. Grabbed chicken and rice and discovered a simple dish that I could eat endlessly. Went back twice more during my trip for the same thing.

White Castle (8th Ave and 36th/37th) - Checked to see if childhood memories were accurate and unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it much. File this one away with my KFC and Pizza Hut memories.

Ippudo NYC (4th Ave and 9th/10th) - The atmosphere sucks (upscale but too dark and noisy), and it's pricey, but the ramen is great. We certainly have nothing like it in Dallas and it compares favorably to what I've had in Japan.

Crif Dogs (St Marks Pl and 1st Ave/Ave A) - I had to trry the Spicy Redneck after seeing it described. Worth $5? Not sure but tasted much better than your normal NYC hot dog. Also has one ingenious invisible restroom.

Momofuku Milk Bar (13th and 2nd Ave) - Walked right past it but it's right next to Ssam Bar. Had the ice cream sampler which was peach tea, raspberry lemon, cantaloupe, and cereal milk. It wasn't bad but probably not worth a return for me, not for the price. It was worth checking out but not sure about the raves.

Baoguette (St Marks Place and 2nd Ave) - Had grilled pork bahn mi. Didn't compare to the Vietnamese I've had in Dallas (we have a sizable population). The pork wasn't charred enough (which I think is the key to this) and the overall sandwich was a bit lacking. Not bad, but not what I've been used to having.

Nicky's Vietnamese (2nd Ave and Avenue A) - Tiny place. Had grilled pork bahn mi. Same experience as Baoguette.

City Bakery (18th St and 6th/5th Ave) - Wanted to checkout the Pretzel Croissant. It was good except for the salt crystals which made it way too salty. Was nice after I scraped off all the salt. Maybe I'm more sensitive to salt than others but most pretzels suffer from the over salt issue... but since you can just brush it off, no big deal.

Lamazou (3rd Ave and 27th st) - A nice little deli shop with great sandwiches. We tried Smart Duck (duck/brie) and Parisian (ham/swiss) and were happily impressed with the quality of a well made sandwich.

Porchetta (7th St and 1st Ave/Avenue A) - Had to see for myself and I'm on the not-so-great side. The sandwich was dried out, fairly porky, in need of some sort of sauce, and definitely not worth $10.

Taim (7th Ave and Waverly Pl) - This was a fantastic falafel sandwich. My brother (who was skeptical) agreed. Plenty of flavor and pleasing textures instead of being overly starchy or bland. They have indoor seating and plated dishes but since it seats about 4 you're better off to-go.

Joe's Pizza (6th Ave and Carmine) - Great cheese slice. I got mine fresh from the oven, first slice off the pie. Maybe not the best ever but pretty darn good to remind me of what a NYC slice tastes like.

Great NY Noodle Town (Bowery and Bayard) - Great little noodleshop. Had wonton soup, pork noodle soup, and another vegetable pork dish. Isn't quite amazing but for the price and what it is, it was good.

Prosperity Dumpling (Eldridge and Hester/Canal) - Great fried dumplings cheap. Really liked these unlike most Chinese dumplings which I find bland or gummy.

Yonah Schimmel (Houston St and Forsyth) - Grabbed a potato and blueberry knish. My first knishes. Enjoyed them both although they were much larger than I pictured.

Doughnut Plant (Grand St and Norfolk) - Based on some advice from here I tried the Tres Leches, Blackout, and Carrot cake donuts. The blackout was certainly choclatey but not for me. The Carrot cake was good... but the Tres Leches was terrific. Worth $2+ terrific? I'm going with yes. Went back for a second trip. They definitely sell out of what is popular.

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (Bayard and Mott) - Maybe it's just me but they are always out of the flavors I want to try (fruit sorbets). Well known ice cream joints in NYC seems to be much pricier than I'd be willing to pay as a local.

Il Laboratorio Del Gelato (Orchard St and Broome/Delancey) - Similar experience to Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. I had green apple and pear. Good product but not a lot for what you pay. It's a walk up storefront.

Cafe Katja (Orchard and Broome/Grand) - This was the most I spent on a meal on this trip. It's an Austrian style place and I thought it was terrific overall. Started with a fresh pretzel which was warm, chewy, soft, tasty. It was a bit salty but, as I wrote earlier, just scraped off the salt. The Emmentaler sausage entree was a large cheese filled sausage link in a creamy sauce with dumplings/cabbage. I'm usually disappointed by sausages but this one was excellent, especially in combination with the rest of the plate. Concluded with a linzer torte slice which was the only downside. It was not bad but I didn't care for it. Service was very friendly and I had a nice relaxed meal.

Shake Shack, Joe's Pizza, Doughnut Plant, Famous Halal Guys are places I'll definitely be visiting on my next trip.

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Lamazou
370 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

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

Doughnut Plant
379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

Cafe Katja
79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Prosperity Dumpling
46 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

Daniel's Bagels
569 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

H&H Bagels
639 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Crif Dogs
113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Porchetta
110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

White Castle
525 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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

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  1. Thanks for your report! It's true that artisan ice cream and gelato tends to be pricey in the city (I'm guessing something due to high rents, high labor costs, and the need to get people in and out?). I think most of the consumers visiting are getting the milk and cream based products, too.

    Next time I'd try Sundaes & Cones for something similar to Chinatown Ice Cream Factory and L'Arte de Gelato for something similar to Il Laboratorio.

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    Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
    65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: kathryn

      Il Laboratorio reduced all their sizing recently, and the small in particular looks like a childs size. They might as well switch to a melon ball scooper.

      1. re: sugartoof

        Interesting... I went to Il Laboratorio for the first time over Labor Day. The size was really small as you said; I wasn't aware that was a recent change. I was also disappointed in the flavor offerings when I was there. I was hoping for wasabi, tarragon pink pepper, mastic, sesame, or other unusual flavors, but they didn't have anything more exotic than peanut butter. It was good, but not as good as I'd hoped, and there is no place to sit down which hardly makes them unique in NYC. I went to Grom a couple of times. I prefer it to Il Laboratorio.

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        Grom
        233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          The medium used to be their small. I still see the black sesame pretty regularly, or the Black Mission Fig, but they only seem to do a couple exotic select flavors at a time, as opposed to when they started and the emphasis was on interesting flavors. They just haven't kept up with an ice cream world that's increasingly interested in savory, or exotic flavors. Even then, the focus was on flavors such as salted peanut, licorice, pistachio with fresh hand crushed nuts....nothing truly out there by todays standards like Humphey Slocombe (SF) or Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream (Ohio).

          They're getting ready to open up a dedicated shop, with a larger roster of flavors available. I think the smaller cups is due to this project.

          1. re: sugartoof

            You went to some great places. Here are some other cheap eats next time to indulge with:

            Pommes Frites- Incredible fries with tons of dipping sauces
            Grom gelato
            L'Arte del Gelato
            Lula's Sweet Apothecary
            Levain Bakery
            Sundaes and Cones
            Two Little Red Hens
            Blackhound Bakery

            Shopsin's- Not sure it is classified as "Cheap Eats" but it depends on what your order. Still its not that expensive and it is incredible IMO.

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

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

            Pommes Frites
            123 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

            Levain Bakery
            167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023

            Grom
            233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

            Lula's Sweet Apothecary
            516 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

            1. re: steakrules85

              levain isn;t relatively cheap, although it is cheap in absolute dollars. 5 dollars a cookie. granted it's a cookie that would choke a horse... i love them, don;t get me wrong, but for a cookie it aint cheap

              1. re: steakrules85

                I've had Pommes Frites twice before and I'd say your enjoyment of it will depend largely on which sauces you choose. Once I chose well and once poorly so ask for samples if they aren't crushed.

                Levain was as advertised, a terrific chocolate chip cookie and solely worth the trip to that area. Cost was worth it as a visitor. Much better than the cookie I had later at Jacques Torres (way too sweet and far too much chocolate).

                I appreciate all the sweet/dessert suggestions from all the posters!

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                Pommes Frites
                123 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                Jacques Torres
                285 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

            2. re: woodleyparkhound

              I also tried Il Laboratorio over Labor Day, and was disappointed with the limited flavors that were nothing special. I prefer Cones in the Village for gelato; they make a wonderful corn gelato.

              1. re: ellenost

                This article might be interesting:
                http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/201007...

                I had no idea so much of his business was wholesale. Over 90%!

                1. re: kathryn

                  It's been that way from the get go, and many of his more interesting flavors were the run offs from the custom batches the high end restaurants were ordering.

                  The other interesting thing is they used to have an indoor shop with some limited seating when they opened. Then they switched to the walk up window and muted flavors.

                  One tip - they carry Four Barrel Coffee. (Maialino was supposed to have the exclusive).

                  1. re: kathryn

                    Thanks kathryn for the article. My sister had dinner at Resto recently, and raved about the salted caramel Il Laboratorio gelato. Since I love the salt caramel flavors, I was hoping to get that flavor (among others) when we went to the LES. The most interesting flavor that I got (I ordered the medium: 3 scoops) was the milk chocolate malt (it was fine, but not special enough to make this a destination spot for me). The other two flavors were: sweet cream cheese and espresso.

                    I do hope the larger location will permit them to carry more flavors. Being located next to Katz's should make the line even longer! Maybe they'll have more help to deal with the longer lines.

                    1. re: ellenost

                      I bought 3 flavors of il laboratorio del gelato at Dean & DeLuca on the UES: malt, maple walnut and watermelon sorbet. All flavors are fantastic! Too bad none of these flavor were being sold when I visited the shop on the LES. As my sister says, "stick with buying the pints at D&D".

              2. re: sugartoof

                I hate this place (laboratorio del gelato )with a passion, stingy is not the half of it. Let my wife try a sample and then precisely removed said amount from her final choice. was send to L'arte di Gelato-so much better tastewise (see my Keste vs Motorino thread) Sorry for the rant.

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                Motorino
                349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                1. re: MrPhil

                  I keep trying to imagine this scenario and I can't wrap my head around it. Can you describe what they did exactly? I've witnessed some odd behavior at that shop in the past though, so I'm not doubting it.

                  1. re: sugartoof

                    If the story is true, that totally turns me off. I'd like more explanation as well.

                    1. re: uwsister

                      What happened was we had gone there for the 1st time and my wife asked for a taste of a specific flavor, which he gave her (on one of those little spoons - no problem with this at all) Bear in mind she only asked to taste one flavor. Once she chose her flavor, he scooped it into in the dish, but before handing it to her, he went back and took out with the scoop a miniscule portion that was equal to the taste.

                      It was really weird, there was the scoop, but wait, you have .0001oz to much, I'm going to take that back . It wasn't a smoothing or packing issue. My wife and I and our guests all came to the same conclusion at the same time. No one said anything, but it was a "did you see what he did" moment when we left.

                      Needless to say, I won't be going back ever again.

                      1. re: MrPhil

                        That is so bizarre! I've gone to Cones in the Village and asked for a few tastes of different flavors, and then settling on 2. Not only did they not scoop out the taste portions, but they could not have been nicer about letting me taste a few different flavors.

                        1. re: MrPhil

                          I guess I'm trying to make some sense out of something that isn't rational to begin with, but it still wouldn't make sense. Had they taken another spoon, and taken out the sample portion from your cup, that would be one thing, but if they used the scooper to take some off the top, it would likely just end up as excess residue they'd rinse off, rather than something they could profit off.

                          Like I said, if it was any other place, I'd be skeptical, but the owner reminds me a little bit of the Doughnut Plant guy, in that they share a passion for their own product that manifests itself in some eccentric ways.

                    2. re: MrPhil

                      If they did that to me, I would have walked out of there without paying and without my gelato. There are too many good places around town to waste your money on a place that treats customers so rudely! I've made a habit of NOT going to places where they're stingy with the samples. They can't possibly be losing that much money out of their profits by letting people try, and I really think they'd make more money if they did allow sampling everywhere. I've been with people at gelato shops where I was the only one planning on ordering, but if my friends are offered samples, they often get convinced to buy something. Yet another reason why my favorite ice cream-y place in town is Lula's Sweet Apothecary-they'll practically force the samples upon you to make sure you end up ordering what you like!

                2. nice report! I think the Doughnut Plant donuts are worth the dough, too.

                  I finally tried the halal cart on my last visit, after reading so much about it over the years. I really like a good doner, gyro or shawarma, so I thought I'd probably like the food at the halal cart. Maybe I ordered from the wrong guys (it was during the day, and I went to the guys on the SW corner of 53rd and 6th), but I was really underwhelmed by the food. I picked out most of the lamb/meat, which was topped with a heavy garlic sauce and hot sauce, ate some of the greasy rice, then dumped the rest. Maybe chicken would have been a safer choice than lamb. Is the meat at the halal carts always the chopped/formed pre-frozen-gyro brick kind of meat, or do some halal carts start with normal pieces of meat?

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                  1. re: phoenikia

                    Personally, I think the 53rd and 6th cart is way overrated. There's one halal cart that I know of that uses real cubes of lamb. It's called Kwik Meal. It's my favorite lamb -- definitely a step above the gyro brick all of the other carts are using. Their chicken is OK, but not as good as my fave, the Trini-Pak cart. The chicken is spicier and zestier than 53rd and 6th (which I find way too peppery for my taste).

                    http://kwikmeal.net/index.html
                    http://www.yelp.com/biz/trini-paki-bo...

                    ETA: Just noticed your screename. Nice "running" into you here on this forum. :

                    )

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                    Kwik Meal
                    45th St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                    1. re: Miss Needle

                      Thanks for your comments, Miss Needle!

                      I will keep Kwik Meal and Trini-Pak carts on my list for my next trip.

                      Yes, nice running into you on your home Board ;-)

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                      Kwik Meal
                      45th St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                      1. re: Miss Needle

                        I enjoy all three of these places, but still probably prefer 53rd and 6th if only because it's hard to find a comparable hot sauce.

                        1. re: Mr Porkchop

                          I'm also a big fan of the Trini-pak cart, and I visited them after a long while (since I no longer work in mid-town), and it was as good as ever. I realized that the hot sauce at Trini-Pak is quite unique in its own way. I've been learning a lot about Jamaican food recently and I realized that one of the major flavor components of the hot sauce there is allspice (like in jerk seasoning). The Caribbean influence in the food is quite evident just in that sauce. Not overpowering, but gives a good hint of jerk sauce.

                          I do also agree with you that the 53rd St cart makes a really good hot sauce. To me, it makes up for the relatively flavorless chicken.

                    2. you were at crif dogs, and didn;t go through the phone booth? for shame!!!!

                      1. Awesome report! I see you've definitely done your research! For banh mi, my favorite is Saigon Banh Mi which is in the back of a jewelry store in Chinatown.

                        Ha ha. I see we share an affinity for White Castles. Yes, as I've gotten older, the taste isn't quite like it was when I was a kid. But I still have a soft spot in my heart for them.

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                        White Castle
                        351 E 103rd St, New York, NY 10029

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                        1. re: Miss Needle

                          I just learned this weekend that Saigon Banh Mi has moved. It's now right next door to Di Palo on Grand Street. Which makes for a perfect excursion. In fact, it did make for a perfect excursion once we fought our way through "The Feast" - split a pork banh mi for lunch, picked up a great bottle of wine and lots of cheese and pork and bread (Sullivan Street pugliese) at Di Palo for dinner. Now that I'm using the subway more often again, I'm amazed at how little time it takes to get down to that area from the UES.

                            1. re: thew

                              Indeed, often the best way to get to chow-worthy places, particularly from the UES!

                        2. Nice report, many thanks. I live 2 blocks from Daniel's Bagels. They are good, not great.
                          I walk up to Ess A Bagel on 3rd Ave and 50th for I.M.H.O. great bagels that are unique.
                          Donut Plant rocks my world. I love the Peanut Butter and Jelly donut. Just two doors down is Kossar's Bialy's if you want a great bialy.
                          At City Bakery I get the glazed French Toast. They sell it by the pound. Just get one small piece as it s very rich. Their Hot Chocolate is also a favorite. Small cup very rich.
                          White Castle, what can I say. Fond memories of 3 AM sliders. They have not changed much and can't really be compared to any other burger. An entity unto themselves.
                          Sorry, I didn't mean to co-opt your review. The gears just started turning.

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                          Kossar's Bialys
                          367 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

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

                          Daniel's Bagels
                          569 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                          White Castle
                          351 E 103rd St, New York, NY 10029

                          1. thanks for the report! sorry for some of your mediocre results.
                            on your next visit maybe you should try the outer boros, it is much better imo in cheap eats and variety of different ethnic foods. but manhattan is trumps the outer boros in higher scale dining. so if u want you can post on the outer boros section on chowhound before your next visit.
                            you should also try out the creme brulee donut on your revisit to doughnut planet.

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                            1. re: daffyduck

                              Definitely agree with you that the outer boroughs is much better in the cheap eats department -- everything with the exception of Japanese cuisine -- though I haven't checked out any of the Williamsburg restaurants yet.

                              Daffy, it seems we have similar types of sweet teeth. I haven't been too keen on Doughnut Plant's yeast-raised donuts. Is the creme brulee donut fluffy or on the heavy side?

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                              Doughnut Plant
                              379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

                              1. re: Miss Needle

                                i would say heavy side. it's their smallest donut though. here's a good description.
                                http://www.alwayshungryny.com/thought...
                                also i think the coconut custard creme is pretty amazing it's my 2nd favorite.

                                1. re: Miss Needle

                                  If you haven't tried Doughnut Plant in the last year, I would say, give it another shot. I was pretty vocal about their shortcomings, but they have improved their yeast raised product big time. Let's hope they can stay consistent.

                                  The Creme Brulee donut is one of the cakey dense donuts.

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                                  Doughnut Plant
                                  379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

                                  1. re: Miss Needle

                                    Thanks guys. Well, I guess I should try the yeast-ones again, especially the creme brulee as it sounds good in theory.

                                    1. re: Miss Needle

                                      Miss Needle, you're Korean, right? Imagine my surprise when I saw Doughnut Plant in the middle of Seoul last week! I literally did a double-take. Of course I had to go in and see if there were any flavors that we didn't have here, and there they were, green tea cake doughnut and green tea yeast doughnut filled with green tea cream. I tried a green tea cake doughnut, which was quite good. I still prefer tres leches though. Apparently there are a couple in Tokyo as well, though I didn't see one this time around - I was hoping to see one so I could compare the flavors. A bit off-topic, but whoda thunk Doughnut Plant is a chain in Asia? Wonder if there's any in China?

                                      BTW, creme brulee is tiny, delicious, and intense!

                                      1. re: uwsister

                                        Yeah, I've heard about that before. I thought it was kind of strange that there would be a location in Seoul! Green tea flavored stuff isn't quite my thing but I would always be willing to try. I'll bet that the pumpkin type of donuts would be popular there. And I would love to see a pine needle one. I wonder if there are some donuts made with sweet rice flour.

                                        1. re: Miss Needle

                                          I didn't see any rice flour donuts at Doughhnut Plant in Seoul - but I bet they would be popular. I love them, for one. I'm not into pine needle flavor though (though I've only had it in a drink.)

                                        2. re: uwsister

                                          Doughnut Plant is a fairly popular chain in Japan. I've seen them in several depachikas around Tokyo, and I do believe they have locations in other cities.... yup... confirmed here: http://www.doughnutplant.jp/shop/
                                          The english page doesn't list all the shops in Japan, but links to the original shop in NYC: http://www.doughnutplant.jp/eng/index...

                                          I'm sure they made the jump to Seoul from Japan. I wonder if they're licensing from the original NYC shop, or whether some Japanese outfit bought them out.

                                          1. re: E Eto

                                            I was just visiting relatives living in Jiyugaoka - too bad I didn't think to look up the locations, I wouldn't have minded stopping in for a comparison.

                                  2. awesome report!!! Totally agree with OP on Ess a Bagel. Best hands down.

                                    1. My previous visit was lengthier and included a lot more average results that were higher priced, hence my emphasis on cheaper eats this time.

                                      RE: Outer Boroughs: I doubt I'd have the time or transportation to do much in Queens/Brooklyn but I'll see if there any "can't/don't miss" places next time I visit. I've done quick tours through Flushing and Brighton Beach in the past.

                                      RE: Famous Halal Guys: From everything I read it's daytime = SE corner, night = SW corner

                                      RE: Kwik Meal: I had meant to try the Kwik Meal cart but it never worked out that way. Also not a fan of lamb but I'd have happily compared the chicken. I'm craving chicken and rice right now and haven't found a substitute locally.

                                      RE: Ess-A-Bagel: It was on my shortlist but we never got around to a visit. Might give bagels another shot.

                                      RE: Saigon Bahn Mi: I'm pretty sure I visited this place on a previous trip and thought it was quite good. I'd have gone back except I couldn't remember where it was. It's apparently moved around?

                                      RE: Ice Cream / Gelato. I make good/great ice cream myself so I look for the exotic or unusual and when all I see are things I can get anywhere it's not compelling, esp at the price and serving sizes. A local chain here has decided to rotate several unusual flavors through it's normal lineup (durian, bacon, breadfruit, cheeses, etc) and that was more what I was hoping to find.

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                                      Kwik Meal
                                      45th St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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                                      1. re: amokscience

                                        Saigon Banh Mi moved to the back of a Jewelery store on Mott, It isn't as good as it was before. Try Banh Mi So 1 on Broom and Mott. I think they are the current best in Manhattan

                                        1. re: MVNYC

                                          It moved again this summer to Grand St.

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                                          Banh Mi Saigon
                                          198 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

                                          1. re: squid kun

                                            Yeah sorry forgot about that. Still not as good as when it was beneath the Manhattan Bridge. I would go to Bahn Mi So 1

                                      2. The Marseille. 44th and 9th Avenue, NYC.
                                        Really nice evening sitting at one of the outside tables on a beautiful night. Onion soup, hangar steak, really GOOD fries, and chocolate custard for dessert. Proseco and a nice Napa valley wine along with it.

                                        1. It all sounds pretty underwhelming except for Shake Shack, though I usually prefer my burgers - and other foods- without melted cheese.

                                          But I have to say.... blueberry bagels, blueberry knishes...? The blueberry man is racking up quite a sales year. He's catching up to cranberry man....

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                                          1. re: Steve

                                            The blueberry knish is actually more of a blueberry strudel. It's not classic cherry, but by strudel standards, which often lean to fillings like pineapple, they could have done much worse.