San Francisco Chowhound coming to NY for a week. What can't I find in San Francisco that's really unique?
I'm an adventurous eater with a week on my hands in October, and I'm looking for interesting ethnic and otherwise eats in Manhattan and the boroughs. I get plenty of Mexican, Thai and Cantonese in SF. I'm looking for things that are really hard to find out West. This includes oddities such as Montreal Smoked Meat, A real Pastrami Sandwich, obscure great bagels and things like Albanian, African and other far-flung spots on the globe. Not to mention that perfect NYC pizza slice that hasn't been overrun yet.
Thanks for your help.
I don't know of many places to get Montreal style smoked meat except for Mile End in Brooklyn.
For a proper pastrami on rye, I prefer Katz's Deli. I pulled up a thread called "Don't Leave New York Without Eating" that should also help.
I think NYers are so obssessed with pizza it's hard to find a pizza place that "hasn't been overrun yet." Also it seems like a lot of the high quality places nowadays are pies only. My pizza recommendations are in one of the threads I linked to below.
You said you get a lot of Cantonese in SF, what about Sichuan? We have some great Sichuan restaurants here like Szechuan Gourmet. As well as some of the harder to find Chinese cuisines: Xian and Fuzhou in Manhattan, and many more in Flushing (Shangdong/Qingdao, Henan, Dongbei to name a few).
List of Ultimate Chinese food dishes in NYC
For really interesting ethnic food, I would recommend a trip to Queens. The Edible Queens "World's Fare" blog is a good read:
Here are some threads on things I think NYC is good at, like brunch, bagels/smoked salmon, pickles, egg creams, pastrami, pizza, mixology, "ethnic" niches, street food etc.
Best breakfast and brunch:
Please help me eat during a month in new york
Don't leave NY without eating these foods
Pizza in NYC
BTW, I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles:
Foreign Street Grub
totally obscure, odd, and intriguing menu items
Great upscale dining
Union Square Greenmarket
Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
Go for the real NY "jewish" food - deli and smoked fish:
Katz's - pastrami sandwich
Russ and Daughters - smoked fish (retail but can take out bagel sandwiches, they also make egg creams)
Barney Greengrass - the sturgeon king - smoked fish breakfast/lunch
Hotel Edison Coffee Shop - matzoh ball soup, cabbage soup, mushroom barley soup
Zabar's (market/take out), one block away from H&H Bagels
New York steakhouse (not cheap/ethnic but authentically unique):
Peter Lugar (Brooklyn) - porterhouse
Strip House - NY strip, truffle spinach
541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
re: Chuck Lawrence
Oh my... can't believe I just saw Hotel Edison on Chowhound! Many years ago, I stayed there on my first ever visit to NYC. I'll never forget how kind they were to a young, sorta lost young Southern girl. On the morning I left, in the wee hours for a very early flight, they sat me down in that coffee shop and plied me with coffee and a roll whilst I waited for the car service to collect me. If I recall, my coffee/roll was "on the house"! I don't think the coffee shop was even officially open. They just took pity on me. I probably looked like I needed pity... I'd had a whirlwind good weekend with friends who were trying to "make it" in the theatre biz.