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Oct 28, 2010 11:41 AM

Toronto hound looking to eat through NYC in 2.5 days


I am coming to NYC with a limited budget and am looking for some suggestions.

This is what I am thinking about so far:

Nicky's vietnamese sandwhich
clinton st bakery
the modern @ moma
tasty hand pulled noodle inc.
plaza food hall
xie xie
no 7 submarine

Momufuko - not sure which one we should go to
Stanton social
abc kitchen
the breslin
(i know some of the lunch options are good dinner options)

Obviously I can't do it all. Which ones should I take off my list? What should I add?
What should get priority?

I need your help.

Thanks in advance!!!

299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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  1. > Nicky's vietnamese sandwhich

    Nicky's is good but there's probably better/cheaper banh mi in Chinatown.

    > clinton st bakery

    Love this place, but it's more of a breakfast/brunch place. What day of the week are you looking to go? Weekends are hectic.

    > the modern @ moma

    I assume you mean the Bar Room at the Modern? It's not a place I'd send someone on a budget though. It's good but pricey for the portion size.

    > DBGB

    What are you interested in here? Burgers? Sausage? Charcuterie? It's good but pricey for the portion size for the burgers and sausages. I love their charcuterie but it's not cheap either.

    > plaza food hall

    If you only have 2.5 days in NYC, I wouldn't go to a hotel's upscale food court.

    > xie xie

    This is closed for the moment.

    > Dinner:
    > Momufuko - not sure which one we should go to

    It's Momofuku and there are several. If you're on a budget, go either to Noodle Bar (ramen is the cheapest and most filling option but not everybody loves the ramen) or go to Ssam Bar for lunch (dinner is more expensive because they have a lunchtime prix fix menu). Ko and Ma Peche are going to be too expensive for you, Ko is impossible to get into, and Milk Bar isn't really suited to a whole meal.

    > Stanton social

    If you only have 2.5 days in NYC, I wouldn't go here as the food is better at the other places you listed.

    Since you're on a budget, I'd also encourage you to include street carts, pizza, or Chinese restaurants on your itinerary.

    299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

    Ma Peche
    15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

    4 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      I am on a budget, but it isn't so restrictive. I am looking for unique amazing food that has good bang for your buck.
      I eat pretty much everything, so i have no restrictions there.
      I love burgers, sausage and charcuterie as much as anyone, but It would be nice to have a few lighter options.
      Overall i am very flexible. I know I am not giving you much direction, but i appreciate your help.

      1. re: Epicure3333

        OK. Can you maybe ballpark how much you are comfortable spending? $10? $15? $20 for a meal, including tax, tip? Anything you especially like or want to try?

        Some of my favorite cheaper places to go: Cafe Katja, Otto, Xian Famous Foods (hand pulled noodles with cumin lamb), Great NY Noodletown, the halal cart on the SW corner of 53rd/6th at night, Luke's Lobster, Szechuan Gourmet, Shake Shack, Motorino (especially for their M-F lunch deal of a single pizza w/ salad or dessert) -- get the brussels sprouts or spicy soppressata.

        Here's a recent cheap eats itinerary that might help:

        Here's a list of foods that are considered unique to NYC:

        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

        Pickle Guys
        49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

        Cafe Katja
        79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

        Szechuan Gourmet
        21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

        Luke's Lobster
        93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

        Xi'an Famous Foods
        88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

        349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: kathryn

          For Dinner $40-$65 per person after tax and tip, but not alcohol.
          For lunch $10 - $30 per person after tax and tip, but not alcohol.

          These would be ideal.

          1. re: Epicure3333

            You can easily fit Momofuku Ssam Bar within those parameters. (I haven't been to Noodle Bar, so I can't comment on it.) Many, many other restaurants fit within those parameters, too.

            Momofuku Ssam Bar
            207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

    2. Xie Xie closed, so you can take that off your list.

      1. I would do higher end places that have good lunch deals like Del Posto or Jean Georges and for dinner focus on asian food and pizza (Co, Keste, Motorino, Joe's, Patsy's, Tottono's, etc). My gf is from Toronto and she says the asian good is better there. But asian food is kind Toronto and she says she likes most of the asian food more in Toronto. It might be better to focus on asian foods you can't really get in Toronto. I don't know the asian food scene in Toronto but Korean, Fujianese, Sczechuan, etc are some cuisines that may be hard to find in Toronto. BTW Clinton St Baking Co are famous for their pancakes which you can get for dinner to avoid the breakfast lines.

        Jean Georges
        1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

        Del Posto
        85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: daffyduck

          Does Toronto have plenty Dongbei, Henan, Shandong, Wenzhou or Yanbian cuisine? If not, then it is not as broad as NYC as far as the Chinese cuisines goes.

          1. re: scoopG

            haha, sorry but i dont know wth i typed. but yeah that's what i was trying to get at that nyc has many unique chinese cuisines that are all generally very cheap. the OP should try the ones he\she can't get in Toronto.

        2. i am really puzzled by how it matters in the slightest that you are from toronto? umm ok. otherwise, per yr list, which i like you def did yr homework! the modern (i totally agree you should splurge at lunch!) tasty & momo (any). my wildcard is hit up eataly its new. have fun n report back!

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          1. re: mrnyc

            i think that toronto has better chinese than NYC especially Cantonese food. So, much as I love chinese food; I would seek other options. I like the idea of Jean-George or perhaps, 11 Madison at lunch. How about smoked fish? I like barney greengrass and russ and daughters; I bet that is better than in Toronto.

            1. re: cambridgedoctpr

              Toronto has better Cantonese and modern Hongkong Cantonese than NYC but not in the many other Chinese cuisines.

          2. If you are on a limited budge The Modern will use up your whole budget and then some. 4 of us went the other night and the bill was over $800. Stick to Stanton Social, Momofuko, maybe try the Meatball Shop, Porchetta, Mooncake, Inoteca(ludlow st.), Spitzer's, well Katz's is a must, Big Nick's for a burger, Lombardi's perhaps for pizza,Dim sum at Golden Unicorn , Robataya on E 9th St you can work on a budget there, Veselka for some Ukrainian/Poilish/NYC food, Gray's Papaya or Papaya King,Cafe Sita for some Cuban food, Republic is reasonable, Ramen on University is alot less expensive than Momofuko or Ippudo by the way and its not bad, Ices at Rocco's

            Stanton Social
            99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

            144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

            Golden Unicorn
            18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

            Gray's Papaya
            539 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

            65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

            110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

            Big Nick's
            70 W 71st St, New York, NY 10023

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            1. re: foodwhisperer

              There are several places you're recommending that I will disagree with; I'm sure you're not surprised. Lombardi's is inferior to quite a few pizzerias, including the nearby Arturo's and Patsy's in East Harlem, not to mention Neapolitan-style places like Keste'. As for dim sum, I don't think a Torontonian should even consider getting it in Manhattan, probably, but for inexpensive dim sum, Red Egg is best and far better than big Chinatown dim sum houses like Golden Unicorn (Dim Sum Go Go is better, overall, but costs more, and I probably have been away from Chinatown Brasserie too long to be confident of my previous very high opinion of that expensive dim sum house). As for Republic, I honestly have never been there, but what is the draw of the place? It's a "Pan-Asian" noodle shop. Is it better than a good Chinese noodle shop like Bo Ky or Chou Chow - or the hand-pulled noodle shop our original poster mentioned?