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Last Unhealthy Meal for a Long Time- Needs Ideas

Hi- A friend of mine who is a foodie needs to clean up his diet due to health reasons and in support, I will be going along for the ride with him as far as eating solely healthy food (we are talking no sugar, bread, dairy, gluten, etc). We wanted to do a sort of last meal before he has to embark on such a diet. Nothing extremely fancy (he tends to always lean towards a great sandwich, pizza and burgers and Ice cream). We have tried many of the best of all of these things, especially pizza, but we honestly haven't endeavored out on any foodie adventures since about August, so it's been a while. We would like to stick to Manhattan- any thoughts on what your sort of last meal would be? Can be a few places, but prefer casual (so, not a tasting menu someplace- not really about price, just prefer it to be a casual good time). Thoughts, suggestions? I know it's sort of a vague topic, but I think we are pretty open as long as it's not extremely exotic and sticks to the simple.

Thanks so much.

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  1. IMO the worst, yet most satisfying, health offenders are served at breakfast. All those wonderful things like maple syrup, endless dairy products, gluten-laden baked goods, cholesterol-packed eggs and pork items, and so on are so bad for you, yet so tasty. I would take your friend to the worst, best breakfast ever. Maybe brunch. Maybe a buffet brunch.

    Actually I find that the whole idea of going cold turkey, permanently, is just silly. In my opinion it's far better to just eat healthy 25 days out of the month and then just let yourself go for the rest. That way you're fine physically (unless you have some severe food allergy or intolerance) but you don't resent everything you put in your mouth. There's just no reason to avoid absolutely everything as long as you exercise a reasonable amount and eat healthy food most of the time.

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    1. re: travelmad478

      I agree with you on your idealogy of food. I tend to normally be extremely healthy and allow myself cheats, but as I said, this is for my friend who has to eat a certain way for health reasons that are rather serious and severe, so he doens't have the options of being able to cheat so often. It's about a whole life change.

      Also, i guess i should have clarified. It's not really about just being gluttonous- we want something that is just damn good. I don't need to eat until i throw up and I'm not a huge breakfast fan. Looking for perhaps a sandwich that is just amazing or a particular dish at a restaurant that may be under the radar. Thanks

      1. Here's my suggestion. I would make it at home. Seafood Fettucini Alfredo. And its easy and quick. Obviously you get the pasta. A jar of pre made alfredo sauce (or you can make your own). One dungeness crab (they are in season now and very reasonably priced). If you cannot get crab, then snow crab, shrimp, bay scallops or a whole combo of seafood is very tasty. If you like salmon.....BBQ salmon mixed in is great too. You just cook all the seafood you are going to use. Sometimes I deep fry the little bay scallops (they only take a minute or so) and shrimp. But I mix the crab meat into the alfredo sauce, reserving larger pieces to lay on top of the serving. Warm it up, toss it with the pasta, then gently mix in the rest of the seafood. If you fried anything put it on top. Add garlic bread and its so delicious, easy but definately NOT on anyone's health conscious diet.

        1. Some would call it my weakness, but my guilty pleasure is Fried Seafood and Fried Chicken. Some of the best sea foods I ever had were at the Korean fish markets with Hot food stands with in them. Very Cheap fish fillets......however, I would caution you that some of the other items may be over-breaded.

          How about the new Meatball Sub Shop or Katz's.

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          1. re: fourunder

            Wow, katz's has a new meatball sub shop? Meatball subs are perhaps my favorite sandwich. I have to look this up- i am out of the loop

              1. re: AdamD

                haha, o- i got excited by the idea of katz's somehow creating a meatball sub. It seemed unlikely, but imagine what that sandwich would look like.

                1. re: offthebeatenpath1

                  yeah, but Id only like it if they found a way to grind pastrami, corned beef and brisket in!!!!!

            1. I agree about the fried food-a true guilty pleasure. Same with donuts, hot dogs and cheesesteaks.
              Fried oysters at the oyster bar in grand central-with a bloody mary
              Then, the sea scallop pan roast with a crisp white wine
              After that pan roast you will not be craving dairy for a very long time.
              Then you can stop at juniors for cheesecake and coffee.

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              1. re: AdamD

                Lil Frankies in the LES. Their pizza is amazing and everything is made from scratch so it wouldn't be too over the top.
                http://www.lilfrankies.com/menus_spec...

              2. Place that came to mind right away was Torrisi:
                http://www.piginahat.com/

                Italian-American casual. You'll recognize everything on their menu - They just take the food to the next level (or three). Great/simple sandwich and sides for lunch, but I'd aim for the changing dinner menu.

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                1. re: ediblover

                  That's a great idea. I have been to Torrisi once during the day for a great chicken park, but have heard amazing things about dinner. I might just give that one a try. Thanks ediblover. Has anyone been for dinner? As good as it is supposed to be?

                  1. re: offthebeatenpath1

                    I had dinner at Torrisi last week. I normally don't like Italian, but if I can experience more Italian restos like Torrisi, I'd change my mind.

                    Torrisi is incrediblicious--from the first dish to the last dish. The night I went it offered a choice of fish or meat set for $50. I picked meat. It brought out a series of dishes--most of them were just 2-3 bites each, but everyone was well done and most were superbly good--even simple pasta dish. And I wished some of their cookies were sold separately because I want to buy a box home.

                    Torrisi was the best meal experience I had in my NYC trip--far better than Aquagrill and Balthazar. Highly recommended.

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                    Aquagrill
                    210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

                    Torrisi Italian Specialties
                    250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012