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Hi all, I’ll be traveling to your lovely city for a few days in April and I plan on hitting up some seriously good cheap eats. I have been pouring over the boards here trying to put the finishing touches on my itinerary and wanted to get some feed back/suggestions. I will report back after on everything I try.

A bit of background first: I’m from Toronto, I’ll be traveling with someone who doesn’t eat meat but does eat fish. We’ll be traipsing all over so closeness to my hotel is not an issue, however I’m staying at the Hudson. The reason for the trip is mainly to eat and shop, so we are in search of the best cheap eats the city has to offer.

Okay so here is what I have so far for my must try places from reviewing the boards. Please let me know if something is over rated or not worth trying. If there is something particularly good I haven't listed that we should try please let me know that too.

Bagels Tastings
-Ess A Bagel
-H&H Bagel
-Bagel Hole- I know that the other two are pretty famous is this equally as good?

Sweets (got a big sweet tooth so there are a few here...)
-Two Little Red Hens (want to try the cupcakes)
-Baked
-Treats truck if it's scheduled to make stops while we're there
-Doughnut Plant- Primarily Tres Leches, Blackout and PB&J

Pizza Tastings (LOVE pizza, out of all the discussions I picked these as my top 3)
-Di Fara Pizza
-Artichoke Basille's Pizza
-Gruppo Pizza

Burgers
-Shake shack

Additional Questions
-The Meatball Shop - How is this place I see mixed reviews? They do have a veggie meatball so this will work for both of us, has anyone tried the veggie meatball?

-Xi’an Famous Foods- Is this the best option for yummy, cheap noodles? Anyone know if they have a veggie noodle dish here?

-Biryani Cart - Love Indian but is there anything fish or veggie based at this cart that’s good?

We also love Mexican food and really want some great tacos. Not sure where to go, we were thinking maybe Taco Mix... ? Does anyone know if they have a fish taco there or at any other great taco place?

Thank you so much in advance for any insight you have!

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

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  1. <-Xi’an Famous Foods- Is this the best option for yummy, cheap noodles? Anyone know if they have a veggie noodle dish here?>

    They do. I like it alright, but I think the main draw at Xi'an is the lamb (which I don't eat). Your friend might like the hand-pulled noodle soup with seafood at Food Sing 88 - I'm crazy about it. And the two places are just a few blocks apart.

    http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

    For fish tacos, I like Snack Dragon (there are two locations, both downtown) and Pinche (although I think Pinche is overpriced). And I just had a very fine mushroom taco at L'Esquina, which also sells fish tacos.

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    1. re: small h

      Thanks, I'm adding both the Taco joints to my list!

      1. re: p.ring

        Great! And I screwed up - it's La Esquina (my Spanish sucks, and my memory is worse).

        http://www.esquinanyc.com/

      2. re: small h

        La Esquina's fish tacos are great too, so definitely put them on your list. They also have the best lengua that I've had too.

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        La Esquina
        106 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

        1. re: loratliff

          If I remember, no less than Eric Ripert judged La Esquina's fish tacos to be the tops in the city a few years ago in a NYmag or Serious Eats taste test or something.

          But for the price I like Pinche, too. Snack Dragon just hasn't do it for me lately - I think they've fallen off a bit.

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          La Esquina
          106 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

          1. re: sgordon

            <Snack Dragon just hasn't do it for me lately - I think they've fallen off a bit.>

            Damn. That saddens me. I'll give the LES branch another shot when the weather warms up, because I like eating at a picnic table on the sidewalk. Fingers crossed.

            1. re: small h

              I had a really terrible (first) experience at Snack Dragon recently.

              Both the fish and carne asada tacos were terribly bland, and they load them up with piles of extra blandness - blah cheese, overcooked and underseasoned beans, and McDonald's quality shredded green things. I resolved never to go back.

              The Tacos Morelos truck is a much better option for cheap tacos in the neighborhood, but it's not at the level that I'd recommend it to someone doing a "best cheap eats" tour of the city.

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              Tacos Morelos
              2nd Street and Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

              1. re: DivGuy

                Yikes. That sounds terrible. Sorry you had a bad experience (at least it wasn't an expensive one). I am not familiar with the Tacos Morelos truck, and I pass by 2nd & Avenue A frequently. Where/when have you seen it?

                1. re: small h

                  It's new as of about two weeks ago. It's basically there all hours now.

                  1. re: DivGuy

                    I'm blind, apparently. Thanks for the info, and I'll check it out.

            2. re: sgordon

              Second Pinche, though it's been a while. I had some nice ones at Patpazul but the service was eh.

              1. re: kathryn

                tacombi tacos is also a solid it is right around esquina on houston i believe. they do breakfast acos.

        2. Two Little Red Hens is fine if you're in the neighborhood but I don't think their cupcakes are anything spectacular. Sugar Sweet Sunshine (on the LES) is my personal favorite.

          Also, Baked, while good, is pretty far out—you either need to take the F and then walk about a mile or you can get off the train earlier and take a bus. If you're just here for a few days, I don't think it's worth it. Same goes for Di Fara, which is closer to the subway but still in way out Brooklyn.

          You should also consider Murray's Bagels.

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

          Murray's Bagels
          242 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          Sugar Sweet Sunshine
          126 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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          1. re: loratliff

            We are actually spending one of our days in Brooklyn shopping so we won't be going out of the way we will be there already... TLRH still not worth it? I read on one of the cupcake boards that SSS is similar to Crumbs- true?

            I saw that A LOT of people raved about Di Fara pizza which is why it was on the list... So am I ok if I just do the other 2 or is it worth it if I'll be in Brooklyn?

            1. re: p.ring

              I think SSS is probably most comparable to Magnolia, especially as the owner used to work at Magnolia. Personally, I don't like either of them. But both places seem really popular.

              If you don't want to go all the way to Two Little Red Hens, I believe the Dean and Deluca Cafe (have only checked the NY Times Building location) carries a couple of their cupcakes -- at least they did about eight months ago. Not sure where you're going to be in Brooklyn for your shopping, but Ladybird Bakery in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn is the original Two Little Red Hens.

              ETA: If you are going to be in Park Slope, Union Market carries several of Baked goods -- off the top of my head, I remember the chocolate cloud cookie, oatmeal cookie, chocolate chip cookie, chocolate peanut butter bar, coffee crisp bar.

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

              Dean & DeLuca
              620 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

              1. re: Miss Needle

                Ok well, I only did Magnolia once but I really didn't like it. I don't know if it was an off day or an off batch but it was pretty bad, dry and stale and SO not my idea of a good cupcake (I like really light cake with french buttercream if I'm making them)

                We'll be spending a day kicking around Williamsburg, DUMBO, Red Hook area. Kind of going where ever the shopping takes us but we would be open to suggestions since we don't know Brooklyn at all.

                1. re: p.ring

                  If that's your preference for cupcakes, I'm pretty sure you will not dig SSS. The cakes tend to be heavier and very sweet. I think Baked, Dessert Club (Chikalicious) and Spot will be more to your taste.

                  Just want to let you know that Two Little Red Hens cupcakes are on the heavier side -- but because they aren't too sweet, I like them a lot. One of their cupcakes that doesn't really get any mention on this board is their lemon curd ones.

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

                  Dessert Club, ChikaLicious
                  204 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

                  Spot Dessert Bar
                  13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    Awesome thanks for the breakdown much appreciated! I guess I need to do some more research on the cupcake situation. I will check out your recommendations and see if I can fit at least 2 of them in, (those light cupcakes are like eating air after all so you can eat double right... at least that's what I tell myself)

                    1. re: p.ring

                      Serious Eats did a roundup of cupcakes in the city. Perhaps that will help you narrow down your choices.

                      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/0...

                      1. re: Miss Needle

                        Just took a look at that Serious Eats article and the top two were on my list; Baked and TLRH. Guess my research was almost as good as the actual taste test... almost b/c I didn't get to try 60 different cupcakes.

                  2. re: p.ring

                    For French buttercream, try Butter Lane.

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                    Butter Lane
                    123 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                    1. re: kathryn

                      Second French buttercream at Butter Lane. Second Chikalicious, Spot, and TLRH. I think TLRH is very good but I haven't been there in ages since it's not a neighborhood I frequent. If I have to pick one favorite at the moment, it would be Chikalicious.

                      SSS is basically cheaper Magnolia - except their chocolate icing is horrendous.

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                      Butter Lane
                      123 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                    2. re: p.ring

                      Getting around Brooklyn via train can be challenging. Often you must go back through Manhattan to get from one destination to another.

                      Di Fara is nowhere near the neighborhoods you listed.

                      1. re: kathryn

                        If you're in the DUMBO & Red Hook areas, in between is Atlantic Ave (between Court & Henry Sts... a 2 block stretch) where Sahadi's is located (highly recommended...a Lebanese Zabar's, including prepared foods), as well as a # of inexpensive Middle East lunch places. Sahadi is closed on Sundays but several of the smaller M.East groceries and restaurants are open.

                        Brooklyn is very large geographically and trains are not the easiest for getting to some of the better places, especially the inexpensive ones. Have fun.

                        1. re: Steve R

                          Yes I see what you all mean, I just mapped a few places in Brooklyn and does seem inconvenient to get from place to place. Is it a better idea to take a few cabs in Brooklyn to avoid the backtracking? Or is that super expensive because of the distance?

                          1. re: p.ring

                            Psst. Post on the Outer Boroughs board for advice about Brooklyn.

                              1. re: small h

                                The OP is asking about all five boroughs. A lot of the responses are about places in such as well. It's kind of mind boggling to jump around the boards for that don't you think?

                                1. re: David11238

                                  <The OP is asking about all five boroughs. A lot of the responses are about places in such as well. It's kind of mind boggling to jump around the boards for that don't you think?>

                                  I have faith in the OP's ability to follow more than one thread (if I can do it, anyone can). And I also think there are people knowledgeable about Brooklyn who wouldn't see THIS thread, and the OP might be interested in what they think.

                              2. re: p.ring

                                Are you older than 25? You might want to rent a car then. Zip Car is a pretty good car rental business. Bring $30 worth of quarters as well for the meters. Canadian banks are pretty good about exchanges if I remember correctly. Will they give you Yankee quarters for Canadian Loons?

                                1. re: David11238

                                  You need to be a zip car member to rent their cars. Membership is close to $90 a year.

                                  1. re: Miss Needle

                                    Ah okay. Well, with the way taxi cab and mainstream car rental rates are, I'm wondering if he still won't save money. And if he doesn't have a car in Canada, and Zip car does business in Canada, maybe the membership is reciprocal?

                                  2. re: David11238

                                    Hi David I am over 25, but I live in downtown Toronto so I have no need for a car. I don't drive often so I'm a little nervous to drive around a city I don't know very well, especially one with traffic like NY.

                                    1. re: p.ring

                                      We do have zipcars in Toronto if you are a member you have access in other cities (Toronto, Vancouver, Portland, Chicago, Seattle, New York City, Boston, and several other cities) according to the web site. Incase anyone is wondering.

                                      1. re: p.ring

                                        I would never recommend that an out-of-towner drive around the city, particularly one who doesn't drive much to begin with. Additionally, cabs are not super easy to come by in most parts of Brooklyn so I wouldn't count on that either.

                                        1. re: loratliff

                                          LOL its more that i wouldn't recommend an out of towner PARK around the city, especially i manhattan. the OP might never get to eat circling around looking for a space.

                        2. re: loratliff

                          TLRH is worth it if you're a chocolate fan and some of their wares are available at Dean & Deluca stores. The Soho one did last weekend.

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                          Dean & DeLuca
                          1 Rockefeller Plz, New York, NY 10020

                        3. As someone who likes DiFara's quite a bit, I think you should only do this if you're really into pizza. Its waaay out of your way, it will take a lot of your time and its not really all that cheap. But it is great pizza.

                          If you want bang for the buck on the cheap eats front, and you're willing to go out of your way to a place as far from you as DiFara's, I think you should consider Flushing, Queens instead. You'll get a lot of ethnic variety by going to the mall on Main St (including Xi'an's original place), then working your way down Roosevelt Ave through all the Latin American places for tacos and other things. You can even hit an Indian/Pakistanian place or two in the Jackson Hts section of Roosevelt Ave. And the subway (#7 train) runs from Times Sq. all the way there. Just my opinion.

                          You should also hit up the Bleeker St/McDougall section of the West Village for coffee shops, fallafel and other cheap eats around NYU. And then walk downtown thru Soho and into Little Italy (the produce stores on Grand, not the restaurants... tourist traps), then maybe even Chinatown.

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                          1. re: Steve R

                            Ditto the Bleecker/Macdougal rec... there's an Artichoke Pizza on Macdougal now which is much less crowded than the 14th Street original. Also, Mamoun's Falafel is like $2 and really good.

                            If you decide to expand your pizza-eating adventure, Bleecker Street also has a bulk of the city's best pizza—Keste, John's, Joe's (Carmine and Bleecker), and Bleecker St. Pizza.

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                            Mamoun's Falafel
                            119 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                            John's Pizzeria
                            278 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                            Joe's Pizza
                            7 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

                            Keste Pizza & Vino
                            271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                            Artichoke
                            111 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                            1. re: loratliff

                              Oh man I hate passing up on any good pizza, I may have to eat it for every meal!

                              Out of the ones you listed loratliff, (Keste, John's, Joe's (Carmine and Bleecker), and Bleecker St. Pizza) which is your fave?

                              1. re: p.ring

                                Wanted to mention that Keste and John's sell by the pie. Joe's and Bleecker Street sell by the slice. So hopefully you guys can share a slice at both places and fit more varieties of pizza on your trip!

                                1. re: Miss Needle

                                  I didn't even think of that Miss Needles (love it!) Good tip on the the pie vs slice I don't know if we'll be into a whole pie...

                                  1. re: p.ring

                                    Keste's pies are small and Naples inspired.

                                    Joe's is a classic greasy gas oven NY slice.

                                    John's is a melding of Naples style and New York style that's original to NYC, baked in a coal oven.

                                    All three are worth trying.

                                    1. re: kathryn

                                      Ok we are doing one of those for sure!

                                      1. re: kathryn

                                        Good descriptions. John's is my personal favorite, Joe's is a great hangover slice, and Bleecker Street Pizza has a great "nonna maria" pizza with basil and fresh mozzarella that is really, really lovely. They sell by the slice, too.

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

                                        1. re: loratliff

                                          Yes, the nonna maria is my favorite!

                              2. re: Steve R

                                Not sure if we'll make it to Flushing or Queens (this trip anyway) but we do plan on spending some time around the west village, any amazing coffee places I should try I'm a fan of good espresso!

                                1. re: p.ring

                                  In the West Village (my nabe!) my favorite coffee places are Grey Dog Coffee on Carmine (good for a snack, soup, sandwich, etc.), Joe on Waverly Place, Roasting Plant (LES location as well), and Jack's Stir Brew on West 10th. Oh, also there's a Ninth Street Espresso in Chelsea Market (which sorta counts as West Village). They have the best latte, IMO.

                                  My most favorite coffee place isn't in my nabe, sadly, but it's definitely worth making a trip for—Stumptown, in the Ace Hotel. You can grab a coffee (love their mochas) and just relax in the hotel lobby, which is a funny experience as well. Cash only.

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                                  Joe the Art of Coffee
                                  141 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

                                  Roasting Plant
                                  81 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

                                  Ninth Street Espresso
                                  75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                                  Jack's Stir Brew Coffee
                                  138 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

                                  Grey Dog Coffee
                                  33 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

                                  Roasting Plant
                                  75 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

                                  Stumptown
                                  18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

                                  1. re: loratliff

                                    Have you tried the Foundry on West 4th yet? They're in the Karaoke Boho space.

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                                    Karaoke Boho
                                    186 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

                                    The Coffee Foundry
                                    186 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

                                    1. re: loratliff

                                      my favorite for coffee is Third Rail
                                      240 Sullivan Street (West Third Street), Greenwich Village,

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                                      Third Rail Coffee
                                      240 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

                                  2. re: Steve R

                                    Flushing Main St isn't going to be as fun with someone who doesn't eat meat.

                                  3. For bagels, it depends - are you going for bagels, or do you see bagels as primarily a delivery system for lox? If it's the latter, Russ & Daughters is the place to go. They're a little more expensive than the others, but the return on investment is oh so sublime... And the bagels themselves (don't know where they get them) ain't bad, either.

                                    For pizza, of the new places I like Artichoke and Motorino, though at Motorino you can't do slices. For classic, I'd say take a trip up to Harlem for Patsy's (the real Patsy's, not the fake one not in Harlem...) - most of the classic places are pretty out of the way, but they'd be the least out of the way, at least for slices. John's on Bleeker is easy to get to, but they only do whole pies.

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                                    Russ & Daughters
                                    179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                                    Artichoke
                                    328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

                                    Patsy's Pizzeria
                                    2287 1st Ave, New York, NY 10035

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

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                                    1. re: sgordon

                                      Interesting question on the bagels... I would say I enjoy a good bagel with or without lox in my city, but keep in mind, I have NEVER had a New York style bagel (gasp!) I know, crazy right? So I wanted to get the classics out of the way (Ess + H&H) which I hope to give me a good taste of what the hype is all about on NY style bagels...
                                      I will put Russ & Daughters on the list though cause my partner on the trip is a lox lover so we may just end up there!

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                                      Russ & Daughters
                                      179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                                    2. Does anyone know if New Wonton Garden reopened at their new location yet? If it's yes, I recommend going there for some inexpensive and tasty noodle soup meals. I'm also going throw in Gray's Papaya for hot dogs.

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                                      Gray's Papaya
                                      2090 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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                                      1. re: David11238

                                        I was wondering about hot dog... Does Gray's Papaya have a veggie dog on the menu too? I think it'll be a pretty hard sell if I get to eat an awesome dog and my partner has to watch :)

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                                        Gray's Papaya
                                        2090 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

                                        1. re: p.ring

                                          Maybe your partner enjoys watching? Sorry buddy. No veggie dogs. I don't think any of the papaya named hot dog places have 'em. Unless your partner can deal with sauerkraut and onions on a bun. This is what my old man would do when he was on a veggie kick way back, You may have to go a little upscale (in price) like Criff's or Bark's for the veggie dog option. Myself, I'm pretty much about me, so I'd just say tough luck to whomever I suckered into being my partner. I will however, recommend the Turkish place on the corner of E. Houston and Orchard. It's called Berket Turkish Kebab House. Tons of meat, lots of delicious veggie options. It's also next to Katz's. Which is self explanatory.

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                                          Bereket
                                          187 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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

                                          1. re: David11238

                                            Haha David, I like your style, but I'm pretty sure he's gonna read this board and since we're dating I should probably be nice... I've read a bit about Crif's and Barks so maybe we'll hit those up. Thanks for the info!

                                        2. re: David11238

                                          It's open but not as late as on Mott - until midnight. Same guys, same Hawaiian shirts.

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                                          HK Wonton Garden
                                          79 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

                                        3. Tacqueria y fonda on Amsterdam and 106th has amazing tacos.

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                                          Taqueria y Fonda La Mexicana
                                          968 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                                          1. In Brooklyn, go near Atlantic avenue. Take the 4,5,6 trains to Atlantic and walk outside. Go to mile end, they are not expensive and have the best poutine, roast beef sandwiches, and matzoh ball soup. Nearby is also a nice place for pho soup called Nicky's. I forget the address but it's on Atlantic ave and hoyt street. For 9 bucks you can have the best damn pho Brooklyn has to offer.

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                                            1. re: citykid426

                                              No need for Poutine citykid, I'm from good ol' Canada and we rock poutine on the regular. I did read about Nicky's though so I will check that out! No worries on the address I think I saved it somewhere, thanks!

                                              1. re: p.ring

                                                Then you should go up Atlantic Avenue and check out the Middle East & African Arab places. There are a few places scattered near 4th Avenue. Cheap steam tables and delis. Some nicer interior ones as well. When you get between Court Street & Henry there's a slew of sit down Arabic restaurants. take your pick: Lebanese, Yemeni, Moroccan. There's also a really good Syrian store that will heat up spinach pies and meat pies called Damascus Bakery. It's right next to Sahadi's Market. Which, IMO, is very overrated, but if you're there you might as well check it out. If you don't mind a some offal and questionable cleanliness, La Cabana Rodriguez aka Rodriguez Fried Chicken has excellent Dominican food. mondongo, blood sausage, fried pork ears, fried pork fat...good stuff!

                                                La Cabana Rodriguez
                                                1062 Flatbush Avenue
                                                Brooklyn, NY 11226

                                                1. re: David11238

                                                  Those sound interesting David11238... I'll keep them on the back burner, I love Lebanese.

                                            2. Haha, ok no poutine then. But definitely have the pho. By the way, I agree about the Arab places, a friend of mine swears by the lebanese food in that area and he's actually Lebanese. I forget the name of the place he ate though...

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                                              1. re: citykid426

                                                Tripoli Restaurant. It's on the corner of Atlantic Ave. & Clinton (156 Atlantic Avenue).

                                                1. re: David11238

                                                  Just looked at the menu at Tripoli and everything sounds delicious.

                                              2. TLRH is definitely worth it. The Blackout cupcake is my fave cupcake ever.

                                                DiFara's is the best pizza there is but it is a ways from where youll be, plus you might have to wait a while in line. If you're determined to have the best pizza in NYC, then go and just know that it might eat up a chunk of your day (one tip if possible is to go for midweek lunch, W-F as they are closed Monday and Tuesday). If you don't make it, you can still get great pizza at places like Artichoke (get the square slice), Keste, and Motorino. The pies at the Neapolitan pizzerias like the latter two are small, and so you can each have one if you're hungry, or share one if you just want a small bite.

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

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                                                1. re: ml77

                                                  I agree. The train ride is pretty easy, actually. Take the Q train to Ave J and the pizzeria is literally one block away. It's getting the pizza which is the challenge. The lines and waiting time is evolutionary. But the pizza is delicious and one of a kind. Plus! You're right by Kosher Bagel Hole. Across the street and some of the best bagels in the City, IMO. If you're still hungry you can get ack on the Q train (towards Coney Island) and take it to Brighton Beach and check out all the Russian places. I don't suggest M&! International. The variety of items outside the deli is low and the quality of their cooked food has suffered. I suggest Taste of Russia on Brighton Beach Ave. Their cooked food and deli is delicious, they give sample tastes and the veggie options are decent. All of it is inexpensive. Take the Q train to the Brighton Beach/Brighton 6 station.

                                                2. Taco Mix is quickly becoming my favorite place for tacos in the city, but they don't have fish tacos. Fortunately that strip of 116th is filled with far more interesting eats than just tacos (quesadillas, gorditas, pastelitos, lechon, cuchifritos), so you'll hardly miss out on anything with your additional options. If you're dead set on fish tacos, you'd be better off going to Pinche or La Esquina as previously noted. Fish is the only protein I think La Esquina's taqueria does well.

                                                  Xi'an is not a noodle place per se. I love the liang pi noodles immensely, they are my favorite vegetarian noodles, but the other Shaanxi specialties are what keep the crowds coming back. In general, though, I think great pescatarian-friendly noodles are hard to find.

                                                  If you're looking for good Indian fish and veg dishes, try Darbar Grill, which is a few blocks away from the Biryani Cart. They make a terrific Marathi style fish curry, which you don't see often in NYC.

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                                                  La Esquina
                                                  106 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

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

                                                  Biryani Cart
                                                  W 46th St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                                                  Darbar Grill
                                                  157 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

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                                                  1. re: JungMann

                                                    D'oh! How could I forget about the liang pi? Probably because cold noodles are the furthest thing from my mind right now. Hopefully spring will come soon.

                                                  2. Xi'an Famous Foods -- yes, they have the mount qi vegetable noodles. I prefer the cumin lamb noodles, but the vegetable ones are good as well.

                                                    For fish tacos, I really like Mercadito.

                                                    And I think Shake Shack is a good choice for you guys. The vegetarian mushroom cheese burger is so sinful.

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

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

                                                    Mercadito
                                                    179 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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                                                    1. re: Miss Needle

                                                      Thanks for the info JungMann & Miss Needle. Pescatarian noodles are REALLY hard to find, most places use meat broths (which is what makes most so good).

                                                      We are looking forward to Shake Shack the burgers and the custard shakes :)

                                                      1. re: p.ring

                                                        You will love Shake Shack. Best burgers ever.

                                                    2. adding...

                                                      Bagels:
                                                      Tal Bagels

                                                      Sweets:
                                                      Momofuku Milk Bar: taste the "birthday cake truffles" and some of their unique cookie combinations.

                                                      Tacos:
                                                      Tacombi - this is where you can get your fish taco fix
                                                      Pinche Taqueria - ditto above
                                                      What other kind of Mexican food are you looking for?

                                                      www.TheLunchBelle.com

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                                                      Tal Bagels
                                                      333 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

                                                      Pinche Taqueria
                                                      227 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

                                                      Momofuku Milk Bar
                                                      15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

                                                      Tacombi
                                                      267 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

                                                      1. P.ring I live close to both Tal Bagels and Two little red hens and can vouch for them.They are a block apart. At Tal's, get a bagel with cream cheese and salmon or the matzoh ball soup. At the little red hens, sample the mini cupcakes, such as the red velvet or the marble. Forget Magnolia, it's overhyped. Butter Lane, which was mentioned earlier, is also good especially for the peanut butter flavored cupcake.

                                                        Btw, Hummus kitchen is also good, it's on 2nd avenue and it's cheap.

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                                                        Tal Bagels
                                                        333 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

                                                        Hummus Kitchen
                                                        1613 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

                                                        1. For a decent cup of espresso, try N'Espresso.

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                                                          Nespresso
                                                          92 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

                                                          1. Dim Sum Go Go has excellent meat and veggie options, IDK if you'll find that many veggie options at other dumpling spots (dumpling-wise, but maybe other items-wise). Love love love Doughnut Plant.

                                                            For Mexican, pizza, burger, there are some great spots in Williamsburg, quite close by each other. I second Motorino, but definitely prefer the original Brooklyn shop. Cozier, a little quieter. An excellent pie, and unlike Di Fara, there are other places to pop by right within walking distance. They also do a great brunch pie (any pizza with eggs on top).

                                                            Maybe head to La Superior for their shrimp chipotle tacos that I can't stop dreaming about. Their tacos are of the two-bite variety so you can order several to try. And there is plenty of shopping along Bedford and Grand and Metropolitan, plus galleries, etc.

                                                            Or head to one of 3 excellent burger stops: Peter Lugar (burger at lunch only -- and the grandfather of burgers in the hood), Dumont Burger, or Diner.

                                                            You might also check out Roberta's in Bushwick, a little farther, but worth it for great pizza and fried chicken.

                                                            For getting around Brooklyn, if you're sticking to the main neighborhoods, it's easy enough on the subway. Cabs aren't necessarily the easiest to find in out-of-the-way places, but they'll usually have a number for a car service behind the counter. It might be $20 between say Williamsburg and Park Slope.

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                                                            Doughnut Plant
                                                            379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

                                                            Dim Sum Go Go
                                                            5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

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

                                                            Doughnut Plant
                                                            220 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

                                                            1. Was just at the Meatball Shop for the frist time this past Sat night. Food was good, as was service once we got a table. Walked in and told it would be 90 minute wait for party of 2. You give your cell number so you can leave and walk around.

                                                              Food was good. Various meats, sauses and portions. Sides were great - had the palenta and wife had roasted veg. Didnt have the veggie balls - sorry

                                                              Worth it if you want to wait or can find somewhere in area to go to. Its a fun, trendy place.

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                                                              The Meatball Shop
                                                              84 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

                                                              1. Since this is a "cheap eats" primer how can nobody mention 5 dumplings for a dollar at Prosperity on Eldridge? Probably the cheapest meal in this hemisphere.

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                                                                Prosperity Dumpling
                                                                46 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

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                                                                1. re: addictedtolunch

                                                                  Good suggestion. BTW Prosperity is supposed to be opening a third shop on Clinton near Rivington ( http://www.boweryboogie.com/2011/03/c... ). Not sure whether that's happened yet.

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                                                                  C&C Prosperity Dumpling
                                                                  69 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

                                                                  1. re: squid kun

                                                                    ahh I was just about to mention prosperity, how about pomme frites and crif dogs? i think artichoke was already mentioned. bah mi anyone? did they move locations?
                                                                    SSS is still my favorite sweet shop!

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

                                                                  2. re: addictedtolunch

                                                                    ...Or a couple of buns from Mei Li Wah!

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                                                                    Mei Li Wah
                                                                    64 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013