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Planning a day of eating in NYC

Hi all,
My family is planning a day of eating Diners, Drive-ins and Dives style. I am looking for recommendations on the best bite of food you have had around the city. Not the best restaurants, just the single best items.

We did this last year and went to:

Yona Shimmel : Knish
Katz's: Pastrami
Creperie: chocolate crepe
Shake shack: burger and shake
John's : Pizza
Criff dog: hot dog

Here's some ideas of what we are looking for:

Best hot dog
Best pizza
Best Mac and cheese
Best sandwich
Best Dumpling
Best Pierogie
Best chocolate dessert

Or just seriously your favorite bite in Manhattan.

Thanks for the help!

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Katz's Delicatessen
205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Yonah Schimmel's Knishes
137 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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

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

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

Creperie
135 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

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  1. Best hot dog
    Crif Dogs or the all beef ones at Dickson's w/ kimchi, though I've not tried Dogmatic yet

    Best pizza
    Either the Spicy Soppressata pie at Motorino or a slice at South Brooklyn Pizza

    Best Mac and cheese
    the buffet at City Bakery

    Best sandwich
    Fried peanut butter and banana at the Breslin OR nova on a sesame bagel with cream cheese, red onion, capers, tomato, to go, eaten open faced on a bench on the sidewalk

    Best Dumpling
    Either sheng jian bao (fried bread with pork filling and soup inside) at 456 or the steamed house dumplings at Tkettle or the fried ones at Good Fork in Red Hook
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...

    Best chocolate dessert

    Search is also your friend!

    Here's my list of Only in NY experiences:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8050...

    See also:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/811519
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775501
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/746102
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/803791
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781072

    Please help me eat during a month in new york
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/716238

    Don't leave NY without eating these foods
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610739

    BTW, I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles and note that Economy Candy's address is incorrect:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333

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    Pickle Guys
    49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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

    TKettle
    26 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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

    Economy Candy
    108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

    The Breslin
    20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

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

    456 Shanghai Cuisine
    69 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    Percy's Pizza
    190 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

    2 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Thank you so much for your post Kathryn! We are looking forward to our day of eating our way through the city!

      1. re: SaltyD

        I always appreciate kathryn recommending my tour. :) But I see that you've already done two of the stops: Katz's and Yonah Schimmel. Of course, there's nothing wrong with repeating Katz's, but I wouldn't do Yonah again as the knishes can be hit or miss.

        Economy Candy's correct address is 108 Rivington. Also, Il Laboratorio has moved to 188 Ludlow St., near Houston. The Orchard St. location was re-opened during the summer as a satellite, Not sure if it has remained open.

        I've been in the process of updating the tour and adding a few stops. You might want to consider going to Sugar Sweet Sunshine for cupcakes, and three places in the Essex St. Market: Roni-Sue's Chocolates, Saxelby's Cheese, and Pain d'Avignon. Also, Brooklyn Taco recently opened in the market. Though I haven't tried it yet, I've heard that's it's good.

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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        Katz's Delicatessen
        205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

        Yonah Schimmel's Knishes
        137 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

        Saxelby Cheesemongers
        120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

        Roni-Sue's Chocolates
        120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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

        Economy Candy
        108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

        Il Laboratorio del Gelato
        188 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

        Pain D'Avignon
        120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

        Brooklyn Taco
        120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

    2. Just some ideas:

      Best hot dog: Asiadog -- the Wang-Ding is one of my favorites on the menu. It's a banh-mi style hot dog
      Best pizza: Grimaldi's in DUMBO -- really awesome if you like thin crust, plus you can walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to get there!
      Best mac and cheese: the mac 'n cheese on the brunch menu at Essex
      Best sandwich: pastrami sandwich at Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop
      Best dumpling: xiao long baos at Joe's Shanghai
      Best pierogie: (still on the search for one!)
      Best chocolate dessert: The Best Chocolate Cake in the World -- it is a flourless cake made with Valrhona chocolate, a crispy meringue and an airy chocolate mousse, all topped with a luscious chocolate glaze.

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      Joe's Shanghai
      9 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

      Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop
      174 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

      Essex
      120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002

      ChocoBolo
      55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      Grimaldi's
      47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

      Asiadog
      66 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

      6 Replies
      1. re: 4tines

        Why deal with the insane lines of tourists at Joe's Shanghai? Go directly to 456 for the best XLB.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/770707

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        456 Shanghai Cuisine
        69 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: scoopG

          Ooh, I'll have to check that out! Thanks!

          1. re: 4tines

            Some photos!
            https://picasaweb.google.com/10044644...

        2. re: 4tines

          It's hard for me to believe that the pastrami at Eisenberg's is better than Katz's or Sarge's. We've only been to Eisenberg's once, and the BLT I had was horrible To add insult to injury, the egg cream was very poor.

          We recently had the thin crust pizza at Vezzo for the first time. Excellent.

          Vezzo photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          Re: chocolate dessert. Yesterday, we had lunch at Cafe d'Alsace, and the chocolate tart just blew me away with its deliciousness.

          Cafe d'Alsace photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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          Katz's Delicatessen
          205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

          Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop
          174 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          Sarge's Delicatessen
          548 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

          Vezzo
          178 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

          Cafe d'Alsace
          1695 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

          1. re: RGR

            I'd have to admit that there are items at Eisenberg's that are hit or miss, but the 4-5 times I've had the pastrami there, I felt that it was so much better than Katz's. However, Katz's definitely wins for best variety and best overall quality/taste/flavor :)

          2. re: 4tines

            Each time I've had Grimaldi's in the last few years, it's been a wet/soupy/undercooked mess, so I stopped going. Honestly I find much better pies elsewhere...Motorino, Keste, John's, South Brooklyn, Roberta's, Joe's, Di Fara...

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            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

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

            South Brooklyn Pizza
            122 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

            Grimaldi's
            47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010