HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
What have you made lately? Tell us about it
TELL US

Planning a day of eating in NYC

s
SaltyD Nov 1, 2011 07:54 PM

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!

-----
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

  1. 4tines Nov 3, 2011 01:26 PM

    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.

    -----
    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
      scoopG Nov 3, 2011 01:39 PM

      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

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

      1. re: scoopG
        4tines Nov 3, 2011 01:44 PM

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

        1. re: 4tines
          scoopG Nov 3, 2011 02:01 PM

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

      2. re: 4tines
        r
        RGR Nov 3, 2011 02:20 PM

        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@N03/sets/72157627634620825/

        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@N03/sets/72157627919536137/with/6309556474/

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

        -----
        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
          4tines Nov 3, 2011 02:37 PM

          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
          k
          kathryn Nov 3, 2011 02:39 PM

          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...

          -----
          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

        3. k
          kathryn Nov 2, 2011 07:53 PM

          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/2011/02/the-best-fried-dumplings-in-chinatown-nyc-new-york-manhattan-potstickers-chinese.html

          Best chocolate dessert

          Search is also your friend!

          Here's my list of Only in NY experiences:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/805088#6795276

          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

          -----
          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
            s
            SaltyD Nov 3, 2011 07:11 AM

            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
              r
              RGR Nov 3, 2011 09:43 AM

              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

              -----
              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

          Show Hidden Posts