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Food Vacation in NYC Dec 27-Jan1

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PrincessStress Dec 15, 2012 08:46 AM

Hi all,

I need some delicious food recommendations for my upcoming trip to NYC (Dec 27-Jan1). The last time i visited, i got some good recommendations from fellow chowhounders, but unfortunately was unable to visit all the places, so i pick and chose some to try out. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/780725 I was in a food coma for those 4 days that i visited! And then i totally forgot to report back.

So here's a mini report of where i visited:
BonChon Chicken - hubby loved it and will prob make a trip there again this time around.
Katz - Was very good, if you got the fatty version. Lean version not so good.
Il Gelataire - Fell in love with the basil gelato!
Donut Plant - Best donuts i've had in my life! I tried the creme brulee donut which is smaller than the rest, but perfect size i think.
Shake Shack - Love the mushroom stuffed with cheese. We have a burger place in Toronto that has something similar (The Burger Priest
)Spotted Pig - The fanciest restaurant we visited on that trip. After all the heavy food, i had to get something light. I think i got a mozerella, mashed peas and something salad. Delicious.
Magnolia - As the other chowhounders mentioned, cupcakes thumbs down, but the banana pudding OMG. I almost ate the entire thing myself.
Luke's Lobster - Love it! So fresh.
Dinosaur BBQ - We didnt' go to the brooklyn location, we went to the one in Syracuse on the way home. Love the wings.

So this time around, my friends (they love their foods and are adventurous) and i would love to try some new places. From my previous post, i've picked out ones that have been suggested, but I haven't tried yet. I will be staying around Union Square.

Two Little Red Hens - For their cupcakes
RUB BBQ - For bbq, which i'm sure the hubby would love
Caracas Arepa Bar - Maybe for a snack?
Ippudo - Ramen. Tried Momofuku ramen in Toronto and it was SO BAD! And all my friends keep saying ippudo is much better.
Keste Pizza & Vino - For their pizza
Momofuku Milk Bar - I didn't get a chance to try their crack pie. Hopefully i get a chance this time around.
Peter Lugers - Friend has kept bugging me to go, so will make the stop to try.
Burger Joint - Friend said burgers are awesome here and it's behind a curtain at a hotel?
Tehuitzingo Deli Grocery - I wanted to try this place last time too, but didn't get a chance. Mexican food is not the best in Toronto.

I definitely want to try some food trucks as Toronto is still lacking in those. But i'm just wondering because it's holiday season, if the food trucks will be out at all.

Any suggestions will be awesome!

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    kathryn Dec 15, 2012 09:17 AM

    > BonChon Chicken - hubby loved it and will prob make a trip there again this time around.
    > Katz - Was very good, if you got the fatty version. Lean version not so good.
    > Il Gelataire - Fell in love with the basil gelato!

    I think you mean Il Laboratorio de Gelato?

    > Donut Plant - Best donuts i've had in my life! I tried the creme brulee donut which is smaller than the rest, but perfect size i think.

    Yes, that is one of their cake doughnuts, it is smaller than the yeast raised doughnuts.

    > Shake Shack - Love the mushroom stuffed with cheese. We have a burger place in Toronto that has something similar (The Burger Priest)

    Did you try the Shack Burger or a regular burger at all?

    > Spotted Pig - The fanciest restaurant we visited on that trip. After all the heavy food, i had to get something light. I think i got a mozerella, mashed peas and something salad. Delicious.

    Maybe try the Breslin or the John Dory this time -- April Bloomfield's other restaurants. However, they are pricier than the Spotted Pig.

    > Two Little Red Hens - For their cupcakes

    Note that you can get these at Dean & Deluca, too.

    > RUB BBQ - For bbq, which i'm sure the hubby would love

    What kind of BBQ are you looking for? I've found our BBQ restaurants here try to do too much (too many styles) and often times menus are uneven.

    > Keste Pizza & Vino - For their pizza

    I would do Motorino instead.

    > Peter Lugers - Friend has kept bugging me to go, so will make the stop to try.

    For dinner or lunch? If dinner make reservations NOW. They are super busy this time of year. Also this dinner will not be cheap. The steak for two is going to be around $90.

    > Burger Joint - Friend said burgers are awesome here and it's behind a curtain at a hotel?

    Good atmosphere, but it is a dive. Very short menu, I don't think the burgers here are amazing.

    Some of my recs from last time + some new ones you should try:
    Xian Famous Foods
    Zabb Elee
    Taim -- falafel and they have a truck, too
    Amy Ruth's -- fried chicken and waffles
    Hill Country for Texas style BBQ -- fatty brisket, I also like their beer can chicken
    Pies 'n' Thighs -- also for fried chicken, though this is in Brooklyn, I also love their chicken biscuit
    Crif Dogs -- deep fried (sans batter) NJ style hot dogs
    BaoHaus -- Taiwanese gua bao aka Taiwanese hamburgers, which I don't think are all that common in Toronto
    Shopsin's -- note the "rules" and unusual hours, crazy long menu, creative dishes, possible cursing
    Sigmund Pretzelshop -- they have a cart in front of the Met too
    Halal Guys cart at 53rd and 6th -- http://53rdand6th.com/
    Victory Garden - salted caramel goat milk soft serve
    Russ & Daughters -- smoked salmon and bagels

    We also have a bunch of new/newish/revamped bakery openings in the last year or so, including but not limited to Maison Kayser, Laduree, Dominique Ansel, Mille-Feuille, Payard.

    Notable food trucks/carts:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701278

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      Pan Dec 15, 2012 05:18 PM

      Kathryn is always so helpful!

      Just a remark on Taim: First, it's a very small place with very limited seating. Second, I like their falafel, but the thing I've enjoyed most there is the sabich (fried eggplant).

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        PrincessStress Dec 17, 2012 08:18 AM

        Thanks so much for the recommendations Kathryn!

        Yes the gelato place i got the name wrong. There's actually a gelato place named Il Gelataire here in Toronto. I guess my mind was still a bit fuzzy. When i posted, it was right after my last final exam for the term.

        At Shake Shack, we tried both the Shack Burger and the regular burger. While both good, I dont' think we'll be visiting again. Need to make room for other places. Friend is insisting Burger joint is really good still. So i think we'll end up making the trek there.

        For BBQ, i'm not too sure what kinds there are out there. Here in Toronto, there's not much variety. ANd usually it's bad. My friends and I do like Dinosaure BBQ.

        I'll definitely take some time to go through the rest of the restaurants you recommended! Is Laudree the same as the one in Paris?

        For the food trucks/carts, are they still out and about during the xmas season? Because when I was visiting in July 2011, i didn't see many food trucks because it was a holiday.

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          kathryn Dec 17, 2012 08:30 AM

          The quality of the meat at burger joint is not as good as Shake Shack or many other places in town.

          re: BBQ
          At a minimum, your choices of whether you want beef brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, pulled pork, or something else will determine the bes place for you to go.

          Yes, it is the same Laduree as in France. They actually ship the macarons in from Paris.

          For food trucks, the best time/days to go are for weekday lunch. Many of them are out year round. Are you talking about the new gourmet kinds of trucks or the more old school ones?

          Do you have a specific truck you want to visit? If so, you should make a note of their schedule and/or ping them on Twitter to see if they are out that day. Unlike other cities, there is no one long block or lot that they park in when they are in Manhattan. Usually they are spread out a little on various corners near office buildings, due to turf wars and difficulty parking, but there are some online trackers that work to a fairly good degree.

          http://www.foodtrucksmap.com/nyc/
          http://midtownlunch.com/twitter-track...

      2. Ziggy41 Dec 15, 2012 02:07 PM

        Caracas - right next to Luke's lobster so you can have it again (I can't have enough)
        The Smith - nearby for nice Mac and cheese. Followed by dessert at chikalicious dessert club.
        Zabb Elee +1 tho this is Thai spicy, not American
        Taim +1 for the harrisa falafel or combo platter, Sabich
        Tehuitzingo - I didn't try yet but I like the similar guelaguetza on 47th and if you go, go to Sullivan bakery across the street for dessert. Try th canotto.

        Other ideas in hells kitchen...
        Pure Thai
        Empanadas mamma - try the spicy kitchen
        Don Antonio - Kestes much better looking sister
        Merilu pizza
        Totto Ramen - some say better than ippudo
        Island burgers and shakes. Nice burgers and..you guessed it.. Churrascos.

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          PrincessStress Dec 17, 2012 08:23 AM

          Ziggy41, I definitely will look into your recommendations! I'm so glad i posted here! My only worry is having to pick and choose where to go, and how my stomach will hold all this food.

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