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NYC Itinerary (and suggestions to fill the gaps)

djquinnc Dec 18, 2012 10:36 AM

I am soon heading to NYC from LA. I have some pretty amazing din-din plans lined up (in order: Momofuku Ssam Bar, Momofuku Ko, Annisa, Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, Barbuto). Probably don't need to eat anything for the rest of the year after all that. Having said that, I will be staying in the East Village for a week. I would like some suggestions for some decidedly less expensive things to eat at breakfast and lunch time. Also, any good places to shop for groceries produce, etc - as I will have access to a full kitchen. Thanks in advance.

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    foodiegirl76 Aug 29, 2013 08:14 AM

    You should also check out Essex Market!

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      foodiegirl76 Aug 28, 2013 07:33 PM

      Don't forget Dirt Candy

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        projectbennett Dec 19, 2012 07:48 PM

        If you want newer additions to NYC, for dinner I would hit the pines, battersby, potlikker, and briskettown.

        Also, gramercy tavern is always amazing especially at the bar at lunch. Also for lunch, mission Chinese and mile end because the wait is not as long.

        Grocery wise, eataly is a no brainer.

        Have fun!

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        1. re: projectbennett
          djquinnc Dec 27, 2012 09:00 AM

          Thanks to all for the suggestions. Aside from all of the over the top fine dining that I subjected myself to this past week, trips to Ssam Bar (x2), Mogador, Milk Bar (x2), Motorino, Katz (for Xmas day bread), and Eataly were made. I probably had more fun by making the East Village my home base this past trip to New York than in recent past visits. I must say, the undisputed neighborhood highlight was Ko, hands down. Obviously not the sort of place to just drop on in!

          Thanks for all your feedback. I will have to delve into more of these goodies the next time I visit!

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          kathryn Dec 18, 2012 11:45 AM

          B&H Dairy
          Birdbath Bakery
          Abraco -- coffee shop with pastries
          Momofuku Milk Bar -- bakery
          Cafe Orlin
          Northern Spy Co
          Prune -- weekends only
          Westville -- weekends only
          Clinton St Baking Co -- technically on the LES, as it is near the south side of Houston, good for weekdays, long lines on weekends
          Russ & Daughters -- takeout only, technically on the LES, south side of Houston

          Motorino -- they also have a lunch prix fixe
          Momofuku Ssam -- if only for the duck lunch, dependent upon how long you are here
          Sunny and Annie's Deli
          Luke's Lobster
          Caracas Arepas Bar
          Grand Sichuan -- only the non-American dishes such as wice cooked pork, cumin beef, gui zhou spicy chicken, cold cucumber appetizers, wontons in hot oil
          The Redhead
          Crif Dogs - New Jersey-style, deep-fried hot dogs sans batter
          Brindle Room
          Zabb Elee
          Xian Famous Foods
          Banh Mi Zon
          Sao Mai
          South Brooklyn Pizza -- slice joint
          Katz's Deli -- technically on the LES
          Otto -- technically on 5th Avenue but dependent upon where you are staying, could be a short walk

          For groceries, St Marks Market has surprisingly decent stuff.

          For more upscale, you're kind of flanked by 2 Whole Foods. The one on Bowery and Houston, and the one at Union Square. The Bowery/Houston one is much less crowded.

          There is also a farmers market every Sunday at Tompkins Square Park.

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          1. re: kathryn
            djquinnc Dec 18, 2012 09:51 PM

            Thank you so much. Very comprehensive! Especially the tip about the farmer's market. It will be nice to do some of my own cooking while I’m there.

            1. re: kathryn
              Pan Dec 19, 2012 10:59 PM

              Kathryn, do you prefer Orlin to Mogador? I like both but tend to go to Mogador because I like the spicy and tasty Moroccan items I can get there.

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                kathryn Dec 20, 2012 05:05 AM

                Never tried their Moroccan items!

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                  Pan Dec 20, 2012 03:44 PM

                  Ain't it about time? Get some tagines or couscous for lunch or dinner, and have their Moroccan Eggs for breakfast or lunch. Also have some of their Moroccan carrots. Their various other mezes are also very good. The other egg dishes I like are the Middle Eastern Eggs and the Haloumi Eggs. And have you tried their strawberry-rhubarb crumble? I love it! I just wish it had only rhubarb, but that's to my taste.

              2. re: kathryn
                foodwhisperer Aug 27, 2013 10:05 PM

                Well, 8 months later, Kathryn's list still holds as perfect

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                  loratliff Aug 29, 2013 07:14 AM

                  For groceries, also add in Union Market at the corner of Avenue A and Houston. Small than Whole Foods, but just as good of a selection and MUCH less crowded.

                  ETA: Oops, just saw this was an old thread, so Union Market wasn't open then!

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