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Apr 16, 2013 11:30 AM

Yo Ol' Blu Eyes!

Will be in town(NYC) for a week... and..unfortuanately..I will be rocking a limited budget this time.(so unlike me)
What are some of the defining tastes of New York in 2013?
I will travel to any neibourhood,
any park or truck,
and will enjoy any
classic or trending
bar, restr or cafe.
hv fun setting me up!

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  1. What is your actual budget in dollars, for each meal, before tax, tip, wine, drinks?

    Where are you traveling from?

    Have you been here before? If so, what did you enjoy previously?

    When is your trip? For how many days? Weekday or weekends?

    Have you done any research on your own already?

    First time visiting New York - what are the must eats?

    Recommendations for 1st time visitor:

    Cheap eats for 1st time visitor from NZ:

    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:

    Some common tourist inquiries:

    Near MoMA:

    Near the Metropolitan Museum of Art (and Whitney and Guggenheim, ish):

    Near the American Museum of Natural History:

    Near Macy's/Herald Square:


    5th Avenue shopping:


    Notable food trucks/carts:

    Prix fixe lunch deals:

    Best breakfast/brunch in NYC:
    It is (IMO) at the Breslin, Locanda Verde, Shopsin's, Clinton St Baking Co., or Minetta Tavern.

    Best bagels in NYC:
    Summary: the freshest bagels are the best; bagels don't age well at all. Focus on the smoked salmon instead. Preferably at Russ & Daughters! Featured in shows such as No Reservations and Louie!

    I'm fond of red onion, capers, regular cream cheese, and tomato on mine. Try a few smoked salmons before you settle on one, they're surprisingly different (and lox is not the same as smoked salmon, because lox is salmon cured in salt brine, and most people actually prefer the more modern, Nova-style smoked salmon). You can get a mini-sized bagel sandwich at Russ & Daughters, too, if you wish. Takeout only.

    My favorite unique places in NY serve Xian (Chinese) food, Issan (Thai) food, organic/local/sustainable Japanese BBQ, authentic Basque (Spanish) tapas, creative diner food, pretzels, hot dogs, halal food, steak, upscale rustic Italian, Italian subs, creative Italian-American, high end non-sushi Japanese (like kaiseki), creative desserts, molecular gastronomy, mixology/creative cocktails, and creative brunches (sometimes every day of the week).

    My favorite spots: -- scroll down to my post

    1. That is kinda personal.(budget) I'll will be pan-handleing most to th week.