Please help me navigate my jam-packed *foodie* trip to NYC
I'm going to NYC for 3 days in June. I have many places that I want to visit. I am staying at the Westin Grand Central (Midtown East). I'm not very familiar with NYC 'neighborhoods' and their distance and relationship to one another. If you could advise me on a good way to efficently make this happen, I would greatly appreciate it!
Levain Bakery (Upper East Side)
Papabubble (Little Italy)
Economy Candy (Lower East Side)
Dylans Candy Bar (Upper East Side)
Chelsea Market (Chelsea)
Dean and Deluca (Soho)
Sockerbit Candy Store (West Village)
Food Hall at The Plaza (Midtown West)
The way to efficiently make this happen is to take the subway. And everywhere on the East Side is easily reachable via the Lexington Av. Line (4/5 express, 6 local). Chelsea Market will involve either a long walk or a slow crosstown bus. Familiarize yourself with the MTA website, http://www.mta.info. You can see subway and bus maps there. You can also get walking+transit directions via Hopstop or Google Maps.
Some thoughts on your choices-Papabubble ( cute little spot but not worth more than 10 minutes of looking . Darned expensive) same with Dylans-overcrowded,overpriced and kind of dirty/ messy. food hall at the Plaza-been there a few times and its always empty.Sockerbit is cute and in a location that is pleasant to walk around. Economy-a fabulous emporium! Seems like you're candy oriented-you've left out Lilac in the West Village, The Sweet Life on Hester Street( nearish to Economy). Eataly-vast Italian grocery geared to tourists. I hope you don't mind my off the cuff thoughts! As far as geography is concerned-Dylan's and the Plaza are near each other, then go down Fifth Avenue to Eataly, from there go to the Chelsea Market( well worth a visit) then down to the Village for Sockerbit ( and Lilac) then head to the eastVillage for the rest.
"Eataly-vast Italian grocery geared to tourists."
Not really true. While it attracts many tourists, there are also many of us non-tourists (locals) on CH, and food enthusiasts not on CH, who shop and eat there regularly. It takes some getting used to and to shop it in "peace" one must go during its "off" hours.
That said, @mymeowzer IS a tourist and will more than likely find it fascinating.
I would spend less time worrying about transportation -- subway, cab, walking will suffice -- than calibrating your food choices. I don't say that to put down your itinerary at all; I'm just emphasizing how easy it is to get around Manhattan.
Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea are likely to be more fascinating than some of the places on your list. They are both google-able.
Dylan's is not worth it but I adore Economy Candy. Chelsea Market is fantastic and I've been dying to hit up Eataly (as I am a foodie tourist who hits NYC from CT as often as possible).
Post back to let us know how you made out!!
I'd suggest getting a small street map - not the one given out by the subway (its full-size, fold out, unyeildly, and difficult to read streetwise), but the one given out by your hotel's concierge.
Its easy to read, compact, and shows subway stops.
Maybe figure ahead of time where your points of interest are, locate them on your map then decide if'n you want to take the subway or cab (or walk).
We visit Manhattan about 3-4 times/year....my very rough rule of thumb, 5-10 blocks we'll walk, 10-20 blocks, we're thinking cab, >20 blocks, we're thinking subway or subway/cab combo.
Once we get where we're going (chinatown, LES, west village, etc) we usually walk around and explore.
Along these lines, perhaps group your points of interest by location (Levain Bakery/ Dylans..... Papabubble /Economy.... Chelsea Market/Eataly/Sockerbilt...etc) and make a rough route.
Along with Economy Candy, I'd suggest exploring the LES, roughly between Allen and Norfolk and between Houston and Grand: lotsa interesting stuff, shops, bars, small restos, etc. Maybe combine this with a walking tour of Little Italy and/or Chinatown (the LES blurs on both of these anyway).
As a side, don't know if you've been: you're 4 blocks from Grand Central Station - a worthy stop to see the inside of this great building, maybe have a slice of Junior's cheesecake in the foodcourt, and check out the Grand Central Oyster Bar.
"As a side, don't know if you've been: you're 4 blocks from Grand Central Station - a worthy stop to see the inside of this great building, maybe have a slice of Junior's cheesecake in the foodcourt, and check out the Grand Central Oyster Bar."
Agreed. And also visit the market there. It's very nice.
Levain's on the Upper West Side. From your hotel, you can walk to Dylan's (~3/4 mi.), then walk west along 59th to The Plaza Food Hall, then take a crosstown bus at 57th St. and transfer to an uptown bus on Amsterdam and get off at West 72nd and walk to Levain. From there, hop the downtown 1 train at 72nd and Broadway to 23rd and walk to Eataly. From there, walk west to Highline Park, walk south on that and get off at Chelsea Market. From there, you can walk to Sockerbit (~.5 mile), From there, take the F train at W. 4th St. and get off at 2nd Ave. and walk a few blocks to Economy Candy. From there, you can catch uptown buses on 1st and 3rd Ave. to 42nd St. and walk back to your hotel. FYI - There's a food hall in Grand Central that's worth checking out.
Not a tourist nor a native New Yorker, but been there enough times to know what works for me. Trying to cover the entire "city" (Manhattan) is tough. Even in 3 days. If it was me, I'd pick three distinct neighborhoods...areas that can reasonably be covered on foot IF this is a culinary journey. IF, however, you plan on shopping, as well, and stocking up on hard to find items from some of the places listed, then hauling a cooler or small-size shopping cart around increases the complexity of the trip. My 2 cents. That said, I would also add Kalyustian's (sp?) to your list. Ok...make that 3 cents.
The trick is to divide your activities between downtown, and uptown/midtown, and then after that, between East or West Sides. Then it's really easy to cover a lot of ground.
Doing that you could do everything on your list in a single day if you wanted.
That said, it looks like you're looking for candy, and gourmet markets. Papabubble is a tiny boutique candy shop that isn't worth going out of the way for unless you were really excited to see it. You will see similar candy elsewhere.