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.