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I'm visiting for a long weekend (four days) w/ my teen daughter, 15. She wants to do the ultimate tourist trip, unlike most of our vacations, which also means foods. My NYC list of restaurants I want to try is long but few tourist spots. What we have on the list is: Ess-a bagel, Katz, Doughnut Plant, Dylan's Candy Bar, Halal Guy, Jocques Torres, Eataly, Serendipity (this one grudgingly because she wants the frozen hot chocolate). What I'm trying to balance, since this is her trip, is places a teen can tweet about vs food that's worth eating for me. It doesn't have to be stellar; I'll do another trip for that. Any thoughts/suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Does she watch any of the food shows? She may feel that restaurants owned by Iron Chefs or Chopped judges are touristy, and some of them are quite good.

    1. Take the subway to Brooklyn, have a pizza at Grimaldi's and walk back to Manhattan on the Brooklyn Bridge. I've done that several times with my sons when they were teenagers and they always loved it.

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      1. re: carolinadawg

        Skip Grimaldi's. Yes, walk over the bridge. Then have pizza at Juliana's, the pizza place owned by the actual Patsy Grimaldi as opposed to the place that just has his name on it.

        Try Ramen. Go to Ippudo's. Every teen I have taken loves it. Adults love it too.

        1. re: Bkeats

          She loves ramen. Is Ippudo's a chain? There are quite a few locations.

          1. re: chowser

            Yes, its a chain but not like McD. There are two branches in NYC. Both spaces are real interesting with a unique design. The original is in Japan. I like to get the spicy pork buns and the Modern ramen.

            1. re: Bkeats

              Great--thanks. We'll see what's closest to where we'll be.

              1. re: chowser

                Try to go on a weekday, no res and very popular

                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  So trying to go for lunch tomorrow wouldn't be a good idea?

                  1. re: chowser

                    Try to get there before opening to minimize the wait, I'm thinking maybe the Midtown one won't be quite as bad as the EV one on Saturday AM. Also the weather is quite nice right now. So maybe people won't be in a ramen mood.

                    There also Totto Ramen on 52nd, close by. Note that the other Totto Ramen location doesn't serve lunch.

                    1. re: kathryn

                      The 51st street Totto was serving lunch last time I went by.

                      1. re: kathryn

                        They do now. The menu is a bit more limited at lunch but getting better every week. Much less of a wait if any than the 52nd.

                        1. re: Ziggy41

                          Great news!

                      2. re: chowser

                        Goto Totto

                2. re: chowser

                  I like Ippudo but I went to Hide-chan in midtown last week, and think that was better. I haven't tried Totto yet.

                3. re: Bkeats

                  Agree with Juliana's, right next door and they use the original Grimaldi ovens. Good Pizza.

                  1. re: Bkeats

                    Juliana's is great. Another idea after visiting Dumbo is Smorgasburg at Brooklyn Bridge Park

                4. I think one of David Chang's restaurants would qualify, Ma Peche or Ssäm Bar.

                  A NYC slice at Sacco.

                  Dominique Ansel Bakery.

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                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I was debating the cronut. It might be tweet-worthy. We could do a comparison to the DC version doissant. That would be tweet worthy.

                    1. re: chowser

                      Depends what time she likes waking up! Dominique Ansel opens at 8am/9am and the line usually has started 1+ hour before then.

                      1. re: kathryn

                        Yeah, I'm not up for waiting for hours for mediocre food. That's one reason it wasn't originally on the list but I was considering it.

                        1. re: chowser

                          You could try the online reservation system (opens one week at a time every Monday) and if you don't get in, you can skip it.

                          1. re: kathryn

                            Filled already for the following weeks. Crazy. I haven't even waited in line for Georgetown Cupcakes (not worth it, not even worth not waiting!).

                            1. re: chowser

                              The other baked goods make this a worthy stop even if you don't go for a cronut- lots of press lately about the new cookie and milk shot...

                              1. re: Ttrockwood

                                if you follow this advice, not that the cookie and milk shots arent available until 2/3pm (id check first) so its not like if you strike out in the cronut line you can just grabe cookies/milk to drown your sorrows.

                              2. re: chowser

                                Reservations open up for Cronuts once a week ONLY on Mondays, so, yeah, they fill up fast.

                        2. re: calumin

                          It was shut down last week, not this, and then reopened on Tuesday 8.

                          1. re: Phil Ogelos

                            Yes here's a link about the shutdown:

                            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04...

                        3. re: ipsedixit

                          Good call. Momofuku pork buns are Instagrammed all the time.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Have been seriously considering Ma Pache or Noodle House. Is the wait crazy long? Is there a better time/day to go? Tourist casual dress fine? These have been on my list for a long time but I wasn't sure this was the trip for it. But better now than later.

                            1. re: chowser

                              Ma Peche takes reservations on their site. They seem to me to be much busier on weekdays than weekends. More of a post work crowd.

                              The line always seems to be long at Momofuku Noodle Bar, especially on weekends, lunch or dinner, and if your interest is ramen, the other suggestions do have better ramen. No reservations unless for big groups doing a set meal.

                              Casual dress totally fine for both.

                              1. re: chowser

                                Go to Ma Peche on a weekend no wait, no res needed, esp. for a party of 2-4.

                                Casual. Casual. Casual. Did I say casual?

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  Okay, dinner tonight. Given that I'm prone to overordering, anyone have recommendations for dishes, esp dessert that would be good in a hotel room, either room temp or microwaved a couple of hours later? Obviously we'll eat most hot while we're there but my eyes are always bigger than my stomach, so to speak.

                                  1. re: chowser

                                    On your way in or out from Ma Peche, stop and get a slice of pie, cookies or cake truffles at Momofuku Milk Bar.

                            2. http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...

                              1. I'd scratch off Jacques Torres, the chocolates are disappointing. It's not on your list, but avoid Max Brenner.

                                Add to your list Grand Central Oyster Bad, Dominique Ansel, Kee's Chocolate, Guy's American Kitchen and Bar (don't actually eat in there! Just take a picture in front, it's famously awful) and walk to Shake Shack which is down the block.

                                1. Good feedback--thanks, everyone! I have been looking for good pizza but was going to research it first before asking so thanks for offering that. I'm keeping Jacques Torres on the list because I have a not so secret crush on him and want to try the original chocolate chip cookie since it's my go-to recipe but have never had the real thing. But, more good chocolate recs are always appreciated. We're from the DC area so have the original Shake Shack here, plus ugh Spike.;-)

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                                  1. re: chowser

                                    Lol I can totally understand re: Jacques Torres, very charismatic.

                                    As for pizza, sorry to offer a contrary opinion but Grimaldi's is really mediocre. I haven't been to Juliana's yet but it's next door and newer and the original owners of Grimaldi's so I assume they'll be trying harder to impress than Grimaldi's. You'd be much better off going to Motorino's for pizza.

                                    Just FYI, the original Shake Shack is the one in Bryant Park, NY. :)

                                    1. re: Pookipichu

                                      Would never recommend Grimaldi's, to a tourist or local. Long lines to enter; pizza not memorable. Motorino, or even Artichoke, would be far better. Keste was excellent, although I've not been in a while.

                                      1. re: Pookipichu

                                        You mean Madison Square Park, not Bryant Park. The first Shake Shack was at MSP.

                                        1. re: kathryn

                                          Oops, yes, Madison Square Park :)

                                        2. re: Pookipichu

                                          Good to know about Grimaldi's because it's been recommended several times. Coming from DC, honestly, we'll probably be impressed w/ any thin crust pizza.

                                          1. re: chowser

                                            Keste and Motorino are Naples style, not difficult to find in DC. What you seek is NY style, either gas oven or coal oven. Definitely skip Grimaldi's.

                                            Best NY style pizza:
                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/890813

                                        3. re: chowser

                                          If you ask at jaques they will warm up your cookie! The cookies are very good, the rest of the chocolates have declined- the "wicked" spicey hot chocolate to make at home is a great souvenier.
                                          You could also visit city bakery (between union sq and flatiron) for their amazing choco chunk cookie and unique pretzel croissant- which is totally tweet worthy :)

                                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                                            Good hint, thanks!

                                          2. re: chowser

                                            Many years ago (when Jacques Torres had the one chocolate shop in Dumbo), I witnessed one of the Dumbo workers call Jacques on his phone saying there were some tourists in the shop who wanted to meet him. About 15 minutes later he showed up and Jacques was so nice and sweet to the couple. He really seems like a charming man!

                                            In spite of what most people say, I think your 15 year old daughter would like Dylan's Candy. If you're on the LES, I also think Economy is worth a visit but Dylan's is bright and colorful. Just google images of both and decide -- you know your daughter better than we do.

                                            1. re: Miss Needle

                                              I also think Economy is worth a visit but Dylan's is bright and colorful. Just google images of both and decide -- you know your daughter better than we do.

                                              haha, that's what we did when we took our 5 yr old daughter..it looked so colorful and nice in the picture...then we went, it was all run down and dirty and the food upstair was horrible.even the simple ice cream..but she did have fun picking out candies downstair.

                                              1. re: Monica

                                                Interesting that it was run down and dirty -- I've been there several times (because of tourists) and it has always been clean. Perhaps we went early during the day before the mobs hit it.

                                                I've actually thought that Economy could look run down and dirty. The fluorescent lighting isn't that appealing and there was dust some of the candies. But Economy is where I'd always pick up something to buy. Dylan's was more about looking.

                                                1. re: Miss Needle

                                                  To the OP: If your daughter likes candy and you're downtown for Katz, Doughnut Plant, you may want to stop by papabubble.

                                                  http://www.yelp.com/biz/papabubble-ne...

                                              2. re: Miss Needle

                                                I am not nor ever have been a 15 year old girl but it is highly possible she would prefer Dylan's to Economy. Dylan's is bright and airy as well as famous. Economy is dark and kind of run down looking in an old school NYC way. The other appeal of Economy is that they have a lot of old candies that have a nostalgic appeal that might not register with a 15 year old.

                                                You obviously know your daughter better than internet strangers

                                                1. re: MVNYC

                                                  They're actually both on the list now. And, papabubble sounds great, too. We're going to roll home.

                                                  1. re: chowser

                                                    If you are near Economy......the Red Egg has what I am told stellar Dim-sum (and a bar!). We are headed there Sat with my daughter..admittedly a 28 yr old

                                                    1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                      Red egg does indeed have a liquor license. Dim sum is decent enough but not stellar.

                                                      1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                        Not remotely stellar unless it's improved drastically since I was last there some time ago.

                                                  2. re: Miss Needle

                                                    That's good to hear about Jacques Torres--it's always nice when reality meets up to mental image.

                                                2. Dylan's candy bar is dirty and expensive and there is nothing so interesting about the shop...i think it's a waste of time and money.

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                                                  1. re: Monica

                                                    Agree. I would drop Dylan's and substitute Economy Candy.

                                                    1. re: Monica

                                                      Dylan's is a waste of time. Nothing special and it's always so crowded.

                                                      1. re: Monica

                                                        I'll try to convince my daughter about that because she has her heart set on it. Economy Candy might be the thing to make her change her mind.

                                                        1. re: chowser

                                                          For what it's worth my 12 year old much prefers Dylan's to Economy. While Ecomomy had more unique, hard to find items that didn't mean anything to him. Dylan's was all about the experience. Also of what it it's worth it was spotless when we went in the afternoon.

                                                          My BFF 15 year old daughter prefers Dylan's too-bought a t-shirt and took "selfies" this past fall for Instagram. She thought Economy was "pretty cool" but it meant nothing to her friends back home.

                                                          1. re: chowser

                                                            What about trying Sockerbit? - https://www.sockerbit.com/contact.html

                                                            Dylan's is pretty gross and Economy candy might not thrill a 15-year-old but Sockerbit is pretty and has great stuff.

                                                          2. re: Monica

                                                            Expensive, crowded- like panic attack inducing crowded, crappy candy that you can find most anywhere. Definately go to economy candy- huge huge selection of hard to find european candies and chocolates, and unique hard to find ones.

                                                          3. One tip about serendipity - try to go when it's not insanely busy. The wait time can be hours. The frozen hot chocolate is really good! (Just don't google the calorie count beforehand)

                                                            1. Some common tourist inquiries, which may help fill in some gaps:

                                                              Where to Eat Near Times Square:
                                                              http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/833282

                                                              Where to Eat Near MoMA (the museum cafe is actually pretty good, as is the Modern next door):
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771459
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767638

                                                              Where to Eat Near Museum Mile (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney, Guggenheim, etc) on the UES:
                                                              http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/963070
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906331
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793684
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/795435
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793684

                                                              Where to Eat Near the Museum of Natural History on the UWS:
                                                              http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793258
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/748686

                                                              Where to Eat Near Macy's/Herald Square/Penn Station/Empire State Building:
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/894256
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/725320
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/757797
                                                              http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...

                                                              Where to Eat Near Grand Central/Midtown East:
                                                              http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...

                                                              Where to Eat in Soho:
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701593
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7577...

                                                              Where to Eat near 5th Avenue shopping / Bloomingdale's / Rockefeller Center:
                                                              http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/1...
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9064...

                                                              Where to have dinner before a Broadway show/pre-theatre dining (many of the same Times Square recs also apply):
                                                              http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...
                                                              http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/671275
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/755684
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/715535
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788254

                                                              Where to Eat Near the 9/11 Memorial:
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8461...

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

                                                              Prix fixe lunch deals:
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8747...

                                                              Best breakfast/brunch in NYC:
                                                              It is (IMO) at the Breslin, Locanda Verde, Shopsin's, Clinton St Baking Co., or Minetta Tavern.
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8093...

                                                              Best bagels in NYC:
                                                              http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/1...
                                                              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.

                                                              If you like the idea of RGR's self-guided LES tour above, check these out, too.

                                                              Maybe scoopG's self guided Chinatown tour:
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7116...

                                                              A West Village food crawl
                                                              https://foursquare.com/kathrynyu/list...

                                                              East Village:
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/882582

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                                                              1. re: kathryn

                                                                Wow, this should be copied and used as a sticky at the top of the board. I did some searches but the search is so archaic that it's hard to use often. Thanks.

                                                                1. re: chowser

                                                                  It almost is (a sticky).

                                                                2. re: kathryn

                                                                  that is truly the most fantastic post I have ever seen here....really nice job!

                                                                3. I am in the same boat, Chowser.
                                                                  recent trip to NYC with daughter:
                                                                  Shopsins - she will love it due to the insane food combo and surly service. we had a blast and the food is great. Read the menu prior to your visit. Read the rules.
                                                                  Eataly/Shake Shack - Sit at the pizza counter at Eataly. Order small pie to share. Shop around the store for take home items. Try some gelato. Walk across the street to Shake Shack and split a burger and custard.
                                                                  Jocques Torres/Levain Bakery: They are very close neighbors. My teen loved the Century 21 store which is very close to both...nice afternoon treat. Hot choc. from JT and cookies from Levain.
                                                                  We also toured around Chinatown eating at few spots. We walked to SoHo for lunch at Lafayette then dessert at Ansels Bakery.
                                                                  You have to take her to Dylans. Yes it is crazy busy and dirty but the teens love it.
                                                                  We did dine at Minetta Taven - we are both steak lovers but it may be out of your price range for her.
                                                                  She also LOVES ordering a dirty water dog from the guy outside of the Plaza Hotel. We always make a stop at the Food Hall inside the Plaza for treats and sushi while taking a break from shopping.

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                                                                  1. re: six dower

                                                                    D-I-R-T-Y water hot dog.
                                                                    YES.
                                                                    Location arbitrary.

                                                                  2. How old is she? If she's 13-14, she might like the candy section of FAO Schwarz, large size everything and candy board games. Just be prepared that the giant peanut butter cup is like$25. She can play with all the toys after. IF she's 18-19, take her to ABC Cocina for dinner or Kitchen for lunch (def.make reservations, even for lunch) for a trendier option.

                                                                    If she really wants to tweet a restaurant, take her to Asiate for brunch. For brunch it's casual, people dress all over the place, you can wear whatever, it's pricey but it's a lot of food (prix-fix 2 main courses and dessert) and a great view.

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                                                                    1. re: mushroomaffairs

                                                                      Thanks! We've been to FAO Schwarz--can't get over the prices! She's mid range, 15.

                                                                    2. Bouchon Bakery @ Rockefeller Plaza as seen on NBC Today show? Haven't been to the NYC locations but my teens love going to the one in Napa Valley.

                                                                      May be Rice to Riches- Unfortunately, didn't make it there on our visit.

                                                                      Also, please be sure to get a fresh fruit smoothie from the cart parked somewhere 40's end/beg 50's at Park Ave. owned by Vietnamese I believe. Our favorite was a mango one. BTW, the Halal Cart was a hit with my spice loving teen.

                                                                      1. You have to understand that NYC is a huge tourist destination and most places, even places like Per Se, attract tourists.
                                                                        That being said, I often go to most of the places you listed except for Dylans, just haven't. Serendipity, I have avoided because of the lines to get in. I prefer Junior's for my dessert fix.
                                                                        Walk down High Line from the 30's and hit Bubby's at the south end. Great fun.

                                                                        1. Shanghai Café is certainly Tweet worthy. If there is a line don't worry, it moves fast.
                                                                          You might also want to try one of the Huge Dim Sum places like Jin Fong. An experience to remember.

                                                                          1. One more suggestion for a very cool place:
                                                                            Uncle Boons for very creative Thai food. Busy place but the line moves quickly.

                                                                            1. I cringe, but teenagers seem to like anything in Times Square - Bubba Gump, Hardrock, Hershey's, etc. As Pookipichu says, maybe don't eat there, but take a few picts.

                                                                              Walk Brooklyn Bridge: #1.

                                                                              Grand Central Oyster Bar #1+: seeing GCS is a worthy stop, touristy or otherwise.

                                                                              Juniors for cheesecake (they have an outlet in the GCS food court as well as in Times Square).

                                                                              From Katz, maybe walk through the LES, hitting up some dive bars on way to Chinatown & Little Italy.
                                                                              Edit:she's only 15..skip the dive bar part.

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                                                                              1. re: porker

                                                                                Juniors cheesecake? Come on

                                                                                1. re: AubWah

                                                                                  YES!! Junior's cheesecake is and has been amazing since the 50's!!!

                                                                                2. re: porker

                                                                                  We've stayed in Times Square before but it was w/ her dance team and we did all the bad touristy things then, ellens stardust, hard rock cafe. I can't remeber them all but it was depressing not to have anything good to eat. This is a redemption trip that not all touristy food is that bad.

                                                                                3. Reporting back, day one:

                                                                                  We had lunch at Totto Ramen, excellent rec. We went to the 52nd st one, close to our route. We waited over an hour. It was fine but another couple had forgotten to sign in ( for any visitors, go to the door and sign in). When they asked, the hostess put them on the list and told them the one on 51stthe had more tables, no wait. So, if you are visiting, check first. I had the char sui bun, similar to a Taiwanese hamburger w/ pork belly slice between steamed buns, melt in your mouth, wonderfully seasoned. I also had seaweed salad. Seaweed salad seems to be the same everywhere but this had a nice crunchy green base. The special as unidon, sea urchin donburi. It's a special treat to get sea urchin. I missed seeing the dollop of wasabi and ate it hidden which was eye opening. My daughter has ramen, the broth almost creamy, delicious and the right amount of toothiness.

                                                                                  We saw the liege truck at Central Park so got a wafflewich.This was so much better than we expected. We ski and get our share of freshly made liege waffles but these were much lighter and less sweet than those. The ice cream was a perfect complement to it, though a bit messy.

                                                                                  Dylans is as described--huge, hectic, dirty craziness. Good for some pictures but there was nothing we wanted to buy. I'm not really a germ phobe but all that self serve candy w/kids putting their hands everywhere turned me off.

                                                                                  Again, you were correct about Jacques Torres. It was tough to find to begin with. Thanks for the heads up on having it heated because the chocolate was nice and oozy--my reason for using chopped chocolate instead of chips. But these cookies were flat and crispy, not taller and chewy like the recipe's. It was a disappointment.

                                                                                  Having walked close to 8our miles, we were exhausted and grabbed a quick bite at Pax wholesome foods near the hotel. Big mistake. First, I don't understand the wholesome part. I had the brown rice CA chicken bowl which was like an odd fried rice w/pork tomatoes and grapes. My daughter's alfredo was so garlicy, you couldn't taste anything else (and we loved garlic. We used to love driving through Gilroy just to smell it).

                                                                                  I need to make a reservation to Ma Peche. Thanks for all your help!

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                                                                                  1. re: chowser

                                                                                    You should have had the cookies from Levain. You must go back!!

                                                                                    1. re: chowser

                                                                                      Go to levain! Unbelievably delicious cookies.

                                                                                      Pax is nothing special. It's quick office lunch type food

                                                                                    2. Day 2 food:

                                                                                      We started w/ Doughnut Plant, another place like the liege waffles of lowish expectations but I was pleasantly surprised. I called them the anti-krispie kreme (overly sweet nothingness). These had a nice texture, more chew than other doughnuts in a good way and not too sweet. Based on past recs, I went with the pb and j which didn't disappoint. My daughter enjoyed her vanilla bean, tour guide liked the meyer lemon cake and jelly filled. I'm not a big doughnut person but would go there again.

                                                                                      Economy Candy: candy factory. It was fun to peruse but we didn't find anything we wanted.

                                                                                      Papabubbles: this was an awesome rec--thanks Miss Needle. We watched them roll, stretch, shape the candy.Small calm store,great candy, and I don't even like hard candy. Great stop and one our tour guide hadn't heard about.

                                                                                      Katz: this si the most confusing place to navigate as a newbie. It was like being herded like cattle. But, the pastrami was excellent, esp since we have nothing decent in the DC area. It's just fatty goodness. I had half a sandwich w/Doughnut half cup of matzoh ball soup which was okay. The problem is I make it often and have doctored it to how I like it so it's hard to compare. My daughter liked the frankfurter a lot but steak fries are basic frozen fries. I think the latkes would have been a better choice. The ticket thing was just confusing--I had no idea the server would use it as a receipt and why they do that.

                                                                                      Amy's Bakery: this was from another CH previous rec and we walked by in Chelsea Market so picked up a b/w cookie. It was fine, good for a quick pick up but nothing I'd go out of the way for.

                                                                                      Ma Peche: So glad we went. The pork belly bun needs to be on everyone's bucket list. The funny thing is we'd watch as other tables bit into one and see them roll their eyes and smile. Everything else was good, raw uni, trout caviar on potato pancakes (tasted almost like sodium alginate fish), rice cakes. The standout other than the pork buns were spare ribs, salt cod fritters. Sadly they didn't have duck. The plates were small but we left half of a good number of dishes so we could try more food. Probably not cost effective but taste effective. I wish we could have brought them back but it wouldn't have worked well. We stopped by the Milk Bar on the way out (thanks, Kathryn) and got cereal milk (it's what you'd expect. Worth getting for the experience but wouldn't get it again), chocolate chip cornflake marshmallow cookie (odd texture from the cornflake, but since I like baking, I'm hard to please as that goes). We still have a candy bar pie sitting here and are too full to consider eating it.

                                                                                      Thanks for two good days of food. We'll probably start tomorrow w/ Brooklyn Bagels because it's much closer than Ess-a bagel.

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                                                                                      1. re: chowser

                                                                                        Glad you enjoyed Papabubble! It's not really talked too much on Chowhound but I think it's a fun excursion. All the tourists I've known who have been there loved it.

                                                                                        Thanks for such a detailed trip report. It sounds like you had quite a food-packed vacation!

                                                                                      2. Day 32 tourist...

                                                                                        Brooklyn Bagels: I'm jealous of NYers access to great bagels. I'm sure I'd be just as happy at Murray's or Ess-a bagel or any number of places but you can't beat the chew/texture of the bagels here.

                                                                                        Sullivan St Bakery:this Being a no knead bread fan, I had to stop by. I had to panini d'uovo w/my prosciutto, excellent. I love the crisp texture of the bread, something I can't replicate at home. My daughter liked her potato pizza.

                                                                                        Eataly: we went for dinner, wandered around and left overwhelmed. We ended up going to Go Go Curry, good for what it is, quick easy hot.hot

                                                                                        1. Day 4, end of the trip

                                                                                          Today was planned around hitting Sacco for a slice. After an hour or so of wandering around Grand Central Station and a generic muffin/scone from the dining concourse, we headed over and had a slice. It didn't disappoint, all about the crispy crust. We had the brilliant idea to order a pie to go for the bus ride home only to have it start raining on us as we left the shop. Navigated umbrella, subway, crowd, pizza box back to the hotel. But we're enjoying the cold pizza right now. Thanks for everyone's help on this because it could easily have been a bad food trip but it was excellent. Kathryn, those links must have taken you a long time to put together so I wanted you to know how much appreciated they were and used often during our trip. Thanks again to everyone!

                                                                                          4 Replies
                                                                                          1. re: chowser

                                                                                            Awesome.

                                                                                            While I love (did I say *love*) Sacco, I would've never thunk someone could plan an entire day around it.

                                                                                            Kudos to you.

                                                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                              Not just planned the day around but ended up eating it all day. Stopped at the shop at 11 for hot slice and left w/ pizza. Got back to the hotel and had another slice. On the bus ride home had another. Dinner, final slice heated on the pizza stone--Saccos in three states, one day.

                                                                                              Yikes, sorry about the typos, everyone. A self correcting old cell phone we had lying around since mine fell into Mirror Lake a couple of weeks ago. It was hard enough typing, I couldn't quite reread it.

                                                                                              1. re: chowser

                                                                                                I genuflect before your Sacco devotion. I truly do.

                                                                                            2. re: chowser

                                                                                              You're welcome! Thanks for reporting back!

                                                                                            3. There are only a few spots to eat...mostly "OK"...but a walk along the Hudson river from Battery Park up to around I don't know.as far as you can has GORGEOUS views and wonderful plantings. there is a PJ Clarkes up there near the new financial Tower ( worth a lobby visit!!!!!!!!!!)

                                                                                              1. you are on the right track. make sure to walk along st marks/e8th st in the ev (a grays papaya opened up there) and also along broadway in soho (cronuts?) and bleecker st in the wv (magnolia). those are hits with our teen young ladies. fyi the highline has been a consistent bust with visiting teens although visiting adults love it (chelsea market+mp shopping is liked).