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food hunt in nyc?

My husband and I are looking to have some foodie fun on our upcoming nyc trip. I came up with the idea that we can do a sort of scavenger hunt together as an adventure around the city. I know it may sound weird, but that is right up our alley. The idea is to find iconic nyc food spots and have something small in each spot. Here is what I have come up with so far, please add anything you know of whether food or not...

Murray's cheese shop(idk what to sample, but we love cheese)

Jaques Torres chocolates

Dosas in Washington square park

Bagels from Daniels

Oysters from ? Maybe grand central?

We are definitely looking for some more options. Think small bites and street food. This is meant to be an adventure. I really appreciate your help!

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  1. Oh yeah and Russ&daughters and Chelsea market.

    Other options would be the best cup of coffee you fantastic people can recommend, the best dessert in the city, and the best slice of pizza.

    1. 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:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333 - covers R&D, Katz's, etc.

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

      Maybe scoopG's self guided Chinatown tour:

      A West Village food crawl incl Bleecker St and Chelsea Market

      Add on the High Line food vendors for even more fun!

      East Village crawl:

      I think the issue will be more the size of your stomach than anything else... And somewhere to lie down and digest afterwards!

      1. Grand Central Oyster Bar is ok, but I like the service much better (and nearly as fine a selection of bivalves) at Aquagrill.

        Best slice will just start a lot of arguments. But it's hard to beat Motorino's weekday lunch special of a pie and a salad. Slice on your run might be Joe's, on 6th.

        You can have a hot dog standing up at Katz's.

        Head into Eataly off-hours and have a stand-up platter of great salumi.

        1. My favorite thing lately has been the food truck Kwik Meal and also Xian Famous Foods

          1. Try Di Palo's in addition to Murray's Cheese

            Kee's Chocolate instead of Jacques Torres if you're looking for pieces of chocolates or truffles versus cookies/bark, hot chocolate, etc... but not a big fan of Jacques Torres.

            Chola for dosas at lunch, although I prefer the dosas at Temple Canteen in Queens.

            I'd rather eat a doughnut than a bagel. :)

            The oysters are better at Aquagrill than Grand Central Oyster Bar and Aquagrill also has a better curated selection, but I do like the ambiance at GCOB.

            What kind of desserts do you like?

            1. Something from Economy Candy?

              1. Just follow the links kathryn posted.

                Best coffee is difficult, depends on if you prefer straight espresso vs a latte or mocha.
                I usually get espresso or a soy cortado, favorites include ninth street espresso, cafe grumpy, sumptown and kaffe 1668. Note these coffee shops will also offer cold brew iced coffee once its warmer.

                1. Thanks all for your help. This trip is over a three day weekend in june, so we wont be eating all of this at one time. I am adding a lot of nonfood related options like where we had our first date, where we got married, dinner after the wedding, a pic in front of where he proposed, a drink at the bar where we had our engagement celebration, etc. Im hoping to have a really nice scrap book when we are done. We have always been a little silly, so we r looking for fun options. We are also not planning on having heavy meals anywhere, just small stuff.

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                  1. re: mama2ama

                    take a walk along the Hudson.from Battery Park up to as far as you want....great views.......lovely plantings...not nearly as crowded.........and even one or two ok places to eat

                    1. re: mama2ama

                      Since your trip is over a summer weekend, I'm sure there will be a food or street fair (e.g. Hester Street Fair) where you can do a bunch of sampling all in one location.

                      1. re: mitchleeny

                        Never thought of a street fair, thanks! And being as it is the weekend before independance day, there has to be something!

                        1. re: mama2ama

                          The Hester St. Fair is every Saturday and Sunday...


                          The New Amsterdam Market is another nice one...seems like the season starts in May, but I'm not currently able to access their full schedule...


                          There's Smorgasburg...


                          Beware, these can all become fairly crowded, though some less than others.

                          1. re: mama2ama

                            Check timeoutny.com for listings of events info the week that you're coming, they will have all the relevant info you need

                      2. At Murray's definitely sample their Cabot Clothbound Cheddar - I dream about that cheese.

                        Sample some ham and chorizo from Despana

                        A macaron from Laudree

                        A chocolate from Kee's

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                        1. re: Barcelonian

                          Cabot Clothbound Cheddar is very widely available in the US - especially at Whole Foods Markets. I'd ask the cheesemonger at Murray's for their suggestions.

                          You'll find Laduree easier if it's spelled right...

                          Don't miss walking the Highline, as well as a paleta from La Newyorkina!