My youngest sister has just moved to the city. She's starting college this week, at Barnard. 'Til now, she's lived (and eaten) in the Chicago suburbs, and she's quite excited--understandably!--about "digging in" to all that NYC has to offer, food-wise and other-wise, of course. But this here posting is about food.
So, my question to all of you: If you had the chance to be a culinary tour guide of our fair city, and you had 4 years to do it, what would your game plan be? Keep in mind that she's a college student and I'm a teacher (cost should be at least a slight consideration). Also, it might take a while to expand her tastebuds' preferences of bagels and pizza. I plan to see her (and eat with her) about once each week. Here are a few things I've thought about:
*Monthly themes, with a different restaurant featuring the same kind of food each week, for a few weeks in a row: tours of NYC's best pizza, falafel, Thai, Indian, Korean, and other cuisines that she will hopefully develop a taste for...
*A more geographic approach, highlighting different neighborhoods every week and just choosing a restaurant depending on any number of criteria...
*A DIY "diner's deck" kind of thing, in which I take suggestions from fellow chowhounds about must-hit restaurants (yes, I'll scour the boards, but feel free to add your input here and now, too), and compile them into some sort of list or deck of cards, with the goal of hitting as many as possible in the next four years, and hopefully discovering some of our own together, too. If you vote for this option, be sure to give me your recommendations!
Thanks, all. I look forward to hearing your chowisdom!