I am a native New Yorker banished for too long to a small Canadian city (London, ON) where there aren't more than five restaurants that cause my pulse to quicken even slightly in anticipation. In mid-Summer I'll be in NY city for five days with my wife and two kids, one of who has food allergies, making eating out a challenge.
Between visiting with relatives and friends and taking the kids to some of the sights and neighborhoods, I won't have much time to indulge many food fantasies, so I want to make the best of the time we have and would greatly appreciate the help of fellow New Yorkers since I have been away for well over a decade.
We plan to stay in Manhattan but don't know yet where, which I know makes recommendations more difficult, and we will be making some trips to Brooklyn (Fort Greene) to see a brand new niece. My goal is to take in a range of cuisines and experiences, from street food to high-end (though not overly formal) restaurants. from lip-numbing Szechaun to simple but well executed dishes that show off fresh ingredients.
I also hope to do some food and food-related shopping and would be interested in places that weren't around 10-15 years ago.
I could spend five years eating my way across Manhattan and not be sated so I don't expect to do so in five days. But I do hope to have some culinary adventure and hope you can suggest some highlights I may want to work into the itinerary.