I recently moved to a sublet in Harlem (125th & Lennox) from San Francisco recently and I am on the hunt for SF equivalents and other recommendations in Manhattan.
My interests are super casual, mom n pop, inexpensive eats made with love!
Some of the things I miss from SF that I want to find in NYC:
Tu Lan (vietnamese): greasy huge crisp Imperial Rolls, Curry fried rice.
Mexican food in the mission: REAL al pastor cooked on vertical spit, and also good carnitas.
Turtle Tower (viet): Real Bun Cha
Some good casual Beef Rendang from a good Indonesian place
Burma SuperStar: burmese curries & foods
Many casual Thai places in SF: Crying Tiger, crispy pork belly w/ spicy sauce, pork leg stew, duck fried rice, roast duck over white rice, etc., etc.
...this is all I can think of right no...more will follow
Also, recommendations to really good food spots in Harlem where I am subletting (125th & Lennox) is very welcome for when I wanna eat local.