Whenever I go to NYC (I live in CT) it's always just to eat and usually a day trip. In a couple of weeks I'm taking a friend for her first visit to the city since a Jr. High field trip we took 20+ years ago. She's not a fan of cities in general but has volunteered to be led around on a chowish day long dash. I've got a couple of ideas from my various romps through the city but if you could help me on this one, I'd appreciate it.
Couple of things-
She doesn't eat red meat.
She doesn't like riding the subway (slightly claustrophobic). (most likely we will be walking everywhere)
She is a bit thrifty. (hence the walking and not springing for cabs)
We'll get to the city around 10am via Grand Central. Without spending too much $ on cabs, help me figure out the best area to focus our chowing. (not full meals but smaller stuff)
I definitely want to take her to Pommes Frites. What else is near there that we might like? I've done Dumpling House, Gelato in the LES, falafel at Mamouns. Both of us are fairly adventurous. (dumplings, dosas, chicken and rice from a cart...anything you can suggest)
Also, last thing--even if we have to cab it from downtown to uptown, is William Greenburgs the place to go for black and white cookies? I've got an assignment to bring some awesome ones home. The bakery in Grand Central has awful ones so that's not an option.