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10 days of lunches and best "foodie places" this days


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10 days of lunches and best "foodie places" this days

oferl | Apr 25, 2012 04:31 AM

Hello :-) Coming back to the city in mid August, have made several "foodie centered" visits
in the past, the last was 3-4 years ago.
Will go over archive to do some "catch up", i'm looking mainly for exceptional lunches, regardless of cuisine. EMP is on the list for lunch tasting menu and i guess that this is the pricing limit i would like to stay at (no Per Se at 300$ although very tempting). What other special places should i mark and read about ? Not only "fancier" but also excellent food of all kitchen types that you always "starve" for at lunch but not always have the time to "invest in" :-) Also on the "Sushi front", exceptional lunche tasting possibilities?
Apart from that, in the chocolate and ice cream categories, anything that i should consider apart from my old time favourites like Kee chocolates on Thompson and il laboratorio del gelato, my 2 all time best in the city ? Something new that i missed from last couple of years?

And last question on the foodie speciality stores/markets etc - i will visit again Kalustyns (still "a bit too expensive"?) and some other places, but what are the really best big foodie heavens today in Manhattan/Long Island/New Jersey that worth the "special" travel?
Thanks a lot in advance :-)

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