A friend and I are going up to NYC to visit a friend next weekend and have a huuuuuuuge food itinerary all laid out, but there's one problem. The friend I'm going up with isn't into food at all, and the friend we're visiting is definitely a food guy but he's strapped for cash at the moment.
So my question is this: Is there a safe way you can suggest to meet some possible dining companions? Or perhaps this is the place? I'm not even sure if that's allowed on chowhound. If it's not then are there sites out there that would be more suited to my needs? I'm a (relatively) normal guy who just loves food and loves to try new cuisines and run my own food blog. I'm just looking for any pointers or links or... I don't know just a starting ground to maybe meet a few normal people to share good food and maybe build a relationship for future trips with. If this topic gets deleted then I'll understand that I have to look elsewhere.
Thanks for any advice.