Once upon a time, I lived in NY and could not afford to eat. When I moved away, I came back to eat at all the places that non-New Yorkers suggested one eat at (mostly celebrity chef joints). But now that I'm even wiser, I want to try some great foodie eats that aren't going to wreak havoc on the expense account, but are definitely worth seeking out. I'm not looking for killer slices of pizza or falafel. For example, I wouldn't mind getting my hands on some amazing Korean fried chicken or yakatori. Some ridiculous cured meats or fried fish might also be worth writing home about.
If you were coming to my neck of the woods, I'd want you to not only try a Jose Andres joint, but also dig your mouth and hands into a bushel of blue crabs and some Viet noodle bowls.
So throw some suggestions my way.