I'm a dedicated hound who is planning a trip to New York. My plan is to spend several days running around the city like a maniac, checking out as many "real" New York neighborhoods as I can.
Can you tell me -- where are the top ten epicenters of New York chow? I mean, places where I can emerge from the subway, or take a bus to some intersection, and be in the middle of a whole separate chow universe -- markets, restaurants, signs and menus that aren't in English, sights and smells, and above all excellent chow-quality food?
Of course, I've already gone through the New York boards (Manhattan, Outer Boroughs, and "Best of"), and have already accumulated a stack of recommendations for individual places. But I have only a general knowledge of New York -- business visits to Manhattan, the major museums, a couple sights in Brooklyn, but that's about it. I have very little knowledge of the neighborhoods. Names like Flatbush and Brighton Beach are just words to me. A lot of the New York discussions on Chowhound go past me because I don't have the landmarks and collective memory that you have.
In short, I want to see particular New York neighborhoods that are amazing, distinctive experiences -- starting with the chow, of course, but including the whole vibe.
Any pointers (hopefully with more specific addresses, subway stops, names of boroughs, etc than in the usual postings) would be greatly appreciated, and I think they'd be a huge resource for all chow-minded visitors.