The New York Times Dining Out section runs a nice piece today on the choices near the new Queens based Museum of Modern Art. The story nicely illustrated the difference between Chicago and New York dining, or least Queens dining. The key graphs:
"But on this low-rent stretch of avenue, completely devoid of Starbucks coffee shops, expense-account restaurants, tourists and other common trappings of Midtown Manhattan, there are still plenty of strong choices. Among them I found two fine Turkish restaurants, two serving Korean food, a solidly decent Mexican option, a couple of Romanian ones, two Japanese establishments and an old-fashioned upscale Italian place favored by Mr. Lowry and those looking to observe the tenets of the traditional Manhattan business lunch."
"There are also a number of interesting groceries and takeout joints, mostly Balkan or Middle Eastern, but at least one catering to the neighborhood's vibrant Irish community. You'll also find an assortment of neighborhood coffee shops, Chinese takeout operations and Indian restaurants; sadly, I was not impressed by any of these. (I might be, however, if I found them in Midtown, where the competition is not nearly as stiff.)"
There has been quite a few threads of late about where to eat and live in Chicago, and I think a lot of non-Chicagoans expect to find the same variety and diversity in Chicago. While you may find all the resturants cited above in Chicago, there is no place where you could find them in such close proximity to each other. Even Devon Avenue (and for newcomers its pronounced de'VON) our famed United Nations stretch does not come close to this.
The moral, as the Stones closed side one of Sticky Fingers, to chow in Chicago, you've got to move.
The link below is to a start of a discussion on the Times story on the New York Outer board. A link to the actual article is included in this post.