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What were you eating in Manhattan in the late 90s? Are you still seeking out/ordering those foods today?

prima | Mar 8, 201108:33 AM     30

Here's a list of foods/dishes/restaurants that were new to me in the late 90s:
soup dumplings at Joe's Shanghai
Krispy Kreme Donuts-travelling out of my way to 8th & 23rd to try my first Krispy Kreme
Starbucks Chai Tea Latte-this was what I ordered before I became a coffee drinker circa 1999. I used to walk 10 blocks to get to my closest Starbucks
the mantoo at Bamiyan
upscale dim sum at Shun Lee- the current Shun Lee thread triggered this trip down memory lane
upscale Cantonese food at the now-defunct Jimmy Sung's
Balthazar- mostly went because I was curious, after hearing Madonna had dined there
noodles at Republic
Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken and papa a la huancaina at a place in SoHo- blanking on the restaurant's name
Pizza at Patsy's
Godiva chocolates
the now-closed Vong- my first visit to a JGV restaurant, and quite impressive
the now-closed Florent
I Trulli, which was the first time I ordered grilled cuttlefish

These were the dishes I was eating frequently, and trying all over town:
penne with vodka sauce
pad thai
enchiladas suizas

These restaurant foods/restaurants were on my regular rotation:
the spinach and mushroom slice at my neighbourhood Famous Original Ray's
the goulash at Veselka, usually very late at night
noodles at Mee
enchiladas at Gabriela's
tuna melts at coffee shops around town
veal or chicken parm sandwiches
the now-closed Comfort Diner- think I kept returning for the faux-retro atmosphere, because I can't really remember the food tasting good

Where were you eating in the late 90s?

Which places are you still frequenting?

While I still seek out empanadas, soup dumplings, tapas, Peruvian and Mexican food, I don't think I've ordered pad thai in the last 5 years, and I can't remember ordering pasta with vodka sauce since the late 90s.

Can anyone recommend a restaurant that still serves a good pasta with vodka sauce, in case I decide to give it a try for old time's sake?

I ordered a mushroom and spinach slice at a Famous Original Ray's last year, and it was pretty bad. Not sure if my tastes have changed, or whether their slices used to taste better. Or both.

Haven't had a craving for a Krispy Kreme since I tried my first Doughnut Plant donut.

Amazing how tastes can change over the years.

Joe's Shanghai
9 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

688 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10025

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

69 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

358 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

I Trulli
122 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

Shun Lee Palace
155 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

Patsy's Pizzeria
509 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

37 Union Sq W, New York, NY 10003

200 East 54th Street, New York, NY 10022

Comfort Diner
214 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

Mee Noodle Shop and Grill
922 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10017

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