So my girlfriend and I will be in Montreal from a Friday night to a Sunday morning in the middle of April. I'd love some suggestions. Because of our short visit, we will likely spend our time in the city, as trips to the countryside would take a bite out of our precious time.
The most important thing for me is to find stuff that defines the region, and stuff you really can't get anywhere else, or with great difficulty, in my home of New York City. Where's the best poutine? What's the deal with this "sugar shack" food, and can you get it in the city? What international cuisines are fantastic in Montreal (I've heard Indian and various Chinese)? Is it worth it to get a Montreal bagel (my hometown has some pretty good bagels), and if so, where do I want to get them? Help us immerse ourselves in Quebecois life for two nights and a day.
I should also mention that our tastes -- and budgets -- favor interesting holes-in-walls, and not fine dining, though I might shell out a bit for a really cool experience.
Oh, and any suggestions on what part of town to look for a hotel in... that'd be appreciated.