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London Chowhound needs a little help (kinda long)


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London Chowhound needs a little help (kinda long)

Ibrahim.Salha | May 28, 2009 03:50 PM

Hello NYC 'hounds, London 'hound here needs some advice on choices and help narrowing down a pretty long list. I'll be visiting in late August for a bit longer than a week with my girlfriend, we are both 20 years old so cannot drink, therefore we are looking for places that don't mind us not drinking alcohol and are pretty easy going with it. Budget is...well, we can spend a lot when we want to but we would also love five dumplings for a buck, as you can probably see from the list I've compiled from reading the boards. I'm not sure where we'll be staying and it's not really that important to us that the places are local, we enjoy traveling - might seem preposterous to NYC natives but your subway system is so much better than the London tube in our eyes.

I've only been to NYC once before and visited and enjoyed: Katz's, Gray's Papaya, BLT Burger, Nathan's in Coney Island, Yola's Cafe in Williamsburg, Momofuku Ssam, Halal Cart, Joe's Pizza. Didn't enjoy: Grimaldi's was the only duff note. Also to note that I'll be in Maine for a couple of months before coming to NYC so am thinking of ruling out any seafood places in the assumption that I'll be sorted out for the rest of the year from my time in ME...Oh, and that's the reason I'm posting this so early, I won't have much internet access for the next couple of months.

I hope this thread doesn't look too long but a list of places that have interested me or seem interesting:

RGR's lower east side tour, maybe add on a short visit to chinatown to get some prosperity dumplings if we can manage it
korean chicken places - we have nothing of this sort in London
momofuku ssam - set lunch
shopsins - breakfast/brunch/lunch
clinton st - brunch
barbecue joint of some sort - RUB, fette sau, dinosaur bbq, hill country
steak place - peter luger, keen's, blt, minetta tavern
burger - shake shack
hot dogs - papaya king, crif dogs, hot dog co.
bagels - H and H/ absolute bagels - any others?
mexican food - fish tacos in particular
japanese - sushi yasuda - how much are we looking at for omakase with yasuda? i'm not really a sushi guy but apparently this guy's the best so i'm thinking if anyone can change my mind it may be him...but it can be dropped in favour of another option.
street food - halal cart
dessert places - chikalicious/two little red hens cupcakes
pommes frites
dim sum in flushing
pizza - di fara/lucali/patsy's harlem/artichoke (we'll see how we're feeling as i understand any of these are good choices)
otafuku for takoyaki and okonomiyaki
jean georges lunch
per se salon menu - ever since I read the review on here from the user 'roze' I have been dreaming of going
madonia brothers bakery in the bronx for canoli - worth it? i think i saw a video with 'famous fat Dave' or Bourdain or someone and they looked pretty good...
eisenberg's sandwiches
places with good root beer. our favourite drink.

In fact, I can probably do a few of those with Kathryn's suggested itinerary to another poster:
- Start at with a pork bun at Momofuku Milk Bar
- Get some Gnocchi at the bar at Hearth
- Square slice of pizza at Artichoke
- Chips and dip, bacon peanut brittle, and/or mushroom flatbread at the bar at Redhead
- Egg cream at Ray's on Avenue A (an egg cream has neither egg nor cream, it's more like a chocolate soda with milk)
- Grand Sichuan for an order of soup dumplings
- Split a banh mi at Baoguette
- Deep fried NJ style hot dogs at Crif Dogs, I like mine bacon wrapped with cucumber and jalapeno
- Otafuku for okonomiyaki and takoyaki if you're still hungry
- Vanilla soft serve, cookies, or cupcakes at Chikalicious Dessert Bar

Apologies for the length of this and a couple of Outer Borough points, any help is appreciated :)

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