I moved up to Washington Heights in the 150s not too long ago, to a heavily Dominican neighborhood -- and I have to say that it's a wonderful food neighborhood to be in, in so many ways. Those standard, packaged tortillas you see in stores everywhere are somehow much fresher, here. And sometimes you can even catch them still warm in the package, so tender and fragrant I eat them straight, with no accompaniment at all. There are many small cafes, addendums to even smaller grocery stores, that sell wonderful tacos, overflowing with juicy carne enchillada, tender lengua. Tamales are plentiful -- generally tamales rojo, both spicy and subtle. And there are wonderful seafood shops with very fresh fish and scallops, where you can order anything you point to cooked just how you want it, to be either eaten in, at the bar with a cerveza while watching a game of round football, or taken home.
I've lived in the W. Village, in Hell's Kitchen, on the UWS. In each of these places, I've found something really special and unique to that area, and I have fallen in love with each place I've lived, for different reasons. (You can really eat great, late, in the WV -- and not at Wendy's! Hell's Kitchen has a beautiful array of cuisine choices on 9th ave. The UWS has Fairway and Zabar's.)
What do you love most, food-wise, about the Manhattan neighborhood where you live or work?