People on this board might remember that a couple months ago I posted a long series of messages asking for advice about chow in different neighborhoods, and I assembled that advice into a "Chow Walking Tours in Brooklyn and Queens" (see the attached link at the bottom). I quite enjoyed the whole project, and I once again thank chowhounds for their help.
Now I am thinking of moving to New York permanently. So I have a new question, not unrelated to the old one: where should I live? Specifically, I want to live in a neighborhood that is tolerably cheap, safe, quiet, and accessible to downtown Manhattan **and** that affords such a great number and diversity of nearby chow-quality eating places that I'm never going to get bored. Maybe the ideal answer doesn't exist, but I would be very interested to research the trade-offs and best options.
I'd greatly appreciate if you could include specific borough names and subway stops in your messages, since I'm still an out-of-towner.
I'm posting this to the Outer Boroughs board because I assume that the answer to my question does not lie anywhere on the island of Manhattan, but please do disabuse me if I'm mistaken in that assumption.
I've read the recent threads on this board, e.g., relating to Park Slope.
Any help will be much appreciated, including both recommendations of particular neighborhoods and warnings against them. I'm planning a return trip to New York in early July to investigate thoroughly the feasibility of moving there, and I'd be happy to report back whatever I learn as a result of following up your suggestions.