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Multi-Restaurant Take-Out

franksnbeans | Apr 11, 200808:04 AM

Stick with me on this.

Several years ago in the New Yorker, Calvin Trillin described his family's occasional take-out dining experience (http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003...) in which he "drove to Chinatown with [his] daughters and two or three of the dinner guests, everyone having been assigned to pick up a certain dish at a certain restaurant according to a split-second schedule -- a food-gathering exercise we referred to as an Entebbe Raid."

The concept of the well-planned and orchestrated Entebbe Raid (Google if you don't know the reference) has always stuck with me. Lately, for the sake of gastronomic excess and experimentation (er- I mean, Chow-Science), we've tried a few simple 2-restaurant variations. Living near Union Square, we've made some great dinners of Tacos Lupita (tortas) + City Slicker (fries and quesadillas); El Potro (papusas) + Taqueria la Mexicana (dinner plates); and Wu Chon (pajun and sushi) + Great Thai Chef (jungle curry, beef w/pineapple, etc.).

Anyway, the question is this: what neighborhoods are prime staging grounds for an Entebbe Raid, and what would be your perfect multi-restaurant menus?

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