My husband and I are planning to indulge in Manhattan eating for just over a week in May (7th to 16th). I've spent hours poring over this board; I’ve been following this thread closely (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/972501), have looked up older Toronto requests, and clicked on many many links posted by the incredibly-helpful Kathryn. But there’s still so much more time I could spend at it! However, the trip is approaching so I thought I’d ask for some feedback before I run out of time.
Our main interests are 1) food experiences that are unique to New York and 2) things we can’t get in Toronto. We are especially hoping that people who know both cities can help us out here – it’s pretty overwhelming trying to figure out which Chinese specialties NYC has that we don’t (as it is, we’re not that familiar with what Toronto and environs has to offer), and we were under the impression (open to correction if mistaken) that Toronto’s Italian is good enough that we don’t necessarily need to focus on it in New York.
We like a wide range of experiences: we’re very happy with low-brow street or ethnic foods, but will also have some high-end dining here and there – to that end, we have made a dinner reservation at Eleven Madison Park. Overall our balance will probably favour the lower end, but budget isn’t a limiting factor for any specific consideration. We’re staying in Chelsea for the first week and then commuting in from Flushing, but are happy to explore all over the island via subway.
We’re focusing on lunch, dinner and snacks, since it’s unlikely we’ll be going out for breakfast or brunch much, unless you have some “nowhere else but in New York”, absolutely-not-to-be-missed type of ideas.
Here’s the beginning of a short-list:
Patsy’s Pizzeria and/or Sal and Carmine’s
2nd Avenue Deli
William Greenberg for black and white cookies
Junior’s for cheesecake
Oda House (we’ve only tried Georgian food once before)
Momofuku Ssam Bar
Eleven Madison Park
We plan to follow the posted LES food crawl that includes Yonah Schimmel’s, Russ and Daughters (we’ll do a separate meal at Katz’s), Il Laboratorio del Gelato, Ray’s for the egg cream, and Kossar’s for the bialy.
We will also walk the Highline and check out some of Kathryn’s suggestions along the way.
So… What are the “must-haves” that we are missing?
Any specific suggestions for more Mexican or Central/South American food?
Any other cuisines/dishes Manhattan has that Toronto doesn’t?
Thanks very much in advance!!