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Best unhealthy meal?

arstein | Jun 6, 2008 09:00 AM

For my dad's 60th bday, I'm taking him on a food tour of Manhattan, with a very specific focus: allowing him to indulge in all the terrible eating habits that my mother prohibits.

Partly this means lard-y treats, and partly it just means ethnic food of inscrutable origin. Mom won't touch much outside of French, Italian, or non-threatening Chinese. (They both eat quite well. Just nothing "weird.")

Suggestions? I have a long list of ideas, but they aren't yet cohering into a sensible tour. We have Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, and Sunday breakfast. I plan to stick primarily around the lower half of Manhattan.

Random thoughts:

- Dad mentioned barbecue. Obviously not a NY specialty, but that doesn't really matter. I'm thinking Hill Country. Haven't been, but I used to live in Texas, curious to give it a shot.

- For breakfast, I'm thinking maybe Chinese. But not dim sum -- what place serves the best roast baby pig?

- Dad casually mentioned Ethiopian, which was sort of a shock. I wasn't aware he even knew what Ethiopian food was. Never been to an Ethiopian joint in NY. Do any stand out?

- Dad also mentioned Indian. To me, most Manhattan Indian seems pretty interchangeable. Recommendations welcome.

- I'm tempted to close the evening out with a late night pilgrimage to Crif Dogs. Dad loves him some hot dogs.

- I'm toying with the idea of classing up the expedition with a stopover at Momofuku Ssam. A plate of ham and some sweetbreads should be good for the cholesterol count.

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