I visited my sister in Teaneck for the Holidays and did an all-day junket to the Lower East Side, Atlantic Avenue, Whitestone (it's where I grew up) and Sunnyside.
Here's my report:
Lower East Side:
1. Doughnut Planet- Oh my God! What a wonderful place. I don't think that I have ever had a better doughnut in my life.
2. Kossar's Bialy's- I know it is supposed to be fantastic, but I was not at all impressed. The lady behind the counter was absolutely horrible and the bagel and bialy I had were so-so. Totally over-rated, as far as I am concerned.
1. Sahadi's- Great food! Great people! Great service! Great prices! Need I say more?
2. Damascus Bakery- The owner has to be the one of the nicest behind-the-counter persons I have ever met in NY. The sweets there were outstanding. Truly, one of NY's best!
Whitestone: (I grew up there and left in 1971. So much has changed- but so much hasn't!
1. Stork's Bakery- Still is a fabulous place to go for cakes and pastries. The cheese danish that were there looked exactly the same as they did 30 years ago. My chocolate doughnut was fantastic (albeit, a step or two below that of Doughnut Planet.) Although Whitestone is an out-of-the-way place to go to for many, it will be worth the effort to visit Stork's.
2. Whitestone Deli- Alas, it has gone and has been replaced by one that has one of the tackiest signs on 150th Street. What used to be one of the best purveyors of home-made salads has turned into a mediocre and banal deli...although they do carry on the Whitestone Deli tradition of carrying Boer's Head meats.
1. Mi Bolivia. I had an empanada (as good as the ones that I have had on the streets of La Paz!) and a beef soup. Yummy, filling, and cheap!