I'm spending Saturday and Sunday in New York with my girlfriends. We're all students, so we're looking for great food experiences at decent prices (I might go to try the canneles, macarons, eclairs, etc. at Payard, but won't inflict that splurge on friends!).
Union Square Farmers' Market
I'm living in Providence, where I am within walking distance of four farmers' markets. With that in mind, should I bother to go to Union Square on Saturday? If it's anything like Borough Market in London, I'm up for it. But if it's just farmers with heirloom tomatoes, it wouldn't be a good utilisation of my time.
Vegetarian Dim Sum House; 24 Pell St.
Want great dim sum, but some of my friends won't eat pork/shellfish. So I'm looking for delicious options. Is this place the best? Not essential, but do they have trolleys, or is it all a la carte?
We are staying right by the Time Warner Centre, and don't want to have to go far first thing in the morning. I was thinking Amy's, and maybe somewhere else. Thoughts?
Can someone reccomend a great noodle place? Perhaps the sort where you see them making noodles by hand? Do these places still exist in NY?
I also would be interested in affordable, creative mexican food.
On past trips to NY, I've loved all the quirky eateries, which are often also affordable. I'm going back to Rice to Riches for a rice-pudding-crazy flatmate, and was considering Risotteria (never been). Any fun 'specialty' places to reccomend?
Thanks in advance. I'm sorry to ask such a diverse range of questions, but hope some New York hounds hold some answers.