So I was looking for something different to do on a trip and decided to just go somewhere and eat. I figured NYC would be a pretty good place to go so I scoured reddit, yelp, urbanspoon etc for some hot spots to eat and made a list that filled the 2.5 days.
I broke each day into different categories, Monday was jewish delis, sandwiches, hamburger, and some bakeries. Tuesday was my Asian day and Wednesday was my Pizza day. The following list are the places and foods I ordered based on opinions and suggestions.
Monday for breakfast I visited several locations and had a picnic @ Central Park great lawn.
2nd Avenue Deli - Potato Knish, rounded and Squared
Ess-a-Bagel - Lox on everything bagel http://i.imgur.com/Ebv1yUnh.jpg
Absolute Bagel - Everything bagel with onion and chive cream cheese
Zabars - Potato Knish, Spinach Knish, Cheese Blintz
Beard Papas - Regular cream puff, cocoa puff, dulce de leche, and green tea. http://i.imgur.com/NDIp3pZh.jpg
I wasnt a big fan of any of the knishes. The everything bagel from ess-a-bagel was a little bit on the salty side but I did enjoy it. I also disliked the green tea cream puff from Beard Papa's but absolutely loved the dulce de leches. The chocolate chop cookie from Levain bakery was amazing.
Parm - Meatball Sandwich http://i.imgur.com/7N24luph.jpg
The meatball sandwich was pretty good and the pastrami on rye was as well.
Minetta Tavern - Black Label Burger
Korzo Haus - The original burger http://i.imgur.com/Q1355Ach.jpg
Big Gay Ice Cream - The salty pimp and the Monday Sundae http://i.imgur.com/BWM9eXyh.jpg
Breslin Bar - Lamb burger http://i.imgur.com/kDJmNDRh.jpg
I really really enjoyed the black label burger and the fries reminded me of the flavor of lays potato chips. The korzo haus burger wasnt bad but didnt blow me away. Reminded me of a monte cristo sort of.
The salty pimp and monday sundae were so good. I prefered the Monday Sundae over the salty pimp and liked it so much I went back Wednesday to get some ice cream before I left.
Night ended with a lamb burger from the bresling bar. The burger was so good. I would def go back to get that burger again.
Tuesday Asian food day.
Breakfast Had a little picnic at the Columbus park. http://i.imgur.com/V6dyeBFh.jpg
Fai Da Mott - Steamed pork bun, roasted pork bun, roasted red bean bun, steamed red bean bun, coconut bun, and a coconut butter cream bun.
Taipan Bakery - Egg Tart
Mei Li Wah - Steamed pork bun and a pineapple bun.
I never knew what any of these items were but I loved every single one of them except for the red bean ones, not a fan of red bean. The roasted and steamed pork buns from Fai Da mott were so good and cheap I was really impressed and the pineapple bun from Mei Li Wah was awesome.
Prosperity Dumpling - steamed and fried pork and chive dumpling. http://i.imgur.com/ui4avXch.jpg
Joe's Shanghai - pork and crab xiao long boa. http://i.imgur.com/RDCnYCbh.jpg
Xi'an Famous Foods - N9 Hand pulled noodles with pork http://i.imgur.com/FKShE38h.jpg
Everything I had was terrific.
Sushi Yasuda - Omakase
I went to Takashi for two things, the madagascar ice cream and the Niku-Uni. I had arrived when they opened and was told they were out of Niku-Uni since it was busy over the weekend. I was pretty bummed because thats the only thing I wanted so I just ordered some random thing. The Yooke was raw meat with a quail egg mixed into it. It was unique and tasted pretty good but I really wanted the Niku Uni. The ice cream was also decent but I prefered Big gay ice cream more.
Sushi Azabu - the koi sushi dish was very good, I am not familiar with higher end sushi and enjoyed the little dash of wasabi they apply to them. I was fortunate enough that they had Uni because I never had it before and thats all I ever heard people talking about and it was pretty good.
Sushi Yasuda - I went there to get the omakase experience since I never done it before. I was told they were out of uni which was pretty disappointing. The food was good, however if I was blindfolded I wouldnt be able to tell the difference between Azabu and Yasuda.
Clinton St Bakery - Walnut and banana pancakes and sugar cured bacon http://i.imgur.com/OXt4AsYh.jpg
Dougnut Plant - Tres Leches, creme brule , peanut butter and jelly donut. http://i.imgur.com/N43tVfah.jpg
Peter Pan Donuts - Bavarian volcano, white cream volcano, bavarian cream donut. http://i.imgur.com/vSFZyU1h.jpg
The pancake at Clinton st was great, it had a unique flavor to it and the syrup was so good. I liked the bacon alot more then the pancake.
I liked the variety of choices from Doughnut plant a little bit more then Peter Pan Donuts. The white chocolate volcano from Peter pan was really good though and peter pan is really cheap.
L&B Spumoni Gardens - Square and regular cheese.
Both places were good, I prefered L&B a little bit more then Difara's.
I had alot more pizza places lined up for Wednesday but I had to wrap things up short so I wouldnt miss my flight since it left early in the afternoon. I had planned to go to Lombardi's as well as Totonnos. Maybe next time.
To wrap it up, #1 was the chocolate chip cookie from Levain Bakery. Another favorite was Chinatown bakeries. The black label burger from minetta and lamb burger from breslin were among my favorites.
If anyone is wondering, I gained around 7 pounds.Edited: 30 May 2013, 19:52