My family and I like to explore neighborhoods outside of Manhattan on the weekends. Yet rather than just going to restaurants, I really enjoy going to grocery stores and coming back home with a bag of goodies to try during the week. For example, we go to Jackson Heights for Indian food and then go to Patel Brother's. Or to Sunset Park for Mexican food at Taqueria Matamoros and groceries. Or to LIC/Astoria for Brazilian food at Malagueta or Copacabana and groceries at Rio Bonito. We've also done Arthur Avenue in the Bronx and came back with delicious prosciutto!
So, what other eat+shop ideas do you have?