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@sloanbuller: if you want quintessential nyc, then can't go wrong with a slice of pizza at Joe's, burger at Shake Shack (long lines tho!), a dog at Gray's Papaya and Katz Deli. If you have a sweet tooth, check out Bouchon or Two Little Red Hens for their cupcakes.
@kathryn: you seem like a nyc foodie vet..rock on!
Shake Shack Santa delivering burgers to Sandy victims
get the green tea mousse cake. just three words: FAB-U-LOUS
if you get the tres leche at doughnut plant, eat it right away you won't be disappointed.
pass on the creme brulee. it was tiny and was meh.
two little red hens is hands-down winner.
amy's is second. hens' blackout and velvet is worth the 2000 calories each.
unless you want to leave no room for the rest of your day, make sure to share the sandwich at Banh Mi Saigon in Chinatown. The place is clean, and the portion is huge. I got the chicken. (not a fan of pate). Then head over to chinatown ice cream shop and get the almond cookie ice cream. Don't bother with the green tea, in case you're interested
newbies be prepared for the NY indoor traffic jam that is Katz. Once you get your ticket, try as hard you can to get as close to the glass as possible and slide along into the open space until you can see the neckhairs on the guy ordering ahead of you. It's worth the stress. Ask for the green tomatoes and you're set for a filling lunch. Stick with the pastrami. The reuben was ok.
Have you tried Lilly's Babka?
I got it at Whole Foods Union Square. It's delicious
I've only tried Lilly's Bakery, and it was love at first bite
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