Eat your way round NYC !!
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I was at a Hot Dog cart within a hour of being dropped at Grand Central. They are everywhere. Near enough on every block corner... Welcome to New York City my stomach said :)
Hot Dogs are just the tip of this culinary iceberg called New York City. I had my very first Knish experience in NY. I went to the Sunshine Cinema on East Houston to see a movie, and a few doors down was "Yonah Schimmels Knish Bakery". I was blown away by them and have been a fan ever since. Real good soul food served in non-pretentious surroundings. If you don't know what a Knish is, get down there and find out, just like i did. I found Katz Deli on East Houston too. Just one of their sandwiches got me through the entire day once.
Pizza next, my stomach muttered !.
John's Pizza on Bleeker Street don't do slice i learnt whilst browsing the menu. So, a whole pie it was then. In Woody Allen's movie "Manhattan", he and his girlfriend are having a pizza. Woody is having a plain pie, whilst his girlfriend orders one with nearly everything on it. The pizza arrive and Woody quips "You forgot the coconut". Yep, filmed right here in John's.
Just a bit further up Bleeker was a store with a line of people snaking out the door and up the street. My stomach decided to investigate. It turned out to be "The Magnolia Bakery". The window display was full of overly iced cup cakes and they were flying out the door.
Nathan's or Papaya King my stomach pondered.
Either, they are both great and both New York institutions so i have learnt. I like the way there is no seating in Papaya King on 86th and 3rd. Eating hot dogs standing up works somehow. With Nathan's it was the whole Coney Island experience. Nathan's then The Cyclone Rollercoaster.....Me and my stomach instantly fell out !!
We patched things up over a Cream cheese and Lox bagel in the Grand Central food hall later on. The tiled walls in here are great to just sit and gaze at while the rest of NYC hurry to catch their trains.
Virgil's Real BBQ on West 44th is worth a look in too. In England reservations are the norm, but here, i like the way you just turn up, put your name down and then hit the bar. Name gets called, then you eat....Simple. Great big steaks and stuff here. I also found out what "Grits" were too.
I would love to go on, but this is making me hungry now.