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Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) -- PHOTOS ADDED


 
(Sorry, no food photos just the above ubiquitous shot I took of the Brooklyn Bridge.)
 
 
With Mrs. i95 visiting her “ailing Uncle” (whom I secretly suspect maybe named The Travelin Man  ) in Florida this past weekend, I took our three kids on a literal noshing tour of lower Manhattan from the East River all the way over to the Hudson.
 
With MANY thanks and my sincere gratitude extended to: Tony Bad (for his seriously GREAT suggested walking route from the Lower East Side through and to Greenwich Village and which I adhered to as if it was a string cheese tightrope); billyboy (whose own NYC Trip Reports served as an inspiration [as the places visited and listed below attest] and whose directions to and around Brooklyn proved invaluable) and The Travelin Man for his contagious advocacy of doing the "Brooklyn Bridge thing"; Twinwillow’s forwarded Tony Bourdain restaurant recommendation in Chinatown; Bruce Blimes and Sue Boyle’s steering me to the food-value-of-the-trip on Allen Street; and Howard Baratz’s sage advice that “you are tourists and in my mind there is no sin in making choices that contain a tinge of touristy-ness,” in-order food stops on our 30-hours-on-the-ground in NYC tour (and having already been to the great Katz’s Deli) included:
 
 
SATURDAY:
 
  Yonah Schimmels (137 East Houston Street)…A shared garlic and potato knish started out the day at this 99-year-young Lower East Side stalwart. Fantastic!
 
 
  Pommes Frites (123 2nd Avenue)…As already formally reviewed on this site here, this is the mecca of fries and, frankly, the best ones we’ve ever had. Fried twice, crisp on the outside and soft and heavenly on the inside. Divine. Had our shared small order with both the Honey Mustard Mayo and the Curried Ketchup w/ Onions. One word: Yummo.
 
 
  Economy Candy (108 Rivington Street)… As also formally reviewed on this site here – and this being our second trip to this candy castle – if you can’t find your favorite candy here then they no longer make it.
 
 
  Fried Dumpling (99 Allen Street)…Oh, my. Five freshly prepared, scrumptious and cooked right in front of you Chinese dumplings for one dollar. Even. I could live here.
 
 
  LUNCH: Hop Kee (21 Mott Street)…Twinwillow referenced Tony Bourdain’s recent coverage of the Cantonese on his Travel Channel program and what a great find. Downstairs and under a nondescript building on Mott Street in New York City’s Chinatown, we shared Chicken & Broccoli as well as Vegetable Fried Rice. Very, very good.
 
 
  Chinatown Ice Cream (65 Bayard Street)…While I had hoped that my kids would be a little more adventurous here, nope, they ordered the standard chocolate and or vanilla. They liked it. What can I say?
 
 
  Italian Food Center (186 Grand Street)…Actually didn’t eat here but stopped by and will surely revisit.
 
 
  Peanut Butter & Co. (240 Sullivan Street)…As already formally reviewed on this site here, we shared peanut butter cookies here as well as stocked-up on some Honey Peanut Butter at this Greenwich Village haunt. Very good.
 
 
  Faicco’s Pork Store (260 Bleecker Street)…As also already formally reviewed on this site here, two rice balls with parmesan and romano cheeses and at a total for both of just $ 1.50 were a major, delicious treat!
 
 
  DINNER: Puglia (189 Hester Street)…Oh, no question, tourist as all get out. That said and as Howard Baratz paened, I was in Rome (and with three little Romans) so what’s a Dad to do? Entertainment was cheesy-but-fun and the food (shrimp parmesan, baked manicotti and tortellini pesto) was actually quite “red sauce” good.
 
 
SUNDAY:
 
  Kossar’s Bialys (367 Grand Street)..First stop and the sharing of a made-that-morning and still warm onion bialy was fantastic.
 
 
  Doughnut Plant (379 Grand Street) …Just next door and as also formally reviewed on this site here, the Doughnut Plant was a MAJOR treat. Phenomenal, yeasty doughnuts. No way we were splitting these. Everyone got their own (and then some). Superb hazelnut, chocolate and strawberry jelly filled (with the place even making its own jelly filling).
 
 
  Pickle Guys (49 Essex Street)…Just looked here (as lack of immediate refrigeration on our part prevented us from purchasing) but very impressed with the selection and freshness of various pickled goods from pickles to mixed vegetables to green beans to celery.
 
 
Then over the Brooklyn Bridge and to…  
 
 
  LUNCH: Grimaldi’s (19 Old Fulton Street)…As already formally reviewed on this site here, we waited almost 30-minutes to get into this coal-oven-fired pizza place literally under the Brooklyn Bridge and it was worth every single minute. Thin, perfectly cooked crust all made in a seemingly ancient brick oven. Highly recommend!
 
 
  Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (One Water Street)… Also already formally reviewed on this site here, this place’s real estate and view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Wall Street skyline is worthy, alone, of an excursion here. The fact that the ice cream is also pretty darned good (double chocolate and butter pecan) sure doesn’t hurt either.
 
 
  Jacques Torres (66 Water Street)… Also already formally reviewed on this site here – and although we didn’t eat here – this is a chocolate-lover’s paradise. We’ve long been a fan of Torres’ chocolates and it’s definitely here where you can find all of them.
 
 
Best Food: frites at Pommes Frites. Best Value: dumplings at Fried Dumpling. Song I Can’t Get Out of My Friggin’ Head: this one. Best Memory: Adventurous kids willing to try the untried as well as beng perpetually curious as to what’s around the next corner. Priceless.
 
 

 
 
Again, thanks for the great tips!
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/11 21:14:11 (permalink)
    What a great trip.....................everything sounds wonderful.  Your children are so lucky to hav a dad like y ou~~~~
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/11 21:22:45 (permalink)
    I'm really offended that you didn't go to Mee-Ow's House of Cat-O-Nese Cuisine.





    What an unwelcoming board this is!


    post edited by wanderingjew - 2009/03/11 22:00:56
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/11 21:40:35 (permalink)
    DUDE.  That is a wonderful itinerary.  Is it pretty much exactly Tony's route?  Because I want to go to there.  Your kids must have had a blast.

    Jiminy.  That song is as bad as Bananaphone.
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/11 21:52:48 (permalink)
    NancypaloozaBecause I want to go to there.


     
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/11 22:13:12 (permalink)
    i95

    With Mrs. i95 visiting her “ailing Uncle” (whom I secretly suspect maybe named The Travelin Man  ) in Florida this past weekend

     
    Perhaps the missus will give new meaning to the term "getting travelin manned".


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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/11 22:17:02 (permalink)
    Howard Baratz

    Perhaps the missus will give new meaning to the term "getting travelin manned".


    That'll teach ayersian to put the definition of such "after the jump" on the most recent blog post!  If there were such a new definition, more people might have tuned in.

    Of course, there is also a whole contingent of those who would have tuned right out!
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/12 06:13:16 (permalink)
    Our paths crossed. On Sunday the wife and I did Economy Candy, Pickle Guys and Kossar's besides  Katz's, Russ & Daughters, and the Streits matzo factory. Then we stopped at Timmy O's in Corona on the way home for dessert.
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/12 08:29:28 (permalink)
    Very useful report!

    I've added The Pickle Guys, Kosar's, Fried Dumpling, Faicco's and Doughnut Plant to my NYC intinerary.
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/12 08:38:13 (permalink)
    i95-
    Other than the obvious misstep of saying something even remotely complimentary about Travelin Man, this was a very enjoyable report.  What an adventure this must have been for the kids.  Those fries from Pommes Frites sound amazing.  I am just shocked, shocked I say, that anyone could eat this much in one weekend!
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/12 08:56:04 (permalink)
    If you are shocked, with your little parasitic friend, then that's a serious amount of eating.  :)
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/12 09:17:38 (permalink)
    Very nice report, I work in lower Manhattan so I enjoy reading about visitors getting the most out of NY City.
     
    Your KIDS joined you on this trip? How old are they?? Even on their best days my kids would have never tolerated so many food stops, especially for 2 days striaght. Good for you, and the kids.
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/12 10:15:30 (permalink)
    Nancypalooza

    with your little parasitic friend


    Nancy,
     
    Your above characterization of The Travelin Man seems a bit harsh.
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/12 10:32:10 (permalink)
    Well you know, after the extensive discussions of his ED, I find that Steve can withstand pretty much any negative characterization.  :)
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/12 11:43:51 (permalink)
    One more question--is Puglia the place from the pizza-joint scene in the movie 'Enchanted'?
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/12 19:40:23 (permalink)
    ken8038Your KIDS joined you on this trip? How old are they??

     
    Ages 16, 13 and eight. The three-plus-mile trek definitely tried the eight-year-old but whose definition of nirvana was her father asking, "so, anyone want to catch a cab rather than walking back to the hotel?"
     
     
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    Nancypaloozawith your little parasitic friend


    Nancy,
     
    Your above characterization of The Travelin Man seems a bit harsh.

     
    Only to parasites.
     
     
    Nancypalooza

    One more question--is Puglia the place from the pizza-joint scene in the movie 'Enchanted'?

     
    Although I've (regretably) seen the movie, I don't know and a quick Google search didn't seem to reveal an answer either.
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/12 22:58:18 (permalink)
    Nancypalooza

    DUDE.  That is a wonderful itinerary.  Is it pretty much exactly Tony's route?  Because I want to go to there.  Your kids must have had a blast.

    Jiminy.  That song is as bad as Bananaphone.


    Mr. 95 impovised a bit, but THIS was basic route.


    post edited by Tony Bad - 2009/03/12 23:00:33
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/13 09:19:30 (permalink)
    Tony BadMr. 95 impovised a bit, but THIS was basic route.


    That's it -- and something I'm truly indebted to Tony for! I swear, he could sell these maps as a noshing / walking tour of Lower Manhattan. My three improvisations on the same included:
     
    1. an eight block walk northward (and from point "A") up 2nd Avenue and to Pommes Frites (123 2nd Avenue);
    2. a more full exploration of Greenwich Village by keeping on Bleecker Street (I'm DEFINITELY hitting Magnolia Bakery in the Village [401 Bleecker Street] and for cupcakes next trip!);
    3. and of course walking down Allen Street from both the Doughnut Plant / Kossar's Bialys and toward the Brooklyn Bridge for our Brooklyn dining the following day.
     
     
    In short and in summary, Tony Bad is da' man!
     
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/13 09:57:23 (permalink)
    I would have believed that even without your endorsement.  I totally want to do this.
     
    (Hey, I thought 'Enchanted' was pretty good.  Are all your kids girls?)
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/13 10:01:48 (permalink)
    Loved the rundown!  Jacques Torres has the best hot chocolate I've ever tasted.  Spicy, not too sweet and luxurious.
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/13 11:03:13 (permalink)
    NancypaloozaHey, I thought 'Enchanted' was pretty good.  Are all your kids girls?


    No and only because our God is a merciful God that this is the case. 
     
     
     
    post edited by i95 - 2009/03/13 11:17:47
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/13 11:26:30 (permalink)
    :)  I was going to say, if I had to sit through every baseball- and Pokemon-related movie of the mid 90s, then your lot would not be so bad.  Unless of course you had to go see 'Twilight.'  Then I would feel your pain.
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/13 14:13:31 (permalink)
    Kurt

    Sounds like a great trip that you got to enjoy with the kids.  I would love to get back out to NYC and wander.

    Your stops sounded wonderful, TonyB is an awesome tour director.
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/13 15:37:34 (permalink)
    <<Mr. 95 impovised a bit, but THIS was basic route.>>
     
    That's about how I usually get from Point A to Point B also... 
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/13 15:59:18 (permalink)
    i95-excellent report!!  I'm usually a pretty visual person (BIG surprise there!!), but your descriptions were fantastic!!  Fried Dumplin and Hop Kee sound like I need to get there very soon.  Great shot of the BB!

    That "small" order at Pommes Frites is pretty big!  If you get back to Faicco's, the Italian Special sub is about $11.00 and big enough for 3 to share.  

    Exactly how long did they sing that napkin song at Puglia's?  

    Just my 2 cents...I've never been terribly impressed with Magnolia's cupcakes on many visits, although my GF bought me a tasty red velvet from them last week.  They do have some really good banana pudding and Snicker's Icebox pie.  If you're in the West Village, not too far away is Batch on West 10th Street and I love their cupcakes!

    A link to my NYC cupcake tour (with pics of Magnolia and Batch):   http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/NYC-Cupcake-Tour-UPDATED-111608-WITH-PICS-m438540.aspx
    post edited by billyboy - 2009/03/13 16:02:51
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/13 16:18:08 (permalink)
    billyboyExactly how long did they sing that napkin song at Puglia's?

     
    Just enough where you can sense that the first drops of blood may be about to exit your right ear.
     
     
    ken8038That's about how I usually get from Point A to Point B also...

     
    I truly visualize a young Tony Bad looking like this:
     


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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/13 16:27:06 (permalink)
    Mr. Richard Feder of Fort Lee, New Jersey, writes in and says: "Dear i95, Do you believe in UFOs? Have you ever seen a UFO? Have you had a contact with a UFO? Have you ever been beyond and back? Did you see Star Wars? Do you believe that we are not alone? And, most importantly, whose donuts do you prefer - Doughnut Plant in NYC or Voodoo Donuts in Portland?"
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/13 17:08:41 (permalink)
    Mr. Feder, you sure do ask a lot of stupid questions for a guy from New Jersey.
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/13 17:33:12 (permalink)
    Never mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Re:Lower Manhattan (In 30 Hours) 2009/03/14 17:22:16 (permalink)
    Some additional, trip report photos:
     
     
    Open air seafood market in Chinatown:
     

      
     
    Barrel o' frogs also in Chinatown:
     

      
     
    The infamous "Napkin Dance" at Puglia in Little Italy:
     

      
     
    Newlyweds under the Brooklyn Bridge and looking back at the Manhattan skyline:
     

      
     
    Water Street in Brooklyn:
     

      
     
      
      
    FYI.
     
     
     
     
     
    post edited by i95 - 2009/03/14 17:54:23
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