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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/25 08:13:28 (permalink)
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Since NYC hotels are exhorbitant. We are going to be staying in Stamford CT and taking Metro North in to the city. We will won't be joining everyone for the entire tour but will be there either in the beginning, or in the middle or towards the end depending on itinerary and what Sandra and I plan to do in the city
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/25 08:25:05 (permalink)
That is a rather impressive turnout!
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/26 09:36:35 (permalink)
Billyboy, 
 
  Where would the tour start, and at what time? And, are the stops all within walking distance, or are you planning on taking subways over the course of the day? Just askin'.  
 
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/26 10:14:42 (permalink)
Although I can't answer for Billyboy
During the course of the day the distance between the southern Fringes of Harlem and Downtown's Financial District are extremely walkable. I'm hoping we don't use the subway or at least limit subway use.
 
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/28 19:45:05 (permalink)
wanderingjew

Although I can't answer for Billyboy
During the course of the day the distance between the southern Fringes of Harlem and Downtown's Financial District are extremely walkable. I'm hoping we don't use the subway or at least limit subway use.


I'm not saying that it cannot be done, but to call a distance of approximately eight miles "extremely walkable" - while eating the entire way - is extremely laughable.
 
That said, I do believe that walking or riding, moving a group of this size in any expeditious way will be a challenge.
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/29 16:06:00 (permalink)
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wanderingjew

Although I can't answer for Billyboy
During the course of the day the distance between the southern Fringes of Harlem and Downtown's Financial District are extremely walkable. I'm hoping we don't use the subway or at least limit subway use.


I'm not saying that it cannot be done, but to call a distance of approximately eight miles "extremely walkable" - while eating the entire way - is extremely laughable.

That said, I do believe that walking or riding, moving a group of this size in any expeditious way will be a challenge.

 
Forgive me .....8 miles is laughable, but 21.7 miles is not....
 
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/30 02:29:38 (permalink)
No. If one were to call 21.7 miles "extremely walkable," I would also call that laughable.
 
I'm not saying that it can't be done, but don't make it sound like anyone and everyone can do it with ease.
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/30 07:49:50 (permalink)
Then apparently I am a wuss too, because there is absolutely no way I am walking eight miles.  Besides, I always enjoy riding the subway.
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/30 08:09:21 (permalink)
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Then apparently I am a wuss too, because there is absolutely no way I am walking eight miles.  Besides, I always enjoy riding the subway.


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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/30 08:19:03 (permalink)
Seriously. Assuming this is going to be a 12 hour day (with Billyboy's ambitious itineriary this is likely going to be a 48 hour day) however once the itinerary is streamlined and finalized, walking 8 miles over the course of a 12 hour day without back-tracking  is in fact very do-able.
Of course if one stop is perhaps on the lower east side and the next stop is up in Harlem, then of course taking the subway would be a given
post edited by wanderingjew - 2013/09/30 09:02:53
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/30 14:11:47 (permalink)
Tony,
  Is that Michael Stern pulling you around on a Food Tour Somewhere?  Sure looks like the two of you.
    Put me in that Rickshaw and he would be pulling a hell of a lot harder than he is in your photo.
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/30 14:35:24 (permalink)
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Tony,
Is that Michael Stern pulling you around on a Food Tour Somewhere?  Sure looks like the two of you.
   Put me in that Rickshaw and he would be pulling a hell of a lot harder than he is in your photo.
 
 


    
  
post edited by wanderingjew - 2013/09/30 14:57:23
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/30 16:13:21 (permalink)
Hey all, just wanted to check in with some updates.  Sorry I haven't posted before now.  I still have to post the final itinerary but I was thinking of starting with a soul food breakfast at Sylvia's in Harlem at 9:30am followed by a short walk through Harlem over to the "Crack Is Wack" park to  take a look at the classic Keith Haring mural and along the East River to Patsy's for some slices.  Patsy's opens at 11:00am.  From there we could walk to the subway to catch the 6 train down to the Upper East Side or walk the 30 blocks (1.5 miles) to Papaya King for hot dogs and then to the Lexington Candy Shop for egg creams, malteds and such.  We could walk through Central Park (one of my most favorite place to walk, run and just "be" in NYC!  Lots of great people watching, sculptures and points of interest to see) to the Southeast corner and down to the Burger Joint in the Le Parker Meridien Hotel on 56th Street for excellent burger & fries.  For those that would rather take the subway, the 6 train goes from 86th Street (near Papaya King) to 59th Street and from there is about a 9 block walk to the Burger Joint.  After that I figure we could walk through Times Square or just hop on the N or R train to 23rd Street to the Flatiron/Madison Square Park area to Eisenberg's for egg/tuna salad sandwiches, lime rickeys, etc in a classic lunch counter atmosphere.  That area has one of the most iconic and most photographed buildings in NYC, the Flatiron Building.  From there, a jaunt over to S'MAC for mac & cheese and a just a block away to Veneiro's for Italian pastries at a place that's over 100 years old.  A walk along St. Mark's Place to see the faints vestiges of what is left of the "gritty" East Village.  If anyone still has room in their stomachs, we could go to Katz's for corned beef/pastrami sandwiches, Vanessa's for dumplings and Sugar Sweet Sunshine for some excellent homemade pies, banana pudding and such.
 
Ok, so I guess that is the basic itinerary.  A few things to note:
No one has to come to all of these places.  
People are free to drop in/out as needed.  
My suggestion would be to share with others whenever possible so as not to fill up too early.  I speak from experience as I have made that mistake before!
I can PM anyone my cell number who may need it and can text our location as we move along.  
The only costs on this tour are for the food you buy and any subway passes you may need.  
Feel free to drive into the city and park at a garage or lot, or drive to each stop (though I would NOT recommend that as you most likely spend more time finding parking spots that enjoying the tour).  
Check the forecast before you head out, dress weather appropriate, wear comfortable shoes and bring water to drink. 
Subway passes - the MTA used to sell an all-day one-price fun pass but alas that is no more.  They sell declining balance cards where you can put any amount of cash in whole dollar amounts on a card starting at $10.  They have machines at all stations and if anyone needs help figuring it out just let me know.  
 
As far as walking vs. the subway is concerned, I love to walk and run but I realize that not everyone else does and that walking to each stop on the tour can be daunting to say the least.  I think walking between stops near one another, maybe a bit of walking to digest and then taking the subway to the next neighborhood would be a good idea.  
 
I hope this answers all questions but If anyone has a question please let me know and if I have forgotten anything please post.  Thanks and see you all very soon!!!
post edited by billyboy - 2013/09/30 16:16:34
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/30 16:26:05 (permalink)
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Your suggestions for the day are fantastic
However here is some food for thought (sorry for the pun)
As you know we recentlycompleted my own Roadfood tour recently...and we had quite a few less people than what we will antipate on your tour
 
  •  Although there is alot more ground to cover in Southeastern CT, the drive in between each stop averaged between 15-30 minutes. Keep in mind that getting around by walking or via subway consider that as a buffer between each stop.
  • keep in miind that alotting time eating at the restaurants may take longer than expected, perhaps there may be a wait, or even if not those in attendance may want to sit, linger and chat
 
  • During my tour- We began our day at 9 AM, even with only two diversions during the day (Mystic and Gillettes Castle) we were still only able to hit 6 Roadfood stops and had to ditch one of our interim stops  We  did not conclude our last meal till 7:30pm
Just an fyi while you finalize your itinerary
post edited by wanderingjew - 2013/09/30 16:35:36
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/30 19:48:11 (permalink)
Excellent looking itinerary Billyboy!  I am personally pleased that you included Eisenberg's, since my last visit there was over a decade ago.  We will hang in there the best we can, but with my bad back, there is only a certain amount I can walk in one day.  Riding the subway or even catching cabs will hopefully save me some steps.
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/09/30 20:38:57 (permalink)
You can always catch Stephen's Pedicab! 
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/10/01 20:25:55 (permalink)
Sounds like a fantastic day ahead of us!  So excited to get to Patsy's, The Burger Joint and Sylvia's.  THANK YOU for all the time you've put in to plan this!!!  So excited to catch up with everyone too.
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/10/08 04:51:48 (permalink)
BUMP!!! 
 
Just wanted to drop some more info on everyone as the date gets closer. 
 
First, the tour will take place rain or shine.  I'll be watching the forecast and unless Hurricane Sandy's evil twin shows up, we are a go!
 
Second, please note that Patsy's and Papaya king are both very, very tiny and the plan for both of them is to eat "al fresco" while standing as some may be able to stand inside but most of us will be on the sidewalk outside.
 
Third, I spoke recently with Wanderingjew about the tour and it is a large group, larger than any I have ever had so what I am proposing is that the stops I listed in my previous post above from Sylvia's through Eisenberg's will be the main thrust of the tour.  If time and stomach space allows, we can venture on to the rest of the list.  I plan on hitting more after Eisenberg's and anyone is welcome to join me. 
 
Fourth, given the size of the group, I'll try to reach out to Sylvia's, Lexington Candy Shop, Burger Joint and Eisenberg's to get the scoop on seating.  With that in mind, as the date gets closer, please let me know if you're still planning on attending or if you are no longer able to make it.  If you're not planning on making one of these four stops, just let me know so I can get an idea of a headcount.
 
Fifth, if you want to exchange cell phone numbers, please send me a PM.  I've created a Roadfood list on my phone so that I can send out a group text as we arrive and depart from each place to keep everyone in the loop. 
 
I heard from RFer Philly Beth the other day and she said she may be in town the evening before so if anyone is around and would like to meet up we can do that.  No definite plans yet but just wanted to put it out there. 
 
And finally there are a couple of other food-based events going on the day after the tour.  On Sunday October 27th, the New Amtsterdam Market will be open underthe FDR Drive at the South Street Seaport Pier 17 Building in Lower Manhattan from 11am to 4pm.  http://www.newamsterdammarket.org/  I've gone there before and they have ready made to eat foods, sandwiches, drinks, chocolates as well as meats, fish, produce, honey, jams and much more.  Pretty much artisans from the 5 boroughs, north of the city and even as far as Massachusetts plying their trade.
Also, the Lower East Side Pickle Day is happening on Orchard Street Between East Houston Street & Delancey Street from 12noon to 5pm.  There will be plenty of pickles, food & retail vendors and live music!  http://www.lowereastsideny.com/events/lower-east-side-pickle-day/
 
That's all for now.  See you all soon!!
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/10/08 06:56:34 (permalink)
Billyboy-
No doubt you will be hearing from WJ's lawyers for using his trademark BUMP!!
 
Mariton and I will be joining in for as many restaurants as you can throw at us.  That is, as long as my back holds out from the walking and ChiTownDiner doesn't kill me the week before with all the stops he has planned in Memphis/Mississippi.
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/10/08 06:59:38 (permalink)
Kendall and I are in for the long haul !!!  I have room booked Friday night in Stamford . . . dinner with Dale, Sandra and Yvel.
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/10/08 08:05:32 (permalink)
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Billyboy-
No doubt you will be hearing from WJ's lawyers for using his trademark BUMP!!

He already has
 

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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/10/08 10:28:03 (permalink)
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Billyboy-
No doubt you will be hearing from WJ's lawyers for using his trademark BUMP!!

Mariton and I will be joining in for as many restaurants as you can throw at us.  That is, as long as my back holds out from the walking and ChiTownDiner doesn't kill me the week before with all the stops he has planned in Memphis/Mississippi.

 
Don't be starting the excuse thing...we got 50 stops in 5 days...and we've trained for years! 

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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/10/08 16:47:29 (permalink)
WJ, I shall await the arrival of your "cease & desist" letter!   
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/10/16 01:04:57 (permalink)
This seems incredibly early, but my flight is booked....I am in.
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/10/18 09:08:33 (permalink)
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This seems incredibly early, but my flight is booked....I am in.

 
Jeez, I may have to come after all 
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/10/18 17:19:38 (permalink)
Much as we want to see y'all, we have to bow out. Our recent travels took more energy and money than we had expected, and we need to recover a bit.
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/10/18 17:33:13 (permalink)
Ralph Melton

Much as we want to see y'all, we have to bow out. Our recent travels took more energy and money than we had expected, and we need to recover a bit.

 
Travels to the Emerald Isle?????
 
Photos?????????
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/10/20 19:02:23 (permalink)
Ralph  We're going to miss you & Lori , I was looking forward to hearing all about Ireland, however I'm certain the trip was both exciting and exhausting. 
 
Looks like my friend Ian and possibly his wife Linda may be joining us for part of the tour
 
Sandra and I won't see you guys till Patsy's- ironically Ian wants to go to Sylvia's- if thats the case he may be joining the tour before Sandra and I do
 
 
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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) 2013/10/21 03:33:36 (permalink)
BUMP!!!
 
TTM, awesome!!  See you soon.
 
WJ, sounds good, man.  Please pass on my cell number to Ian & Linda should they need to give a call.
 
I was just checking the weekend forecast and this is how it's looking so far:
FRI 10/25 - HI 54/LO 40 Partly cloudy and 0% chance of rain
SAT 10/26 - HI 54/LO 46 Partly cloudy and 0% chance of rain
SUN 10/27 - HI 57/LO 43 Partly cloudy and 20% chance of rain
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