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billyboy

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NEW UPDATES AS OF THU 10/24....Roadfood Tour in New York City - Saturday, October 26, 2013 Thu, 06/13/13 12:44 PM (permalink)
Greetings fellow Roadfooders!!  I'd love to put together another tour of the city I have called "home" for the past 10 years and I've been doing some research to create what I hope will be a great day of walking, sightseeing and epic eating!  Some possible dates that currently work for me are:  SAT 08/17, 08/24, 08/31, 09/07, 09/14, 09/21 10/05 and 10/26.  I also have dates in October and November but just wanted to put this out there and see who might be interested.  A number of these places open around 8am and others open at 11:30am so I figure we could knock out a few in the morning and some more in the afternoon.  Most of these are fairly small and don't take reservations but depending on the size of the group I don't think we should have any problems.  The only place that I think we should get to right when they open is Lombardi's as they usually have a line but getting there around 11:15am should make for a short wait.
 
Let the comments begin...
 
Here is a tentative list of stops (and of course, we may not make ALL of them nor do we need to and people can drop in/out as needed).
NOW WITH TEASER PICS!!!
 

1.)  Lexington Candy Shop (UES) - egg creams, malteds
      Ph# 212-288-0057
      Address: 1226 Lexington Avenue @ 83rd Street
      Hours: SAT 7am - 7pm  SUN 8am - 6pm
      Subway: 4/5/6 to 86th Street

 

 

 

 
 
2.)  S'MAC (E. Village) - the ALL mac & cheese place!
      Ph#212-358-7912       Address: 345 E. 12th Street btw. 1st & 2nd Aves. (closer to 1st on North side of street)
      Hours: 11am - 11pm
      Subway: L train to 14th St & 1st Ave. or 6 train to Astor Place

 

 


 
 
3.)  Sylvia's (Harlem) - soul food in Harlem (chicken & waffles, ribs, collard greens, yams, etc...)
      Ph# 212-996-0660       Address: 328 Malcolm X Boulevard (aka Lenox Ave.) btw. 126th & 127th Streets
      Hours: SAT 8am - 10:30pm  SUN 11am - 8pm
      Subway: 2/3 to 125th Street

 

 

 



 
4.)  Corner Bistro (W. Village) - classic NYC burger
      Ph# 212-242-9502       Address: 331 W. 4th Street  (walk 13th to Greenwich Ave. to Jane St.  On corner of Jane & W. 4th)
      Hours: SAT: 11:30am - 4:00am    SUN: 12noon - 4:00am
      Subway: 1/2/3 to 14th Street

 

 



 
5.)  Bleecker St. Pizza (W. Village) - slice of NYC pizza
       Ph# 212-924-4466        Address: 69 7th Ave. South (2 blocks south of subway station)
       Hours: SAT 10am - 5am  SUN 10am - 2am
       Subway: 1 to Christopher St.

 



 
6.)  Katz's Delicatessen (LES) - pastrami/corned beef on rye
       Ph# 212-254-2246        Address: 205 E. Houston St  (corner of Houston & Ludlow)
       Hours: OPEN ALL DAY SAT   Open til 10:45pm on SUNDAY
       Subway: F to 2nd Ave.  J/M to Essex St.

 

 

 



 
7.)  Caracas Arepas Bar (E. Village) - Venezuelan sandwiches
       Ph# 212-529-2314        Address: 93 1/2 E. 7th Street  (near 1st Ave.)
       Hours: 12noon - 11pm everyday
       Subway: F to 2nd Ave.  6 to Astor Pl.

 

 



 
8.)  Lombardi's (SoHo) - Classic NYC whole pies (read: pizza)
       Ph# 212-941-7994        Address: 32 Spring St.  (near Mott St.)
       Hours: Opens at 11:30am (THEY DON'T TAKE RESERVATIONS ON WEEKENDS!!)
       Subway: 6 train to Spring St.

 

 



 
9.)  Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop (Flatiron) - lunch counter (egg salad/tuna fish sandwiches, liverwurst, salami & eggs)
       Ph# 212-675-5096        Address: 174 5th Avenue  (btw. 22nd & 23rd Streets)
       Hours: 9am - 5pm
       Subway: N/R to 23rd St. OR  6 to 23rd St.  OR   F/M to 23rd St.  OR  1 to 23rd St.

 

 



 
10.)  Papaya King (UES) - hot dogs, cold papaya drinks
         Ph# 212-369-0648          Address: 179 E. 86th Street  (corner of 86th St. & 3rd Ave.)
         Hours:  SAT 8am - 2am  SUN 8am - 12midnight
         Subway: 4/5/6 to 86th Street

 

 



 
11.)  Pommes Frites (E. Village) - really great Belgian frites and homemade dipping sauces
         Ph# 212-674-1234          Address: 123 2nd Avenue (btw. E. 7th Street. & St. Mark's Place)
         Hours: SAT 11:30am - 3:30am  SUN 11:30am - 1:00am
         Subway: 6 to Astor Pl.  L to 3rd Ave. 

 

 
 
12.)  Tasty Dumpling (Chinatown) - pork & chive dumplings, sesame pancakes
         Ph# 212-349-0070          Address: 54 Mulberry St.  (1 block north of Worth St.)
         Hours: 8:00am - 8:30pm
         Subway: J to Canal St. or Chambers St.
SORRY, NO PICS YET!!!
 
 
13.)  Vanessa's Dumplings (LES) - pork & chive dumplings, sesame pancakes
         Ph# 212-625-8008          Address: 118A Eldridge St.  (btw. Broome & Grand Streets)
         Hours: 8:00am - 10:30pm
         Subway: J to Canal St. or Chambers St.

 

 

 


 
 
14.)  Veneiro's Pastry Shop (E. Village) - Italian pastries, oldest in NYC
         Ph# 212-674-7070          Address: 342 E. 11th Street  (near 1st Avenue)
         Hours: SAT 8am - 1am  SUN 8am - 12 midnight
         Subway: 6 to Astor Pl.  or  L to 1st Avenue
SORRY, NO PICS YET!!!
<message edited by billyboy on Thu, 10/24/13 7:08 PM>
 
#1
    buffetbuster

    Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Thu, 06/13/13 12:50 PM (permalink)
    billyboy-
    NYC is a very inexpensive flight from PIT.  I am not ready to give a yes for sure, but if I don't already have another trip planned for the weekend you choose, then I'm in.
     
    #2
      Ralph Melton

      Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Thu, 06/13/13 1:49 PM (permalink)
      This is very interesting to me, but I can't make any specific commitments on dates. I know that we'll be unavailable 8/17 and 9/14, but we're also trying to plan some other trips in that time. But whether we can come or not, it sounds great.
       
      #3
        Stephen Rushmore Jr.

        Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Thu, 06/13/13 2:04 PM (permalink)
        I am in if free and available.
         
        #4
          wanderingjew

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          Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Thu, 06/13/13 2:27 PM (permalink)
          It's possible to join you for part of the tour.
          We'll be busy the weekend of 8/17 (visiting buffetbuster in Pittsburgh) and on Labor Day weekend we'll be staying local.

          Late September would probably be best for us 
           
           
          #5
            buffetbuster

            Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Thu, 06/13/13 3:17 PM (permalink)
            Hey WJ, I'm calling dibs on billyboy's loveseat!
             
            #6
              icecreamchick

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              Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Thu, 06/13/13 4:15 PM (permalink)
              I'd be interested...and I'd try to recruit folks to catch a Broadway musical while we're there. 
               
              (FYI: I am Ralph's wife. I should probably just change my screen name! ;-) )
               
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                wanderingjew

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                Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Thu, 06/13/13 4:25 PM (permalink)
                buffetbuster


                Hey WJ, I'm calling dibs on billyboy's loveseat!


                I guess we'll just have to share!
                 
                #8
                  bethgrd

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                  Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Thu, 06/13/13 5:15 PM (permalink)
                  I have slept on that loveseat! It aint big enough for two,thats for sure.
                  The cat hogged half of it,though!
                   
                  #9
                    CajunKing

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                    Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Thu, 06/13/13 6:01 PM (permalink)
                    wanderingjew


                    buffetbuster


                    Hey WJ, I'm calling dibs on billyboy's loveseat!


                    I guess we'll just have to share!

                    OH BROTHER NOT THAT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!   
                     
                    #10
                      billyboy

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                      Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Fri, 06/14/13 1:34 PM (permalink)
                      My apologies folks.  I don't know why I put down 09/14 and 09/21 as viable dates.  I have my annual half marathon in my hometown the weekend of 09/14 and the NJ Hot Dog Tour is on Sat. 09/21 and I don't want to have conflicting tours.
                       
                      I've added Oct. 5th and Oct. 26th as possible dates as well.
                       
                      #11
                        TnTinCT

                        Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Fri, 06/14/13 2:05 PM (permalink)
                        We are in if the dates work out - currently mid-august through 9/7 weekend are not available. I love NYC in the fall!
                         
                         
                        #12
                          Tony Bad

                          Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Fri, 06/14/13 2:10 PM (permalink)
                          billyboy


                          My apologies folks.  I don't know why I put down 09/14 and 09/21 as viable dates.  I have my annual half marathon in my hometown the weekend of 09/14 and the NJ Hot Dog Tour is on Sat. 09/21 and I don't want to have conflicting tours.

                          I've added Oct. 5th and Oct. 26th as possible dates as well.

                           
                          October is a nice time in NYC. I'd love to see you again Billy. It has been far too long!
                           
                          #13
                            Tony Bad

                            Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Fri, 06/14/13 2:10 PM (permalink)
                            buffetbuster


                            Hey WJ, I'm calling dibs on billyboy's loveseat!

                             
                            Just so I am clear, we are talking furniture here...right?
                             
                            #14
                              billyboy

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                              Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Fri, 06/14/13 4:20 PM (permalink)
                              I agree, Tony.  Far too long!  I remember the one in Nov. 2010 was a beautiful day and the fall really is gorgeous here.  So, with that in mind, I propose to have this Roadfood shindig in October.  Either Saturday Oct. 5th or Saturday Oct. 26th.  Please let me know which date(s) are good and I'll see if one of them works for a majority.  Thanks!!!
                               
                              #15
                                agnesrob

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                                Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Fri, 06/14/13 4:52 PM (permalink)
                                Billy,  Does this tour cost only the food we buy and transportation or is there another fee like the other tours?
                                 
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                                  wanderingjew

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                                  Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Fri, 06/14/13 5:48 PM (permalink)
                                  Billyboy
                                   
                                  Either of those dates will likely work for me.
                                  I'll check with Sandra. We had talked about doing a weekend in Vermont in October but heading to NYC instead would be just as fine.
                                   
                                  #17
                                    JRPfeff

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                                    Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Fri, 06/14/13 6:25 PM (permalink)
                                    billybob - Very tempting.  Pick a date for us.
                                     
                                    #18
                                      karilyn

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                                      Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Sat, 06/15/13 12:09 AM (permalink)
                                      Count me in!!!!  I'll change plans if need be . . . but so far, the 5th and 26th of October are open for me!!!  Love the theatre idea Lori!
                                       
                                      What a fun time this will be . . . THANK YOU BILLY!!!
                                       
                                      I'll inquire about an additional love seat on the lower east side!!!  
                                       
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                                        billyboy

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                                        Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Sat, 06/15/13 2:35 AM (permalink)
                                        OKAY!  Let's go with Saturday October 26th.  I'm thinking 9:00am for a start time at Sylvia's in Harlem for some killer soul food! And then we can work our way south.  

                                        Lori, my girlfriend & I see many shows and the musicals we've seen and love (that are currently playing) are:  Jersey Boys, Pippin (Patina Miller & Andrea Martin are AMAZING!!), Kinky Boots (super awesome!!), The Book of Mormon, and Newsies.  I know you're Ralph's wife.  I live vicariously through your Trip Reports, wonderful pics and snappy writing.  You both inspire me.

                                        agnesrob, no fee for the tour.  Just the cost of getting in and out of NYC, a subway pass and whatever food/drink you want to buy.  
                                         
                                        karilyn, so glad you can make it!
                                         
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                                          pnwchef

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                                          Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Sun, 06/16/13 7:21 AM (permalink)
                                          Billy, go right a head and walk by Yohan and tell him your not going to try one of his Knishes...... I bet you could run in and buy a few hot Knishes, cut them up in small pcs, with a dip into mustard....now the next block with Russ & daughters smoked fish OMG, thin slices of smoked salmon with soft cream cheese on a bagel bite, small bites with a great flavor of the area.............I think you need a person to run a head to set up some tasting trays..............The owner of Katz's is a great guy, real proud of his food, he s/b. I told him his pastrami was the best in the world. When I walked up to order, I thought about what you said about the beef brisket, I told myself, Billy knows his food. I was ready to order, the carver was looking at me, I yelled,PASTRAMI RUEBEN ON RYE WITH MUSTARD sorry Billy, I tried with all my heart, but I just couldn't say beef Brisket..........the fat on the pastrami has more flavor than most other pastrami has in the meat.....good food Billyboy, made from the heart....
                                           
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                                            billyboy

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                                            Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Sun, 06/16/13 7:43 AM (permalink)
                                            pnwchef, I do love those knishes at Yonah Schimmel's.  I did go to Russ & Daughters last year with friends and couldn't stand the smell.  Of course, I didn't grow up eating "appetizing" and have been somewhat of a "fish frowner" for many decades so my reaction wasn't altogether surprising.
                                            Tasting trays, hmmm....
                                            Love Katz's so much and I walk away from that place more and more impressed every time.  It IS hard to deviate at Katz's and when I was last there with The Travelin' Man I had to push myself to not get the pastrami reuben again and try the brisket.  Mustard on the reuben?  How was that?  I'd think it would get in the way of the sauerkraut and russian dressing!  I made the mistake of getting mustard on the brisket last time as I had forgotten they have squirt bottle on the tables so you can add it at your leisure.  
                                             
                                            "...the fat on the pastrami has more flavor than most other pastrami has in the meat.....good food Billyboy, made from the heart..."  Truer words never spoken.  How was the rest of your trip?  Are you and the family still traveling?
                                             
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                                              pnwchef

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                                              Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Sun, 06/16/13 8:04 AM (permalink)
                                              Billy, I order the Reuben with mustard not 1000 island, I know it's not a true Reuben but that's the way I like it...I always made them that way in our food services also. the only thing different was we grilled them. I am in Philly, loved the RT, the Italian mkt is a gem, feels like the 1940's in NYC, only it was in Philly....I liked Philly more than I thought. I would......We are off to Washington DC this morning.....we stayed at the Casablanca Hotel on 43rd bt 6th & 7th great place to stay, the suites are wonderful and quiet, walk outside the world is at your feet.........Take care Billy, your food sounds great for the tour, I just had to give you a hard time about the other places.........P.S. We all loved The Lion King, nothing like seeing it Broadway.
                                              <message edited by pnwchef on Sun, 06/16/13 8:16 AM>
                                               
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                                                icecreamchick

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                                                Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Sun, 06/16/13 10:12 AM (permalink)
                                                This does sound like so much fun. We can't commit for sure yet, but I think we'll be able to make it work.
                                                 
                                                Pippin tops my current list of "things I'd love to see on Broadway" because the circus staging just looks amazing. We've seen the Lion King on tour, but I'm sure it's even more amazing in New York! :)
                                                 
                                                #24
                                                  Stephen Rushmore Jr.

                                                  Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Sun, 06/16/13 3:54 PM (permalink)
                                                  Keep in mind this is the week right after the Official Roadfood Eating tour in Memphis and Little Rock.
                                                   
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                                                    billyboy

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                                                    Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Sun, 06/16/13 5:27 PM (permalink)
                                                    D'oh!  
                                                     
                                                    Stephen, ChiTownDiner emailed me yesterday about that and I was going to contact you today.  How does everyone feel about that?  Would it be too soon after the official RF Tour to have enough stomach space?  
                                                    <message edited by billyboy on Mon, 06/17/13 12:58 PM>
                                                     
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                                                      wanderingjew

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                                                      Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Sun, 06/16/13 8:11 PM (permalink)
                                                      Billyboy
                                                       
                                                       
                                                      Since I'm not doing the Memphis/Little Rock bus tour
                                                      Sandra and I are in for NYC (although most likely not the entire day)
                                                       
                                                       
                                                      #27
                                                        buffetbuster

                                                        Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Mon, 06/17/13 8:11 AM (permalink)
                                                        billyboy-
                                                        The official Roadfood tour is and always will be my first priority.  But, I don't see any reason why I can't do both.  If you feel pretty solid about that date, then I will start looking into flights.  BTW, it would most likely be just me, since Mariton will be in the Philippines in October and Cousin Johnny would most likely have a hard time getting consecutive weekends off.
                                                         
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                                                          The Travelin Man

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                                                          Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Mon, 06/17/13 12:00 PM (permalink)
                                                          Hmm...the one weekend on which I have nothing booked in October, you say?
                                                           
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                                                            ScreamingChicken

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                                                            Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Mon, 06/17/13 12:14 PM (permalink)
                                                            Billy, you might want to take this thread to private messages.
                                                             
                                                            The longer it stays public the more chance there is that Mayor Bloomberg will push for an ordinance limiting the number of eateries that can be visited in a day...
                                                             
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