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billyboy

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Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Mon, 10/21/13 5:02 AM (permalink)
Here's the itinierary for this Saturday's tour (in chronological order):
 
Starting at 9:30am at Sylvia's.
 
1.)  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 train to 125th Street
UPDATE:  They take cash and credits card (no minimum) and have restrooms.  I went there earlier in the week to check it out and they should be able to accommodate us for breakfast.  Brunch starts at 11:00am and that's when it gets really crowded such we should just miss the rush.  I could have made a reservation so we could all sit at one table but we'd have to order from a set menu, so I declined so we can order from the regular breakfast menu.  They do have plenty of tables and my favorite seats at the lunch counter.  While they won't have their full menu (sorry, no ribs or soul food vegetables) they do have a good breakfast selection.  Chicken & waffles (if TTM is there, chicken & pancakes!!), shrimp & grits, bacon & eggs, etc..
The menu available is from BREAKFAST SELECTIONS to FROM THE GRIDDLE:  http://sylviasrestaurant.com/menus/
 
2.)  Patsy's (Harlem) - pizza
Ph# 212-534-9783 
Address: 2287 1st Avenue (corner of 1st Avenue & 118th Street)
Hours: SAT 11am - 12midnight  SUN 11:30am - 10pm
Subway: 6 train to 116th Street
UPDATE:  I spoke to them and with a group our size there would be a minimum $20 per person charge if we got a table in the restaurant portion.  I was hoping we could get a table and share some pizzas but it looks like my original plan of getting slices at their takeout section next door and eating them while standing on the sidewalk is the way to go.  They do have a bathrooms in the restaurant which we should be able to use.  The takeout pizza place is CASH ONLY and drinks are either from a soda vending machine inside or a much larger selection at the bodega next door.
 
3.)  Papaya King (Upper East Side) - 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 train to 86th Street
UPDATE:  No restrooms and CASH ONLY.  This is a VERY tiny place and we'll be standing outside and eating.  No seating inside at all.
 
4.)  Lexington Candy Shop (Upper East Side) - egg creams, malteds
Ph# 212-288-0057
Address: 1226 Lexington Avenue @ 83rd Street
Hours: SAT 7am - 7pm  SUN 8am - 6pm
Subway: 4/5/6 train to 86th Street
UPDATE:  They have a restroom through the kitchen and they do take credit cards ($10 minimum).  Between the counter and the booths they have a fair amount of seating.  Not sure how busy it will be but I think we can make it work.  
 
5.)  Burger Joint (Midtown Manhattan) - burgers, fries
Ph# 212-708-7414
Address: 119 West 56th Street
Hours: SAT 11am - 12midnight  SUN 11am - 11:30pm
Subway: Various but the N/Q/R train to 57 Street-7th Avenue is closest though coming from the Upper East Side the 4/5/6 train to 59th Street would be the most convenient stop.
UPDATE:  They take cash and credit cards (no minimum).  No restroom inside but there are restrooms across the hotel lobby and down the stairs.  
This stop is a bit tricky and I was considering scrubbing it from the tour.  I went there today (THU 10/24) and was in line for approx. 38 minutes which wasn't too bad.  The issue is that there are only six 4-tops, four 2-tops and six high bar stools for a total of 38 seats.  Finding enough seating for all of us is likely not going to happen so I have a suggestion...we could get the burgers to go (some can stay if they want) and some of us can head over to Paley Park on 53rd Street between 5th Avenue & Madison Avenue.  Lots of patio chairs there and a waterfall that provides a nice respite from the sounds of the city.  As a bonus, on the opposite side of the right wall (at 520 Madison Avenue) are 5 pieces of the Berlin Wall on display outside!!!  I figure we could meet up at the 49th Street subway station (N/Q/R trains) and take it down the 23rd Street to Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop.
 
6.)  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.
UPDATE:  They have a restroom and they take cash and credit cards (no minimum).  Had a very good egg cream today (THU 10/24) and nice conversation with the guy behind the counter.  He said his boss would be thrilled if I brought in a big group.  He did say it would be less crowded after 3pm (they close at 6pm) and I think that should work with our current timeline.  
 
These are the official food stops on the tour, however if anyone has time and more stomach space, I have some other places in mind...
 
These stops below aren't written in stone and there are interesting people watching opportunities and plenty of food stops to check out along the way.  Remember to order small or accordingly depending on how many stops you think you might join in for throughout the day.  "Sharing is caring!" 
 
7.)  Hill Country Chicken (Flatiron) - not crazy about their namesake chicken but they have "pie cups' which are rather awesome.  And it's just about 3 blocks north of Eisenberg's on the same street!
 
8.)  City Bakery (Chelsea) - for incredibly thick hot chocolate and buttery, salty pretzel croissants
 
9.)  S'MAC (East Village) - excellent crusty mac & cheese in a multitude of flavors
 
10.)  Veneiro's Pastry Shop (East Village) - great century plus Italian pastry shop.
 
11.)  Katz's (Lower East Side) - "That's all!!"
 
12.)  Vanessa's Dumplings (Lower East Side) - my favorite dumpling and scallion pancake shop.
 
<message edited by billyboy on Thu, 10/24/13 6:59 PM>
 
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    Stephen Rushmore Jr.

    Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Mon, 10/21/13 3:19 PM (permalink)
    What time are we starting?  BTW, some of these places will be insanely busy on the weekend, especially for a group our size.  You may want to factor that in for Sylvia's and the Burger Joint.
    <message edited by Stephen Rushmore Jr. on Mon, 10/21/13 3:26 PM>
     
    #92
      ChiTownDiner

      Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Mon, 10/21/13 4:07 PM (permalink)
      As his trainer, I officially declare buffetbuster ready, willing and able! 
       
      billyboy - nice job putting this together...you have some treasured and unique stops on the list!  Congratulations! 
       
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        billyboy

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        Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Mon, 10/21/13 4:15 PM (permalink)
        Stephen, we're starting at 9:30am at Sylvia's.
         
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          Benzee

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          Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Mon, 10/21/13 10:58 PM (permalink)
          Hello all ,
          Still hoping to be able to join you all on Sat .
          Looks like a very exciting intinerary !!
          Benzee
           
          #95
            buffetbuster

            Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Thu, 10/24/13 2:12 PM (permalink)
            Unfortunately, I had a little accident at home this week and hurt my back.  This had our attending in doubt, but it feels better today, so I booked our hotel.  This will limit the amount of walking I am willing to do, so no guarantees we will be with the tour the entire day.
             
            On Sunday, Mariton wants to go to Chinatown.  Anyone interested is welcome to join us.
             
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              wanderingjew

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              Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Thu, 10/24/13 3:28 PM (permalink)
              buffetbuster
               
              Glad to hear you're going to join us and that your back is better- you are a trooper
              I understand TTM has offered to  give you a rickshaw ride just in case your back starts to act up 
               
              #97
                buffetbuster

                Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Thu, 10/24/13 3:56 PM (permalink)
                Thanks WJ!
                 
                Mariton and I are thinking about a late night burger at JG Melon on Friday night.  If anyon else is interested, let us know.
                 
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                  billyboy

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                  Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Thu, 10/24/13 5:32 PM (permalink)
                  Excellent, gentlemen!!!
                   
                  Beth & Dayna may be checking out a Broadway show tomorrow night.  
                   
                  BB, sorry to hear about your back but glad you are feeling better.  What time will you and Mariton be getting in?    I know of some good spots in Chinatown if you need some recs.
                   
                  I just finished the last of the Roadfood reconnaissance at all of the stops and I'll post some updates in the thread in a bit.  
                   
                   
                   
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                    CajunKing

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                    Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Thu, 10/24/13 5:45 PM (permalink)
                    Dont worry Billyboy, BB is a professional he has learned how to eat through the pain.
                     
                    Hope you all have a great weekend.
                     
                      jaylhorner

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                      Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Fri, 10/25/13 7:01 AM (permalink)
                      Where do you recommend in Chinatown?
                       
                        buffetbuster

                        Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Fri, 10/25/13 7:43 AM (permalink)
                        jayhorner-
                        If you are asking me, I have no idea.  My girlfriend is half Chinese, so she usually picks where she wants to go by looking at the menus and other considerations.  I just remember eating at a place with good soup dumplings and an ice cream store with really unusual flavors.
                         
                          Stephen Rushmore Jr.

                          Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Fri, 10/25/13 1:26 PM (permalink)
                          http://www.xianfoods.com is the most authentic Chinese food in NYC.  Most everything else is Chinese American.
                           
                            Stephen Rushmore Jr.

                            Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Fri, 10/25/13 1:27 PM (permalink)
                            Billyboy, can you PM me your mobile phone so we can connect?
                             
                              buffetbuster

                              Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Fri, 10/25/13 1:48 PM (permalink)
                              Thanks for the tip Stephen!
                               
                                lleechef

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                                Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Fri, 10/25/13 3:42 PM (permalink)
                                I like the WARNING about the noodles. 
                                bb or Mariton
                                Please get one of the ox tail dishes!  I love ox tails.  I'm afraid to make them for MH since he's never eaten them.
                                 
                                  buffetbuster

                                  Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Mon, 10/28/13 7:53 AM (permalink)
                                  A big thanks to Billyboy for the outstanding job he did in organizing our NYC eating tour on Saturday.  An excellent variety of restaurants and all of them were very enjoyable in different ways.  It couldn't have been easy to herd a dozen or more people around the city, but he pulled it off seamlessly.  Well done!
                                   
                                  Just to show how comprehensively he planned this outing for us, he even arranged it so that some of the ladies (Karilyn and Amy) could meet Captain America! 

                                  How cool is that?
                                   
                                  It was so much fun to see everyone again!
                                  <message edited by buffetbuster on Mon, 10/28/13 4:43 PM>
                                   
                                    TnTinCT

                                    Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Mon, 10/28/13 10:47 AM (permalink)
                                    Dang! How did we miss Captain America???!! What a great day for a New York excursion - our thanks also to billyboy for a great day. I have a new favorite chicken and waffle place with Sylvia's, and thoroughly enjoyed my first egg cream. Great company, great food - nice to see everyone!
                                     
                                      Stephen Rushmore Jr.

                                      Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Mon, 10/28/13 11:55 AM (permalink)
                                      Thanks again BillyBoy - great job organizing the event and bringing nice weather into town.  Some of my food highlights include the corned beef hash at Sylvia's and the new fresh-cut fries at Shake Shack.
                                       
                                        Howard Baratz

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                                        Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Mon, 10/28/13 11:58 AM (permalink)
                                        Stephen Rushmore Jr.


                                        http://www.xianfoods.com is the most authentic Chinese food in NYC.  Most everything else is Chinese American.


                                        Stephen,
                                         
                                        This brings up an interesting point. Many of us who grew in up in NYC love to return to Chinatown specifically to eat the classic/retro Chinese-American food of our youth.
                                         
                                        This is the food we ate with our parents when they wanted to show us something "exotic". While there is definitely a place for authentic Chinese, well-prepared Won Ton Soup, Spare Ribs, Shrimp with Lobster Sauce, Pepper Beef, etc. never fails to put a smile on my face and take me back to a simpler time.    
                                         
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                                          Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Mon, 10/28/13 7:08 PM (permalink)
                                          Captain American has nothing on you BillyBoy!!!  Thank you so much for planning the perfect day!  It was a perfect mix of great food, NYC culture and terrific people.  My highlights were Patsy's Pizza, my Chocolate Malt at Lexington Candy, the sip of the pumpkin shake from Shake Shack, BillyBoy getting his disco grove on at the Burger Joint, TinTinCT's slideshow of the recent Roadfood Tour and Mariton's hat - adorable!  And thank you to Dayna as well.  It was clear how much time was spent planning this (he did a dry run of the entire itinerary!) and that was time that could have belonged to you!  Thank you to my drivers and my escorts too!!!
                                           
                                            billyboy

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                                            Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Tue, 10/29/13 7:55 AM (permalink)
                                            BB, thanks so much!  You and Mariton were real troupers.  So glad I could meet up with you both, TTM and Mr. Bad & son on Sunday. 
                                             
                                            TnTinCT, I think we came across Captain America on the street on our way to Eiseneberg's.  Sorry we couldn't sit in the back with you all.  Very happy to hear you enjoyed your egg cream, one of my most favorite beverages!
                                             
                                            Thanks Stephen!  Those new fresh cuts from Shake Shack were quite good.  I was very happy that the tour ran as smoothly as it did.  I wasn't sure what the repsonse would be when I proposed the weekend after the official RF Tour and this was by far the largest group I have ever led!
                                             
                                            Howard, Xi an is definitely on my list of places to try as authentic Chinese food is something I have tried very few times.  I do love the old school Chinese-Americna spots like Wo Hop though.  Been going there for a few years and love it.
                                             
                                            Karilyn, you're very welcome.  It was such a fun day and the weather was just what I had hoped for.  Comfortable enough to dine "al fresco" on pizza sliceas and hot dogs on the sidewalk at the smaller places.  That pumpkin shake WAS quite good.  Just crank up the Earth, Wind & Fire, give me a french fry for a microphone and all is right in my world! 
                                            That dry run was really tough, ahem, "work".  Seriously though, I didn't want to leave anyone hanging with regard to cash/credit. restrooms, walking times between stops, etc.  And I did want to talk to the owners/staff about the tour and possible seating and an email/phone call just seemed to impersonal and less likely to get a response.  One thing I'd like to do differently next time is give some more history/info about the stops along the way.  I was making some notes earlier today and realized that some of the older spots have some interesting history.  Note to self for the next tour...
                                             
                                            A weekend of epic eating was had by a great group of Roadfooders in NYC.  Many thanks to:
                                            Buffetbuster & Mariton
                                            The Travelin' Man
                                            Wanderingjew & Sandra
                                            WJ's friend, Ian
                                            Philly Beth & her mom
                                            my girlfriend, Dayna
                                            Karilyn & her son, Kendall
                                            TnTinCT and Colleen
                                            Stephen Rushmore Jr.
                                            Ayersian (Chris & Amy)
                                            and surprise guest stars Tony Bad and his son, Anthony meeting up with a few of us in Chinatown with some real estate left in our bellies on Sunday!
                                             
                                            and a big shout out to:
                                            Sylvia's
                                            Patsy's
                                            Papaya King
                                            Lexington Candy Shop
                                            the surprise "audible" discovered by Ayersian!
                                            Burger Joint
                                            and Eisenberg's for be able to accommodate such a large group
                                             
                                            Trip Report with lots of pics to come soon...
                                             
                                             
                                             
                                              wanderingjew

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                                              Re:Upcoming Roadfood Tour in New York City (August or September 2013?) Tue, 10/29/13 9:49 AM (permalink)
                                              Once again-
                                              Thanks to Billyboy for organizing a fun filled and exciting Saturday in the city. He did a fantastic job of moving all of us around from place to place.  Sandra and I met everyone at Patsy's and stayed through the "official" end of the tour. Ian also had a blast and hopes to join everyone again the next time we arrange something in the NYC area.

                                              Sandra I spent Sunday and Monday on Long Island visiting friends, family and we visited Montauk Point yesterday. Back to reality today
                                               
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