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...)
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
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
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
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
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)
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.
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