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Charlys
110 Trinity Pl.
at Cedar St.

$$$$$

3.4

Carl's Steaks
79 Chambers St.
b/w Broadway & Church St.

$$$$$

1

I may have admitted it before, but I’ll admit it again – my guilty pleasure was a cheesesteak from the cart just outside my office.  For $3.50, the dude did pretty well: the meat w.. >

94 Deli & Salad
94 Fulton St.
b/w Gold St. & William St.

$$$$$

1

Bengal Curry & Kabab
65 W Broadway
b/w Murray & Warren St.

$$$$$

3.2

Cafe Seaport
150 William St.
b/w Fulton & Ann St.

$$$$$

Original Famous Pizza
26 Murray St.
at Church St.

$$$$$

Lin's Dumpling House
25 Pell St.

$$$$$

1

You know something is going to be good when you can feel the smell (or rather, the smell makes you ... feel). I went to Chinatown today with Diana and got some baked goods. I'm not.. >

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
64 Fulton St.
b/w Cliff & Gold St.

$$$$$

3.2

2

Like a magical pastry-delivering fairy, Sarah came by last night with leftovers from Bouchon Bakery. Oh, Sarah. I love you for reasons beyong your access to the baked goods that wo.. >

Crown Fried Chicken
39 Madison St.
at James St.

$$$$$

2.5

III L's Pizzeria
315 Broadway
b/w Thomas & Duane St.

$$$$$

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
65 Bayard St.
b/w Elizabeth & Mott St.

$$$$$

3.2

8

A famous ice cream store. And a favorite of my husband's. Exotic flavors available include lychee, almond, and taro, as well as the more conservative flavors like strawberry and pi.. >

Sophie's
96 Chambers St.
b/w Church St. & Broadway

$$$$$

3

3

Searching for cheap eats downtown can be a dispiriting experience, especially when you’re out with friends and hankering for something different from the chain restaurants or pushc.. >

Twin Cafe
275 Greenwich St.
at Murray St.

$$$$$

Taste of Tandoor
149 Church St.
b/w Chambers & Warren St.

$$$$$

Blue Spoon Coffee Company
76 Chambers St.
b/w Broadway & Church St.

$$$$$

3

Casanova
164 William St.
b/w Ann & Beekman St.

$$$$$

Grand Street Deli & Mini Market
42 Grand St.
b/w Thompson St. & W Broadway

$$$$$

Fresco Tortillas
383 Canal St.
b/w Thompson St. & W Broadway

$$$$$

Jazzy's
163 Varick St.
b/w Vandam & Charlton St.

$$$$$

Golden King Bakery
90 Bowery

$$$$$

3

1

Weaknesses come in all shapes and sizes: one of my biggest takes the form of an inability to walk past a new Chinese bakery without stopping in for a treat or two (or seven). Worse.. >

67 Liberty Gourmet
67 Liberty St.
b/w Broadway & Nassau St.

$$$$$

Winnie's
104 Bayard St.
at White St.

$$$$$

1

Well, I know that I said I would be revisiting yesterday's bars and embellishing my descriptive narrative, but life does not always proceed as planned. The Mysterious Chinese Woman.. >

Thaison
89 Baxter St.
b/w Bayard & Walker St.

$$$$$

1

Not bad. Too touristy (read, clean, bright and commercial) for my tastes. But so far it's the only place that I've found Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Crepe), and that--at least--was terrif.. >

Any Time Cafe
142 Fulton St.
b/w Broadway & Nassau St.

$$$$$

Conca Cucina Italiana
63 W Broadway
corner of Murray St.

$$$$$

Coluck
16 Elizabeth St.
b/w Canal & Bayard St.

$$$$$

Win Won
10 Liberty Pl.
b/w Maiden Ln. & Liberty St.

$$$$$

Corner Gourmet
84 William St.
corner of Maiden Ln.

$$$$$

West Bank Gourmet
21 West St.
at Morris St.

$$$$$

Burritoville
36 Water St.
at Broad St.

$$$$$

Riverside Marketplace
46 Water St.
b/w Coenties Aly & Hanover Sq

$$$$$

The Patriot
110 Chambers St.
b/w West Broadway & Church St.

$$$$$

1

Another pleasant day, although a bit blustery. I didn’t want to go too far so I headed to lower Tribeca. Just took the subway to Chambers Street and hopped off. Didn’t have to wand.. >

Taco Today
189 Church St.
b/w Reade & Duane St.

$$$$$

Sweet Spring Restaurant
25A Catherine St.
at Henry St.

$$$$$

Corbet & Conley
132 Greenwich St.
at Thames St.

$$$$$

Water Street Deli & Pizza
12 Water St.
b/w Broad & Moore St.

$$$$$

Cafe Doppio
55 Broad St.
b/w Beaver St. & Exchange Pl.

$$$$$

3

Pick a Bagel
102 N End Ave.
at Vesey St.

$$$$$

3.7

Friendly Pizzeria
59 Nassau St.
at Maiden Ln.

$$$$$

New Fresco Tortillas
63 Reade St.
b/w Broadway & Church St.

$$$$$

Excellent Pork Chop House
3 Doyers St.
at Chatham Sq

$$$$$

3

2

I've dealt with smelt. Glad I got the small size, though ($3.20); the smelt with chili simply too spicy as anything other than a palate awakener between courses... >

Heng Da Restaurant
61 Reade St.
b/w Church St. & Broadway

$$$$$

Wrap Star
94 Fulton St.
b/w William & Gold St.

$$$$$

Yip's
126 Water St.
b/w Pine & Water St.

$$$$$

Hanover Gourmet Deli
3 Hanover Square
at Pearl St.

$$$$$

The Country Café
60 Wall St.
b/w William & Pearl St.

$$$$$

3.1

1

This is a sophisticated restaurant that has managed to keep snootiness at bay... >

East Lake Express
135 John St.
b/w Pearl & Water St.

$$$$$

Oriental Express
32 Cedar St.
b/w William & Pearl St.

$$$$$

Carmela's Italian Specialties
30 Water St.
b/w Broad St. & Coenties Slip

$$$$$

Terrace Fish & Chip
77 Pearl St.
at Coenties Aly

$$$$$

Cafe Hanover
5 Hanover Square
at Pearl St.

$$$$$

Sophie's
73 New St.
b/w Beaver St. & Exchange Pl.

$$$$$

3

Zams
50 Broadway
at Exchange Pl.

$$$$$

P.J. Charlton
549 Greenwich St.

$$$$$

1

I figured I would pick up on Greenwich Street where I had left off on Saturday. Just kind of keep moving toward the heart of Greenwich Village... >

Province
305 Church St.
at Walker St.

$$$$$

3

2

I just had great ass sandwich.  It's made w/ mantou (this Chinese bread--the stuff they use for the buns at Momofuku) and filled w/ things like grilled chicken, braised pork should.. >

Mei Lai Wah Coffeehouse
64 Bayard St.

$$$$$

4.3

2

HI THERE. I didn't know how to start this entry, so I thought I'd thought I'd take the weight off myself of having to fulfill any expectations of coming up with something amusing (.. >

May Wah Fast Food
190 Hester St.
b/w Baxter & Mulberry St.

$$$$$

Hsin Wong Restaurant
72 Bayard St.
at Mott St.

$$$$$

Star Deli
65 Leonard St.
corner of Church St.

$$$$$

Pizza and More
276 Canal St.
b/w Broadway & Cortlandt Aly

$$$$$

Rudy Pizza
174 Hester St.
at Mott St.

$$$$$

Saigon Bakery
138 Mott St.

$$$$$

5

1

The question of the day: Which is the superior sandwich, a roast pork banh mi or a mixed Italian cold cut hero? Is it just me, or has everyone fallen in love with the Vietnamese he.. >

Saigon Banh Mi
138 Mott St.

$$$$$

3

Tribeca Tavern
247 W Broadway

$$$$$

1

A trip to Tribeca, the new up-scale neighborhood where the elite meet and greet. Not that I met any of the elite, but then I am a man on a mission. For those of you who may not kno.. >

Lane Cafe
75 Maiden Ln
b/w William & Gold St.

$$$$$

Fresh Salt
146 Beekman St.

$$$$$

1

People have asked me how often I eat out with other people (more than I should), or how often I cook (less than I should). This week has been low on eating out...and that's probabl.. >

Fong Inn Too
46 Mott St.

$$$$$

3

2

There's a guy on Mott who operates out of a tiny booth on the east side of the street. He serves Fried Radish Cake and Soy Custard (Taho) - both dirt cheap, and very good. There's .. >

Ruben's Empanadas
64 Fulton St.
b/w Cliff & Gold St.

$$$$$

3.1

Dakota Roadhouse
43 Park Pl.

$$$$$

1

There were a couple more bars that I had heard that I should try in this neighborhood so I figured I would pop back for a quick peek. I wasn’t disappointed as both bars were worth .. >

Mee Sun Cafe
26 Pell St.
at Doyers St.

$$$$$

Big Wong King
67 Mott St.
b/w Bayard & Canal St.

$$$$$

Food Topic
125 Fulton St.
b/w Nassau & William St.

$$$$$

Jeremy's Ale House
254 Front St.
b/w Peck Slip & Dover St.

$$$$$

Oliva Gourmet
225 Broadway
b/w Vesey & Barclay St.

$$$$$

Fulton Deli
136 Fulton St.
b/w Broadway & Nassau St.

$$$$$

Fu Kee
128 Lafayette St.
b/w Canal & Howard St.

$$$$$

Sun Dou Dumpling Shop
214 Grand St.
b/w Elizabeth & Mott St.

$$$$$

Fu Wong Restaurant
100 Bowery
b/w Hester & Grand St.

$$$$$

Kang Kee
124 Hester St.
b/w Bowery & Christie St.

$$$$$

Lite Delights
51 E Houston St.
b/w Mott & Mulberry St.

$$$$$

3.1

Rossetti's Pizza
114 6th Ave.
at Sullivan St.

$$$$$

M Star Cafe
19 Division St.
b/w Catherine & Market St.

$$$$$

Sale & Pepe
1 Exchange Pl.
b/w Trinity Pl. & Broadway

$$$$$

Yummy Station Café
28 Canal St.
at Rutgers St.

$$$$$

2.5

Dizzy Izzy's
185 Varick St.
corner of King St.

$$$$$

Chipotle
200 Varick St.
b/w Houston & King St.

$$$$$

Cafe Duke
545 Broadway
b/w Spring & Prince St.

$$$$$

Shirley's Cart
corner of State St. & Broadway

$$$$$

3

1

The past couple of weeks I've been working in the financial district across from the Staten Island Ferry. We had a great view, but the lunches were not so great. That is, until I w.. >

Deli Manjoo
corner of Canal & Lafayette St.

$$$$$

3

2

There are a ton of reasons why I hate Canal Street in Chinatown: the sheer number of people crashing into you on the sidewalks, the honking of vehicle traffic, the nasty smells of .. >

Barbara's Cart
Broadway at Wall St.

$$$$$

3.3

1

Barbara was my model when I was learning to be a vendor. Her cart is remarkable less for the range of dishes - she serves a standard (if expanded) run of traditional pushcart fare .. >

Sam's Falafel
Cedar St. b/w Broadway & Trinity Pl.

$$$$$

3.3

1

Step into Liberty Plaza (now renamed Zuccotti Park) and one pushcart stands out. Well, its line stands out, anyway. Nearly as many people are waiting in line for this one cart as a.. >

Coco’s Caribbean Lunch
corner of Broadway & Reade St.

$$$$$

3

1

As anyone who has held a Manhattan office job for a significant amount of time will attest, lunch is the dreariest meal of the day. You scout your office’s immediate surroundings –.. >

Cart (Forsyth St. at Division Ave.)
Forsyth St. at Division Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

The first moment I know I'm onto something great is when the smell of wood-smoke hits my nose. I've already bought lunch and I walk past the pushcart, located just north of the Man.. >

Cart (Grand & Bowery)
corner of Grand & Bowery

$$$$$

3

1

If Marcel Proust had lived in China instead of France, these little cakes would have taken the place of his cherished Madeleines. Called “Hong Kong cakes” in English, these cakes a.. >

Cart (Hester St. at Bowery)
Hester St. at Bowery

$$$$$

3

1

This is a madly popular pushcart, possibly the most popular in all of chinatown, so be prepared to wait at least 5-10 minutes to get your food. Like most of the long-menu chinatown.. >

Fusion Crepes
corner of Grand & Bowery

$$$$$

3

2

Located at the corner of Bowery and Grand - a fantastic little nook serving sweet & savory crepes - many with an Asian bent.  On the savory side, creative menu items include salmon.. >

Lamb Beef Chicken Skewer BBQ
corner of Canal St. & Centre St.

$$$$$

3

1

I basically lived off of these when I was in Beijing. They’re called yang rou chaun or with the Beijing accent ‘ yang rou chaur ‘. They’re essentially skewers of marinated lamb gri.. >

Great NY Noodle Town
28 Bowery
at Pell St.

$$$$$

1

Just right up the block from New Green Bo is Great NY Noodle Town, a different sort of Chinese restaurant specializing in Hong-Kong style noodle soups and roast meats. Good the Xia.. >

Double Crispy Bakery
230 Grand St.

$$$$$

1

Double Crispy is a pretty popular Chinese bakery for their "dan tats" as in egg custard tarts. I wanted to give it a try since many Chowhounders have claimed that their tarts are w.. >

Excellent Dumpling House
111 Lafayette St.
b/w Walker & Canal St.

$$$$$

3