New York is famous for its delis — from Katz’s to the Second Avenue Deli to more modern places like Mile End Deli. And while few people would call most deli food “low-calorie,” we’ve found five tasty treats you’ll definitely regret the next morning. We dare you to try all five – and if you do (and you survive), let us know and we’ll feature you on our blog!
1. The Reuben at Katz’s (205 East Houston St., Manhattan. Subway: F/V (2nd Ave.)).
At this Lower East Side landmark, open for over 125 years, the corned beef and pastrami (ask them to hand-carve it!) are what draw the crowds. But if meat alone won’t do it, order the Reuben — pastrami or corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing. They’ll even throw the rye bread on the griddle if you ask. It’s quite possibly enough food for a week — but if you share it with sixteen friends (and it’s big enough that you probably can), maybe it’s merely one hefty meal.
2. The Triple Bypass Sandwich at 2nd Avenue Deli (162 East 33rd St., Manhattan. Subway: 6 (33rd Street). Second location at 1442 1st Avenue (near 75th Street), Manhattan. Subway: 6 (77th Street)).
No longer on Second Avenue, the deli is still a favorite. 2nd Avenue Deli is kosher, so there’s no dairy — but that doesn’t stop them from creating gut-busting treats. This sandwich includes three potato latkes, filled with an assortment of all of their top meats — corned beef, pastrami, turkey, and salami. If they’re calling it the Triple Bypass, who are we to argue?
(Photo courtesy of 2nd Avenue Deli)
3. The Smoked Meat Poutine at Mile End Deli (97A Hoyt Street, Brooklyn. Subway: A/C/G (Hoyt-Schermerhorn. Second location at 53 Bond St., Manhattan. Subway: 6 (Bleecker St.)).
A relative newcomer, Mile End seeks to modernize old-school Jewish deli classics from the owner’s Montreal youth. The smoked meat poutine piles cheese curds, smoked brisket, and thick gravy over a pile of French fries. It’s available in small and large, but who would order the small?
4. The Captain’s Special at Mill Basin Kosher Delicatessen (5823 Ave. T, Brooklyn. Bus/Subway: Q (Kings Highway) then the B100 bus to Avenue T and East 59th Street.).
The “Captain’s Special” is a triple-decker sandwich with pastrami, corned beef, and turkey — with a potato-salad stuffed red pepper. When potato salad is being used as a stuffing, you know you’ve made the right choice on the menu. Mill Basin is way out in Brooklyn, nowhere near the tourist sites, but some would say that’s what makes it a real New York find.
(Photo courtesy of Mill Basin Kosher Delicatessen)
5. The Liebman’s Favorite at Liebman’s Deli (552 W. 235th St., Bronx. Subway/Bus: 4 (Bedford Pk. Blvd. – Lehman College) then the Bx10 bus to Henry Hudson Pkwy E./W. 235th St.).
The “Liebman’s Favorite” is a hot open-faced pastrami and corned-beef sandwich with gravy, thick-cut fries, and stuffed derma. What’s stuffed derma? It’s the Jewish answer to blood sausage, beef intestine — or, too often these days, edible synthetic sausage casing — stuffed with chicken fat and spices. (It’s tastier than it sounds — but not any lighter.) Liebman’s has been a Bronx landmark since 1953, and as one of the last Jewish delis left in the Riverdale section of the Bronx (which was once overrun with them) it’s worth the trip.
Want to see some of the city’s best art? Why bother with the museums when so much of it is available for just $2.50, underground, day or night? There are 267 works of art within the New York City subway system — and that’s just the MTA’s official count. While checking out all of them would likely exhaust even the most loyal subway rider (though it would certainly justify the cost of an unlimited MetroCard), we’ve selected the top five must-sees — plus a bonus that any true New Yorker won’t want to miss.
- Hive (Bleecker Street), by Leo Villareal (6 at Bleecker Street / B/D/F/M Broadway-Lafayette Street, Manhattan). This 2012 installation consists of a honeycomb of lights, over the passageway between the 6 train and the B/D/F/M lines at Bleecker and Broadway-Lafayette. The rainbow of colors flickers and changes, creating patterns and the illusion of movement. The website Mommy Poppins recommends it for kids, but we like it as an artistic experience for all ages.
(Photo by Bit Boy)
- My Coney Island Baby, by Robert Wilson (D at Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue, Brooklyn). Debuting in 2004, this exhibit of Coney Island images silkscreened onto the glass walls of the station is a bold, beautiful bit of art from Wilson, who is known for his work in experimental theater. The pictures — of a Nathan’s hot dog, of the famous carousel, and more — seem to glow as the sunlight streams in through the glass. It’s not the only reason to go to Coney Island, for sure, but it definitely adds something unique to your trip.
(Photo by Steve Terrell)
- Respite, by Jason Rohlf (A at Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue, Queens). There’s at least one reason to venture to the last stop of the Queens-bound A train. A 2011 renovation of the station unveiled an incredible work of art by Jason Rohlf that encompasses the entire space — a brilliantly-colored set of glass panels depicting birds perched on branches, letting the light shine through, visible both inside and outside the station.
(Photo by MTAPhotos)
- Masstransiscope, by Bill Brand (can be seen on board Manhattan-bound B and Q express trains just after Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn). Originally designed in 1980 in a now-abandoned Myrtle Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, in 2008 this exhibit was restored to make it visible out the windows of the express trains heading from Dekalb Avenue into Manhattan. Two hundred and twenty-eight panels rush past, creating the illusion of a moving image that twists and twirls. (Of course, if your train is slowed by traffic, the twisting and twirling may happen more slowly than intended….) A must-see, even if you don’t ride the train — you can watch the video on YouTube.
- Carrying On, by Janet Zweig and Edward Del Rosario (N/R at Prince Street, Manhattan). This exhibit of almost 200 silhouettes of New Yorkers carrying “stuff” along the city streets — backpacks, trash bags, boxes, and more — was unveiled in 2004, with the idea that after 9/11, city life must carry on as usual, with the daily business of New Yorkers as alive as ever. The steel and marble images were created based on photographs of real New Yorkers on the streets and in the subway station, and, taken together, the dozens of pictures tell a story of a city still vibrant and busy.
(Photo: Dan Deluca)
- City Hall Station (abandoned at the end of the 6 train in Manhattan — ride the train past the Brooklyn Bridge stop to the turnaround in order to see the station, which was in use from 1904 to 1945). This magnificent station, beautifully preserved, can be seen either from the 6 train past the turnaround, or occasionally as a special tour through the New York Transit Museum. The station was, in its day, an elegant showpiece for the subway system, a mini-Grand Central with vaulted ceilings and beautiful chandeliers. Most New Yorkers born since the 1940s have never seen it — but by riding the 6 train past the final stop, you can take a glimpse into the city’s past.
(Photo: Paul Lowry)
When you think of New York’s top attractions, museums, theater, architecture, and restaurants are likely what come to mind. People don’t think of New York as a factory town, but the reality is that historically New York was the capital of American manufacturing, with over one million related jobs.
Even today, the city is home to numerous makers of clothing, chemicals, metal products, furniture, and packaged food — with almost a quarter of a billion dollars’ worth of specialty chocolate alone exported from the city each year. A number of factories offer fascinating behind-the-scenes tours, making for a unique and unexpected way to spend an afternoon.
- Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn. Subway: L (Bedford Ave.), free tours on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, no reservations needed, or $10 tours Monday through Thursday at 5 p.m. that include a free souvenir glass and tastings of four beers, ticket information at http://brooklynbrewery.com/visit/visiting-the-brooklyn-brewery.)
Brooklyn Brewery offers 30-45 minute tours of the brewery and packaging room all weekend long (tours on the half-hour from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday) as well as weekday tours that offer tastings and souvenirs. A hugely popular attraction, the tours can get crowded — but the beer is tasty, and there are often unique offerings on tap that aren’t available in wide release.
(photo by tonnoro)
- Steinway and Sons (1 Steinway Place, Astoria, Queens. Subway: N/Q (Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.), tours from September through June, Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. until noon for groups up to 15 people, book by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 718-721-2600)
Steinway and Sons has made some of the world’s finest pianos for over 160 years — and their factory tour has been rated one of the country’s top 3 factory tours in the country by Forbes magazine. The morning-long tour shares some of the company’s history as well as showing the entire process of building a piano, from raw wood to veneers to tuning, with all of the parts being carefully assembled on the factory floor.
- Streit’s Matzo (148-154 Rivington St., Manhattan. Subway: F (Delancey St.), J/M (Essex St.), tours available year-round by appointment, call 212-475-7000)
Streit’s is America’s only family-owned and operated matzo company, making the unleavened bread that Jews eat during Passover along with many other Kosher food products, including noodles, candy, soup, cookies, and sauces. A tour of their factory lets you see the matzo-making process, which hasn’t changed since the 1930s. Jewish law mandates that the baking process takes no more than 18 minutes, which ensures that the dough does not have time to rise. Men still break the matzo into sheets by hand at the end of the packing line, just like they did almost a hundred years ago when the factory opened.
(photo by Matt Howry)
- Van Brunt Stillhouse (6 Bay Street, Brooklyn. Subway: 2/3/4/5 (Borough Hall) to the B61 or B57 bus, tours every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.)
Van Brunt Stillhouse makes Whiskey, Rum, Grappa, and Moonshine at its artisanal distillery in Red Hook, Brooklyn — including the first small-batch rum made in New York City since the Prohibition Era. The distillery is almost brand new, started in 2012 by a television editor working for The Daily Show (which is also an excellent tourist destination, incidentally — free tickets to see tapings are often available at http://www.thedailyshow.com/tickets). While a video tour is available on the distillery’s website (http://vanbruntstillhouse.com/tour/), you can see the real thing — and visit the tasting room — on weekend afternoons.
(photo via vanbruntstillhouse.com)
- UrbanGlass (647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. Subway: 2/3/4/5 (Nevins St.), tours every Saturday at 1 p.m.)
UrbanGlass is a design studio devoted to art and design using glass, hosting over 200 artists in a collaborative workspace. Glassblowing, kiln casting, lampworking, mosaics, stained glass, and other techniques are all practiced in the space, with classes offered to students and the public. In addition to an art gallery open from Wednesday to Sunday (noon to 6 p.m.) and a retail store, free tours are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.
(photo by fdecomite)
- (Tours not currently available.) Mast Brothers Chocolate (105A North Third St., Brooklyn. Subway: L (Bedford St.), tours, when offered, are Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m., $9.99 per person at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/126791/, otherwise much of the factory is still visible from the storefront)
Mast Brothers is New York City’s only bean-to-bar chocolate maker. From roasting to grinding to flavoring, visitors to the shop or on their tour (when it has been offered) can see the entire process from start to finish, and enjoy samples of the high-end artisanal chocolate, available in a range of flavors including Serrano peppers and black truffle.
(photo by Scott Stockwell)
New York has always been home to ethnic restaurants representing cultures around the globe, some of the world’s finest upscale dining, a wide variety of cheap eats, and, as this blog discussed previously, supermarkets of many varieties. What the city has not had until very recently is a culture of food fairs and festivals. For a long time there have been farmer’s markets, and certainly sidewalk street vendors selling hot dogs and pretzels. It’s only in the past five years, though, that the city has become home to hundreds of artisanal chefs and food crafters, making and selling their own custom foods ranging from tacos to cupcakes to pickles to pretzels and many more. Alongside this development, a number of destination-worthy food festivals have popped up across the city — some weekly, some monthly, and some just once a year — where you can sample some of the best and most unique eats New York has to offer.
Here are some of the top fairs to check out:
- Smorgasburg (Year-round, every Saturday and Sunday in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Subway: L (Bedford Ave.) through March, more locations in the spring)
Indoors during the winter and outdoors all summer long, Smorgasburg is the food festival that started it all. With 75 food vendors (spiking to 100 in the spring and summer) Smorgasburg started as an offshoot of the weekly Brooklyn Flea Market but became an event all its own in 2008. Since then, it has become an institution, and an incubator for restaurants of the future — if you want to discover your favorite new restaurant two years before it opens, Smorgasburg is the place to be. Despite long lines when the weather’s friendly, crowds have only grown — cobbling together lunch from vendors selling foods as diverse as fried anchovies, steamed buns, and homemade sausages.
(Photo by sukhchander)
- New Amsterdam Market (Various Sundays throughout the year, South Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip, Manhattan. Subway: A/C (Broadway Nassau), 2/3/4/5/J ( Fulton Street))
Having just finished up its 2013 season on December 15th, New Amsterdam Market is a combination farmer’s market and food festival held in the shadow of the South Street Seaport (at the southern tip of Manhattan). The market changes each time, often around a seasonal theme, with demonstrations and events accompanying the food — a holiday garland tutorial for Christmas, or a cider theme for Thanksgiving, for instance. Vendors vary but often include a number of cheesemakers, ice cream vendors, fishmongers, bakers, and many more, a mix of stalwarts from among the city’s farmers markets, food trucks, and up-and-coming restaurants. Over 400 vendors have sold their goods at New Amsterdam Market since it began in 2005.
(Photo by New Amsterdam Market)
- Madison Square Eats (Approximately one month each spring and fall, Madison Square Park, East 23rd Street and Madison Avenue, Manhattan. Subway: N/R (23rd Street), 6 (23rd Street))
This pop-up market brightens the Flatiron district for a month each spring and fall (usually April and October). Dozens of the city’s best food vendors gather in one location with ample seating and a beautiful park location. Entering its sixth year, Madison Square Eats has become a highlight of the year especially for young people looking to sample the best the city has to offer without having to spend the money for a sit-down restaurant meal or travel to the far-flung corners of the city to try the pizza they’ve been craving. The vendor mix changes each time, but Roberta’s Pizza (which has a hugely popular restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn), the Red Hook Lobster Pound, and food truck favorite Calexico are among the highlights.
(Photo by Alexis Lamster)
- Hester Street Fair (Saturdays from April through October, plus a holiday market daily in December; regular location is the corner of Hester St. and Essex St., Manhattan (Subway: F/J/M/Z (Delancey St.) or F (East Broadway)), holiday market is at 29th Street and 6th Avenue, Manhattan (B/D/F/M (34th Street), N/R (28th Street), 1 (28th Street))).
The Hester Street Fair, on the historic grounds of an old pushcart market from a hundred years ago, curates a mix some of the city’s top vendors, mixing food and shopping, with many offerings seen nowhere else. Known particularly for one-item specialists — Bibingka-esk, for instance, serving traditional Filipino desserts, or BiteMe mini cheesecakes — the Hester Street Fair has launched a number of vendors who went on to start food trucks or open brick-and-mortar restaurants. The non-food vendors sell handmade candles, soaps, and jewelry.
(Photo by Nicolas Boullosa)
- Moegyo Humanitarian Foundation Annual Burmese Food Fair (one Sunday each June, Aviation High School in Long Island City, 45-30 36th Street, Queens. Subway: 7 (33rd Street / Rawson St)).
One Sunday each June, Burmese home cooks gather in a school cafeteria selling their homemade specialties — and showing just how diverse the city can be. For just a few dollars, you can eat like a native, enjoying tea leaf salad, fish soup, fluorescent pink-colored desserts and much, much more. And this is only one of many similar festivals that happen throughout the city’s ethnic enclaves — adventurous eaters can be on the lookout for information on websites like Eating in Translation, which chronicle the far-flung and obscure ethnic eats in Manhattan and the outer boroughs.
(Photo by Gary Soup)
Hopefully these five food festivals give you a head start toward finding your favorite, and discovering all the diversity that the city has to offer a hungry New Yorker. Happy eating!
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New York is filled with more cultural events than anyone could possibly enjoy in a lifetime. But museums and theater can be very expensive. Not to worry — real New Yorkers know the ways around expensive admission fees and budget-busting tickets. Here are some tips to enjoy the best the city has to offer at a price anyone can afford.
- Free Friday Evenings at the Museum of Modern Art (11 W. 53rd Street, Manhattan, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Subway: E/M (5th Ave – 53rd Street), B/D/F (47th-50th Streets / Rockefeller Center))
MoMA, a New York fixture since 1929 and the first art museum in NYC devoted to the modern era, reopened in 2004 after a major renovation and is one of the most celebrated museums in the world. With works by Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, and many others, the museum is a must-visit — but admission isn’t cheap. Normal price at MoMA is $25 ($14 for students), but if you go on Friday evenings (4pm-8pm) you get in for free. Yes, you have to line up early, and the museum might be a bit more crowded than usual, but if you’re looking to save money, it’s hard to beat free. (NOTE: Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit card holders can also get in for free on the first weekend of every month — to MoMA and other NYC museums, and over 150 museums nationwide.)
(Photo by ana carina lauriano)
- Pay What You Want at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 5th Avenue, Manhattan. Subway: 4/5/6 (86th Street)), the Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan. Subway: A (190th Street)), the American Museum of Natural History (79th Street and Central Park West. Subway: B/C (81st Street), 1 (79th Street)), the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. Subway: 2/3 (Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum)), the Museum of the City of New York (1220 5th Avenue, Manhattan. Subway: 6 (103rd Street)), and more.
Many of New York City’s top museums share a secret: if you squint at the sign, beneath the hefty admission fee, you’ll see the word “recommended.” An 1893 New York State law requires certain museums to be open to the public for free. And even though the cashiers may first quote you the full price of admission, you are permitted to pay whatever you wish to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and more. A 2013 lawsuit fought for the word “recommended” to appear larger on the signs, and for the museums to have to be more forthcoming about the policy, but the museums won, leaving the “pay what you want” option as still a bit of a New York secret. (Despite what might be a longer subway ride, definitely don’t miss the Brooklyn Museum — its installations and exhibits, including a current temporary exhibition on war photography — are world-class. Plus, you can avoid the crowds at the Met.)
(photo by Rob Young)
- Half-Price Broadway Tickets at TKTS Discount Booths (Times Square: under the red steps at Broadway and 47th Street; Subway 1/2/3/7/N/Q/R/S (42nd Street – Times Square); Downtown Brooklyn: 1 MetroTech Center at the corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue Promenade; Subway A/C/F/R (Jay Street-MetroTech), 2/3/4/5 (Court Street-Borough Hall); South Street Seaport: corner of Front and John Streets (J/Z/2/3/4/5 (Fulton Street), A/C (Broadway-Nassau)) — and even cheaper with last-minute seat-filler subscription services.
Theater-loving New Yorkers know that for same-day Broadway and off-Broadway tickets, the place to go is TKTS. These three booths, located in Times Square, downtown Brooklyn, and at the South Street Seaport, offer tickets at 40% and 50% off for shows that aren’t sold out — virtually every show playing. And while those discounts are terrific, for many shows you can do even better. Depending on the theater, most shows have last-minute student rush tickets available for $20 or $30, or same-day raffles for a handful of cheap seats. But the true theatergoer knows an even bigger secret — a handful of subscription services exist, costing around $100/year, offering tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway shows for as little as $4 per seat. It won’t be the hottest shows, and tickets will often be last-minute, but for shows in previews or that aren’t selling well — or if you’re looking to see lots of shows, and don’t always want to pay a fortune — these services are perfect for you. (Check out theaterextras.com, audienceextras.com, and play-by-play.com — the services are all very similar to each other.)
(photo by JessyeAnne)
- Free Summer Movies in Central Park (Central Park: enter at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue. Subway 6 (68th Street); Bryant Park: 42nd Street and 6th Avenue. Subway B/D/F/M (42nd Street); RiverFlicks (Hudson River Park: West 23rd Street and 11th Avenue. Subway C/E (23rd Street); SummerScreen (McCarren Park at the corner of Bedford Ave and North 12th St., Brooklyn. Subway L (Bedford Ave.); Brooklyn Bridge Park (Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn, Doughty St at Furman St, Brooklyn Heights. Subway A/C (High Street), F (York Street), 2/3 (Clark Street)).
It’s hard to imagine in the dead of winter, but as the weather turns warm, the city becomes a beautiful backdrop to watch a movie. A number of locations throughout the city offer free movies in the park, weekly throughout the spring and summer months when weather permits. Each park releases its schedule closer to the summer, but it’s often a mix of classics and newer films. And, especially for a night out with a group of friends, you can’t beat the price!
(photo by Andre Natta)
Learn more about free and discounted museum admissions, including free Saturday nights at the Guggenheim.
We’re very excited to announce that we’ve entered into a partnership with Citi Habitats, one of New York’s leading rental brokerages, to list their exclusive listings on RentHop. Citi Habitats has some of New York’s best and most exclusive apartments and we’re thrilled to bring them to our renters!
Citi Habitats brokers can also participate in our Appointments on Demand system, which gives renters a live map showing real-time locations of brokers and property managers available to show apartments. Renters can schedule immediate viewings using RentHop’s integrated email and SMS messaging tools. This is a great new tool for both renters and managers and we believe everyone will benefit from using it.
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One of the benefits of living in a city as diverse as New York is that no ingredient you need, no matter what you want to cook or eat, is more than a few subway stops away. Whether you’re looking for hard-to-find fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, sauces, baked goods, prepared food, frozen meals — or you just want an inexpensive way to briefly experience another culture and see a new part of the city one afternoon — here are some tips (from around the globe and around the city) to begin your culinary adventures.
Indian — Patel Brothers, 3727 74th Street, Jackson Heights, Queens (nearest subway stops: E/M/F/R (Jackson Heights – Roosevelt Avenue), 7 (74th Street – Broadway)).
Patel Brothers is a nationwide chain of Indian supermarkets, and this location is one of three in the city (the others are in Flushing and Bellerose) — but for food-savvy explorers, this location puts you right in the heart of Jackson Heights, filled with Indian snack and dessert shops, authentically-spicy Thai restaurants (like Ayada, at 77-08 Woodside Avenue), and South Asian shopping of all kinds. If it’s mango season (June), Patel Brothers is one of the few places in the city to stock up — and the varieties they import can’t be compared to the sad-looking specimens at your corner bodega. If it’s not mango season, the canned pulp might have to do the trick; you can get everything you need to make your own mango lassi. Whether you’re hoping to cook an Indian feast, or just need an excuse to treat yourself to some kulfi (Indian ice cream), the trip is well worth the subway fare.
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Vietnamese — Tan Tin-Hung (121 Bowery, Manhattan — nearest subway stops: B/D (Grand St.), R/N/Q/J/6 (Canal St.)).
Just north of Manhattan’s Chinatown is a tiny storefront most people walk right by without realizing the treasures inside. From freshly-made Vietnamese desserts like sweet, sticky rice balls in ginger syrup (Che Troi Nuoc) to noodles, fish sauce, and a selection of hard-to-find fresh Vietnamese herbs, Tan Tin-Hung is South Asian culinary paradise — and at reasonable prices. Plus, you’re just blocks away from Chinatown, and all the restaurants, dumpling shops, and bakeries you can imagine. Try, for instance, the pork buns at Mei Li Wah Bakery (64 Bayard Street) and the egg custard tarts at Golden Manna Bakery (16 Bowery). Wash it down with bubble tea at Ten Ren (79 Mott Street).
(credit to Nhã Lê Hoàn)
Italian — Calabria Pork Store, 2338 Arthur Ave., Bronx) and Casa Della Mozzarella, 604 East 187th Street, Bronx (nearest subway stop: B/D (Fordham Road), or take Metro North to the Fordham stop).
Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is the real Little Italy of New York, and certainly a worthy place to spend an afternoon eating, exploring, and then eating some more. Although the Arthur Avenue Retail Market — with restaurants, pastry shops, butchers, pasta makers and more all under one roof — is geared largely toward tourists, real New Yorkers know there are still some quality gems to be found on the surrounding streets. For sausage and cured meats of all kinds — but especially the Soppressata hanging from the ceiling — Calabria Pork Store is the right stop. And for freshly-made cheese, Casa Della Mozzarella is also worth the visit. A New Yorker can spend his life in the city, and visit the Bronx for a Yankees game, and maybe the zoo — but Arthur Avenue is a worthy next entry on the list of Bronx trips worth making.
(credit to Gary Soup, creative commons license)
Russian — Acme Smoked Fish, 30 Gem Street, Brooklyn (nearest subway stops: L (Bedford Ave.), G (Nassau Ave.)).
We’re cheating a bit here — Acme Smoked Fish may have been started by a Russian immigrant, but foods like lox and whitefish have infiltrated the city, available in every corner bagel shop or deli. But this list wouldn’t be complete without including Acme, supplier to high-end stores like Zabar’s, Barney Greengrass, and Russ & Daughters. One of the city’s most delicious open secrets is that Acme sells its wide variety of smoked fish products — including jars of herring, half a dozen varieties of smoked salmon, whole smoked trout and whitefish, and much more — to the public at wholesale prices every Friday from eight in the morning until one in the afternoon. If you crave a bagel and lox — and who doesn’t? — a visit to Fish Friday at Acme has to be on your bucket list.
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Japanese — Mitsuwa Marketplace, 595 River Road, Edgewater, New Jersey (shuttle bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal, Gate #51).
Yes, a supermarket in New Jersey finishes up this New Yorker’s list. But Mitsuwa is not just a supermarket — it’s a trip to Japan, twenty minutes by bus from Manhattan. A food court with the best ramen in the city, mass quantities of high-quality sushi and sake at prices that won’t break the bank, raw sushi-grade fish to make your own, and a calendar year full of festivals that bring the different regions of Japan right to the suburbs. You are not a true food-loving New Yorker until you have taken a trip on the Mitsuwa shuttle and come back with more sushi than you can fit in your refrigerator.
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These five markets are just the beginning. From Chinese to Korean to Polish to Mexican to British to Senegalese, if it’s on the map and the people eat, you can almost definitely find it somewhere in New York City. Happy eating!