5 Yummy NYC Foods & Food Spots - Maria Vale on RWA 2019
Hello readers and authors. Maria Vale has stopped over to share some of the wonderful food spots in New York City. NYC is the location of this years Romance Writers of America conference (July 2019). We look forward to seeing you all there and eating these yummy foods.
Thank you to Night Owl Reviews for inviting me to share a taste of what my beloved city has to offer to everyone attending RWA 2019.
Since RWA is the main event, I’ve focused on gathering a diverse selection of good, reasonably priced—or cheap—places within walking distance of the Marriot Marquis, travelling a little farther afield for certain New York standards.
But if anyone wants specific details on which grim underground mall in Flushing hides the best cumin lamb sandwiches, please don’t hesitate to email me or tap me on the shoulder at RWA.
Only my characters bite.
Margon 136 w. 46 great Cuban sandwiches. I know it’s got other things. But did I say Cuban sandwiches? Not great for sit down, however, as it can get crowded. Also closes at 4:30 p.m.
Chef Yu A good and relatively quiet place at 520 8th Ave. Mix of Szechuan & Cantonese.
Los Tacos No. 1. Great tacos at 229 W. 43rd Street. The one drawback? You eat standing up.
Tabata A hole in the wall on 9th Ave just south of 40th street that serves a good cheap bowl of ramen.
Boqueria Moderately priced Spanish on 40th St just east of 7th. Good jamon and tomato bread and other basics.
Go! Go! Curry A chain of Japanese fast food featuring delicious crunchy katsu (pork, chicken, shrimp) with a variety of toppings. The nearest one is at 38th and 8th.
City Kitchen at 700 8th avenue is an option if you have a group that simply can’t agree on anything. It has lobster rolls, Mexican, very fusion Mediterranean. My favorites are doughnuts and Kuro-Obi ramen.
If your novel has just been optioned for a movie or your new series has been picked up for a “nice six figures,” and you want to celebrate someplace a little pricier, try Becco Lidia Bastianich’s standby at 355 West 46th or my favorite Greek place, Estiatorio Milos at 125 West 55th.
New York Standards.
Pastrami sandwich. I can’t recommend anything in the neighborhood, but if you’re feeling like taking the subway down to the Lower East Side, please visit Katz’s Deli at 205 E. Houston (HOWston) corner of Ludlow. Get a pastrami, a friend and a second order of rye bread, because those sandwiches are HUGE. Katz’s is wonderfully unchanged and crowded at peak times.
For a bagel with lox (say, you’ve got time on Sunday before heading home) there’s no better or more atmospheric place than Barney Greengrass at 86th and Amsterdam. Like all good places, it gets crowded.
New York slice. Things get complicated here. There are lots of dollar slice places that are filling but not much more than that. There are also fancy places selling single serving pies for $20. Then there are places like Upside Pizza at 8th Ave. and 39th St. that serve slices made with real mozzarella and sausage for between $3 and $5.
Cuban-Chinese food may seem like a stretch, but these cheap and filling restaurants are stand-bys for many New Yorkers. My favorite is La Caridad at 78th and Broadway.
Hope this helps and see you soon!
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Maria Vale is a logophile and a bibliovore and a worrier about the world. Trained as a medievalist, she tries to shoehorn the language of Beowulf into things that don't really need it. She currently lives in New York with her husband, two sons and a long line of dead plants. No one will let her have a pet.