Anita Lo, Annisa
With the $68 price of her tasting menu, the chef found three square meals within blocks of her restaurant.
187 West 4th Street, 212-255-5911.
Two croissants, one coffee, $3.50. “The croissants have butter in them, but they’re so crispy on the outside.”
Murray’s Cheese Shop
257 Bleecker Street, 212-243-3289.
One smoked mozzarella, basil, and tomato panini; one mozzarella-and-salami panini, $11.90. “Murray’s uses high-end ingredients. I also come for the entertainment. Cielo and the other guys are a bunch of characters.”
Manhattan Fruit Exchange Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue, 212-989-2444.
Fresh black figs, $2.99. “A great complement to the Italian sandwiches.”
Buon Italia Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue, 212-633-9090.
One bottle Pellegrino, $2.
90 Bedford Street, 212-229-2220.
Two hummus, two baba ghannouj, lentil soup, two lettuce-and-tomato salads, one lahambajin pitza, one merguez sandwich, $37.48. “There’s something very comforting about this food.”
355 Bleecker Street, 212-242-3271.
Two Stoudt’s micro-brewed beers, $4.18. “Carol Stoudt is a brewmaster in Philadelphia. There’s only about fifteen female brewmasters in the world. We carry this once in a while at Annisa.”
Amy’s Bread Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue, 212-462-4338.
Four cashew bars, $5. “This is Amy’s mom’s recipe. She brought a bar into the restaurant once, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. They’re made with butterscotch.”