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Eating the Big Apple

In a city overstuffed with culinary delights, how's a foodie to choose? Here are options for all sorts of tastes, from the connoisseur of upscale grub to the lover of street cuisine.


'inoteca  

Day One: Downtown

10am: Get to Chinatown before the weekend crowds descend on Golden Unicorn, a circuslike dim sum palace. Make sure to flag down the carts carrying roasted pork buns and custard-filled tarts.

1pm: Full already? Please. Continue your culinary tour several blocks north up Broadway in SoHo with a wander through the Spanish goods shop Despaña. You can purchase freshly-sliced, house-cured Serrano ham and other Iberico imports, or if you’re feeling peckish, grab a Picante sandwich with chorizo and Basque peppers to go.

3pm: Amble east along Houston Street to the East Village tea retreat, Gramstand (214 Avenue A; 212-533-1934), where you can rest your calves (and calm your stomach) over a pot of soothing, loose-leaf Eucalyptus Well tea ($7).

4:30pm: Just one avenue east, do like some of the city's top chefs and forage for high-quality, hard-to-find ingredients at Trufette. Treat the store like your own well-stocked pantry, pulling open drawers, peering into shelves, and plucking out edible treasures like Tahitian vanilla beans, green cardamom, and truffle salt.


Una Pizza Napoletana  

6pm: Head a few blocks west for an early dinner at Una Pizza Napoletana, an unassuming spot devoted to the art of Neopolitan-style pies. Owner Anthony Mangieri sometimes runs out of dough for his brilliant, charred-crust pizzas, so the earlier you get there, the better.

7:30pm: The feeding frenzy continues two avenues over at East Village Ice Cream (218 Avenue B; 212-673-6030). Sit at one of the shop’s two tables for a generous scooping of handmade pistachio ice cream ($3) topped with thick hot fudge.

10pm: Take a postprandial stroll over to the Lower East Side, where bustling 'inoteca offers an effervescent farewell to the evening: a glass of bubbly Lambrusco La Luna ($10).


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