Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ode to New York Food

Speculous from Trader Joe's. 

I've decided the secret to life is finding good, fast, cheap food.   New York, contrary to popular opinion, has plenty of it.

Within a three-block radius of our apartment, there's the $1 pizza place around the corner (their price point is what a homeless person could afford - love it) always hot and pretty darn good.  Then there's the $5 10 oz. lobster bisque at Whole Foods, the quarter pounder at Goodburger, rice and salad bowls at Argos Tea, and all kinds of things at Blue Dog Cafe.  A bit further, I can find the delights of Dig Inn and ethnic yumminess in Hell's Kitchen (mom, that's what it's called, your daughter is not developing a profanity habit while in the city!). 

I also live by the produce of Fairway (and will walk the two miles round trip to get it) at 74th and Broadway and have recently discovered that the Trader Joe's at 72nd and Broadway maintains the same prices as they have everywhere else in the country - hurray! 

$.99 pizza - anyone spy the Blue Book of Uniform Citation beneath it?  It does nothing
for my original historical research but must be followed as I'm writing my dissertation out of a law faculty.

A new recent favorite is "Country Hill Chicken" at about 25th and 5th Avenue - country charm and truly exceptionally fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, and spice cake muffins on a stick.  (But don't use the over-priced hair salon next door, Alibi, even if they provide you with a huge discount - they will turn your hair orange and not go all the way to the roots - Hair by Fairy, I miss you!)

Country Hill Chicken

Hard to capture the charm of this little place.


  1. Oh how I wish Trader Joe's would come to Utah. Sadly, I doubt that will ever happen unless our lovely state seriously changes its liquor laws. Glad you found one so close to you! If you like dark chocolate, they have something called Powerberries, which are dark chocolate-covered blueberry/pomegranate/acai berry things. Ahhh. I have a secret stack a friend brought back from California that I am waiting for just the right reason to break into. :) And I have to confess to being surprised there are inexpensive places to eat in NY. Yay for good food cheap.

  2. Oops. I meant to say, "secret STASH," not "stack."

  3. mmm... making me hungry. btw, can we do lunch this week? text me if you're around.