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Tacombi at Fonda Nolita

Tacombi at Fonda Nolita
267 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
http://www.tacombi.com

Whatever you do in New York City, just GO EAT A TACO AT TACOMBI.

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Posto

Spicy Garden, NO CHEESE, Pesto base from Posto's
Spicy Garden, NO CHEESE, Pesto base from Posto’s

Posto Thin Crust Pizza
310 Second Avenue
NY, NY 10003
http://www.postothincrust.com

I’m not a pizza lover even though I know loving pizza is as trendy as loving Lebron James or Kanye. And especially New York pizza, which to me is far too sloppy, cheesy, gooey — everything someone wants in a slice of za.

But Posto is a pizza joint I miss so, so much now that I’m back in Toronto.

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Ruby’s

Bondi Burger from Ruby's
Bondi Burger from Ruby’s


Ruby’s

219 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
http://www.rubyscafe.com

There was this one time in the office, when I was interning in SoHo, that Shannon and I planned on going for lunch. We were office brats, eager to go out for a walk and get some fresh air. (The day before she dragged me onto the blocked off street to catch a glimpse of Zach Efron filming his new movie.)

She talked about moving into the city, and I vented my visa woes.

For two people that only met for less than a few weeks, we had become really good friends already. On our work emails, we’d send each other funny LOL gchats and smirk across the office. You know, work gal pal stuff. (Hi Shannon, if you’re reading!)

It was nearing Shannon’s last day and we decided we’d explore the east side of Nolita more. We ended up at Ruby’s.

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BCD Tofu House

Veggie Soondubu
Veggie Soondubu


BCD Tofu House

5 W 32nd St, New York, 10001
http://www.bcdtofu.com

BCD Tofu House has a cult following, and not just with drunkards stumbling into ktown after a night out. (Hello, open 24 hours!)

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Nom Wah Tea Parlour

Nom Wah Tea Parlour
Nom Wah Tea Parlour

Nom Wah Tea Parlour
3 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013
http://www.nomwah.com

Nom Wah is hidden in the nooks and crannies of New York’s Chinatown. Even after walking through these allies in daylight several times, I still get lost and rely on extra time to get me there. They boast to be Chinatown’s first dim sum parlour, opening in the 1920s.

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Congee Village (Allen Street)

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“House” Congee from Congee Village

Congee Village 
100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
http://www.congeevillagerestaurants.com

There’s nothing more comforting than congee, scalding in temperature, for when you’re feeling sick. Cantonese congee is boiled for such a long period of time that each millet of rice has melted into a porridge state. The balance of the rice’s earthiness and salt is delicious and goes down just right, even if it’s pipping hot and making you wince.

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Union Square Cafe

Lunch at Union Square Cafe
Lunch at Union Square Cafe


Union Square Cafe

21 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003
http://www.unionsquarecafe.com

Union Square Cafe is an institution in New York City. At least one that won’t break the bank like Per Se or Eleven Madison.

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Via Quadronno

The Non Ti Scordar di Me panini
The Non Ti Scordar di Me panini

Via Quadronno
25 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021
viaquadronno.com

I never thought there’d be a day when I’d say “I hate this sandwich.” But today might be that day. Unfortunately, it cost me $16 and I ate it on the bench outside the tiny cafe.

I’d like to think sandwiches are the universal way to everyone’s stomach, except those who don’t like bread.

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Balthazar

Balthazar's Ginger Citrus Tea
Balthazar’s Ginger Citrus Tea


Balthazar

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
http://www.balthazarny.com

If I couldn’t afford to eat at Balthazar’s, at least I could get a drink from their to-go shack, I thought to myself. Although shack isn’t quite the appropriate diction to describe a place like Balthazar. To preface this place, this famous SoHo French patisserie serves up a small raspberry chocolate tart at $6.50.

On Instagram, a stranger raved about Balthazar’s ginger citrus tea and it stuck with me. I doubt a tea can go beyond $5 and decide to get one.

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Juice Press (E 1st store)

Tropizyme from Juice Press


Juice Press

70 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003
http://www.juicepress.com

Everyone’s juicing these days. I see green juice like I see tomatos. I eat tomatos because I know they’re good for me. Likewise, I drink green juice when I’m not feeling 100% and want to feel like my gut is getting the flora it needs.

Juice Press seems to be taking over downtown and at a rapid pace. When I first started drinking green juice, I would frequent Organic Avenue or Juice Generation. I like Organic’s glass bottles, but when placed in my bag, they would spill everywhere. Juice Generation has a Hail to Kale I like to get — it mostly tastes like watermelon juice with a tiny hint of green. When I juice at home, I like to pack the kale in and add lots of lemon and ginger.

This morning both the roommate and I felt really under the weather. Two days ago, it was around 25C-28C in the city. People were decked out in shorts and girls were flaunting their legs in summer dresses. Today, it’s cold and rainy.

“You even brought your own canteen?” Anthony laughed as he filled it with water at his apartment yesterday.

“I just feel a little sickness coming on,” I replied as I sipped from my Kleen Kanteen.

Braving the rain and looking/being that I just rolled out of bed, I decided to head 20 blocks south to get that thing everyone drinks at Juice Press when they feel sick.