525 Grand Street, near Henry
This bakery, juice bar and fish market in the Essex Street Market offers some of everything. The $4 fish sandwiches are tasty and a great deal. There are a few tables right across from the bakery, if you wish to consume your purchases on the spot.
120 Essex Street, near Delancey
Hours: 8am-6pm, closed Mondays
A takeout counter next to the Manhattan Bridge specializing in super-fresh hand-pulled noodles and spicy lamb dishes. The Flushing import features dishes from the Shaanxi province in Central China, such as spicy lamb noodles with cumin and the savory cumin lamb burger (Anthony Bordain’s favorite).
88 East Brodway, near Forsyth
The beloved Greek diner on the Eastern end of Grand Street acts as a second dining room for residents of the cooperatives, parishioners at St. Mary’s Church and other locals. The proprietors, Nodas and Mike, do, in fact, know everyone’s name. Delivery is lightning fast.
500 Grand Street, at Willett
Hours Mon-Fri: 6am-6:30pm Sat: 6am-4pm Sun: 8am-4pm
The dumpling debate rages on, but a lot of people think Vanessa’s offers some of the best in the hood. Have them on a plate for $2.50 or in soup for $3. The place is almost always packed. You’ll have to fight for a table. Better yet: get takeout.
118 Eldridge, near Broome
Five dumplings for a buck? Reason enough to visit these two shops, even if it means eating on the go because you can’t get a seat at the oft-crowded and tiny counters. There are plenty of locals who believe these are the most perfect dumplings in the neighborhood.
46 Eldridge St. and 69 Clinton St.
212-343-0683 (Eldridge St.); 212-228-0988 (Clinton St.)
Daily: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Eldridge St.); 10 am – 11 p.m. (Clinton St.)
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277 Grand, near Forsyth
Open daily 10am-10pm
What to eat at Pho Grand? See JP Bowersock’s column, “Authenticity Isn’t Everything.”
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