Traveling to NYC - pick best fast food restaurants for me

So I'm going to NYC next week for work (for a week).
But I will have 1-2 days to walk around.
I will be on my own and will have limited time to eat, so I figured I might as well try the food US is really famous of - fast food.

Here in Spain we have McDonalds, Burger King, PizzaHut, KFC, Dominos pizza, Subway and Starbucks... so I'd rather not eat in any of them, also,
I have never ever in my life had a burrito or been to mexican type of fast food!

I wouldn't mind to include one fast food / fast service restaurant that is not chain one, but really famous in NYC

Suggestions please :flowerforyou:
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  • Cindym82
    Cindym82 Posts: 1,245 Member
    Mexican go to chipolte or Moes both are really yummy
  • Martucha123
    Martucha123 Posts: 1,093 Member
    i was thinking chipotle - can't wait to go and have a burrito :)
  • strikerjb007
    strikerjb007 Posts: 443 Member
    I work in NYC but I live outside the city area.

    Here is what I would HIGHLY recommend:

    Go to W56 st. and 6th ave. and look for the Halal Guys. You will see a line so you can't miss. It's best if you go after drinking.

    Go down to Brooklyn and look for Grimaldi's. Ask for a pizza pie. I would go with plain cheese and basil. Trust me.

    If you like beer and sliders (small burgers) go down to St. Marks Place and 3rd ave. 33 St Marks Pl. It's called Mark.

    I mean I can go on and on...
  • Greenrun99
    Greenrun99 Posts: 2,065 Member
    Traveling to NYC and you want fast food picks???? Go to the restaurants, the pizza places, its NY you can have fast food anywhere.
  • strikerjb007
    strikerjb007 Posts: 443 Member
    If you want mexican, you need to go to Queens cuz that is as mexican as it gets. You can even get tacos al pastor.

    If you want colombian, go to Cositas Ricas. Take the 7 train to 82 St. in Jackson Heights and then look for it. Go before 11 a.m. and ask for a Calentado. 79-19 Roosevelt Avenue

    If you get lost or need more suggestions, you can send me a pm.
  • ubermensch13
    ubermensch13 Posts: 824 Member
    Nathans or Grey Papaya's. Get a NY HotDog from a cart! NY Pizza is a must, pretty much any place NOT in Times Sq is good.
  • daffodilsoup
    daffodilsoup Posts: 1,972 Member
    Maoz Vegetarian has great falafel sandwiches! Also the fresh squeezed juices from Gray's Papaya!
  • Martucha123
    Martucha123 Posts: 1,093 Member
    Traveling to NYC and you want fast food picks???? Go to the restaurants, the pizza places, its NY you can have fast food anywhere.

    I have never been to US and I have limited time, so I want to know the BEST of the best places to go :)
  • Martucha123
    Martucha123 Posts: 1,093 Member
    I work in NYC but I live outside the city area.

    Here is what I would HIGHLY recommend:

    Go to W56 st. and 6th ave. and look for the Halal Guys. You will see a line so you can't miss. It's best if you go after drinking.

    Go down to Brooklyn and look for Grimaldi's. Ask for a pizza pie. I would go with plain cheese and basil. Trust me.

    If you like beer and sliders (small burgers) go down to St. Marks Place and 3rd ave. 33 St Marks Pl. It's called Mark.

    I mean I can go on and on...

    thanks
    taking notes...
  • Cindym82
    Cindym82 Posts: 1,245 Member
    NY has the BESSSST pizza ever, I moved from NY to NJ and no where can I find pizza as good.....Brooklyn by far has the best.
  • strikerjb007
    strikerjb007 Posts: 443 Member
    The thing is with the "best" is that it's all relative. Too many people in this city. Everyone has their own opinion and there are so many places that really... I mean, really.

    But for pizza, go to Grimaldi's by the Brooklyn Bridge.. Hands down. F Take the A train to High St. Get off and ask for Grimaldi. Go around 1-2p and you won't find a line. or everything else, take your pick.

    Now burgers:

    There's a ton of places but my favorites are:

    Five Guys. 43 W55 st. It's a chain so you can probably find a few in Manhattan.

    And the Shake Shack. That's in a park at E23 st. and Madison ave. That's a must IMO.
  • Martucha123
    Martucha123 Posts: 1,093 Member
    Thanks guys
    lots of ideas
    I will map all the places and visit those that are relatively close to where I will be at the moment
    :flowerforyou: to all of you
  • annie_banannie
    annie_banannie Posts: 65 Member
    Mexican go to chipolte or Moes both are really yummy


    I live in New York City and have never heard of anything called "Moes". No idea what it is or where it is, or why anyone would go there.

    As for Chipotle, it is NOT Mexican. It is a thoroughly American restaurant chain, based in Denver, Colorado, which sells large, disgusting things it calls burritos. The meat is all cooked in Chicago and shipped nationwide, where it is assembled into large flour tortillas and sold at exorbitant prices. There is *nothing* Mexican about them except the name.

    If you want true Mexican food, the best place to go is, of course, to Mexico. In New York City, the best Mexican food is found in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (known as "Little Mexico") and Jackson Heights, Queens.

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    However ... if you are visiting New York, you really should skip the "fast food" places and try our local specialties.

    Eat from our beloved food trucks and food carts -- the prices are low and the quality is extremely high.

    For specific recommendations, try checking http://ny.eater.com/places, and the postings on http://www.chow.com.

    The Midtown Lunch food blog does a great job of reviewing places where you can enjoy a quick, inexpensive and delicious meal. http://midtownlunch.com/downtown-nyc/

    Also here: http://www.refinery29.com/nyc-best-food-trucks

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/top-lists/nycs-top-food-trucks/

    You can ask on the boards at chow.com, too. The people who contribute to the boards there are devoted foodies. Look here: http://www.chow.com/search?query=new+york&type=Topic&from_date=1+year+ago

    As for my personal recommendations, I always take visitors to:

    * Vanessa's Dumplings on Eldridge Street: http://www.yelp.com/biz/vanessas-dumpling-house-new-york
    * Shake Shack -- This is a chain with locations around the city. GREAT burgers and shakes. Some menu items vary by location. http://www.shakeshack.com/
    * Motorino Pizza on East 12th Street: http://motorinopizza.com/
    * Rice to Riches on Spring Street: http://www.yelp.com/biz/rice-to-riches-new-york
  • lornaloo3
    lornaloo3 Posts: 102
    I live in NY. I always take visiting friends here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katz's_Delicatessen

    Food is good and it's been in movies and television shows so it's a bit of fun, not outlandish pricing either. Everything in NY is a bit expensive, so prepare for the shock.
  • Martucha123
    Martucha123 Posts: 1,093 Member
    I live in NY. I always take visiting friends here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katz's_Delicatessen

    Food is good and it's been in movies and television shows so it's a bit of fun, not outlandish pricing either. Everything in NY is a bit expensive, so prepare for the shock.

    looks good
    thanks
  • Anna800
    Anna800 Posts: 637 Member

    As for Chipotle, it is NOT Mexican. It is a thoroughly American restaurant chain, based in Denver, Colorado, which sells large, disgusting things it calls burritos. The meat is all cooked in Chicago and shipped nationwide, where it is assembled into large flour tortillas and sold at exorbitant prices. There is *nothing* Mexican about them except the name.

    If you want true Mexican food, the best place to go is, of course, to Mexico. In New York City, the best Mexican food is found in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (known as "Little Mexico") and Jackson Heights, Queens.

    But she wanted fast food and probably won't take the time to go to Brooklyn.
  • annie_banannie
    annie_banannie Posts: 65 Member
    But she wanted fast food and probably won't take the time to go to Brooklyn.


    Going to Brooklyn from Manhattan takes about 5 minutes. I know, I make the trip nearly every day.

    But it really doesn't matter how long it takes, since I think she didn't like any of my suggestions anyway. Oh, well, I tried. :)
  • anarjackson
    anarjackson Posts: 79 Member
    i was thinking chipotle - can't wait to go and have a burrito :)

    Chipotle is amazing!!!
  • anarjackson
    anarjackson Posts: 79 Member
    Chipotle is not real mexican but it has really great burritos. She wants something fast and that place is pretty fast. For the real thing, she needs to come down to Texas. LOL! All the good Mexican food is down here. :)
  • jezzi16
    jezzi16 Posts: 128 Member
    I love me some chipolte! What this cooking it elsewhere stuff? I always see the meat on the grill are they just heating it up?