As a native New Yorker now living in the Atlanta area, I miss a lot of the food to which I became accustomed whilst growing up.
If you have a trip to New York City planned in the future, I recommend you first peruse the following FlyerTalk threads and mileposts:
I also recommend eating at Italian and Chinese restaurants in New York — and I am referring to the real neighborhood restaurants, not the “fancy-schmancy” ones, that one can especially find in the “outer boroughs” of Brooklyn, Queens, Da Bronx and Staten Island.
Also, sample some baked goods at both a Jewish bakery and an Italian bakery. Both are excellent but are distinctly different.
For the more adventurous, there are virtually every other type and kind of ethnic and international restaurants and food stores in local neighborhoods: Jamaican, Russian, Cuban, Korean, Greek, and Puerto Rican to name a few.
Oh, I almost forgot one more thing: please don’t forget to bring me back some of everything. I’m hungry…