Before moving to lovely Chicago, I lived in New York. As much as I adore Chicago sometimes I miss the food in New York. Don't get me wrong, Chicago is one of the best food cities in America. And, coming from Kennebunkport, Maine, a town with no culinary variety, I can't complain. Regardless, when I was in New York after Christmas, and was eager to go to some of my favorite spots! Here is a list - I didn't have time to hit all of them but I made it to a few!
Klong - excellent Thai Food. I love their curry puffs and scallion pancakes - 2 things I have never found in Chitown.
Artichoke Pizza - it is a slice of heaven. I got 2 giant slices and brought them home to Chicago with me.
Spice - the best cheap lunch in Manhattan. Also thai food. It was right by where I attended grad school.
Dinosaur BBQ - this place is legendary. I used to live right down the street. There is always a really long wait but it is worth it. I love their spicy mac and cheese and their corn bread.
Rice - cheap and delicious. They serve all sorts of cuisine that goes with rice, such a simple and fun concept.
Apizz -a hidden gem in the lower east side. The open squash ravioli is to die for.