The Real Subway Diet 

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Pick up a “meal” you can eat on the subway at:
Café Habana, 17 Prince St.
Egg and chorizo burrito. Enough said.

Make a new friend at:
Sweet & Vicious, 5 Spring St.
The big outdoor garden attracts a hipper than usual after-work crowd.

Groceries for a spontaneous dinner for two, under $20:
Dynasty Supermarket, 68 Elizabeth St
This Chinese supermarket has great sushi, an excellent butcher, and rock-bottom prices.

Groceries for your roommate’s birthday dinner:
Gourmet Garage, 453 Broome St.
Dean and Deluca quality foodstuffs minus the crowds.

Make a nostalgic nod to old New York at:
Ferrara Bakery, 195 Grand St.
Exquisitely decorated cakes and cannolis, décor a là 1920s.

Feel like you’re eating in an entirely different country at:
Pho Viet Huong, 73 Mulberry St,
Aggressive florescent lighting, a room full of Vietnamese, and a picture menu.

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Impress your fiancée’s parents at:
Peter Luger’s, 178 Broadway
The old man likes fat cigars and true crime? Try steak at Peter Luger’s. If preferences run to Bauhaus and Fellini, try upscale Piedmontese at Aurora, 70 Grand St.



Impress out-of-neighborhood New Yorkers with local color at:

Matamoros Puebla Grocery, 193 Bedford Ave.
This tiny bodega has a kitchenette at the back that makes some of the best Mexican in the city.

Drown your sorrows in peace and quiet at:
S and B, 194 Bedford Ave.
Though best known as a breakfast place, S and B has cheap bottles of beer, and the sublime surliness of the Polish waitresses allows plenty of time to think (and drink).

Groceries for your roommate’s birthday dinner:
One-stop shopping in Williamsburg? It’s gonna’ have to be Top’s, 85 N 6th St.
At least until the Whole Foods opens on Broadway…

Make a nostalgic nod to old New York at:
Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern, 188 Bedford Ave.
It’s no secret, everybody knows it… The Styrofoam cups, the eponymous barkeep slinging the suds. And only steps from the subway.

Feel like you’re eating in an entirely different country at:
Zebulon, 258 Wythe Ave.
Just before their nightly avant-jazz gets going this super-chic little bar feels like it’d be at home on the banks of the Seine. Order the cheese plate.

Pick up a “meal” you can eat on the subway at:
He’s a moving target, but if you’re lucky, the empanada guy is what you want. Failing that, try Oasis, 161 N7th St.

Impress your little brother at:
If he’s at least 16, Supercore, 305 Bedford Ave.
No signage, Japanese hipsters, Novelle Vague posters on the bathroom wall. Almost too cool.

Groceries for a spontaneous dinner for two, under $20:
Sunac, corner of N7th and Bedford Ave.
It’s five in the morning and you’ve just shared the perfect cab ride with the person you think you’re going to marry. Time for your signature asparagus frittata… Sunac! They never close!

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Impress your fiancée’s parents at:
The Biltmore Room, 290 Eighth Ave.
In addition to Gary Robins’ innovative global-American cuisine, they’ll be awed by the authentic marble decor and private cell phone booth.

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