I think I'll start making up a Be Rachel Ray For a Day $40 eating itinerary in NYC. I don't think I'll actually use $40 since that would probably make people explode. But. Hmmmm. I'm calling my food itinerary, "for the person who isn't allergic to anything, likes Asian food, baked goods, sweets, and can eat lots of sugar without resembling a jackhammer or feeling nauseous." It's a long title, I know. It doesn't include many drinks (probably just one) since I don't drink much besides water. SO. Water is not included; bring your own bottle.
Do people really need to eat three meals a day? I can do with one but I guess I eat something like FIVE, especially with all the coffe candies I've been eating lately (craploads). But if you NEED breakfast, I'd suggest starting off at Sullivan Street Bakery and dropping a whole 100 pennies on a slice of pizza bianca. If you like bread, this could be one of the yummiest things you will ever eat, EVER, HOLY MOLY YES.
Okay, you're kind of stuffed now. Walk around in Soho (assuming you went to the Soho Sullivan Street Bakery) and when it gets near lunch time, get a #1 bahn mi from Bahn Mi So 1 on Broom Street for $3. It's quite colorful inside:
That should be enough for lunch. Actually, you should still be hungry because it's TIME FOR SWEEETS!
Go to Sugar Sweet Sunshine and get...something. I haven't figured out what yet. Cupcakes would be a natural choice, but there's always piggy pudding.
I don't know if they always have it, but let's assume they do. Eat $3.25 worth of pudding and cream and shorbread cookie. YOU LOVE IT.
You're full now!...so naturally, you'll eat more food. Yeah. For the purposes of this itinerary, you should walk everywhere so you can burn calories and maybe build up your appetite. I don't know how long exactly it'll take you to do all this walking, but it's do-able. I might have things in the wrong order though.
You like chocolate, right? Of course you do. Get a chocolate mudslide cookie from Jacques Torres for $2.50 and risk falling into a chocolate coma.
Curren expenditure is $9.75. Hm. Well, you're gonna spend at least $10 on dinner. That still leaves another $20 to play around with. (rubs chin)...I'll have think about this. Definitely go to the Golden Dragon Boat Cafe and Bakery (on Bowery a little north of Canal Street) and get a mexican style bun filled with...something. It doesn't matter cos it's ALL GOOD! Here's a sweet potato one:
It'll set you back $0.80. You might want to buy a few and save some for later. I remember that they also have coconut, custard, and green tea fillings.
After dinner, which I haven't figured out yet, go to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory and get a scoop ($2.75) of something. DON'T GET A BORING FLAVOR THAT YOU CAN GET ANYWHERE ELSE! COS THAT'S BORING! I haven't tried a lot of the flavors but ginger and coconut are good. Taro isn't taro-ee enough. Pumpkin and black sesame are great too. If you want, you can afford to buy two scoops but...aren't you comatose yet?
Oh, I forgot about one drink you may as well try: BUBBLE TEA! Yum. It's okay but I think I've gotten tired of drinking it already. If you don't mind alternating between chewing on balls of tapioca and drinking something, then try a bubble tea. I don't know what's the best place but Green Tea Cafe on Mott Street makes a good taro bubble tea that isn't too sweet and TASTES LIKE TARO. I think it's around $3.50 but I'm not sure.
So minus dinner, you've spent $16.80. I think. I may not have all the correct prices but ...you know, maybe you should skip dinner and just eat more cake. Hey, I'd do it (hell, I've done it).
Okay, I can't imagine that anyone has room for dinner but if you want it, go to the Shanghai Cafe and get...dumplings!
Okay, maybe you need a little more guidance. I'd get "Steamed Tiny Buns with Pork" ($4.25) and "Sticky Rice In Bamboo Trunk" ($2.95). It's unlike you could finish those dishes but you can at least try them.
End cost: $24. You cannot eat all this food, or at least I hope you can't. Also, it's far from balanced in any shape or form. I'm just telling you what I'd like to eat. :)