The BEST sponge cake in the world. Never dry, always moist and not too sweet. Try it even if you don't like sponge cake, it's probably because you've never tried a proper sponge cake (only from Kam Hing) before!
I come here for their special "Asian" flavors like black sesame, red bean, chocolate pandan, etc., or any of the fruitier flavors which are fantastic. The prices are fine. But if you are looking for the traditional flavors like chocolate, cookies and cream, coffee, etc., I'd go somewhere else like Haagan Daaz where the flavors are richer.
I first tried Grom in Italy and came back in search of it in NYC. It is not cheap, but you get what you pay for. The flavors are very strong and unique.
I pick up accessories here once in a while. It's not cheaper that it'll be online, but at least I get the satisfaction of supporting the local shop. Before I bought a floor pump from these guys, I used to use their air free air hose whenever I passed by. I see the local delivery guys using it too, so it's good they're in the neighborhood. Last year I had them put on an Xtracycle extension on a mountain bike, and they did the job well. I still haven't had any problems. It's a small shop without a lot of floor space, so it's not the place to go shopping if you want to see tons of bike models and sizes at once. I'd say most of the guys are helpful and friendly there, but if they are helping more than 2 customers or so, expect to wait your turn... or come back later. But that also means that once you do talk to one of the guys, they do give you a lot of help/undivided attention to make sure you get what you need.
This is one of the only places where you can get soup dumplings, dim sum plates, and regular dishes at any hour. Usually you get either soup dumplings or dim sum, since soup dumplings are northern Chinese cuisine and dim sum is southern Chinese. So if you're with a crowd that can't decide between the two, this is your place to go. The place is very clean and new, and the food is alright. The service is fine, although they insist rather strongly that you finish all the soup dumplings while they're hot (though it's true that they're not as appetizing when they get cold.)
I do not enjoy going to the dentist, but a friend referred me to Dr. Ho since I had a toothache and was looking for general checkup. He is friendly enough, and will offer explanations if you ask. He may be a bit little long-winded, but maybe that's just because I was asking questions. The facility is clean and reception/appointment system is pretty efficient.
This bike shop is not glamorous, but I am always interested in the older model / used bikes they have outside for sale. Not many places in Manhattan like this where you can buy old bikes with some character. If you want to buy a beater bike or something with a little more old style (and you don't want to run around on craigslist), then you can check out Frank's.
Unlike some other people I know, I don't take the family shopping every week at Costco. We come here more for big-ticket items.
However, I find myself at Costco more often nowadays for the photo center which is SUCH a great deal and good quality. The enlargements are so cheap, especially the poster size. It's all just a couple of bucks, whereas we would be spending hundreds at a small photo lab. If you want professional color matching, you can find the printer settings online too just google it.
This place is Chinatown's diner. Saucy Cantonese dishes found here. Open late and solid greasy-spoon fare. As a result, it's become something of a tourist trap and you will get a high dose of sodium in your meal, but you know it will hit the spot. Among Chinatown folks, they are famous for their snails / "escargot." I am always impressed when I see non-Asians enjoying this dish too.
There are different types of pizza eaters. If you prefer pizza with a crispier crust, then you will love Bleecker Street Pizza. If you like soft and limp "crusts" that are soaked through and gooey, then you will not like it. My friend who prefers the softer crust kept complaining that Bleecker St pizza is like a cracker. Well, it's just in the eye of the beholder. I prefer crispier crust and am always looking for places that give a thin and crisp crust, so I appreciate Bleecker St.
I don't understand the people who give 1-star because "service is not polite." You are in New York City, buying a slice of pizza. You are probably going to get some NYC attitude & straight-talk with it once in a while, what do you expect?