Gallery: Our Favorite Eats from Our New Neighborhood

Robyn: May Wah Pork Chop Fast Food
Robyn: May Wah Pork Chop Fast Food

About a block away from the office, May Wah Pork Chop Fast Food serves a small menu of mostly rice and noodle soup-based dishes (and by "small" I mean their menu lists 39 items, which only seems small for a Chinese restaurants), really fast, for really cheap—the most expensive dish is $5. Although their pork chop over rice ($4.50) seems to be the most popular dish (it's in the name of the restaurant after all), I found it too dry for my liking; go for the chicken leg over rice ($4.50), which is juicy with a thin, crisp skin. (If you can't decide, order either dish and add the other meat as a side for $1.95. You can also add a hard boiled soy sauce egg for 45¢...not that you need that much food.) These dishes aren't just plain meat-on-rice; it's meat on a massive pile of meat-sauce-and-pickled-vegetable-topped rice. The pickled vegetables make it a balanced meal, right? Right. —Robyn Lee

Maggie: Mozzarella
Maggie: Mozzarella

Our new office neighborhood is a wonderland of fresh mozzarella, and I'm determined to find the best. Summer is the perfect time for caprese salads and just fresh mozz drizzled with olive oil. I picked up Di Palo's version today (about $8 a pound). It's sweet, moist and milky. Pretty darn delicious. Apparently they also make porchetta every day. —Maggie Hoffman

Carey: Growlers of Iced Coffee
Carey: Growlers of Iced Coffee

Between the chaos of an expedited move, IKEA-furniture building, and the usual Serious Eats high jinks, I haven't had a moment to properly explore our new neighborhood. What I have gotten at least a dozen times? Iced coffee from Nolita Mart. It's cold-brewed Stumptown, at least ten times better than any coffee in our old, caffeine-desert 'hood, and—though I admit this is ridiculous—it's sold by the cup or the growler. Really, it's inspired me to start brewing my own iced coffee and storing it in a jug; but for these sweaty, long days, a half-gallon of good iced coffee in the fridge is a very important thing. —Carey Jones

Kenji: Tasty Dumpling
Kenji: Tasty Dumpling

I don't know enough about the new nabe to say with certainty what my favorite food there is (there's just way too many awesome looking options), but I know that I love guo tie, and that Tasty Dumpling on Mulberry Street is the best in the business. (See our review of every dumpling joint in Chintatown here.) Then again, sesame pancakes are pretty awesome things too, and my favorite (at least so far) are from Vanessa's Dupmling House on Eldridge. With its deep-fried dough and stuffing of cilantro, pickled carrots, cucumber, and meat, It's somewhere between a bánh mì and a donut, and just as delicious as either.J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Erin: All the Markets
Erin: All the Markets

Within a two-minute walking radius of our new building there are approximately 11 Asian produce markets, which makes this place 11 times cooler than our old block. I can't wait to stroll in with five bucks and leave with eggplants, mangoes, baby bok choy, greens, AND CHANGE. I definitely plan to do my regular produce shopping here, and the next time I need dried shrimp in bulk (which I actually did recently for som tam), that's right outside too. Hopefully this will mean the SEHQ crew will see more fruits and veggies... our office doesn't interact with vitamins often enough. —Erin Zimmer

Ed: Sandwiches from Di Palo
Ed: Sandwiches from Di Palo

On moving day, when we were all starving around 8pm, I walked across the street and grabbed sandwiches from Lou Di Palo. I let him make whatever he wanted, and we got awesome prosciutto cotto and provolone sandwiches. I like any sandwich on pizza bianca, and Louis is just one of those guys who wouldn't but crappy ingredients on a sandwich. So you know you're going to get something great there. —Ed Levine

[This is not a Di Palo sandwich. But it does illustrate the excellence of said sandwich bread.]

Meredith: Grand Sichuan
Meredith: Grand Sichuan

Grand Sichuan is around the corner from the Fung Wah bus stop, which bumps up the NYC-to-Boston Chinatown bus in my estimation. I'm a fool for chili oil and the folds of these thin-skinned wonton dumplings are perfect for catching the crimson liquid. Throw a little pork and some sliced scallions into the equation and that's my idea of the perfect road food. —Meredith Smith

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