If we have ever spent a significant amount of time together in real life, you know that I like to eat. I like to eat good food, I’m an adventurous eater, I’m excited by a good, inexpensive restaurant and I get grumpy when a meal doesn’t live up to expectations. The hardest thing about leaving New York, other than missing my good friends who still live there, is leaving all that good food behind! The situation isn’t totally dire, there is plenty of excellent food where we are, but it is a little bit harder to find and we have to travel a little bit further to find it.
Since I can’t frequent my favorite NYC restaurants anytime I want anymore, I thought I could at least write about them. Then when you are in NYC for a visit, maybe BEA, you’ll have an idea of where to go for food. Unfortunately, you’re definitely going to have to travel away from the Javits Center! I was super broke for most of the time that I lived in New York, so most of the restaurants have meals for $5-$15 a person.
Faicco’s Italian Specialties
Neighborhood: West Village
Address: 260 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
Subways that will get you there: BDFM/ACE to West 4th St or the 1 to Christopher St
Fare: Italian, Subs, Butcher
Favorite dish: meatball sub, rice ball
Cons: no seating (go to Washington Square Park and eat your sub!), weird hours (they might just randomly be on vacation when you stop by)
Why It’s A Favorite: I will never live down the fact that Michael once said, “Let’s stop in at this place.” And I said, Nah, let’s keep walking. We lived in New York for a year before we ever went to Faicco’s and that was a wasted year, let me tell you. Faicco’s is a West Village butcher that also sells Italian dry goods, subs/hoagies, and pre-made Italian goodies like rice balls and lasagna you can take home and heat up yourself.
I finally ended up getting Faicco’s because I was homesick for my mom’s lasagna and I googled take out Italian. I ordered one of the meatball subs ($12) and it was like I had driven home to Mom’s. Seriously, this sub is so good and makes me think of Saturdays when my mom would have a huge pot of sauce simmering for hours. It’s the only meatball sub worth eating unless my mom makes it.
Faicco’s other subs are good, but they’re a little bit heavy on the meat. It’s good bang for your buck, but there is such a thing as too much deli meat on your sandwich. If you’re only going to get one sub here, and you don’t have any serious objections to meatballs, then just get the meatball. For real. No matter which sub you get, though, their bread is perfect.
Their rice balls ($1.50, if I’m remembering correctly) are super yummy, but if you’re getting them to go and you want to eat them right away, make sure you ask them to heat them up! Otherwise they expect you’re going to heat them up when you get home. Their fried raviolis aren’t that great, so just get two rice balls instead.
If you are planning to eat other meals the day you eat Faicco’s, maybe split a meatball sub with a friend or put the other half in the fridge. I swear it tastes just as good cold.