Here are three Manhattan bodegas that serve up some tasty authentic flavors, from Spanish food to Vietnamese sandwiches:
Sunny and Annie’s (Avenue B): This East Village bodega goes beyond your average deli sandwiches. For a filling and cheap lunch or midnight snack try Sunny and Annie’s “Pho Real” sandwich. Inspired by the Vietnamese comfort soup, Pho, this sandwich is the perfect transformation of soup into sandwich. If you don't like too much spice, ask for less szechuan pepper sauce.
Tehuitzingo Deli Grocery (10th Avenue between 47th and 48th): Located in Hell’s Kitchen, Tehuitzingo looks like your average corner grocer. There’s a deli upfront selling a range of standard grocery items like canned vegetables and cleaning products. They also sell hard-to-find Spanish groceries. The magic happens in back of Tehuitzingo, where the deli becomes a taqueria serving authentic Spanish tacos such as, arroz con pollo tacos with green salsa or beef sope tacos.
Zargoza Deli (Avenue A and 13th Street): If you’re in the Alphabet City neighborhood, stop in to this unassuming-looking Mexican grocery store. Inside Zargoza, you'll find a cat curled up on an old jukebox in a room the size of your bedroom. Zargoza offers a great selection of fried snacks and even your friends from California will love. A must try is the goat taco with a Mexican Coca-Cola (real sugar, not corn syrup!) to wash it down.