My search for the best pizza in New York continues….

MELANI PIZZA, 170 Rivington Street (between Clinton and Ridge Street), Lower East Side
At some point I realized there was no way I’d be able to visit every single pizzeria in the city – although others have tried. So I’ve been more selective with my pizza reviews focusing on places that could actual fit the bill for the best pizza in the city.
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Places like Melani probably won’t win any awards so they have fallen off my radar. Except I needed something to eat quickly one day in the Lower East Side and I noticed Melani’s clean, well-designed M logo and before I knew it, I had a slice of their pizza in my face.

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Category: Pizza

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

THE GOOD BATCH, 936 Fulton Street, Clinton Hill, BrooklynThe Vendy Awards is my favorite day of the year. For the last eight years, I have done everything in my power to attend the festival dedicated to the best street food in the city. Not only is it a full day of eating, but it’s a day to support the Street Vendor Project and their advocacy work in fighting for better laws and rights of street vendors.

I am very invested in the day for many reasons: a) I lead food cart tours for Turnstile Tours, b) we’re sponsors of the event, c) I believe in the cause, and d) the food is undeniably delicious. And in years past, I have spent weeks documenting the nominees through a series of videos.

But this year, because I was in Europe for most of the summer, I was not able to dedicate as much time to meeting and documenting the vendors and their businesses. In fact, going into the Vendy Awards, I was only familiar with a handful of the nominees. Which meant I had to eat from every single one of the 26 nominees in less than four hours.

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My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

MIKEY LIKES IT, 199 Avenue A (between East 12th and East 13th Street), East Village

I feel pretty bad about this review. I don’t loke criticizing small businesses that are doing their best to invest in and embrace the community.

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I like Mikey Likes It. The owner was on premises and thanked me for my support. I also like the concept – the ice cream and flavors are influenced by both Southern comfort food and pop culture. There is a flavor named Foxy Brown and another composed of Pecan Pie ice cream and praline pecans. The only thing I don’t like about the place is the ice cream. (more…)


Category: Ice Cream

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

img_0681 I’m doing something I’ve never done before on this blog. And that’s because I just came back from an adventure that was unlike anything I’ve ever done before in my life. For six weeks of the summer, I was travelling around Europe meeting wonderful locals and eating amazing food. And I got paid for it!!

The real reason I was there was to make videos on some Urban Adventure tours. Stay tuned for 14 new episodes of Locals Know. But until then, to whet your appetite (and for me to re-live my incredible dream-come-true journey), I’ve decided to document the food I ate in each city.

So instead of picking just one dish of the week this week, I’m going to pick 14 – one for each city I visited.

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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. In Locals Know, I explore a new city through the tours of Urban Adventures.

Of all the tours I lead, the one I have been giving more often than the others is the Tenements Tales and Tastes tour for Urban Adventures. It makes sense that this would be the one that people would want to take on their first visit to New York. Everyone can relate.

The tour, just like this city, is the story of the immigrants that came through to make this country what it is today. That includes customs, languages, but also food. And it’s the food that takes the focus on the newest episode of Locals Know. My guide Joe walks us through the Lower East Side from old Dutch New Amsterdam through Chinatown and Little Italy and then we end in Kleindeutschland with a German pretzel and beer.


Category: Travel, Video

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

GABRIEL KREUTHER, 41 West 42nd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue), Midtown West

Gabriel Kreuther is a pretty well-known name in the groups I run in. First off, he is an established and highly praised Alasatian chef in the New York food world (Michelin stars and everything). And secondly, I used to work at The Modern, the restaurant for which he received 3 stars in the New York Times.

I worked alongside him every day, but we barely exchanged words and I rarely ate the food he cooked. I worked at the Bar Room, which was a more casual version of his Dining Room menu. He definitely oversaw the recipes, but the service was run by some of his sous chefs. That being said, I once had dinner at the Dining Room and he provided us with a fantastic meal.

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