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

KAFANA, 116 Avenue C (between East 7th and East 8th Street), East Village

This summer I spent a few weeks travelling around Eastern Europe and I learned that the king of food in most countries is beer and sausage. Here in New York, I’ve only experienced a bit of the true Eastern European food at places in Astoria many years ago.  It’s a cuisine that is prevalent here, but it’s just a little more difficult to find.

And while Kafana is right in the heart of Alphabet City, few people know it outside of Serbians and Bosnians looking for a taste of home. For everyone else, it’s a hidden gem worth uncovering. (more…)


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

FOSTER SUNDRY, 215 Kinckerboxer Avenue (at Troutman Street), Bushwick, Brooklyn

I never rest – even on Thanksgiving. Maybe because especially on Thanksgiving there is a lot to eat. And I spent the last week trying to find some amazing dish that would be appropriate for the big day’s Dish of the Week.

In previous years, I found some great turkey burgers and turkey sandwiches. That would be the obvious thing, but this year I accidentally stumbled upon a sandwich that was crazier than I could even imagine.

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

PROVA PIZZABAR, Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street (between Park Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue), Midtown East
Not sure why but I expected more from Prova. I really had no good reason to since the new pizza stand is in the bottom of Grand Central Terminal (not always the best place for serious food), comes from Donnatella Arpaia (not my favorite person when it comes to pizza), and featured an array of slices for well above $4.
Menu at Prova PizzabarYet I still had rather high hopes. Those all came crashing down one after the other once I visited the stand and ordered a slice of pizza.

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

MU RAMEN, 1209 Jackson Avenue (between 48th Avenue and 47th Road), Long Island City, Queens

Mu Ramen has been high on my list (perhaps at the top) of restaurants to try since they opened last year. What started as a secret pop-up in a bagel shop by a former Per Se chef turned into a serious ramen destination in Long Island City. For some reason, I could never get to the restaurant during dinner hours and stories of long lines kept me away.

Finally I found myself in Queens at the 5:00 opening hour and so I proudly walked into the swanky Japanese restaurant and made myself comfortable at the bar. But here’s where things get really ironic. After all this time, I didn’t even order the ramen!!!

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

HOUSE OF INASAL, 65-14 Roosevelt Avenue (between 67th Street and 65th Place), Woodside, Queens

For most of us in this country, this has been a tough week. Half of the country is completely destroyed by the election results and all the anxiety leading up to it. This is not a political blog so I am not going to talk about all the ways to get involved and work on making changes – but those ideas are out there.

When I feel miserable, the first thing I do is indulge in food or drink. Makes me feel better. And I imagine that’s true for most people.

So this week, I recommend heading out to Queens for one of the most decadent and delcious desserts I’ve had in a long time.

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

GALERIA, 43 Clinton Street (between Stanton and Rivington Street), Lower East Side

If you like your trendy rice bowl so much, you can even take it home with you. Because in addition to the food, the bowls are also for sale at Galeria. This light breezy Brazilian café moonlights as an art gallery and a showroom. It’s very funky and artsy with an interesting menu.

Just as IKEA serves Swedish meatballs for obvious reasons, Galeria concentrates on Brazilian food. I’ve been intrigued by their tapioca sandwiches and wowed by their brigadeiro chocolate truffles. But what’s really made an impression on me here is their acaí bowl. (more…)


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