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

I wouldn’t necessarily think that a pizza review is the place to address the discussion of no tipping in New York City restaurants. But Marta is no ordinary pizza place. It’s one of Danny Meyer’s casual fine dining restaurants (I know that sounds oxymoronic but that’s where we are) and that means the servers are no longer accepting tips. The gratuity is included in the price.

The main reason for this is that it’s much less confusing for the diner to have to figure out the math of 20%. And more importantly, it helps even the paying field and pay the kitchen staff a better liveable wage.

I’m not going to get too far into this, but only speak on my first experience dining at a no-tip establishment. And one from the hospitality king Danny Meyer no less.

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

 

I love when local neighborhood businesses work together. It’s the story of the Brownstone Brooklyn tour that I lead in the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill. On the tour we visit cheese shops, coffee roasters, and bakeries. And they sell each other’s products. It’s a food eco-system and I love it!

Tekoå definitely practices that ethic. Last year, the bright all-day café moved into the former home of neighborhood favorite Ted & Honey. The latter closed for personal reasons but their neighbor, Alex Raij (who owns the adjacent La Vara) picked up where they left off.

The pastries and sandwiches are a bit more experimental than you would think. Chef Raij is inspired by ingredients from all over the world. And more immediately, from her neighbors.

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

While some people are ringing in the New Year’s at a house party or (God forbid) huddled with millions of people in the middle of Times Square, I like to go hopping around to some of the hottest cocktail bars in the city that I have yet to visit.

You might be surprised at how many bars offer their regular menu without an overpriced prix-fixe or cover charge, Those are the ones I like to visit – where it’s business as usual.

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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

This unique combination had been on my radar for a few years and I finally got to taste the Jamaican-Japanese mash-up. Miss Lily’s switches out the Japanese pork bone broths for a spicy jerk broth. Alongside the springy noodles is jerk chicken, ackee, jerk pork belly, and a soft boiled egg. It’s warming, firey, and a very cool mash-up. Price: $16
MISS LILY’S 7A
109 Avenue A (at East 7th Street),
East Village
(212) 812-1482
misslilys.com/locations/east-village-7a/

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

I really loved my meals at Fish Cheeks this year. Surprisingly there are not one or two dishes that made this list but three, The Coconut Crab Curry is probably the one that has gotten the most attention for its fieriness. I thought it was rather spicy but it was the complex bitter, herbal notes (from betel leaves) and the plentiful delicate sweet crab meat that really made this dish sing. It’s balanced with some creamy coconut milk and a boatload of other exotic spices. Price: $22

FISH CHEEKS
55 Bond Street (between Bowery and Lafayette Street),
Noho
(212) 677-2223
fishcheeksnyc.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

There’s a lot to discover about Filipino food. It’s lesser known in this country and it is great. First thing you need to know is that Filipino cuisine has their own bacon. You like this already, don’t you? It’s not smoked like its Western counterpart, but tocino is cured pork with wine, sugar, and salt before it is roasted. The crispy sweet version at Grill 21 is a true revelation. You can get it as part of a platter or with eggs, but you may as well just order it all by itself. Price: $14

 

GRILL 21
346 East 21st Street (between First and Second Avenue),
Stuyvesant Town
(212) 473-5950
facebook.com/thegrill21/

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