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

KIKI'S, 130 Divison Street (at Orchard Street), Lower East Side

For years I stopped eating potato chips at home and started eating vegetable chips, convincing myself that fried slivers of carrots and beets were somehow healthier. I like to fool myself like that.

I’ve moved past that naiveté and found another healthy crunchy at-home snack: cashews. No question they are better for my heart, but come on, we all know how delicious fried crunchy slivers can be.

So that’s why I couldn’t resist ordering the zucchini chips from the menu at Kiki’s. The narrow Greek-inspired taverna is always packed with hipsters and foodies who love the warm hidden atmosphere (the only sign outside is from a former Chinese business) and the rustic simple food.Zucchini Chips at KIKI'SThey do all of grandma’s Greek specialities, like moussaka and spanakopita. And they’re all great (including the hearty grilled octopus), but I can’t stop thinking of the joy I received from each crunch and each salty finger lick of the simple zucchini chips. The squash is sliced so thin and after a breading and frying, they are sprinkled with kefalograviera cheese.

I’m glad Kiki’s doesn’t package these and sell these in the store because I would be in serious trouble. Price: $8

KIKI’S
130 Division Street (at Orchard Street),
Chinatown
(646) 882-7052
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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