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

There are seven different businesses around Arthur Avenue in the Bronx that make their own mozzarella daily. That’s an insane number of places committed to quality cheese in a small block radius.

For those that don’t realize it, Arthur Avenue is the real Little Italy of New York – with more third generation owned businesses than any other neighborhood. This is the place to come for quality Italian sausage, cheese, sandwiches, and dinners. And it’s all ridiculously cheap.

At Urban Adventures, we just launched a new Arthur Avenue Food Tour (it’s run by a couple who grew up there and have strong connections to the neighborhood). I was fortunate enough to train on the tour so I can give it when they are out of town. And it might have been my favorite training for any tour ever.

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My search for the best beer in New York continues….
As much as I complain about the price, the cleanliness, the service, and the corporateness of Whole Foods (which might now be getting more corporate with the recent announcement that they have ben purchased by Amazon), I find myself there way too often. One good thing I will say about Whole Foods is they have a pretty good beer selection with a growing local focus.

For instance, a number of local breweries have done special exclusive beers just for the grocery store, Three Brewing in Gowanus is one such brewery and it was on the shelf at the Tribeca location where I picked up a solo can of the Categorical Error.

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Category: Beer

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

After they opened their affordable sushi restaurant Sugarfish, this West Coast restaurant group brought another trendy Japanese-inspired bar to the city. KazuNori is a lot of fun, affordable, and quite delicious. Here they concentrate on hand rolls, where a chef takes warm rice, tops it with fresh fish, kisses it with some ponzu, and carefully wraps it around dried seaweed strips. Set menus come with chef’s selections of three up to six rolls.

Price: $13-$28

KAZUNORI
15 West 28th Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue)
Nomad
(347) 594-5940
kazunorisushi.com

My search for the best hot dog in New York continues….

This really authentic and delicious Basque tapas bar just celebrated their third year anniversary in April. And as a celebration, they had all sorts of ridiculously cheap specials. How could I not sit at the bar and order a glass of vermouth for $3 (tip included!)??
Huertas is an exciting place with great Happy Hour specials and a traditional but modern vibe. I definitely need to come back for dinner.
But this month-long anniversary special is finally what lured me in. Vermouth and sherry weren’t the only $3 items – they were also offering up their popular Basque hot dog for three bones.

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Category: Hot Dogs

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

This might be a controversial post. This might even bring about some angry comments. But I’m ready for that. I don’t think anyone will have issue with the drink I will be talking about, but some may balk at the coffee shop that created it.

When I randomly peeked my head into Clever Blend, a new coffee shop in the old Gorilla space in Park Slope, I was taken by their Toasted Coconut Cold Brew. It’s funny because I was walking around feeling both tired and thirsty. I was craving both a coffee and a coconut drink at the exact same time. Clever Blend seemed to answer my very specific desire.

I didn’t realize that this coffee shop was the center of some controversy over the last few weeks. I had read about a coffee shop in Brooklyn that put up a questionable sign on their bathroom door but didn’t realize that was here until after I tried and enjoyed their unique iced coffee.

 

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

When a dish comes out of the kitchen glowing red and spiked with peppercorns, I’m expecting some heat. The only thing that hinted at the spice level for this clear green fish soup was the name “spicy” and the two pepper symbols on the menu. It was a unique floral, numbing spice and was one of the most exciting dishes I’ve tasted at a Chinese restaurant.

Price: $25

HAO NOODLE AND TEA BY MADAM ZHU
401 Sixth Avenue (between Waverly Place and Greenwich Avenue)
Greenwich Village
(212) 633-8900
madamzhu.com

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