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

The newest food court to open in the city (there will probably be a new one by the time you read this) is an extension of Gotham West Market but now in Brooklyn. These are all new vendors and the strangely named Spatchcocked Chicken was so good it got me all spatchcocked (whatever that means!)

Price: $10/$17/$32

FLIP BIRD
Inside Gotham Market at The Ashland
590 Fulton Street (at Ashland Place),
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
(718) 624-7703
gothammarketashland.com/vendor/flip-bird/

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

Due to my job and my new family responsibilities, I don’t find myself out to dinner nearly as often as I used to. So I’m one of the few out here who waits until the newest restaurants start serving lunch. Lunch is usually my time to go explore now.

So I always get frustrated when a restaurant decides to limit their options at lunch or not offer the full menu. And I understand the difficulties of doing that at some of the top fancy restaurants in the city, but at the new casual dumpling spots? (more…)


Category: Dumplings

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

A special occasion birthday dinner brought me to the new NYC location of a critically acclaimed Indian restaurant from New Delhi. It was among the inventive $75 prix fixe dinner that I discovered this week’s Dish of the Week, an Indian-New York mash-up.

Price: part of $75 prix fixe/$9 a la carte

INDIAN ACCENT
123 West 56th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenue),
Midtown West
(212) 842-8070
indianaccent.com/newyork

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.

Some of you know that I had an incredible journey this summer making videos and documenting tours in Europe for Urban Adventures. I went to 14 different cities and had amazing experiences in each one. And now you get to see the videos I created on the tours I took. And the best part is  when you are traveling to one of these cities, you can take the experience for yourself.

First up is a one-of-a-kind experience on the majestic island of Mallorca. This Spanish island is usually known for beaches and nightclubs. But I got a true local experience with Damiá who took us away from the tourists into the fields of the town of Esporles. There we discovered some herbs and leaves to use in making the traditional Mallorcan liqueur hierbas. And we closed the evening with some wine and sausage at his beautiful home. No question when you watch this video, yoou’ll be ready to book your trip to Mallorca.

 


Category: Video

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

For the last five years, I have written about a dish that I have enjoyed in New York every Thursday. And while the dish changed every week, the format has not. So I decided to shake things up.

You can still expect a Dish of the Week on this site, but instead of prose, I’m going to release a video of me discussing the food. It just makes more sense for me. I much prefer talking about food than writing about it. And hopefully, you’ll enjoy hearing about. You can watch them here or on my You Tube page.

There will still be some written reviews about pizza, ice cream, dumplings, etc. But hopefully this will be more visual, appealing, and hunger-inducing. Enjoy!

Let me know in the comments what you think about this new format.

Price: $13 (lunch)/$16 (dinner)

BUNNA CAFE
1084 Flushing Avenue (at Porter Avenue),
Bushwick, Brooklyn
(347) 295-2227
bunnaethiopia.net

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

It’s funny – when I first started this blog, the easiest reviews to write were the negative ones. Not that I enjoyed knocking a restaurant, but the writing came a lot easier thanks to punchlines. Now I find it harder to write the bad reviews and much prefer to focus on how great something is.

So let me start with the great things at dinner table. It’s a very cool reverse speakeasy-style establishment. Instead of sneaking through a restaurant to get to a bar, you go through the bar (in this case The Garret East) to get a to an unmarked door. It looks like it leads to a back alley or maybe an employees only area. Instead, if you flick a switch on the wall, the door slides open to reveal a secret intimate little restaurant.

This is dinnertable. When they opened last year, those in the know heard about the great menu created for the special VIP guests who found their way here. Since then, the chef has changed and the food has shifted to a more Japanese gastropub-style menu. Great – my kind of food.

When I got to dinnertable, I found plenty of availability (this place really is a secret!) and I sat at the bar where the chef served me himself. I ordered the hot dog (since it sounded fascinating with its Japanese-inspiration) and a cooling cucumber trout salad,.

Unfortunately, I was greatly disappointed. I won’t harp on the blahness of the $13 cucumber salad, since I’m using this space to review their hot dog.

The hot dog is made special for them at Dickson’s Farmstand in Chelsea Market. The chef has decided to meld the pork sausage with miso and sugarcane juice, grill it, and serve some kewpie mayonnaise and a sweet brown sauce on top, and then a sprinkle of wasabi salt on the side. It sounded intriguing enough although the $17 price tag was jaw-dropping.

Even more jaw dropping was that I couldn’t bring myself to finish the dog. The flavors might have been ok, but I was immediately put off by the gray color and soft texture. The grilled dog showed signs of char marks but the interior of the link was so soft. I found it mealy and fatty and quite unpleasant. I like my hot dogs to snap or at the very least to be a bit firm. This was as soft as the potato bun so there was no textural contrast.

The chef explained that it was from the high fat content of the pork and the miso addition. Ok, but I really didn’t like it. It pained me to take only two bites of a $17 hot dog and to leave the really cool establishment hungry (and poorer).

I imagine other menu items are more successful and that this chef (who seemed nice enough) has other exciting offerings. But the hot dog is not the thing to get here. In fact, I found it rather off-putting. And I don’t find it easy (or fun) to say that.

Does dinnertable have the best hot dog in NY? The fact that I couldn’t take more than a few bites of the pricey specimen speaks volumes. Afriad I have to give it a 5 out of 10 for unpleasant texture and a concept that just did not work for me.

DINNERTABLE
206 Avenue A (between East 12th and East 13th Street),
East Village
dinnertablenyc.com

Category: Hot Dogs

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