My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

Fish ice cream sounds pretty weird and potentially disgusting to most. I would be one of the crazy people who would actually try it. In fact, I’ve already consumed lobster ice cream up in Maine. It was indeed weird. But that’s another sotyr.

Actual fish ice cream is not what millenials are waiting hours in line to taste and snap a photo of at Taiyaki NYC. Instead they are obsessing over a riff on a Japanese street food snack that are shaped like fish. But they do not contain any seafood.

In fact, the fish part is actually just the shape of the waffle-iron cooked cone. In Japan (and in parts of New York), you can find this browned doughy treat stuffed with red beans. Here what they do is they use it to hold ice cream. (more…)


Category: Ice Cream

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

Before this year I had been to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx a couple of times. But since we launched the Arthur Avenue food tour, it’s like I have moved in. And maybe I should because rent is much cheaper up here.

The tour was designed by a couple who are very familiar with the neighborhood, but now as research, I have to broaden my knowledge and eat at as many spots as possible. And there are a lot of them. Poor me.

Many of these sit-down restaurants have an old-world feel with a faux fine dining ambiance – white table cloths, coat racks, etc. But when you come in and look at the prices on the menu (especially at lunch), you’re shocked at the affordability. This is definitely not Manhattan.

If any restaurant has justification for hiking the prices it’s the Michelin-rated restaurant in the neighborhood. Tra Di Noi is owned by acclaimed Roman chef Marco Coletta who is newer to the area than some of the third-generation businesses, but has been hugely embraced by lovers of fine food.  (more…)


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

There was a lot of buzz around Dekalb Market when the giant trendy food court opened earlier this summer in downtown Brooklyn. My father in Florida even texted me asking if I had heard about it.
Understandably the biggest press went to the announcement of a new location of Katz’s and the expansion of the heralded Arepa Lady from Queens. Every article mentioned these and other exciting food vendors got attention, like Pierogi Bros, Steve’s Key Lime Pies, and Wilma Jean. But I didn’t read a single word about Guss’ Pickles.
So when I finally made it to the giant market, I was shocked to see a legendary pickle company hiding in the back corner.

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Category: Pickles

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

Being an adventurous eater in New York, I’ve eaten food from many different cultures and countries. We have (just about) everything in this uareat diverse city. But sometimes I realize just how much I have never tried, There’s literally an entire world out there.

I recently learned about a Paraguayan restaurant in Queens and became immediately interested. We have plenty of Ecuadorian, Brazilian, and even Uruguayan restaurants, but this would be the first time I have ever tasted specialities from the small Latin American country of Paraguay.

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

SADLY, MAYAHUEL IS NOW CLOSED.

This blog post is going to be an ode to one of the greatest bars of our generation more than an actual post about a specific dish. Mayahuel has been the country’s premier tequila and mezcal bar since Phil Ward and his partners opened the bar in 2009. It has been the hand’s down highlight of our Craft Cocktail tour since the beginning and has spread the love and knowledge about quality agave based spirits.

But like many of my favorite places to eat and drink in this ever-changing city, Mayahuel is forced to close its doors. Come August 8, they too will fall victim to greedy difficult landlords.

I have not felt as personally hurt by a restaurant closing since Cafe Edison (my breakfast spot of choice in my early New York days) was forced out of Times Squre. But this one really hurts. (more…)


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

My good friend Scott Weiner, who runs an amazing pizza tour company, and is the hands-down expert on pizza in New York and beyond, has just launched a special pizza tour of Eataly. This is a big deal in my mind.

Eataly is a giant food hall, market, education center and everything else that relates to Italian food. Years after the original location opened in the Flatiron District and the company expanded across Europe, a second NYC Eataly opened last year in the Financial District inside the new World Trade Center. And this Eataly is focused on all things bread.

And of course that means pizza. Scott’s tour concentrates on traditional pizza ingredients like  San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. But I also imagine he will taste the two different styles available now at Eataly.

Years ago I reviewed the Neapolitan pizza at Eataly’s Rossopomodoro and now that the new Eataly has debuted a counter dedicated to Roman-style pizza alla pala (and Scott has launched a tour), it was about time to broaden my Eataly pizza horizons.

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