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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

I thought the concept at Pig Bleecker was pretty ingenious. As far as I know, it’s the first restaurant to take components and techniques from American BBQ and incorporating them into other more refined dishes. Some dishes worked better than others, but by far the most successful were these delicate plump ravioli stuffed with tender smoky brisket. What you would not find at most pit houses is the addition of truffle butter and a sweet and acidic barolo reduction. Price: $24
PIG BLEECKER
155 Bleecker Street (at Thompson Street),
Greenwich Village
pigbleeckernyc.com

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

When I talk about falafel, I usually say if I was forced into becoming a vegetarian, this is the food I would eat all the time. But I realize that is a false statement. As much as I love falafel, I would end up being even healthier. Because my vegetarian food of choice would almost always be mushrooms.

It’s funny too because as a kid I couldn’t even stand the sight of mushrooms. Granted, I was only exposed to the soft bland white button mushrooms. As an adult, I’ve had the opportunity to try all sorts of wild mushrooms from chanterelles to porcini to morels. And I’ll take any one of them, especially when a chef knows how to bring out their delicate flavors.

And Chef Luis Jaramillo from Fifty seems to certainly know what he’s doing.

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

One of the reasons I’m not much of a brunch guy is because it always seems to be the same dishes over and over again. Sure, you can stuff some interesting ingredients inside an omlette or pancake, but generally you know what you’re going to get. It’s not usually a mind-blowing meal.

That’s part of why I loved my experience at the neighborhood favorite Gristmill one Sunday afternoon. The food was anything but typical and it was unbelievably good.

I was tempted by their wood-oven pizzas (I’ll have to save that for another visit and rate them accordingly), but am glad I stuck with two brunchier dishes.

The first dish, which I’ll get to in the next paragraph, was so good that I had to order something else. And the creatively named Loxness Knotster (a pastrami smoked salmon slider piled onto an everything garlic knot) was a very close second to that first dish. (more…)


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

I’ve used this blog as a forum to sound off on some of my pet peeves in the food industry. And I’m going to do it again right now. So get ready.

The newest thing in the fast casual world of NYC is that they have stopped accepting cash. That’s right – these places will only take credit cards. This infuriates me. It’s at these inexpensive take-out spots where I want to use my cash. When I go to a nice meal, of course the credit card comes out. But if I’m spending less than $15, I generally want to use the green I have in my wallet.

But it is slowly become worthless and this makes me so mad. And I’m going to do what I can to protest it. Call me an old man or tell me to get with the times, but I am mad as hell. And it’s not like these businesses are even doing it to help the customer or to give us more options. No. They’re doing it because it is easier and cheaper for them.

Sadly, this is not what I expect from Danny Meyer restaurants. Yet when I ordered my sandwich at Daily Provisions, his new all-day café next to the re-located Union Square Café, I was told my money was no good here.

And I have decided when I discover a place does not accept currency, I will no longer be a customer there. And in certain cases, like this one, it’s a difficult decision.

I had already ordered my sandwich so I paid (with my credit card) and sat down to try to enjoy it. And I must admit, despite all my frustrations about the payment situation, it was a great sandwich.

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

As much as I’d like to eat four donuts, the reality is I would hurt myself. We have to know our limitations. At Rider, they were kind enough to let me order just one donut. It was sprinkled with lemon and fennel sugar with a side of creme fraiche. It turned out to be so good I wanted three more.

Price: $12

RIDER
80 North 6th Street (at Wythe Avenue),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 210-3152
riderbklyn.com

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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