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

10 BELOW ICE CREAM, 10 Mott Street (between Worth Street and Pell Street), Chinatown

The face of ice cream (and food in general) is changing in this city. Sadly, dishes are now being created not because the choice of ingredients makes a delicious combination, but rather because the enormity or uniqueness of a dish makes for a great Instagram photo.

The Very Small Crowd

That’s actually why 10Below was opened. The Chinatown ice cream shop, which usually hosts an hour-long wait, is the brainchild of someone who saw the popular ice cream rolls in Thailand on Instagram and decided to introduce it to New York. Needless to say, it’s been a big hit. Because ice cream tastes better when rolled to look like a flower? No, of course not, but because the dish looks great on Instagram. (more…)


Category: Ice Cream

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

IVAN RAMEN SLURP SHOP, Inside Gotham West Market, 600 Eleventh Avenue (between West 44th and West 45th Street), Hell's Kitchen

We know Jewish people love to eat Asian food, but did you know Asian chefs love to incorporate one specific Jewish food into their dishes? I’m talking about everybody’s favorite smoked meat: pastrami.

At least in New York, chefs from funky hip Asian restaurants seem to use pastrami as a meat substitute any place they can. And it usually works wonders. I’ve had excellent pastrami egg rolls at Red Farm, super spicy kung pao pastrami at Mission Chinese, and now I’ve finally discovered Ivan Ramen’s pastrami buns.

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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Roasted Chicken 'Chimi' Salad at NUM PANG

Num Pang is known for their meat-heavy Cambodian-style sandwiches. And they’re great with cilantro and pickled vegetables on a buttery baguette, but I discovered that the flavors are just as bold and unique in salad form. I’ve been addicted to their chimchurri-glazed chicken salad this entire year. On top of bean sprouts, peppers, peanuts, and cabbage, the moist thigh meat is hearty and delicious and only enhanced by the sweet tangy dressing. Price: $10.95

NUM PANG
21 East 12th Street (between Fifth Avenue and University Place),
Greenwich Village
(212) 255-3271
140 East 41st Street (between Lexington and Third Avenue),
Midtown East
(212) 867-8889
148 West 48th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenue),
Midtown West
(212) 421-0743
119 Broadway (between 25th and 26th Street),
Flatiron District
(212) 647-8889
75 Ninth Avenue (at 16th Street),
Inside Chelsea Market,
Chelsea
(212) 390-8851
225 Liberty Street (at West Street),
Inside Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place
Battery Park City
(212) 227-1957
75 Broad Street (at South William Street),
Financial District
(646) 964-4150
numpangnyc.com

Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

I’ve spent the last few weeks documenting the nominees for the Vendy Awards. It’s been exciting and rewarding meeting the hard working vendors and tasting their delicious food. But it was all leading up to this past Saturday when over 25 vendors congregated on Governor’s Island to feed hungry attendees and celebrate their hard work all year long.

This year, the big winner was Snowday who are dedicated to their social mission of employing previously incarcerated youth and serve maple syrup inspired dishes. Best Dessert went to Doughnuttery, Coney Shack was crowned Rookie of the Year, Home Frite swept the Market Vendor category, and Best Street Drinks was awarded to Renegade Lemonade.

All the proceeds go back to the Street Vendor Project to fund their advocacy work in fighting for better laws for the street vendors.

Below is a video that gives an overview of the exciting, lively afternoon. I’m going to start prepping for next year right now.

2015 NYC Vendy Awards


Category: Video

Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

The greatest day in mobile food vending is back. On September 12, the Vendy Awards will take place on Governor’s Island honoring the greatest in New York’s food vending community. Tickets are still available for purchase here. For the next few weeks, I’ll be documenting all of the nominees in three categories.

Rookie of the Year: Kaya NYC

Gua bao are not new to NYC, yet they continue to grow in popularity as lunchers have discovered they make a fantastic snack or meal. David Li operates Kaya NYC where the gua bao (Taiwanese steamed buns) are loaded with authentic flavors like pork belly, peking duck, and fried tofu. The cart, which hits a few different neighborhoods around NYC, also fries up popcorn chicken and spring rolls.

Kaya NYC

Dessert of the Year: Squish Marshmallows

Everybody loves a marshamallow, especially when it’s roasted over a fire or smushed together with chocolate and graham crackers to form a s’mores. But they are usually loaded with mysterious chemicals and preservatives. Now Katherine Sprung with Squish Marshmallows creates marshmallows that are not only homemade and natural, but also feature unique flavors and textures, like tiramisu and lemon meringue pie. 

Squish Marshmallows

Market Vendor of the Year: YourPanadas

Jon Batista started YourPanadas earlier this summer as a way to bring diverse flavors into the world of classic empanadas (he offers things like mac n cheese and red velvet cake inside the empanadas). While vending weekly at Vendy Plaza, he’s currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to open his own food truck. Help him out and check out his amazing food. 

YourPanadas


Category: Video

Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

The greatest day in mobile food vending is back. On September 12, the Vendy Awards will take place on Governor’s Island honoring the greatest in New York’s food vending community. Tickets are still available for purchase here. For the next few weeks, I’ll be documenting all of the nominees in three categories.

Rookie of the Year: Coney Shack

We have lots of Asian tacos in New York, but nobody is focusing on fusing the flavors of Southeast Asia with Mexican tortillas. Lawrence Mach has changed that with Coney Shack, his eye-catching truck that started in Coney Island and now travels all through Manhattan with his tacos, quesadillas, and hot dogs.

Coney Shack

Dessert of the Year: Play J’scream What’s the biggest problem with soft serve? It inevitably drips down the cone and onto your hand, making clean-up a mess. The J-shaped cone was introduced in South Korea and is now making the rounds in New York via Play J’scream, where the corn-pop ice cream cones are both drip-free and gluten-free.

Play J’scream

Market Vendor of the Year: Burmese Bites

I wish I had made it out to Queens International Night Market much earlier in the season. It’s a wonderful gathering of the international Queens community and features some of the most exciting and diverse food in the city. Burmese Bites sets up every weekend and offers up authentic dishes like palata (a hand-stretched flatbread with a curry dipping sauce) and shwe taung kaukswe (noodles tossed with chili and roasted bean powder).

Burmese Bites


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