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

There are many bakeries along the Italian enclave of Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. But only one makes something called white chocolate bread. And Madonia Bakery only makes it for holidays and on the weekends. When I’m lucky enough to give our Arthur Avenue food tour, I find myself in heaven. I’m not even a fan of white chocolate but it works wonders in this perfectly made soft bread with a just browned crust. The baked pieces of cooked white chocolate are a pleasant not too sweet surprise. And if you’re lucky enough to get a loaf right out of the oven, you’ll enter a whole other dimension of delicious. Price: $4.50

MADONIA BAKERY
2348 Arthur Avenue (between East 187th Street and Crescent Avenue),
Belmont, Bronx
(718) 295-5573

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

I didn’t realize that meat bread was a real thing until I visited Arthur Avenue and tasted the dangerously addictive ciccioli at Addeo Bakers. For three generations, the Addeo family has been practicing high quality baking from their olive loaves to their excellent bread sticks. But the locals know to come here on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday for the ciccioli. Commonly known as lard bread, this baby is more than just that with bits of sausage and prosciutto throughout and a rich peppery bite. Where has this been my whole life?? Price: $5

ADDEO BAKERS
2352 Arthur Avenue (at East 186th Street),
Belmont, Bronx
(718) 367-8316
addeobakers.com

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

Bushwick is not exactly the neighborhood you’d expect to find an old Italian bakery. Up until recently this area has been mostly a Latin American community. And the new hipsters have not yet chosen cannolis and sfogliatella to gentrify. Beer, coffee, chocolate, bread, sure. But with a few exceptions, they’ve left Italian pastries alone.

But here sits Circo since 1945. And when I found myself out here recently to visit a distillery and taste some vegan Ethiopian food, I was pleasantly surprised.

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Category: Cheesecake

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

She’s a favorite of both Oprah and Tom Colicchio, but now pastry chef Umber Ahmad is going to be a favorite of all New Yorkers. She opened her first official bakery this year in thbe West Village and it’s full of fantastic goodies. My favorite was the addicting namesake bars, which is sort of like an oatmeal cookie bar on crack – with pecans, chocolate chips, baked together with an unstoppable brown butter salted caramel sauce. It’s soft, rich, and impossible to stop eating. Price: $3.50
MAH ZE DAHR BAKERY
28 Greenwich Avenue (between West 10th Street and Charles Street),
West Village
(212) 498-9810
mahzedahrbakery.com

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

 

I have already sang the praises of Two Little Red Hens’ excellent New York-style cheesecake on this blog. But the bakery is most known (and racks up huge lines) for their cupcakes. Many people claim that these are the best in the city. Magnolia who?

I mentioned the cupcakes in my cheesecake review, but never gave them the credit they deserve. Well, I was on the Upper East Side recently and noticed that they had a special holiday flavor. I’m always a sucker for those and it was actually the best cupcake I’ve ever tasted from the shop. And it’s only available during the most wonderful time of the year. (more…)


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

img_0681 I’m doing something I’ve never done before on this blog. And that’s because I just came back from an adventure that was unlike anything I’ve ever done before in my life. For six weeks of the summer, I was travelling around Europe meeting wonderful locals and eating amazing food. And I got paid for it!!

The real reason I was there was to make videos on some Urban Adventure tours. Stay tuned for 14 new episodes of Locals Know. But until then, to whet your appetite (and for me to re-live my incredible dream-come-true journey), I’ve decided to document the food I ate in each city.

So instead of picking just one dish of the week this week, I’m going to pick 14 – one for each city I visited.

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