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

KAFANA, 116 Avenue C (between East 7th and East 8th Street), East Village

This summer I spent a few weeks travelling around Eastern Europe and I learned that the king of food in most countries is beer and sausage. Here in New York, I’ve only experienced a bit of the true Eastern European food at places in Astoria many years ago.  It’s a cuisine that is prevalent here, but it’s just a little more difficult to find.

And while Kafana is right in the heart of Alphabet City, few people know it outside of Serbians and Bosnians looking for a taste of home. For everyone else, it’s a hidden gem worth uncovering. (more…)


Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.

NUMBER 35: BURGUNDY SNAILS at MARSEILLE

Whatever you’re craving, New York city has got it – somewhere. Everything from Hungarian to Ghanian to Nicaraguan food is represented. No other city in the world has quite so many options for dinner.

People  ask me where they should eat before a Broadway show and sadly, it’s always a stretch since the Theater District is filled mostly with tourist traps. I tell them to walk to Ninth Avenue. That’s where the French restaurant Marseille has sat for many years. It took my parents coming to town to finally visit this pre-theater favorite myself. We had some very nicely prepared French classics, including a bubbling crock of garlic-heavy escargots. Chewy but tender, there was the right amount of crunchy bread crumbs to smooth out the buttery mouthfeel. Price: $10.75

MARSEILLE
630 Ninth Avenue (between West 44th and West 45th Street),
Hell’s Kitchen
(212) 333-2323
marseillenyc.com

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