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

LEE'S TAVERN, 60 Hancock Street (at Garretson Avenue), Dongan Hills, Staten Island

I could spend months searching for the best pizza on Staten Island alone. Some people (mostly Staten Islanders) claim the borough is home to the city’s best. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve only been to a handful of the pizzerias there, but little by little, I’m setting things right.

Lee’s Tavern has always been high on my list, but when I met somebody from Staten Island who urged me to add it to my bucket list, I decided to move it to the top. A bucket list seems a bit morbid at this point – I’m just going to eat pizza!

You immediately understand why it’s called Lee’s Tavern and not Lee’s Pizza. This place is a total dive bar. I never in a million years would have wandered into this unmarked bar and attempted to order a pizza. The bar itself was lined with big guys in baseball jerseys, the atmosphere was dark and dingy, and there was a faint smell of urine in the air. Was I really in the right place?

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

DIRCK THE NORSEMAN, 7 North 15th Street (at Franklin Street), Greenpoint, Brooklyn

When you have a brewery attached to your restaurant, as is the case with the new brewpub Dirck the Norseman, you have the best cooking ingredient you could possibly imagine. The only thing I could think of that might be more appropriate for cooking would be if the big room in the back was mining salt instead of brewing beer.

Many brewpubs take their beer and add it into mustard or steam mussels in it. Not Dirck the Norseman. Here they take Riegle Kellerbier (a German beer imported by owner Ed Raven) and use it for braising pig knuckle. Yes, I said pig knuckle.

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For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

I have to give credit where credit is due. While there are now many publications that release a 100 Best list each year, the one that gave me the inspiration was Time Out New York (Tony). I’ve been scouring and conquering their annual list for almost five years now. And although I didn’t officialy write about my journey this year, I still managed to eat most of their recommended dishes. Here are five that I never would have discovered without their guidance.

NUMBER 80: THE GODFATHER at GRAHAM AVENUE DELI & MEATS

Godfather Sandwich at GRAHAM AVENUE DELI & MEATS

When I first moved to New York and I could get an overstuffed sandwich at any corner deli for $5, I was impressed. Not so much 10 years later. It takes a special kind of deli sandwich to make me take notice. Graham Avenue Deli & Meats is that place. Established in 1985, this Italian butcher and deli makes killer (and I mean killer sandwiches). The Godfather is a soft seeded hoagie that has amazingly been soaked in oil and vinegar. Inside, the sandwich is stuffed with provolone cheese, mortadella, copocollo, spicy sopressata, spicy roasted peppers, and arugula. Drizzled with more oil, vinegar, basil, and parmesan, it’s a wonderful play on sweet and spicy and makes me excited about deli sandwiches once again. Price: $7.75

GRAHAM AVENUE DELI & MEATS
445 Graham Avenue (between Richardson and Frost Street),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 389-9777
grahamavedeli.com

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For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

Eating out in NYC is exciting and mouthwatering, but if you’re not careful it’s a little too easy to develop gout, diabetes, or a simple heart attack. Yes, butter and fat are the building blocks of deliciousness, but I’m also enamored by the extraordinary flavors given to us by the earth. Yes, deep inside me is a hungry vegetarian just itching to get out.

NUMBER 100: CUCUMBER SALAD at MILE END SANDWICH

Cucumber Salad at MILE END SANDWICH

Everybody raves about this Montreal-style deli’s classic meat sandwiches. And I agree that the gutbombs are mighty tasty, but this year I was impressed by their vegetarian side offering. This cucumber salad is loaded with briney flavors of dill, red onions, and vinegar. It’s not quite a bowl of pickles, but it’s crunchy, refreshing, and pairs perfectly with a side of pastrami. Or not. Price: $3.25

MILE END SANDWICH
53 Bond Street (between Bowery and Lafayette Street),
Nolita

(212) 529-2990
mileenddeli.com

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For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

Amazingly, Old Town Bar has been around since 1892 and it’s still somewhat of a secret. Ok, maybe not “secret” per se, since the room is often jam packed, but this has thankfully never become a destination like the touristy mob scene that is McSorley’s.

Much like McSorley’s, Old Town Bar is indeed old. They’ve been open since 1892 and still have an old working dumbwaiter to prove their age. I imagine most youngsters today assume a dumbwaiter is someone who forgot to place your order.

My waitress here was maybe slow, but certainly not dumb because she brought me exactly what I ordered. The All Beef, classic Frankfurter. Even if it wasn’t featured on Time Out’s list, I’d have still found my way into this unlikely hot dog vendor soon. The bar’s classic hot dog has been written up by countless other publications as being one of the city’s best.

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For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

I have so many excuses as to why I didn’t make it to Earl’s Beer and Cheese earlier in this journey. But none of them will ease the fact that I was not able to actually taste the coveted list item, the Earl’s Eggo.

A few weeks back, I was having a mini-reunion with some old friends and I suggested Earl’s Beer & Cheese because I thought they’d appreciate it and mainly because I needed to get the list item. Even though it’s way out of our usual paths (it’s up in East Harlem).

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