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

While some people are ringing in the New Year’s at a house party or (God forbid) huddled with millions of people in the middle of Times Square, I like to go hopping around to some of the hottest cocktail bars in the city that I have yet to visit.

You might be surprised at how many bars offer their regular menu without an overpriced prix-fixe or cover charge, Those are the ones I like to visit – where it’s business as usual.

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BIRRERIA, 200 Fifth Avenue (between 23rd and 24th Street), 14th Floor

It’s been a while since I’ve visited Manhattan’s most centrally located brewery. It’s also a beer destination that many never think about. That’s because Birreria is hidden on the rooftop of the very popular Italian mega-grocer Eataly. But up here, a handful of brewers make some really unique cask-conditioned ales to pair with the restaurant’s seasonal menu.

Most of their beers feature surprising herbs, fruits, or vegetables in the brew and it makes for a refreshing and culinary-focused experience.

At any given time, they only have three housemade beers on tap. Two are usually seasonal and the other is one of their “flagship” beers. One that has been floating around for a while, but I never got a taste of is the Gina. (more…)


Category: Beer

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

Deviled Eggs at BAR SARDINE

 

I rarely discover deviled eggs that are unique or different. I guess a mustard or mayo based yolk filling with paprika and spices is pretty good, so why mess with it too much? I almost always know what I’m going to get. The Japanese-influenced deviled eggs at Bar Sardine (also home to this year’s best burger) are unique and amazing. They are strikingly brown and black with an egg that’s filled with black garlic and soy and topped with some crunchy and flavorful garnishes. Price: $4

BAR SARDINE
183 West 10th Street (between Seventh Avenue South and West 4th Street),
West Village
(646) 360-3705
barsardinenyc.com

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

EMMETT'S, 50 Macdougal Street (between Prince and Houston Street), Soho

When people ask me about the best pizza in New York, I always have to ask what style they want. Do they want a typical New York slice, wood-oven Neapolitan pies, thin grandma-style, Sicilian, Roman-style? We have all those styles in New York. But up until recently, I didn’t have a good answer as to where to get the best Chicago-style pizza in New York. Until now.

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Category: Pizza

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

JACOB'S PICKLES, 509 Amsterdam Avenue (between West 84th and West 85th Street), Upper West Side

I recently met up with an old friend from college and I thought he was going to laugh at me when I said we should meet at a bar that specializes in beer and pickles. Surprisingly, he said, “That place is around the corner from my apartment, I’m there all the time!”

Hanging with Some Pickles

Jacob’s Pickles is on the Upper West Side which is a true representation of old and new New York. There are definitely still some Jewish residents here and there a handful of hipsters moving in as well. So it makes sense that a neighborhood bar in this area would specialize in pickles.  (more…)


Category: Pickles

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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Category: Pizza

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