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

I’ve often sang the praises of the yeast bombs made by Dough – always slathered with a perfectly balanced flavored glaze (blood orange is king). But this year was the first time I had tried one of their stuffed doughnuts. and I don’t think I’ll ever go back. The inconspicuous cinnamon covered orb opens up to reveal a sweet, sticky chocolatey nutella interior that’s a perfect complement to all that dough. Price: $2.75
DOUGH
448 Lafayette Avenue (at Franklin Avenue),
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
(347) 5333-7544
14 West 19th Street (at Fifth Avenue),
Chelsea
(212) 243-6844
Inside UrbanSpace at Vanderbilt Hall,
230 Park Avenue (at 45th Street),
Midtown East
(646) 747-0806
Inside City Kitchen,
700 Eighth Avenue (between 44th and 45th Street),
Midtown West
doughdoughnuts.com

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

As I talked to the friendly guy behind the counter at Golda (perhaps the owner of this breezy Bed-Stuy café), he asked if I lived in the neighborhood. When I told him that I lived quite a bit away. I think he was pretty surprised and confused as to why I came all this way to eat an egg sandwich at a new local joint.

But that’s what I do. I think I may be one of the few that fully take advantage of the city and try to become a local everywhere.

And that includes this gentrifying part of Bedford-Stuyvesant. The last time I was out here things looked very different. There was certainly not a brunch-friendly spot with cold brewed coffee.

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

DOUGH, 305 Franklin Avenue (at Lafayette Avenue), Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

If you’d asked me to tell you about Dough, the growing New York business from chef Fany Gerson, I would have told you that they make the absolute best doughnuts in the city. Big, yeasty, and inventive – they’re everything you want a doughnut to be.

But if you asked me to talk more about their food, I would have looked at you with confusion. What else could Dough possibly do? (more…)


The Vendys is just days away. Tickets are still available for purchase here. It’s seriously the greatest day of the year. In anticipation, I’m producing short videos on each of the nominated vendors. Here are four more nominees:

The GoGo Grill

Down at the southern tip of Manhattan, two friends decided to re-invent street food for any dietary restriction. The GoGo Grill always has a huge line at Bowling Green for their weekday lunches of salads, burgers, falafel, eggplant, and more. And everything is homemade, including the English muffins used for the sandwiches.


Zha Pan Asian

I already wrote about these amazing Asiancini (Asian rice balls) last week. But now meet the guys behind the concept. They’re inventive (and delicious food) has earned them a Market Vendor of the year nomination.

Dough

This is a bold statement, but I truly believe Fany Gerson and the crew at Dough are frying up the best doughnuts in the country. They’re large, yeasty, airy, and just incredible. I normally stay away from dough bombs, but these Dessert nominees are impossible to resist.

Shanghai Sogo

Benjamin Wang has worked at high end restaurants like Nobu before bringing his concept of fresh, restaurant-quality Asian tapas to the streets of New York. Shanghai Shogo turns out fresher food than you find at most restaurants. They’re a Rookie of the Year nominee.


Category: Video

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

SPEEDY ROMEO, 376 Classon Avenue (at Greene Avenue), Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

When I visited St. Louis a few years ago, I discovered a relatively obscure pizza style I never even knew existed. St. Louis pizza was unheard of in these parts. And here I was thinking that New York had every style of pizza imaginable. Was it topped with barbecue and baked on gooey butter cake? What could possibly separate the pizza in “the Gateway to the West” from the rest of the world?

I must admit I wasn’t immediately won over when I visited Imo’s in downtown St. Louis. The pizza was cracker thin and it was caked with a gooey processed cheese called Provel. Evidently if you grew up with the stuff, you learned to love and crave it. Having come to this later in life, I wasn’t as nostalgic for the greasy, plastic flavor. It was only a matter of time before this oddity was brought to the big city and it makes perfect sense that Brooklyn is where that niche was filled. (more…)


Category: Pizza

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 25: BABA GHANOUSH from DAMASCUS BAKERY

New York is loaded with great restaurants and cafés, but that’s hardly the end of the food resources in this city. In addition to ongoing food markets like Smorgasburg and the New Amsterdam Market, there are plenty of speciality shops that sell local food products that are so much more exciting than anything you could possibly find at your national grocery store.

Damascus Bakery is noted for introducing pita bread to this country in 1920. While the business is now mostly wholesale (they bake most of the pita bread sold in the U.S.), they still run an iconic storefront in Brooklyn Heights where you can purchase their Middle Eastern breads and pastries. The containers of baba ghanoush don’t get nearly as much attention, but the rich, smoky eggplant dip is full of complex flavors and spices and is the perfect accompaniment to those classic Syrian bread. Price: $3.50/$7

DAMASCUS BAKERY
195 Atlantic Avenue (between Court and Clinton Street),
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
(718) 625-7070

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