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

SADLY, RESTO IS NOW CLOSED.

RESTO, 111 East 29th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenue), Murray HillA Belgian restaurant doesn’t strike me as the place to get a nicely composed vegetable dish. Unless that vegetable is a potato, cut into strips, and thrice-fried. And while I love my Belgian frites, Resto’s more nutritious vegetable options sounded even more intriguing.

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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

People often ask me which truck is my favorite. But that’s almost an impossible question. Every one is so different and offers food that is distinct and delicious. But I do always admit I have a big soft spot in my heart for Wafels & Dinges, which is the grand finale of just about all our food cart tours.

Check out their liege waffles and find out what a dinges is (and how to pronounce it)…


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The Vendys is just one day away. Tickets are old out, but you can get a good idea of the nominees from this series of short videos I’ve produced. Here are the final four:

Ramen Burger

The ramen burger is definitely one of the most famous dishes produced in the last few years. The lines of foodies form every weekend at Smorgasburg, but now you can also get a taste at Keizo Shimamoto’s permanent locations at Berg’n and in the Financial District. His innovative mash-up has earned him a Vendy nomination for Market Vendor of the year.

Craffles

A group of friends brought together two of the most popular street foods in the world and have put it on one truck. Craffles serves both gourmet French crepes and Belgian waffles to hungry New Yorkers. They come in both sweet and savory versions so you can have a craffle anytime of the day.

Dub Pies

In Australia and New Zealand, savory meat pies are as ubiquitous from mobile food vehicles as hot dogs and pretzels are in New York City. Gareth Hughes has expanded his Brooklyn shop to this Rookie of the Year nominated truck giving us a taste of down under.

Ricas Botanas Mexicanas

Outr in Corona, Queen, Claudia Lopez has been frying up Mexican snacks for twenty years. She’s finally honored with a Vendy Award nomination for Best Dessert for her amazingly fresh churros that are fried-to-order until crispy and light.


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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.

That poor little chicken has gotten a bad reputation for so long. Most of us know chicken in this country from overly processed, dry, bland preparations. But if done right, the clucker can take on lots of flavor and be a nice source of protein. There are chicken dishes in this city that change the game on what we know about poultry. Here are five from this year.

NUMBER 40: SHREDDED HUDSON VALLEY CHICKEN at NIGHTINGALE 9

Hudson Valley Shredded Chicken Salad at NIGHTINGALE 9

My childhood lunch box often contained a lackluster sandwich of egg, tuna, or chicken salad. Mom was good enough to mix some crunchy celery with the mayonnaise from time to time, but she forgot the mint leaves, shredded cabbage, fried onions, and peanuts. Chef Robert Newton, however, adds those things and more to his Vietnamese-inspired chicken salad which features tender poached chicken shreds along with the previous ingredients and a shower of spicy red chiles. The dressing was bright and tangy, but had a sweet herbal finish. If only my Mom was Robert Newton! Sure, that would have been strange, but I would have had the best lunch box in school, Price: $12

NIGHTINGALE 9
345 Smith Street (between Carroll Street and 1st Place),
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
(347) 689-4699
nightingale9.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.

While an occupation as a fisherman is not in my future, I owe much of my enjoyment to those hard workers. I’ll devour seafood in just about any form – raw, poached, smoked, fried, etc. The variety of flavors and textures from the ocean is immense and these five fish dishes just skims the surface.

NUMBER 75: SMOKED TROUT & WILD MUSHROOM SALAD at VAN HORN SANDWICH SHOP

Smoked Trout & Wild Mushroom Salad at VAN HORN SANDWICH SHOPWho’d have guessed that a Brooklyn restaurant known for their fried chicken and pulled pork sandwiches would make a healthy and flavorful salad? Amidst frisée and red cress lettuce are chunks of smoky, salty trout and warm marinated wild mushrooms. Some toasted hazelnuts are added for texture and a sweet ginger molasses dressing tops things off. This is the pescatarian’s version of surf and turf and it’s every bit as meaty and umami-loaded as one would hope. Price: $11

VAN HORN SANDWICH SHOP
231 Court Street (between Baltic and Warren Street),
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
(718) 596-9707
vanhornbrooklyn.com

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

WAFELS & DINGES, 15 Avenue B (at East 2nd Street), East Village

I’ve been hopelessly in love with Wafels & Dinges since we first started working with the truck on our food cart tours 4 years ago. My exclamations to tour attendees that this truck will change your life has never been met with disappointment. They change lives!!

When their long-in-the-works brick and mortar café finally opened in the East Village a few weeks ago, I made a special trip to see the gang and sample some new menu items.

The bright storefront felt like a Belgian Disney World with edible treats at every turn. Remember, most people consider Disney World the “happiest place on Earth.” But those people have never been to Wafels & Dinges.

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