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

Before this year I had been to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx a couple of times. But since we launched the Arthur Avenue food tour, it’s like I have moved in. And maybe I should because rent is much cheaper up here.

The tour was designed by a couple who are very familiar with the neighborhood, but now as research, I have to broaden my knowledge and eat at as many spots as possible. And there are a lot of them. Poor me.

Many of these sit-down restaurants have an old-world feel with a faux fine dining ambiance – white table cloths, coat racks, etc. But when you come in and look at the prices on the menu (especially at lunch), you’re shocked at the affordability. This is definitely not Manhattan.

If any restaurant has justification for hiking the prices it’s the Michelin-rated restaurant in the neighborhood. Tra Di Noi is owned by acclaimed Roman chef Marco Coletta who is newer to the area than some of the third-generation businesses, but has been hugely embraced by lovers of fine food.  (more…)


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

There are seven different businesses around Arthur Avenue in the Bronx that make their own mozzarella daily. That’s an insane number of places committed to quality cheese in a small block radius.

For those that don’t realize it, Arthur Avenue is the real Little Italy of New York – with more third generation owned businesses than any other neighborhood. This is the place to come for quality Italian sausage, cheese, sandwiches, and dinners. And it’s all ridiculously cheap.

At Urban Adventures, we just launched a new Arthur Avenue Food Tour (it’s run by a couple who grew up there and have strong connections to the neighborhood). I was fortunate enough to train on the tour so I can give it when they are out of town. And it might have been my favorite training for any tour ever.

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Once again Time Out New York released their Top 100 Dishes of the year and once again, I’m going to eat my way through every one. And no price point or subway delay will stop me. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100.

If this blog were written in the 19th Century, one of the first iconic dishes I’d have had to explore would have been oysters. I would have gone to seafood restaurants, but also to markets and pushcarts to try the local oysters. Before pollution and over harvesting killed them all off, they were everywhere – the food of the masses (rich and poor). Why do you think the Grand Central Oyster Bar is so ubiquitous to New York?

So eating oysters from a stand outside a fish market on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, really felt like we were experiencing a slice of old New York. This is the way people would have eaten oysters back in the day. Fortunately for us, the oysters they were serving at Cozenza’s hadn’t just come from New York Harbor, but it was the experience that took us back.

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