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

My first post on this site was for the still excellent pizzeria Kesté. This year they expanded big time with locations in both Williamsburg and the Financial District. And they also got a little fancier with a few new appetizers that were not available at the original Bleecker Street location. Since the pizza has already made my list in year’s past, I have to rave about this amazing little play on arancini. It is a rich ball of spaghetti with bits of ham, peas, and mozzarella. The original Italian fried mac and cheese. Price: $3.50

KESTÉ
77 Fulton Street (at Gold Street)
Financial District
(212) 693-9030
232 North 12th Street (between Driggs Avenue and Bayard Street),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(917) 909-1183
kestepizzeria.com

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

Leave it to hipster chefs to put an interesting spin on the bar snacks we know too well as chicken wings. Here they fry them and season them with a dry rub of za’atar spice. It gives it a distinct Middle Eastern vibe and when dipped in the labneh ranch and served with a side of pickles, it sings. And not your usual college football song. Price: $12/$17
SAMESA
495 Lorimer Street (between Powers and Grand Street),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 599-1154
samesanyc.com

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

I stumbled upon Brooklyn Brine was I was exploring the huge manufacturing and food facility known as Industry City. I had been out here years ago to make a video on Robicelli’s Cupcakes but that was back when these factories were not open to the public. A few years ago, the site expanded and opened many of its doors. In fact, I’ll now be leading tours of the area.
There’s now a food hall, a distillery (and two breweries), an area called Innovation Alley, and the new home of Brooklyn Brine. This is one of the most well-known and hip local pickle companies and I tried to get there earlier on in my pickle journey. But they had closed their Park Slope facility and restaurant before I could visit for inspection.
I was pleased to see they have moved their entire facility and opened a new pickle café right here in Industry City. I was in luck.

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Category: Pickles

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

Every week in New York, there are a slew of great local restaurants that are forced to close due to rising rents, changes in the food world, etc. With all these unfortunate changes, it’s sometimes a relief to stop and think about the ones that are succeeding and growing.

The Gumbo Bros. started a few years back as an idea between two friends who went to school in New Orleans and started a modest stand at the pop-up markets around the city. I met them at the Vendy Awards and was very excited to see them committed to bringing authentic Cajun food to the city. Many of the businesses at those markets seem to come and go, but the Gumbo Bros. actually got to open their own restaurant on busy Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

This permanent space isn’t terribly bigger than their market stall but there are seats and beer and a larger menu.

When I found the time to stop by, I wanted to try more of their namesake – I’ll have to get the po’ boys another time. I remember their gumbos being good at the Vendy Awards but not quite this good.

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