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

In the last few months, there have been a series of big Japanese chains that opened their first US location in New York. Normally, I don’t like to eat at chain restaurants, but it’s a bit of a novelty and Japanese fast food is generally more nourishing and exciting than American fast food.

Wagamama, TsuruTonTan, and Ichiran were the three major Japanese noodle players that have debuted to long lines in New York City. The one that intrigued me most was Ichiran partly because they are located in a big factory in Bushwick but also because they have special solo dining flavor concentration booths.

In the booths, you are completely alone excpet for a button and a curtain. When the button is pushed, the curtain is partially raised and the torso of a waiter appears who will respond to your needs.

The entire experience, including the recommendations on how to be savor the soup is a little precious. As a busy New Yorker who often deals with many people, I did appreciate the opportunity to dine completely alone and not have to deal with anyone else. But I imagine the ramen would taste just as good if I was sitting at a table with a group of people.

You also get to customize your ramen from the firmness of the noodles to the richness of the broth to the amount of added toppings. I went down the menu circling the options the restaurant recommends for first timers.

So my soup ended up on the medium side of just about everything. And it was pretty great. The thin chewy noodles were truly fantastic and the complex super porky tonkotsu broth was indeed worth savoring. The other notable addition, besides some serious garlic, scallions, and a meaty pork chashu, is their signature top secret spicy red sauce.

It was one of the better ramen soups I’ve had recently. Like many, I was dismayed by the prices  here (almost double the price of the Japanese locations) and the gimmicky flavor booths are a little too serious. But there’s no denying that this is one seriously good bowl of ramen. Price: $18.90

ICHIRAN
374 Johnson Avenue (between Bogart Street and Morgan Avenue),
(718) 381-0491
Bushwick, Brooklyn
ichiran.com/en

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

FOSTER SUNDRY, 215 Kinckerboxer Avenue (at Troutman Street), Bushwick, Brooklyn

I never rest – even on Thanksgiving. Maybe because especially on Thanksgiving there is a lot to eat. And I spent the last week trying to find some amazing dish that would be appropriate for the big day’s Dish of the Week.

In previous years, I found some great turkey burgers and turkey sandwiches. That would be the obvious thing, but this year I accidentally stumbled upon a sandwich that was crazier than I could even imagine.

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

THE OWL FARM, 297 9th Street (between 4th and 5th Avenue), Park Slope, BrooklynWow, I have not put in a beer review in a long time. And that’s crazy because craft beer is more uniquitous to New York than ever before. There are now 27 breweries across all five boroughs and that number literally changes every week.
One of the newest to open has been making quite a splash at craft beer bars across Brooklyn. It’s called Interboro Spirits and Ales and they are not only making craft beer in their Bushwick facility, but will also be distilling whiskeys as well.

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

PINE BOX ROCK SHOP, 12 Grattan Street (between Morgan Avenue and Bogart Street), Bushwick, Brooklyn

Ah, the power of persuasion. I remember laughing hysterically during the film Sideways when Paul Giammati’s character exclaimed he smelled asparagus in the wine. The pretension and specificity was absurd. Of course, I stopped laughing when one day at a pre-shift meeting at The Modern, I too smelled green vegetables in my wine. Did that happen because those aromas really existed in the glass or did I smell it because the wine director suggested I would?

The beer world uses similarly surprising aromas to explain how a beer smells and tastes. But after tasting my way through many different styles, it’s not too far off. Beer can smell like chocolate or grass or pepper or bananas or even smoke.

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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.

People in the food world always love to claim each year as being the “year of the cupcake” or the “year of fried chicken” or the “year of something.” While many people might decalre 2013 the year of BBQ or the year of Nordic food in NYC, I became smitten with that old American favorite: the burger. I kept biting into one delicious meat bomb after another and here are five of my favorites (some old, some new, and one very unusual).

NUMBER 65: THE ORIGINAL at UMAMI BURGER

The Original at UMAMI BURGER

I’d heard about the legend of the Umami Burger long before they opened their first NYC location this year. Even my non food-obssessed friends on the West Coast were calling to tell me about this new burger joint that highlighted the mysterious undiscovered taste: umami. Used to describe savory, meaty notes, the word umami is thrown around a lot these days. But every component of the original Umami Burger showcases the often misunderstood word. The already-meaty beef blend is brushed with a special umami sauce (containing umami-rich ingredients like seaweed and miso), then seared and sandwiched together on a toasty Portuguese bun, along with caramelized onions, oven-roasted tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, and a parmesan crisp. If you want to know what umami is, this burger will show you. Price: $12

UMAMI BURGER
432 Sixth Avenue (between 9th and 10th Street),
Greenwich Village
(212) 677-8626
umami.com

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

SADLY, FRITZL’S LUNCH BOX IS NOW CLOSED.

FRITZL'S LUNCH BOX, 173 Irving Avenue (between Stockholm and Stanhope Street), Bushwick, Brooklyn

When I first arrived in New York, all of my friends were moving to cheap apartments in this artsy, gritty neighborhood of Brooklyn called Williamsburg. Well, we all know how that story ended. Today, my just-out-of-college friends would not be able to afford to live in Williamsburg. They would manage to find a cheap apartment a little further out on the L train in Bushwick.

I hate to sound cliché, but Bushwick really is the new Williamsburg. That’s where some of the most exciting new restaurants, bars, and art gallerys are popping up. Everybody knows about Roberta’s by now, but it’s worth it to explore a little deeper into the neighborhood.

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