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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.

The greatest day in mobile food vending is back. On September 12, the Vendy Awards will take place on Governor’s Island honoring the greatest in New York’s food vending community. Tickets are still available for purchase here. For the next few weeks, I’ll be documenting all of the nominees in three categories.

Rookie of the Year: Old Traditional Polish Cuisine

There’s dozens of taco trucks, plenty of pizza vehicles, and a myriad of lobster roll wagons in this city. But there’s only one truck selling the hearty, traditional food from Poland. Pierogies and kielbasa make for excellent street food and Old Traditional Polish Cuisine is cooking them up with authentic flavors and straight from the heart.

Old Traditional Polish Cuisine

Dessert of the Year: Doughnuttery

Evan Feldman had a brilliant new idea about doughnuts. At Doughnuttery in Chelsea Market or at Broadway Bites, he fries all his mini-doughnuts to order (on an invenive machine) and then shakes them up with uniquely flavored sugars infused with surprising ingredients like coffee, bacon, or purple potato chips. This makes for a magical, fresh, and addicting take on the usually ordinary fried dough.

Market Vendor of the Year: Gumbo Bros.

At Madison Square Eats, you can find a range of food vendors, but the one to check out as the weather gets colder and you start craving hearty, spicy stews is Gumbo Bros. Started by friends and LSU alum Adam and Clay as a way to fill their gumbo craving, it’s one of the few spots in the city to get authentic, full-flavored Cajun food.


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

FAIRWAY MARKET, 2127 Broadway (at West 74th Street), Upper West Side

I never thought it would come to this, but I’m about to review a supermarket on this blog. Albeit the supermarket in question is a New York born company that is dedicated to the community and still a family-run business. In a way Fairway is truly iconic to New York. And it’s still only in the metro area with no more than 15 locations (at the moment).

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

CERVEJARIA RAMIRO, Avenue Almirante Reis 1, Lisbon, PortugalThis website is dedicated to the foods of New York (hence the name). But I spent the last few weeks outside of the city (outside of the country, in fact) in the Iberian Peninsula. And just like I do at home, I spent most of my time eating local, iconic food in Portugal and southern Spain.

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SADLY, MONTMARTE IS NOW CLOSED.

French Onion Gratinée at MONTMARTRE

There’s not too many places in NYC to get legitimate french onion soup. But once I discovered Montmartre, I don’t need to look anywhere else. Loaded with bits of braised brisket and lots of sweet caramelized onions, it all hides underneath a blanket of melted gruyére. Trés magnifique Price: $14

MONTMARTRE
158 Eighth Avenue (between West 18th and West 17th Street),
Chelsea
(646) 596-8838
montmartrenyc.com

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

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This past Tuesday (9/16) was Mexico’s Independence Day (Grito de Dolores) and in celebration, I thought I would focus on some great Mexican food in New York.

Truly authentic Mexican food is seemingly hard to come by in this city. It’s out there, but it’s not easy to find (some of the best is hidden in the back of unassuming bodegas). When Los Tacos No. 1 opened in the trendy Chelsea Market a year or so ago, I had anticipated another watered down hipster version of the humble, full-flavored cuisine. I quickly learned that you should not judge a book by its touristy surroundings. Los Tacos No. 1 is certainly some (if not the) best Mexican in the city.

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

SADLY, HEARTWOOD IS NOW CLOSED.

HEARTWOOD, 184 Eighth Avenue (between West 19th and West 20th Street), ChelseaThere’s a specific pizza slice in New York City that foodies go crazy for and somehow always ends up on best pizza lists across the city. Truthully, I find it almost repulsive and I never want to put myself through the feeling of having a heart attack again. It’s the infamous artichoke slice from Artichoke Pizza and it’s basically globs of greasy spinach artichoke dip on top of pizza. Perhaps I’ve never been drunk enough to understand the appeal.

So I was a little skeptical when Heartwood opened in the former Donatella space serving high-end, unconventional pizza from a wood oven and featured a pizza with a creamed spinach base. When Peter Luger Goes Out For Pizza is the pizza that has been getting quite a bit of acclaim here so I was eager to try it. But I was scared – I didn’t want another heart attack. I asked the waitress how rich this pizza was and she wasn’t sure how to answer the question. Fair enough. She didn’t want to commit me to something I would regret. Anyway, I decide to take the plunge.

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