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

DARNA FALAFEL, 200 Court Street (between Warren and Wyckoff Street), Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

The neighborhood of Cobble Hill really brings the new and the old together. Some residents (mostly of Italian and Syrian descent) have been in the neighborhood for more than 50 years. More recently, new families from other parts of the world (many are French or from Middle America) have moved in. And amazingly, both worlds tend to live in harmony. This is New York, after all.

Not the Typical Sandwiches

Darna Falafel feels like it’s been there for at least a few decades blending in with the old school Middle Eastern shops and restaurants a few blocks away on Atlantic Avenue. But the truth is, this place is one of the newer ones. It was opened in 2011 by a young generation of falafel makers, which is evident from the uncommon pita sandwiches on the menu, like skirt steak and turkey bacon.

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Category: Falafel

Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.

NUMBER 5: ICE CREAM CAKE at PARM

Here we go. After a really solid year of eating, I’ve managed to pick the five best dishes I put in my mouth. These are not necessarily from the hottest restaurants or my most memorable dining experiences. But these are the five individual dishes that I’ll be thinking about long after 2012 comes to an end.

Harkening back to a simpler time when Carvel reigned supreme, Parm’s ode to the ice cream cake is both nostalgic and fulfilling. The generous slice is layered with chocolate, strawberry, and pistachio ice creams separated with chocolate ganache and cookie crunchies. Whipped cream, sprinkles, and a maraschino cherry top it off. It’s a completely irresistible treat that’s worth every single calorie. Price: $12

PARM
248 Mulberry Street (between Spring and Prince Street),
Nolita
(212) 993-7189
parmnyc.com

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Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.

NUMBER 10: AREPA DE QUESO at THE AREPA LADY

Up until now, there has not really been a rhyme or reason as to why one dish got ranked as a specific number on this list. I can’t say with any certainty that something was the 73rd best dish I’ve eaten this year. So I stuck with categories to help me organize my food thoughts. However, now we’re at the top ten and these dishes were definitely my favorite this year. So here goes…

It had been a long while since I got a taste of the sainted Arepa Lady’s Colombian treats. It’s difficult for me since she doesn’t appear with her cart until after 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Now that I’m well into my 30’s, I’m not usually roaming the streets of Queens at that hour. Thanks to my friend Jeff Orlick, I got to try her food at a reasonable hour. He got Maria Piedad Cano to emerge for the Viva La Comida festival, where she grilled up her two varieties of corn patties. I prefer the Arepa de Queso, a soft, buttery white disc filled with melted mozzarella and topped with some salty queso blanco. These arepas are certainly among the best street food in the entire city. Price: $3

THE AREPA LADY
Roosevelt Avenue and 79th Street,
Jackson Heights, Queens
Twitter:@ArepaLady

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Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.

NUMBER 40: GNOCCHI at I TRE MERLI

SADLY, I TRE MERLI IS NOW CLOSED.

Years ago, I used to avoid going out and spending money on Italian food since I thought I could easily cook pasta at home. If you could taste the limp soggy spaghetti I used to make, you’d understand just how wrong I was. I thought the term al dente related to a dentist’s office.

The potato pasta known as gnocchi are some of the hardest to get right. I’ve tasted enlightening versions at places like Union Square Café, but the modest and rustic fare at I Tre Merli truly surprised me. These had a tender bite which gave way to a soft, plump interior. They soaked up a nice pesto sauce and made a surprising first course at this Italian restaurant. Sadly, the location I tasted them at in the West Village has now closed (and reopened as Chez Sardine), but they are still on the menu at the Soho location. And still so much better than anything I could do at home. Price: $16

I TRE MERLI
463 West Broadway (between West Houston and Prince Street),
Soho
(212) 254-8699
itremerli.com

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Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.

NUMBER 45: SORACHI ACE from BROOKLYN BREWERY

Ok, so this is not a drinking blog, but I’ve spent much time searching for the best beer in the city (come on, it’s liquid bread) and what do you do while you eat? Drink! And I’ve found some deliciously quaffable concoctions along my journeys.

Named for the rare Sorachi Ace hops that was developed in Japan, Brooklyn Brewery initially released this unique saison beer as a 750 ml bottle feremented beer and this year started offering it as a draft option. It stretches the imagination of what beer can be with a spicy citrus/lemongrass flavor followed by  a clean champagne yeast finish. It’s endlessly drinkable and pairs brilliantly with all types of food. Sparkling wine better watch its back. Price Varies

BROOKLYN BREWERY
79 North 11th Street (between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 486-7422
brooklynbrewery.com

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

The newest tour I’ve been giving is the Neighborhood Eats Tour of the Carroll Gardens area of Brooklyn. I say “area” since we technically hit three different neighborhoods (Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, and Brooklyn Heights) and they’re all very similar in architecture, culture, and diversity of food options. Since I don’t live in any of those neighborhoods (I don’t even live in Brooklyn), I make it a point to eat at a different restaurant before or after each of my tours on Saturdays.

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