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

It’s the holiday season, which means most of the local bakeries and dessert spots roll out holiday-themed specials. Thankfully we’ve moved on from the pumpkin spice everything and now you’ll see egg nog cookies, peppermint ice cream, and gingerbread cakes.

Some bakeries also give a nod to Hanukkah. One of the traditional treats for the Festival of Lights are jelly doughnuts called Sufganiyot. So you can find special homemade jam dough bombs at Dough and unique interpretations like the Honey Tahini and Halva doughnut at Taïm. But I found the most surprising of all in marshmallow form. (more…)


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

I have yet to do my official search for the city’s best cannoli (one day – just you wait) but I think I may have already found them. And they are not from any of the bakeries that make all the other food publication’s lists. These traditional cannoli come from a newer vendor in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market which might be the most authentic Sicilian stop in the entire neighborhood. Italians sip espresso from the counter, every pastry is served with a cold glass of water, and the cannoli are comprised of a browned fried shell and the most luxurious sheep’s milk ricotta filling you can imagine. Price: $1.75/$3.50

CAFFÉ & GELATO
2344 Arthur Avenue (between East 186th Street and Crescent Avenue),
Inside Arthur Avenue Retail Market
Belmont, Bronx
(718) 684-3102
caffeandgelato.com

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

SADLY, JOY LUCK PALACE IS NOW CLOSED.

Perhaps I fell for the cute, Instagram-friendly shape of these custard buns, but they were really my favorite thing at the dim sum meal I had at Joy Luck Palace. They are stuffed with a not-too-sweet egg custard and the pig faces themselves melt away into a texture somewhere between mochi and white bread. They’re both adorable and delicious.

JOY LUCK PALACE
98 Mott Street (between Canal and Hester Street),
Chinatown
(212) 219-2828
joyluckpalaceny.com/newyork

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

Dessert is not always on the agenda for me at Indian restaurants, but maybe I should be a bit more open-minded. I’ve tried a few pastries and Indian sweets, but nothing has knocked my socks off like the makhan malai at Indian Accent. This ball of heaven is a light airy saffron milk dessert and they top it with rose petals, almonds, and jaggery (sugarcane brittle) that provide a brilliant crunch. If I had known this was so good, I might have skipped all the savory stuff. Price: $15 (or part of prix-fixe)

INDIAN ACCENT
123 West 56th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenue),
Midtown West
(212) 842-8070
indianaccent.com/newyork

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

My least favorite time to go food shopping are the days leading up to the holidays – most notably the week of Thanksgiving. Food markets are a zoo with long lines and shops running out of inventory.

This was the first year that I was up in the Bronx along Arthur Avenue (the real Little Italy) giving a tour on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. And it was just as crowded as anywhere else.

In fact, it felt even more crowded since many of the shops are teeny tiny. Some had lines out the door starting as early as 10:30am (and probably earlier) when I arrived.

None of these businesses sold turkey (except maybe the two butchers on the street), but many Italians who live nearby were stocking up on other ingredients like cheese, salami, olives, and cookies.

And as I brought my group from one shop to another, I got a knowing smile from some of the other customers in line who recognized us from the previous stop. We ran into one guy from New Jersey at Egidio Pastry who jokingly accused us of following him. He then assured the four people I was leading around that I was bringing them to all the best spots.

Well, that’s certainly true of Egidio. Dating from 1912, it’s the oldest pastry shop in Arthur Avenue (one of the oldest in the city, in fact). The current owner is using the original recipes and oven. And she makes the absolute best pignoli cookies I have ever tasted.  (more…)


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