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

If you read this blog, it’s no secret that I absolutely love The Vendy Awards. It’s a full day of eating such amazing diverse food on an island minutes away from Manhattan. But it’s also a celebration of the community and hard work of the vendors on the streets of New York. I’ve been attending this annual event for the last seven years and I guess it’s at that point when they ask you to host the entire thing.

I’m well-connected to the Street Vendor Project through my work with Turnstile Tours. We give food cart tours to educate the public on the hardships of street vending and we donate time and money to the advocacy work of SVP.

When they couldn’t get a celebrity emcee this year, they turned to the biggest star of all: me!

So it was pretty cool. I got to be on the mic, talk way too much, and announce the winners. I felt like Billy Crystal without the millions of people watching or the fat paycheck.

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

One of the reasons I’m not much of a brunch guy is because it always seems to be the same dishes over and over again. Sure, you can stuff some interesting ingredients inside an omlette or pancake, but generally you know what you’re going to get. It’s not usually a mind-blowing meal.

That’s part of why I loved my experience at the neighborhood favorite Gristmill one Sunday afternoon. The food was anything but typical and it was unbelievably good.

I was tempted by their wood-oven pizzas (I’ll have to save that for another visit and rate them accordingly), but am glad I stuck with two brunchier dishes.

The first dish, which I’ll get to in the next paragraph, was so good that I had to order something else. And the creatively named Loxness Knotster (a pastrami smoked salmon slider piled onto an everything garlic knot) was a very close second to that first dish. (more…)


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

When asked where I want to go for my birthday, it’s an impossible decision to make. So many places to try. But generally, I crave Japanese food and since Mifune was in the press as a hot new opening from a Michelin-starred Japanese chef, it made sense to try it out.

I have to admit it was a bit hit and miss. They are brand new so perhaps they are still getting their footing. The service, for instance, was incredibly strange. Everybody was very pleasant but nobody seemed to know anything about the specifics of the menu or how to properly serve dishes. If you’re paying this kind of money, you do want some semblance of high quality service to go with it.

Of course, if the food shines, I could overlook weird service. And I was treated to the tasting menu to get a little bit of everything. I found some of the dishes rather uninspired and flat. But others were really tasty and unique. I thought about including the tasting menu’s grand finale of foie gras rice with an inventive saboyan foam as the dish of the week. But in the end it was something else that stuck with me a week later. (more…)


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

There’s not much I’ll wait in line for. Even for the hottest new spots in the city. I’ll let the over-eager Instagram crowd wait in line and I know that once the hype dies down, I’ll be able to sneak my way into the hottest spot and see what all the fuss is about.

That’s what happened with Tim Ho Wan, the Michelin-starred dim sum chain. When they opened earlier this year, reports suggested three hour waits for dim sum. That’s crazy – who has that time?

As I suspected, if I stopped by at 4pm on a random weekday afternoon months after they had opened, I’d be able to eat without a wait. And it’s true. I was in and out in less than an hour.

So now I see what the fuss is about.  (more…)


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

I’ve used this blog as a forum to sound off on some of my pet peeves in the food industry. And I’m going to do it again right now. So get ready.

The newest thing in the fast casual world of NYC is that they have stopped accepting cash. That’s right – these places will only take credit cards. This infuriates me. It’s at these inexpensive take-out spots where I want to use my cash. When I go to a nice meal, of course the credit card comes out. But if I’m spending less than $15, I generally want to use the green I have in my wallet.

But it is slowly become worthless and this makes me so mad. And I’m going to do what I can to protest it. Call me an old man or tell me to get with the times, but I am mad as hell. And it’s not like these businesses are even doing it to help the customer or to give us more options. No. They’re doing it because it is easier and cheaper for them.

Sadly, this is not what I expect from Danny Meyer restaurants. Yet when I ordered my sandwich at Daily Provisions, his new all-day café next to the re-located Union Square Café, I was told my money was no good here.

And I have decided when I discover a place does not accept currency, I will no longer be a customer there. And in certain cases, like this one, it’s a difficult decision.

I had already ordered my sandwich so I paid (with my credit card) and sat down to try to enjoy it. And I must admit, despite all my frustrations about the payment situation, it was a great sandwich.

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

Before this year I had been to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx a couple of times. But since we launched the Arthur Avenue food tour, it’s like I have moved in. And maybe I should because rent is much cheaper up here.

The tour was designed by a couple who are very familiar with the neighborhood, but now as research, I have to broaden my knowledge and eat at as many spots as possible. And there are a lot of them. Poor me.

Many of these sit-down restaurants have an old-world feel with a faux fine dining ambiance – white table cloths, coat racks, etc. But when you come in and look at the prices on the menu (especially at lunch), you’re shocked at the affordability. This is definitely not Manhattan.

If any restaurant has justification for hiking the prices it’s the Michelin-rated restaurant in the neighborhood. Tra Di Noi is owned by acclaimed Roman chef Marco Coletta who is newer to the area than some of the third-generation businesses, but has been hugely embraced by lovers of fine food.  (more…)


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