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

Despite all the complaining about price, I must really like Great Northern Food Hall. I find myself here once or twice a week. Granted one of the tours I lead begins at Grand Central Station and I often need to find a quick lunch before it begins. But I drift here before most of the other food courts in the area.

Also, this is the second dish of the week I have discovered from the Danish food hall. My go-to is usually the open-faced Smørrebrød sandwiches. However, I recently discovered something much heartier from one of the other kiosks. And I can’t get enough.

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

There are times when I’m at a restaurant and I have to ask the waiter to explain a dish. Often the menu descriptions are lacking or not clear or full of hip adjectives that are more confusing than descriptive.

But at Spicy Village, it’s pretty clear what you are going to be getting when you order the Spicy Big Tray Chicken. No questions required.

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

2016 was a pretty sad year for the New York restaurant world. It seemed like every week another announcement revealed that an old standby or well-regarded food spot was closing – victims of astronomical rents or high labor costs or just plain bored chefs.

Carnegie Deli, Soto, Montmarte, Betony, Fritzl’s Lunch Box, and Pork Slope were just some of the great dining establishments we lost. But the saddest for me by far was Victory Garden.

I didn’t write enough about this goat milk ice cream business in the West Village. I think that’s probably because I was so busy enjoying it and always forgot to sit down and reflect. It was definitely the place I visited the most – after dinner, after work, on the way home. Whenever I could. The soft serve was simply divine and the flavors were healthy and surprising.

But unlike most of those other businesses, we haven’t completely lost Victory Garden. Thank the good Lord!! They will still be packaging their ice cream in pints at local grocery stores, summertime will bring an ice cream wagon, and their incredible soft serve is available (albeit in one flavor only) at a cool little stand at Chelsea Market.

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

While some people are ringing in the New Year’s at a house party or (God forbid) huddled with millions of people in the middle of Times Square, I like to go hopping around to some of the hottest cocktail bars in the city that I have yet to visit.

You might be surprised at how many bars offer their regular menu without an overpriced prix-fixe or cover charge, Those are the ones I like to visit – where it’s business as usual.

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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 fitting for my last Dish of the Year for 2016 to be a surprising and bold dish. All the food at Fish Cheeks is full-on. The new and ultra-trendy Thai restaurant is much more than it seems. The food is from a young Thai chef who is focusing on seafood dishes from around Thailand.

A specials board also lists a promise: “No Pad Thai Zone.” This means you can be assured that the food is authentic and quite spicy. (more…)


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

 

I have already sang the praises of Two Little Red Hens’ excellent New York-style cheesecake on this blog. But the bakery is most known (and racks up huge lines) for their cupcakes. Many people claim that these are the best in the city. Magnolia who?

I mentioned the cupcakes in my cheesecake review, but never gave them the credit they deserve. Well, I was on the Upper East Side recently and noticed that they had a special holiday flavor. I’m always a sucker for those and it was actually the best cupcake I’ve ever tasted from the shop. And it’s only available during the most wonderful time of the year. (more…)


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