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

New York was pretty lacking with good pho until this year when it seemed like a new Vietnamese spot opened every week. Probably the most well-received was the meaty version at this slightly upscale restaurant in the East Village. The broth is cooked for 16 hours and you can taste it in the rich beefy flavor. The rice noodles are just a supporting player to the filet, brisket, and the healing soup. Price: $14

HANOI HOUSE
119 St. Marks Place (between First Avenue and Avenue A)
East Village
(212) 995-5010
hanoihousenyc.com

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…)


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

When people ask me what’s my favorite restaurant in the city, I laugh and roll my eyes responding about how impossible that is to choose. But the truth is I probably should tell them Kyo Ya.

It’s such a humble, under-the-radar place that even I forget about it sometimes. I’ve had my birthday dinner there twice and been by for a few other special meals. For those that don’t know, it’s a Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant with both an a la carte menu and a seasonal tasting kaiseki. The delicacy and inventiveness here often backs up my statement that Japanese food is my favorite cuisine.

Two years ago, the Kyo Ya team opened a slightly less fancy restaurant a few blocks away and called it Autre Kyo Ya (which means “Other Kyo Ya” in French). And here the food is advertised as a fusion between Japanese favors and French cooking techniques. (more…)


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

Before I discovered it at Middle Eastern restaurants, I had almost no use for cauliflower. But this cuisine is perfect for the often bland white florets. Au Za’atar knows exactly what to do with them by marinating and then frying them to a perfect crisp brown. It comes topped with parsley and plenty of lemon to brighten the dish. Who knew cauliflower of all things could be so addicting? Price: $13

AU ZA’ATAR
188 Avenue A (between East 12th and East 11th Street),
East Village
(212) 254-5660
auzaatar.com

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

I generally don’t go in for gimmicks – and there are a lot of them in the food world. Granted, I’d be happy to try them but I usually see through them as gimmicks. I was planning to write off the de-constructed latte at the hip and crowded Coffee Project New York as just that, but after I sat and tasted it, I have to admit that it worked.

Although they will serve you a shot of espresso, a cold brew, or cappuccino, the general concept here are different “coffee projects.” As far as I know, since they opened two years ago, they’ve only had two projects. One is a Nitro Flight where they prepare one nitro cold brew black and one nitro cold brew with milk. I didn’t try that one.

The “project” that I tried is the one that has gotten them a lot of press and Instagram fame: the de-constructed latte.

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Welcome to a new segment on this blog. On Mondays get ready for a quick list of the best restaurants, dishes, or food trends in a certain category. There are so many great things to eat and drink in the city and think of this as your resource to find the absolute best.

If you look around the city this week, it seems that every bar wants to be German. Blue and white flags are everywhere, waitresses wear traditional garb are outside taking a smoke break, and the faint sound of an oompah band can be heard on just about any street.

It’s Oktoberfest! Perfect time to celebrate and soak up German culture. But make sure you find your way to an authentic German bar or restaurant and not get stuck at an Irish bar in disguise. Here are the seven best German bars in NYC (in no particular order): (more…)


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