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Come back on Wednesdays for more funny, informative videos documenting my inept food adventures. In Around the World in One City, I travel around the world and taste authentic dishes without ever leaving New York.

I have been sitting on this video for a while. A few things have gotten in the way and stalled me. First off, I am entrenched in another exciting project that took me to Europe this summer. The videos from that will be live soon. I’m excited to share them with you.

Secondly, one of the restaurants featured in this video closed due to rising rents in Greenwich Village. When I first learned the news, I wasn’t sure if I should re-film or edit it out or what. So I sat on it.

But when the political climate reached sweltering this past week with unconstitutional immigrant reform, I realized just how important these videos are. Especially since Iran was named as part of the Executive Order.

You’ll also note that in the video I decide to not discuss politics. That was well before this current situation. If filmed today, I would have taken a bigger stand about the importance of this culture and its gracious people here in the United States.

But I still do want to focus on the food because as Saeed Pourkay says in the video, it can “do nation building.” So enjoy this video about a sadly underepresented cuisine and a now opressed culture. If you have never tasted Persian food, you really don’t know what you’re missing and it’s more important now then ever before.

On this episode, I first meet Saeed Pourkay who has followed his passion and is running a successful steam table in the corner of a generic pizzeria in the Flatiron District. The food is homemade and you can taste it in every bite. Then I head downtown to meet Shiva Stein, a British-born woman of Iranian decent who resides with her family in Brooklyn. We have a lovely meal at the sadly closed Cafe Nadery, modeled after an all-day artist hangout in Tehran. Transport yourself to Iran and get to know the people and its food as I go Around the World in One City.

For those that would like to get a taste for themselves, my friends have organized a food crawl that visits the businesses owned by people from the countries affected from the ban. Donate to help and eat for a good cause by clicking here.


Category: Video

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

I wouldn’t necessarily think that a pizza review is the place to address the discussion of no tipping in New York City restaurants. But Marta is no ordinary pizza place. It’s one of Danny Meyer’s casual fine dining restaurants (I know that sounds oxymoronic but that’s where we are) and that means the servers are no longer accepting tips. The gratuity is included in the price.

The main reason for this is that it’s much less confusing for the diner to have to figure out the math of 20%. And more importantly, it helps even the paying field and pay the kitchen staff a better liveable wage.

I’m not going to get too far into this, but only speak on my first experience dining at a no-tip establishment. And one from the hospitality king Danny Meyer no less.

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Category: Pizza

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

I had some issues with the service at Danny Meyer’s Roman pizza palace, but I can’t ignore the fact that the food is pretty great. Especially the mushroom loaded pie. The perfectly charred thin crust provides a perfect showcase for the simplicity and complexity of hen of the woods and chanterrelle mushrooms. It’s dotted with both sharp fontina and buttery mozzarella. And then thyme and red onions bring out the woodsy and earthy notes. Price: $16
MARTA
29 East 29th Street (between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South),
In the Redbury Hotel
(212) 651-3800
martamanhattan.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

Did you ever crave something cold and sweet but feel guilty about your frozen yogurt addiction? Pressed Juicery figured it out for us. The California chain arrived in New York this year and are taking their cold pressed juices and turning them into a slushy health bomb you can eat with a spoon. Flavors are unique like Greens (apple, celery, cucumber, kale, lemon) and Roots (beets, carrots, apples, lemon). Who knew soft serve could be so good for you? Price: $4.95-$6.50
PRESSED JUICERY
2857 Broadway (between West 110th and West 111th Street),
Upper West Side

(212) 222-2279
100 Maiden Lane (between Pearl and William Street),
Financial District
(646) 998-4981
337 Park Avenue South (at East 25th Street),
Flatiron District
(646) 833-7150
pressedjuicery.com

 


BIRRERIA, 200 Fifth Avenue (between 23rd and 24th Street), 14th Floor

It’s been a while since I’ve visited Manhattan’s most centrally located brewery. It’s also a beer destination that many never think about. That’s because Birreria is hidden on the rooftop of the very popular Italian mega-grocer Eataly. But up here, a handful of brewers make some really unique cask-conditioned ales to pair with the restaurant’s seasonal menu.

Most of their beers feature surprising herbs, fruits, or vegetables in the brew and it makes for a refreshing and culinary-focused experience.

At any given time, they only have three housemade beers on tap. Two are usually seasonal and the other is one of their “flagship” beers. One that has been floating around for a while, but I never got a taste of is the Gina. (more…)


Category: Beer

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

I have such fond memories of eating some wonderful dishes in 2015. But these five were so surprising and hugely delicious, that they stand above all the rest. While I still can taste their flavors in my mind’s palate, I can’t wait to truly try them again.

NUMBER 5: KASHK BADEMJAN at TASTE OF PERSIA

Kashk Bedemjan at A TASTE OF PERSIA

In the coming weeks, I will be releasing a video all about Persian food in the city and it will feature Saeed Pourkay talking about his incredible dishes. My favorite at his hidden counter inside a non-descript pizzeria is the kasha bademjan. For those unfamiliar with Persian food (or Farsi), this is a delicate, richly flavor eggplant dish. The browned eggplant is sweet and nutty; its flavors enhanced by lots of garlic, onions, and an amazing thing called kashk (drained sour yogurt whey).

TASTE OF PERSIA
12 West 18th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue),
Flatiron District
(917) 592-3467
facebook.com/TasteOfPersiaNYC

NUMBER 4: FEDORA BURGER at BAR SARDINE

Fedora Burger at BAR SARDINE

I had some really great burgers this year, but the one that I crown as the best was the modest little creation available at Bar Sardine in the West Village. I even send tourists to this local spot to get a taste of the flattened potato roll filled with an excellent chuck and brisket patty. It’s topped with smoked cheddar, frizzled potato strings, and a sweet/smoky barbecue mayo. Crisp, crunchy textures shine alongside the complex juicy flavors. And it’s rightfully named king of the burgers. Price: $13

BAR SARDINE
183 West 10th Street (between Seventh Avenue South and West 4th Street),
West Village
(646) 360-3705
barsardinenyc.com

NUMBER 3: CANELÉ at BOSIE TEA PARLOR

Canelé at BOISE TEA PARLOR

Food tour groups go up and down Bleecker to the usual spots, like Murray’s Cheese and Amy’s Bread. But they never wander down Morton Street to try the best French pastry in the neighborhood. Unassuming Bosie Tea Parlor offers a full-on tea service and pastries to go. However you get it, make sure to try the canelé – with a dark caramelized crust that breaks open to reveal a soft, eggy vanilla-scented cake. Price: $3

BOSIE TEA PARLOR
10 Morton Street (between Bleecker Street and Seventh Avenue South),
West Village
(212) 352-9900
bosienyc.com

NUMBER 2: POP’S PASTRAMI at HARRY & IDA’S MEAT AND SUPPLY CO.

Pop's Pastrami at HARRY & IDA'S MEAT AND SUPPLY CO.

It’s rare that a chef re-invents and reinvigorates the classic pastrami sandwich. But Will Horowitz has gone above and beyond at his new butcher and sandwich shop. The place specializes in smoked sandwiches and nothing is better than the pastrami. It’s as tender as anything from Katz’s with layers of smoke, pepper, and meaty goodness in each bite. The brilliant combination of pickled cucumbers, tangy mustard, and fresh dill separates the sandwich from the usual Jewish deli construction. Price: $17.50

HARRY & IDA’S MEAT AND SUPPLY CO.
189 Avenue A (between East 11th and East 12th Street),
East Village
(646) 864-0967
meatandsupplyco.com

NUMBER 1: HONEY BUTTER CHIPS at OIJI

Honey Butter Chips at OIJI

The most exciting meal I had all year (at Oiji) was capped off by a plate of potato chips!?! These incredible, unique bites are listed as a side but are served as a dessert. The freshly fried potato slices are glazed with, yes, butter and honey. There’s also a surprising dusting of cayenne pepper to give the dusg a slightly, smoky, savory note. No question, though, they are an indulgent sweet, rich capper to an exquisit meal. And I literally could not stop popping them in my mouth. They are something I will think about long after 2015 has come to an end. Price: $6

OIJI
119 First Avenue (between East 7th and East 8th Street),
East Village
(646) 767-9050
oijinyc.com

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