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

GREAT NORTHERN FOOD HALL, inside Grand Central Terminal, 89 Vanderbilt Avenue (between 42nd and 45th Street), Midtown East

There have been a lot of fancy, trendy food halls that have opened in New York in the last few years. Most are just big spaces with a diverse option of over-priced gourmet local fast food. I’m mostly a fan of them and I understand this economy’s need for something like that. But Great Northern Food Hall is a little bit different.

This is one of a few ways that famous Danish chef Claus Mayer has practically taken over the culinary side of Grand Central Terminal. In addition to the new Nordic food hall, he has opened a high-end restaurant, a take-away grocer, and a hot dog stand – all within one of the world’s most famous transportation hubs.

I have to admit I was not anticipcating that the newest food hall in this town would be dedicated to Nordic food, but I’m glad to see this under-represented cuisine finally getting its due.

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

PAT LAFRIEDA MEAT PURVEYORS, Inside The Pennsy, 2 Pennsylvania Plaza (at West 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue), Midtown West

I find it very ironic that the best of the four dishes I tasted at Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors was one of their vegetarian sides. The meat sandwiches weren’t bad, but none served were as unique and surprising as a plate of polenta sticks. (more…)


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

EL COLMADO, Inside Gotham West Market, 600 Eleventh Avenue (between West 44th and 45th Street), Hell's Kitchen

I’m taking a much needed vacation this week to Portugal and Spain. Having never been to the Iberian peninsula, I’m super excited. This means a chance to try lots of tapas and to practice my Spanish (and Portuguese).

Recently, I visited the hip food court Gotham West Market before a show and I got a dish from the always-crowded tapas bar El Colmado. It was so good and I’m just hoping all my meals in Spain are as memorable.

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich at GENUINE ROADSIDE

 

In a year of fried chicken sandwiches, this little fast food joint inside a hip food market sort of flew under the radar. Well, I caught it and it’s good! The juicy breast has a crunchy, salty exterior and is complemented by unexpected toppings like apple/celeriac slaw and a sweet and spocy sambal mayo. Price: $10.56

GENUINE ROADSIDE
600 Eleventh Avenue (between West 45th and West 44th Street),
Inside Gotham West Market
Hell’s Kitchen
(212) 343-7024
eatgenuine.com

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

UMAMI BURGER, Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place, 2nd Floor, 225 Liberty Street (between West Street and North End Avenue), Battery Park

Turkey burgers have always been hit or miss. Even for the health conscious or those trying to avoid red meat, there’s no guarantee that when you order a turkey burger that you won’t find a dry hockey puck in its place.

In fact, Thanksgiving is the only time we really celebrate the turkey. So in its honor, I decided to see if I could find a worthwhile turkey burger. And I did – at Umami Burger.

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The Vendys is just one day away. Tickets are old out, but you can get a good idea of the nominees from this series of short videos I’ve produced. Here are the final four:

Ramen Burger

The ramen burger is definitely one of the most famous dishes produced in the last few years. The lines of foodies form every weekend at Smorgasburg, but now you can also get a taste at Keizo Shimamoto’s permanent locations at Berg’n and in the Financial District. His innovative mash-up has earned him a Vendy nomination for Market Vendor of the year.

Craffles

A group of friends brought together two of the most popular street foods in the world and have put it on one truck. Craffles serves both gourmet French crepes and Belgian waffles to hungry New Yorkers. They come in both sweet and savory versions so you can have a craffle anytime of the day.

Dub Pies

In Australia and New Zealand, savory meat pies are as ubiquitous from mobile food vehicles as hot dogs and pretzels are in New York City. Gareth Hughes has expanded his Brooklyn shop to this Rookie of the Year nominated truck giving us a taste of down under.

Ricas Botanas Mexicanas

Outr in Corona, Queen, Claudia Lopez has been frying up Mexican snacks for twenty years. She’s finally honored with a Vendy Award nomination for Best Dessert for her amazingly fresh churros that are fried-to-order until crispy and light.


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