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My search for the best beer in New York continues….
As much as I complain about the price, the cleanliness, the service, and the corporateness of Whole Foods (which might now be getting more corporate with the recent announcement that they have ben purchased by Amazon), I find myself there way too often. One good thing I will say about Whole Foods is they have a pretty good beer selection with a growing local focus.

For instance, a number of local breweries have done special exclusive beers just for the grocery store, Three Brewing in Gowanus is one such brewery and it was on the shelf at the Tribeca location where I picked up a solo can of the Categorical Error.

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Category: Beer

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

Things have slowed down recently on this blog. I’ve been pretty consistent with my Dish of the Week every Thursday, but have not managed to write many other reviews. A few reasons for that:

I’ve been immersed in some other projects (including a video series that will be debuting soon) and I had a baby so my life has changed dramatically. It’s amazing how much more difficult it is to get things done like writing blog posts.

But through all of that, one thing has been easy. I’ve been able to drink more beer (is that the reason for this potbelly or is it the fatherhood thing?) So really, no good excuse for not posting more beer reviews.

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Category: Beer

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

It Came From Gowanus at AMPLE HILLS CREAMERYI really don’t have a good excuse as to why I’ve never officially reviewed one of the city’s best ice cream makers, Ample Hills. But I can’t ignore their great concoctions. This year, I was blown away by their toxic sludge inspired chocolate ice cream. For those that don’t know, the nearby Gowanus Canal has been one of the most polluted waterways in history. The dark chocolate base is mixed with white chocolate pearls, orange-spike chocolate brownie pieces, a crack cookie mix-in with hazelnuts, and who knows what else. It might look terrifying, but it’s all delicious.

AMPLE HILLS CREAMERY
305 Nevins Street (at Union Street),
Gowanus, Brooklyn
(347) 725-4061
amplehills.com

Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Brewery Tour explores the growing craft brewery scene in the city and visits all the unlikely spots that are brewing fresh, delicious beer.

There are lots of breweries to visit now in the city, but perhaps the most diverse is Threes Brewing out in Gowanus. It is a huge multi-use space where they often have live music, brew fantastic farmhouse beers, and have a rotating food pop-up. On this video, the food on offer was from smoked meat mavens Mile End. Currently, it’s Hill Country. Find out who it is before you go by clicking here.

Threes Brewing


Category: Beer, Video

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

THREES BREWING, 333 Douglass Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenue), Gowanus, Brooklyn Of all the breweries that have opened in New York over the last few years, none are quite like Threes. It’s smack in the heart of burgeoning Gowanus and seems to be perpetually packed with people.

Jamming at a Brewery

One of the tour companies I work for (Urban Oyster) had an annual team-building event and Threes was one of our stops. It made total sense since many of our tours involve beer and local breweries. It was a Sunday night and I was shocked to see Threes jammed with people. On a Sunday night. Good thing we had a reserved table in their party room.

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For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

It’s ironic that Japanese cuisine is my favorite because when I was younger, I tasted some dark roasty soup at the Japanese pavillion at Epcot that made me want to gag. My dining choices have gotten much better since my young days at Epcot. And today I just love the delicate freshness and full flavor of everything from ramen to sushi to grilled yellowtail collar.  Here are the five Japanese dishes this year that Epcot wishes it had on one of its menus.

NUMBER 15: HIRAME AND CUCUMBER at NETA

Hirame and Cucumber at NETA

Neta was full of surprises – all delicious. One of the first surprises we experienced at this trendy Japanese restaurant was the hirame (flounder) wrapped up with little bites of green, herbal freshness. The filling consisted of lime, cucumbers, and jalapeños, with a spicy cilantro sauce. It’s not your usual Japanese combination (it almost had a Mexican flair), but the bright, citrusy lightness paired with the luxuriousness of the plump fish flesh worked wonders. And throughout our dinner at Neta, the surprises kept coming, Price: $15

NETA
61 West 8th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue),
Greenwich Village
(212) 505-2610
netanyc.com

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