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

You may hear saganaki and think a showy flaming plate of cheese complete with shouts of “Opa!” There is not quite as much of a visual show at Pylos, but the version here is about as good as it gets. Three tangy Greek cheeses are cooked in a clay pot until melted and rich. Squeeze some lemon and scoop some pita. Or just eat it with a fork! Price: $12
PYLOS
128 East 7th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A),
East Village
(212) 473-0220
pylosrestaurant.com

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

The two times I’ve been to Greece, I could not get enough of the tiny little fish that were breaded and fried with a hint of salt. I haven’t found smelt on most Greek menus in the city but was excited when I uncovered them at a modest little Carroll Gardens taverna. These were briny and crunchy with a nice squeeze of lemon. The only thing missing is a glass of ouzo. Price: $12
AVLEE GREEK KITCHEN
349 Smith Street (between Carroll and 2nd Street),
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
(718) 243-2641
avleegreekkitchen.com

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

img_0681 I’m doing something I’ve never done before on this blog. And that’s because I just came back from an adventure that was unlike anything I’ve ever done before in my life. For six weeks of the summer, I was travelling around Europe meeting wonderful locals and eating amazing food. And I got paid for it!!

The real reason I was there was to make videos on some Urban Adventure tours. Stay tuned for 14 new episodes of Locals Know. But until then, to whet your appetite (and for me to re-live my incredible dream-come-true journey), I’ve decided to document the food I ate in each city.

So instead of picking just one dish of the week this week, I’m going to pick 14 – one for each city I visited.

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

KIKI'S, 130 Divison Street (at Orchard Street), Lower East Side

For years I stopped eating potato chips at home and started eating vegetable chips, convincing myself that fried slivers of carrots and beets were somehow healthier. I like to fool myself like that.

I’ve moved past that naiveté and found another healthy crunchy at-home snack: cashews. No question they are better for my heart, but come on, we all know how delicious fried crunchy slivers can be.

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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. In Locals Know, I explore a new city through the tours of Urban Adventures.

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This one has been a long time coming. I am so excited to finally unveil the first episode of a new webseries I have been working on.

It’s pretty obvious to anyone that lives in New York that you can travel around the world with just a Metrocard. There are so many immigrant enclaves in this city where the culture and food is as authentic as can be. So I thought I’d make it my mission to try to travel the world without ever leaving New York. It’s a lot cheaper than buying a plane ticket, believe me.

In each episode of Around the World in One City, I’ll visit another neighborhood, food shops, sites, and restaurants with someone who is originally from that particular country. Until I have a show that lets me travel the world, I’ll make do with the diverse resources I have available right here.

For my inaugural episode, I meet up with Nick Karagiorgos, a friend of mine who happens to be the owner of Uncle Gussy’s food truck in Midtown. His family is from Greece and he grew up in the very Greek neighborhood of Astoria. He takes me on a tour of Titan Foods, where we learn about traditional ingredients and dishes. And then we end the day with a blow-out Greek meal at Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna.

Check out the adventure below and if you happen to live in New York, you can do it yourself. I love this city!!


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

Spanakopita at PI BAKERIE

I was immediately transported back to Greece when I walked into the quaint little hidden bakery Pi in Soho. This was opened by a chef from Astoria, which is almost the equivalent of saying people got off the boat from Greece to bake these pastries. Their spanakopita (spinach pie) is exactly as I remember them from when I was in Greece – a buttery and flaky crust held together an eggy, herbal, cheesy spinach filling. Price: $8.50

PI BAKERY
512 Broome Street (between Thompson Street and West Broadway),
Soho
(212) 226-2701
pibakerie.com

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