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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

Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

The greatest day in mobile food vending is back. On September 12, the Vendy Awards will take place on Governor’s Island honoring the greatest in New York’s food vending community. Tickets are still available for purchase here. For the next few weeks, I’ll be documenting all of the nominees in three categories.

Rookie of the Year: Lil Zeus Lunch Box

Greek street vendors used to be the norm in Midtown, but today there are only a handful left. Newcomers Lil Zeus Lunch Box are bringing the classic gyros and souvlakis back to the streets and the long lunch lines every day prove that people have been missing it.

Lil Zeus Lunch Box

Dessert of the Year: Booqoo Beignets

With Booqoo Beignets, Matt Pace is showcasing a special treat he grew up with in his hometown of New Orleans. Beignets, of course, are the greatest type of doughnuts – light, fluffy, and fresh. He pairs them with some creative sauces, like Chicory Coffee and Creole Vanilla that link back to his home cuisine.

Booqoo Beignets

Market Vendor of the Year: Home Frite

Another classic fried food to dip in sauces are french fried potatoes. Popular Smorgasburg vendor Home Frite hand cuts their spuds and fries them to order. Tossed with an array of seasoning options (salt and vinegar, truffle oil, etc) and served with gourmet dipping sauces (lemon garlic aioli, chipotle ranch, etc), they are an addicting snack that disappears a little too quickly.

Home Frite


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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

Today most New Yorkers think of street meat as being Halal, but if you lived in NYC in the 70’s and 80’s, or you happen to frequent the east side of Midtown, you know it’s all about the Greek. Uncle Gussy’s is a big blue truck that draws long lines in the same spot the current owner’s uncle did 40 years ago. And when you sample their meat platters, you understand why.

Uncle Gussy’s


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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures.

One of my go-to restaurants on the Upper West Side has always been the Greek restaurant Kefi. It’s since moved from its original location (to a larger one nearby) and in its place the same Chef Michael Psilakis has opened up a seafood restaurant (with some Greek influences) called Fish Tag. Add one more UWS go-to spot to the list!

Fish Tag


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Loukaniko at PANCOAN SOCIETY HIPPOCRATESYou know a restaurant in Astoria is legit when English is barely spoken and Greek men are playing cards in the kitchen. This off-the-radar taverna served me and my Greek friend some spectacular pork sausage kissed with orange and fennel. It made me really miss Greece, but now I realize I can just hop on the N train. It’s a lot cheaper.

PANCOAN SOCIETY HIPPOCRATES
41-19 23rd Avenue (at 42nd Street),
Astoria,
Queens
(718) 728-3325

Smoked Octopus at FISHTAG

Greeks know how to cook octopus and Chef Michael Psilakis at Fishtag is no expception. His tender and richly-flavored smoked octopus dish is a stand-out right alongside fingerling potatoes, heatrs of palm, snow pea leaves, and a bright, sweet date and olive puree. Price: $14

FISHTAG
222 West 79th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue),
Upper West Side
(212) 362-7470
fishtagrestaurant

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