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

LALI RESTAURANT, 630 Tenth Avenue (between West 45th and West 46th Street), Hell's Kitchen

I have been wanting to come out to try Lali Restaurant for quite a while now. But the little Dominican counter is located pretty far west in Hell’s Kitchen and is only open for lunch. The odds of me being in this neighborhood at this time have been against me since I first heard about them over a year ago.

But fate finally struck. I had a special private tour that started at a Hell’s Kitchen hotel in the mid-afternoon. So I knew exactly where I was going to get lunch.

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

IVAN RAMEN SLURP SHOP, Inside Gotham West Market, 600 Eleventh Avenue (between West 44th and West 45th Street), Hell's Kitchen

We know Jewish people love to eat Asian food, but did you know Asian chefs love to incorporate one specific Jewish food into their dishes? I’m talking about everybody’s favorite smoked meat: pastrami.

At least in New York, chefs from funky hip Asian restaurants seem to use pastrami as a meat substitute any place they can. And it usually works wonders. I’ve had excellent pastrami egg rolls at Red Farm, super spicy kung pao pastrami at Mission Chinese, and now I’ve finally discovered Ivan Ramen’s pastrami buns.

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

AFGHAN KEBAB HOUSE, 764 Ninth Avenue (between West 51st and West 52nd Street), Hell's Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen doesn’t get the credit it deserves in the food world. While it might not be as authentic and vibrant as Queens, it is chockful of diverse international restaurants. It’s the perfect place to wander before or after an evening at the theater and most people would be shocked that they can try Thai, Ethiopian, French, South African, Balkan, and Afghan food all within a few block radius.

I suppose the problem is most New Yorkers who don’t live nearby are rarely in this westerly neighborhood. The reason I was here was because I had tickets to the theater and I was searching for a local haunt for dinner before the show.

In the past, I had frequented Ariana Afghan Kebab but I had never eaten at the competition across the street. Until now.

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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.

Beyond Broadway is New York Urban Adventures’ newest tour and it’s the perfect one to document in the first episode of what I hope to be a long-running webseries.

All over the world, Urban Adventures tours are all about getting away from the touristy areas and putting down the guide books in order to get a true, local flavor of a city. At first glance, it almost seems impossible to make that local experience a reality in the overcrowded tourist-filled neighborhood of Midtown, but we show you it’s possible.

Check out the video below that documents a bit of the tour and learn more about it here.


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

GAZALA PLACE, 709 Ninth Avenue (between 48th and 49th Street), Hell's Kitchen Gazala Place in Hell’s Kitchen (and its bigger, newer location on the Upper West Side) is the only place in New York to get Druze cuisine. The Druze are a religious people that live throughout the Middle East and have a fairly distinct cuisine. The most notable difference is their very large and thin pita breads cooked on a griddle called a sagg.

Appetizer Platter at GAZALA PLACE

I’ve enjoyed many delicious meals at Gazala Place and am especially fond of all their breads and savory pies. On a recent meal, I paid special attention to their falafel, which was served as part of their appetizer sampler platter alongside hummus and labneh.

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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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