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

THE GOOD BATCH, 936 Fulton Street, Clinton Hill, BrooklynThe Vendy Awards is my favorite day of the year. For the last eight years, I have done everything in my power to attend the festival dedicated to the best street food in the city. Not only is it a full day of eating, but it’s a day to support the Street Vendor Project and their advocacy work in fighting for better laws and rights of street vendors.

I am very invested in the day for many reasons: a) I lead food cart tours for Turnstile Tours, b) we’re sponsors of the event, c) I believe in the cause, and d) the food is undeniably delicious. And in years past, I have spent weeks documenting the nominees through a series of videos.

But this year, because I was in Europe for most of the summer, I was not able to dedicate as much time to meeting and documenting the vendors and their businesses. In fact, going into the Vendy Awards, I was only familiar with a handful of the nominees. Which meant I had to eat from every single one of the 26 nominees in less than four hours.

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My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

MIKEY LIKES IT, 199 Avenue A (between East 12th and East 13th Street), East Village

I feel pretty bad about this review. I don’t loke criticizing small businesses that are doing their best to invest in and embrace the community.

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I like Mikey Likes It. The owner was on premises and thanked me for my support. I also like the concept – the ice cream and flavors are influenced by both Southern comfort food and pop culture. There is a flavor named Foxy Brown and another composed of Pecan Pie ice cream and praline pecans. The only thing I don’t like about the place is the ice cream. (more…)


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My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

10 BELOW ICE CREAM, 10 Mott Street (between Worth Street and Pell Street), Chinatown

The face of ice cream (and food in general) is changing in this city. Sadly, dishes are now being created not because the choice of ingredients makes a delicious combination, but rather because the enormity or uniqueness of a dish makes for a great Instagram photo.

The Very Small Crowd

That’s actually why 10Below was opened. The Chinatown ice cream shop, which usually hosts an hour-long wait, is the brainchild of someone who saw the popular ice cream rolls in Thailand on Instagram and decided to introduce it to New York. Needless to say, it’s been a big hit. Because ice cream tastes better when rolled to look like a flower? No, of course not, but because the dish looks great on Instagram. (more…)


Category: Ice Cream

My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

ODDFELLOWS ICE CREAM CO., 175 Kent Avenue (between North 3rd and North 4th Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn

We are in the midst of a very experimental time in ice cream. And I, for one, couldn’t be happier. I’ve always thought ice cream was one of the most diverse dishes in existence. If you can think of a flavor, odds are you can make it into ice cream.

In my days of making ice cream, I have experimented with all sorts of wacky combinations and flavors – everything from a very successful maple bacon to a horrifying turkey and candied sage. I have recently discovered that there is a shop in Los Angeles that makes Thanksgiving-inspired ice creams (including stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy). Maybe they figured out how to make those flavors work.

So Hard to Decide

Here in New York, we have plenty of ice cream shops that shun vanilla and chocolate in favor of some exciting and innovative flavors. (more…)


Category: Ice Cream

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

Coffee Crisp Ice Cream at MORGENSTERN'S FINEST ICE CREAM

I love getting creative with ice cream, but in my mind, the most perfect ice cream flavor is coffee. Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream currently has a menu that features four different variations of this perfect flavor. My favorite was the Coffee Crisp which has a deep roasted coffee flavor with bits of buttery, crunchy candy balanced with a touch of salt. It was one of the best flavors (and textures) I’ve had in a very long time.

MORGENSTERN’S FINEST ICE CREAM
2 Rivington Street (between Bowery and Chrystie Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 209-7684
morgensternsnyc.com

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

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