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

Before this year I had been to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx a couple of times. But since we launched the Arthur Avenue food tour, it’s like I have moved in. And maybe I should because rent is much cheaper up here.

The tour was designed by a couple who are very familiar with the neighborhood, but now as research, I have to broaden my knowledge and eat at as many spots as possible. And there are a lot of them. Poor me.

Many of these sit-down restaurants have an old-world feel with a faux fine dining ambiance – white table cloths, coat racks, etc. But when you come in and look at the prices on the menu (especially at lunch), you’re shocked at the affordability. This is definitely not Manhattan.

If any restaurant has justification for hiking the prices it’s the Michelin-rated restaurant in the neighborhood. Tra Di Noi is owned by acclaimed Roman chef Marco Coletta who is newer to the area than some of the third-generation businesses, but has been hugely embraced by lovers of fine food.  (more…)


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

My good friend Scott Weiner, who runs an amazing pizza tour company, and is the hands-down expert on pizza in New York and beyond, has just launched a special pizza tour of Eataly. This is a big deal in my mind.

Eataly is a giant food hall, market, education center and everything else that relates to Italian food. Years after the original location opened in the Flatiron District and the company expanded across Europe, a second NYC Eataly opened last year in the Financial District inside the new World Trade Center. And this Eataly is focused on all things bread.

And of course that means pizza. Scott’s tour concentrates on traditional pizza ingredients like  San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. But I also imagine he will taste the two different styles available now at Eataly.

Years ago I reviewed the Neapolitan pizza at Eataly’s Rossopomodoro and now that the new Eataly has debuted a counter dedicated to Roman-style pizza alla pala (and Scott has launched a tour), it was about time to broaden my Eataly pizza horizons.

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Category: Pizza

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

Every year I discover a new burger that changes the game for my view on the burger scene in New York.

Last year, I finally got to try Joe Jr. which I still recommend as a great classic burger in the city. In 2015, it was the Fedora Burger at the tiny Bar Sardine. And the now sadly closed Frtizl’s Lunch Box rocked my world in 2013. And this year, it is no doubt Café Altro Paradiso that I will be remembering when I write a similar post in 2018.

The burger at Café Altro Paradiso is a new addition to this classy Italian restaurant from the talent behind the nearby Estela. I hadn’t been to Altro Paradiso before because they only served dinner which has become tough for me with a newborn.

But now that they have opened up the place for weekday lunchers, I finally stopped by. And while I had always wanted to try one of their well-praised pasta dishes, this new burger was getting all sorts of attention. And I was craving a burger.

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

There are seven different businesses around Arthur Avenue in the Bronx that make their own mozzarella daily. That’s an insane number of places committed to quality cheese in a small block radius.

For those that don’t realize it, Arthur Avenue is the real Little Italy of New York – with more third generation owned businesses than any other neighborhood. This is the place to come for quality Italian sausage, cheese, sandwiches, and dinners. And it’s all ridiculously cheap.

At Urban Adventures, we just launched a new Arthur Avenue Food Tour (it’s run by a couple who grew up there and have strong connections to the neighborhood). I was fortunate enough to train on the tour so I can give it when they are out of town. And it might have been my favorite training for any tour ever.

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

Bushwick is not exactly the neighborhood you’d expect to find an old Italian bakery. Up until recently this area has been mostly a Latin American community. And the new hipsters have not yet chosen cannolis and sfogliatella to gentrify. Beer, coffee, chocolate, bread, sure. But with a few exceptions, they’ve left Italian pastries alone.

But here sits Circo since 1945. And when I found myself out here recently to visit a distillery and taste some vegan Ethiopian food, I was pleasantly surprised.

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Category: Cheesecake

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.

After the beautiful island of Mallorca, I continued to stick by the water and explored the canals of Venice. If you’ve ever been to Venice, you know it is an absolutely breathtaking city but it’s also full of tourists. The streets and canals are lined with visitors and it seems like there are no locals in site. Do people actually live in Venice?

Sure enough they do and the way to get the real culture of the city is to go through the back alleys and hang out in bacari – traditional bars that serve small bites with wine. Those small bites are called cicchetti. And the Cicchetti & Wine tour with Urban Adventures is one of the best things you could do in Venice. You do get to explore the canals a bit (riding a traditional traghetto), learn about the traditions in Venice, and sample food and wine from five local bars.


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