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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.

 


Category: Travel, Video

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

I wouldn’t necessarily think that a pizza review is the place to address the discussion of no tipping in New York City restaurants. But Marta is no ordinary pizza place. It’s one of Danny Meyer’s casual fine dining restaurants (I know that sounds oxymoronic but that’s where we are) and that means the servers are no longer accepting tips. The gratuity is included in the price.

The main reason for this is that it’s much less confusing for the diner to have to figure out the math of 20%. And more importantly, it helps even the paying field and pay the kitchen staff a better liveable wage.

I’m not going to get too far into this, but only speak on my first experience dining at a no-tip establishment. And one from the hospitality king Danny Meyer no less.

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Category: Pizza

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

Totonno’s should have been on a previous 100 best list, but it wasn’t until this year that I fully understood its greatness. I was unimpressed on my first visit many years ago, but goes to show variables can make me wrong. The pizza here is great and a true New York classic – thin chewy charred crust and a sweet tomato sauce tamed by a rich buttery tang from the globs of cheese. Price: $16.50/$19.50

TOTONNO PIZZERIA NAPOLITANA
1524 Neptune Avenue (between West 16th and West 15th Street),
Coney Island, Brooklyn
(718) 372-8606
totonnosconeyisland.com

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

I had some issues with the service at Danny Meyer’s Roman pizza palace, but I can’t ignore the fact that the food is pretty great. Especially the mushroom loaded pie. The perfectly charred thin crust provides a perfect showcase for the simplicity and complexity of hen of the woods and chanterrelle mushrooms. It’s dotted with both sharp fontina and buttery mozzarella. And then thyme and red onions bring out the woodsy and earthy notes. Price: $16
MARTA
29 East 29th Street (between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South),
In the Redbury Hotel
(212) 651-3800
martamanhattan.com

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

PROVA PIZZABAR, Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street (between Park Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue), Midtown East
Not sure why but I expected more from Prova. I really had no good reason to since the new pizza stand is in the bottom of Grand Central Terminal (not always the best place for serious food), comes from Donnatella Arpaia (not my favorite person when it comes to pizza), and featured an array of slices for well above $4.
Menu at Prova PizzabarYet I still had rather high hopes. Those all came crashing down one after the other once I visited the stand and ordered a slice of pizza.

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Category: Pizza

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