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

I’ve had all sorts of fake meat over the years. Broccoli hot dogs. Veggie burgers made from just about anything you can imagine (except meat. of course). And most recently I tried a yuba philly cheesesteak that blew my mind.

But through it all, I’ve never tasted anything that pretended to be fish. Unless you count those imitation crab sticks. So I was intrigued and a bit skeptical when I discovered that Orchard Grocer, the new trendy vegan bodega was serving lox made out of carrots.

It’s pretty ballsy to hawk a bagel with vegan cream cheese and carrot lox in the Lower East Side. Despite the changing demographics of the neighborhood, the breakfast sandwich is still associated with the historic Jewish immigrants that once lived here.

But I tell you, the masterminds behind this vegan deli would have made bubbe and zayde proud.

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

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Sometimes all you want is just a simple, greasy. cheesy slice of pizza. Just like the old days. Scarr’s not only provides a nostalgic 70’s atmosphere, but it has great pizza. The regular slice is slicked with grease and a sauce that only slightly resembles fresh tomatoes. It glistens and soaks the paper plate it’s served on. It’s dirty and quick but mighty tasty. Price: $3
SCARR’S PIZZA
22 Orchard Street (between Hester and Canal Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 334-3481
scarrspizza.com

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

After spending two weeks in Peru, I feel pretty justified in reviewing rotisserie chicken. So it’s safe to say the specimens at the new Baby Brasa counter in the Lower East Side is superb. The chicken is incredibly moist and bursting with flavor. Don’t miss the sidesand sauce too, especially the sweet potato fries and rocoto salsa. Price: $7/$13
SIMON SIPS
1185 Avenue of the Americas (between West 46th and 47th Street),
Midtown West
(212) 354-2100
simonsips.com

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

I love bubble tea as much as the next guy but I don’t really indulge very often because it can tend to be ovely sweet and too milky for my tastes. That’s until I discovered Boba Guys, the California import that are making their own tapioca balls and allowing you to customize everything from sweetness level to types of milk. Price Varies.
BOBA GUYS
23 Clinton Street (between Stanton and East Houston Street),
Lower East Side
bobaguys.com

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

GALERIA, 43 Clinton Street (between Stanton and Rivington Street), Lower East Side

If you like your trendy rice bowl so much, you can even take it home with you. Because in addition to the food, the bowls are also for sale at Galeria. This light breezy Brazilian café moonlights as an art gallery and a showroom. It’s very funky and artsy with an interesting menu.

Just as IKEA serves Swedish meatballs for obvious reasons, Galeria concentrates on Brazilian food. I’ve been intrigued by their tapioca sandwiches and wowed by their brigadeiro chocolate truffles. But what’s really made an impression on me here is their acaí bowl. (more…)


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

MELANI PIZZA, 170 Rivington Street (between Clinton and Ridge Street), Lower East Side
At some point I realized there was no way I’d be able to visit every single pizzeria in the city – although others have tried. So I’ve been more selective with my pizza reviews focusing on places that could actual fit the bill for the best pizza in the city.
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Places like Melani probably won’t win any awards so they have fallen off my radar. Except I needed something to eat quickly one day in the Lower East Side and I noticed Melani’s clean, well-designed M logo and before I knew it, I had a slice of their pizza in my face.

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