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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

You may have seen cans of Rise Coffee in local grocery stores around New York, but they actually have a little storefront in the Lower East Side. When I say little, I mean it’s basically just a stand that is very easy to miss. But it would be a shame because they serve their nitro cold brew on tap which pours a rich creamy coffee that has less acidity and a smooth sweetness. Price: $4-$5

RISE COFFEE
85 Stanton Street (between Allen and Orchard Street),
Lower East Side
(646) 370-6962
risebrewingco.com

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

Years ago, a modest little food truck called Souvlaki GR was all the rage. It won the Vendy Award (two years in a row) and we started including them regularly on our Financial District Food Cart Tours.

I got to know both the food and the owners (there were three of them to begin with). As time went on, two of the owners (husband and wife Paul and Abby) split with the other and they went on to open their own restaurants deep in the heart of hipster Lower East Side.

We continued visiting the truck until they stopped parking in that area and now I miss their impeccable pita bread, grilled souvlaki sticks, and homemade tzatziki.

Just recently, Abby and Paul added another restaurant to their growing family (they also own Forgetmenot, Kiki’s, and Monroe). This one is called Sherman’s because the shoe store that used to be in this space bared that name. And of all their new restaurants, it’s the one that comes closest to the superb casual street food of Souvlaki GR. (more…)


Welcome to a new segment on this blog. On Mondays get ready for a quick list of the best restaurants, dishes, or food trends in a certain category. There are so many great things to eat and drink in the city and think of this as your resource to find the absolute best.

If you look around the city this week, it seems that every bar wants to be German. Blue and white flags are everywhere, waitresses wear traditional garb are outside taking a smoke break, and the faint sound of an oompah band can be heard on just about any street.

It’s Oktoberfest! Perfect time to celebrate and soak up German culture. But make sure you find your way to an authentic German bar or restaurant and not get stuck at an Irish bar in disguise. Here are the seven best German bars in NYC (in no particular order): (more…)


Category: NYC Best

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

Fish ice cream sounds pretty weird and potentially disgusting to most. I would be one of the crazy people who would actually try it. In fact, I’ve already consumed lobster ice cream up in Maine. It was indeed weird. But that’s another sotyr.

Actual fish ice cream is not what millenials are waiting hours in line to taste and snap a photo of at Taiyaki NYC. Instead they are obsessing over a riff on a Japanese street food snack that are shaped like fish. But they do not contain any seafood.

In fact, the fish part is actually just the shape of the waffle-iron cooked cone. In Japan (and in parts of New York), you can find this browned doughy treat stuffed with red beans. Here what they do is they use it to hold ice cream. (more…)


Category: Ice Cream

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

When I stopped by Dudley’s to grab a quick healthy bite, I didn’t think I’d be writing about it on my blog. In fact, I ended up getting the food to take away because it would have been a much longer process if I sat in. So I was really wanting something quick, simple, and on-the-go.

I was intrigued by the Crispy Rice Salad and when I got it in my to-go container, I almost didn’t even take a photo of it because I didn’t think it would be anything to write home (or a blog post) about. Oh, how wrong I was! (more…)


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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