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

2016 was a tough year. From a whirlwind political circus to the loss of many beloved celebrities to worldwide tragedies, the news was full of sad things. But there was still joy out there and as usual, I found a lot of that joy through food. And here in New York, these are the 10 dishes that gave me the most joy….

NUMBER 10: HOT DOG at FELTMAN’S OF CONEY ISLAND

A Coney Island historian named Michael Quinn bought the Feltman’s brand this year. For those that don’t know, Charles Feltman was the originally creator of the hot dog in 1867 and was the employer of the more famous Nathan’s. Pepper and garlic flavors explode with each snap of the lamb casing. The warm grilled sauerkraut and homemade apple cider vinegar mustard plus the addition of no nitrates or chemicals help put this in the running for best hot dog in the city. Price: $4

FELTMAN’S OF CONEY ISLAND
80 St. Marks Place (between First and Second Avenue),
Inside William Barnacle Tavern,
East Village
https://www.facebook.com/Feltmans-of-Coney-Island

NUMBER 9: PUEBLA DRINK WITH NO NAME at MAYAHUEL

It’s no secret that I love Mayahuel. It’s become one of my favorite bars, visiting it often on the Craft Cocktail tour but also bringing friends who are in town by for a drink. I was looking for a smooth, chocolatey drink to pair with their excellent churros and one of the servers suggested this classic. It has no name (well, sort of) but lots of intense flavors – spicy and smoky mezcal infused with chile de arbol, a moscatel sherry infused with ancho cili, some aged rum, cacao, and mole bitters. It’s modeled after a Oaxacan mole sauce, but it’s also the perfect final sipper to a night out. Price: $15

MAYAHUEL
304 East 6th Street (between First and Second Avenue),
East Village
(212) 253-58888
mayahuelny.com

NUMBER 8: KUBANEH BREAD at TIMNA

It’s hard for me to justify paying for a basket of bread. But this is not just any basket of bread. It’s called kubaneh and is a traditional Yemenite breakfast bread with a yeasty, steamy center. It arrives in a flowerpot with accompaniments of jalapeño salsa, crushed tomatoes, and a dollop of yogurt. Each piece rips apart easily and releases aroma and steam that adds to the experience. This slightly sweet, soft and tender bread disappeared too quickly. It had the sweetness of a brioche, the softness of a popover, and the brownness of a pretzel. Imagine that lovechild. Price: $12

TIMNA
109 St. Marks Place (between First Avenue and Avenue A),
East Village
(646) 964-5181
timna.nyc

NUMBER 7: CLASSIC BURGER at SALVATION BURGER

After Salvation Burger finally re-opened following a debilitating fire, I finally made it up to check out April Bloomfield’s hip, swanky burger palace. I was hesitant to spend so much money for a burger and even more doubtful that it would be worth it. It well-exceeded my highest expectations. The classic burger is modelled after thin-patty fast food burgers but it’s full of meaty char and topped with a secret cheesy sauce, sweet caramlized onions, and bold tangy pickles. If McDonald’s burgers tasted this good, I would have a serious problem. Price: $17

SALVATION BURGER
230 East 51st Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue),
Inside the Pod 51 Hotel
Midtown East
(646) 277-2900
salvationburger.com

NUMBER 6: PANDI-ICE CREAM at HOUSE OF INASAL

We’ve all probably had an ice cream sandwich, but not necessarily one quite like this. The popular Filipino street food is composed of sweet eggy pandesal bread that is toasted and liberally painted with thick halaya, which is ube (purple sweet potato) jam. Then it’s topped with a scoop of the same deep purple-colored ice cream. And finally, it’s garnished with some pinipig (crunchy rice) and young coconut. It’s sweet, warm, cold, crunchy, and absolutely luxurious.  Price: $5.50

HOUSE OF INASAL
65-14 Roosevelt Avenue (between 67th Street and 65th Place),
Woodside, Queens
(718) 429-0709
houseofinasal.com

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

Don’t ignore the food menu at Mayahuel. While their expert tequila and mezcal cocktails may be distracting, their Mexican small plates are phenomenal. Every evening here must end with the crunchy, creamy, and cinnamony churros dipped into a decadent bowl of rich, dark chocolate. Price: $10
MAYAHUEL
304 East 6th Street (between First and Second Avenue),
East Village
(212) 253-58888
mayahuelny.com

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.

Last year, I helped design a tour for Urban Adventures that has been a huge success (if I do say so myself). It involves cocktails, so how could it be bad?

I lead the tour pretty regularly but we have about three other guides that also do a great job with it. So on the latest episode of Locals Know, I experience the New York Craft Cocktail tour from a brand new perspective thanks to Josh. Watch the video below to get a sense of the tour and watch us discover hidden bars, new speakeasies, and drink a whole lots of well-crafted cocktails.


Category: Travel, Video

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

MAYAHUEL, 304 East 6th Street (between First and Second Avenue), East Village

Tonight’s the night that everybody goes out drinking. Or stays in drinking. But the point is, everybody is drinking. Some call New Year’s Eve “Amateur Night.” I think it’s a good excuse to gain a greater appreciate for some of the best cocktail bars in town.

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Tequila is one of those spirits I’ve been trying to get into lately. Besides margaritas, when I think of tequila, I think of one too many body shots at a college party.

But I enjoy tasting my liquor rather than trying to get it down as fast as possible. So the idea of a tequila bar is intriguing, as it focuses on actual cocktails and expensive aged tequilas. Mayahuel is owned by the masterminds behind the successful cocktail bar Death & Company, and refers to the goddess of the maguey (agave) plant in Mexican folklore.

This was our final stop on New Year’s Eve (we were presented with complimentary champagne at midnight – champagne at a tequila bar?) and the second drink on my list for the evening.

The Pilot Punch is rated number ten on the entire list and is made up of the interesting combination of tequila blanco, jalapeño infused tequila, yellow chartreuse, cucumber, mint, and lime. It’s a refreshing, cooling cocktail with slightly sweet and spicy flavors.

Actually it didn’t have quite as much heat (and therefore not as much balance) as I had hoped but it did have aa herbaceous sweetness and was pleasant enough to drink.

Mayahuel is a fun, romantic bar and Mexican restaurant with a massive cocktail list (all showcasing tequila or mezcal). I could work my way through them one by one and really gain a new appreciation for tequila. I’d also gain a new appreciation for the bathroom floor, I’m afraid.

Would Mayahuel’s Pilot Punch make my Top 100 of the year? I give it a 6 out of 10since it was a fairly tasty cocktail, but didn’t pack quite the punch I was hoping it would. I found it not much more than a very creative margarita.


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