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For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

Apologies to Lady Gaga, but meat sculptures were invented a long time ago. Maybe we didn’t wear them like the pop icon does, but as soon as people realized they could chop up meat and reform it into a tube, casing, or mold, we started eating them. And we’re still at it. Here are five meat shapes that tasted as good as they looked.

NUMBER 35: PIGS IN A BLANKET at BROOKLYN PIGGIES

Pigs in a Blanket at BROOKLYN PIGGIES

Just like every other childhood delight, the pig in a blanket has been reinvented by a Brooklyn-based company with good intentions. Brooklyn Piggies can be found at most of the summer food markets, like Smorgasburg, doling out little nuggets of deliciousness. These weenies are a smoky blend of beef and sausage wrapped in a buttery and tender puff pastry blanket. A dip into some spicy brown mustard, it’s a wonder we’ve suffered through mediocre microwaved cocktail nibbles for so long. Price: 3 pieces for $5

BROOKLYN PIGGIES
Available at Smorgasburg:
80 North 5th Street (at Wythe Avenue),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Winter Location: Saturdays and Sundays)
brooklynpiggies.com

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For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

I have to give credit where credit is due. While there are now many publications that release a 100 Best list each year, the one that gave me the inspiration was Time Out New York (Tony). I’ve been scouring and conquering their annual list for almost five years now. And although I didn’t officialy write about my journey this year, I still managed to eat most of their recommended dishes. Here are five that I never would have discovered without their guidance.

NUMBER 80: THE GODFATHER at GRAHAM AVENUE DELI & MEATS

Godfather Sandwich at GRAHAM AVENUE DELI & MEATS

When I first moved to New York and I could get an overstuffed sandwich at any corner deli for $5, I was impressed. Not so much 10 years later. It takes a special kind of deli sandwich to make me take notice. Graham Avenue Deli & Meats is that place. Established in 1985, this Italian butcher and deli makes killer (and I mean killer sandwiches). The Godfather is a soft seeded hoagie that has amazingly been soaked in oil and vinegar. Inside, the sandwich is stuffed with provolone cheese, mortadella, copocollo, spicy sopressata, spicy roasted peppers, and arugula. Drizzled with more oil, vinegar, basil, and parmesan, it’s a wonderful play on sweet and spicy and makes me excited about deli sandwiches once again. Price: $7.75

GRAHAM AVENUE DELI & MEATS
445 Graham Avenue (between Richardson and Frost Street),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 389-9777
grahamavedeli.com

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Hot Dog Recap

It was no surprise that my hot dog search was littered with double entendres and childish snickers. And this post will be more of the same. Try to control yourself, if you can.

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Category: Hot Dogs

I had heard good things about SkyIce, but was still hesitant when I approached the store front. I was here for a scoop of ice cream to take back out onto the hot pavement’s of Park Slope. But the whiffs of savory pad thai and the tables of customers eating salads, confused me. Is this a Thai restaurant or an ice cream shop? It’s both!

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Category: Ice Cream

For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

When I was little, my younger brother wanted to be just like me. I would dance to Michael Jackson songs and he’d also don the white glove. I’d dream up imaginary movies and he’d be the first to write the imaginary theme song. It’s natural to look up to your older sibling and try to emulate (or perhaps surpass) their accomplishments. Either that or I was just really cool!

So I get why Chris Iacono opened a very similar restaurant to his brother Mark, after training at Lucali. Both restaurants are intimate, neighborhood pizza spots with no fuss, no major frills, and just pizza.

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

 

The day will come that if you walk in to any independently owned Brooklyn restaurant, you will find a beer brewed just for them by Sixpoint. In a span of a week, I was at two of Brooklyn’s hottest restaurants for a meal and discovered that they both had a special beer that you could find nowhere else. Talk about local and exclusive. But also pretty cool.

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Category: Beer

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