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

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There are old-school pizzerias and then there are old-school pizzerias. Scarr’s harkens back to a different time than the city’s oldest pizzeria Lombardi’s when Italian immigrants were cooking tomato pies in old coal ovens.
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Scarr’s is reminiscent of a time not that long ago (I hope) when I was a child – the 1980’s and it’s crazy to use that in the same sentence as the world old.

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

BRUNO, 204 East 13th Street (between Second and Third Avenue), East Village

I love when a restaurant comes along and totally reconstructs something that we are all too familiar with. People deconstruct macaroni and cheese, s’mores, and steak tartare all the time. But I was shocked and elated to see someone try something innovative when it comes to margherita pizza.

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

00 + CO., 65 Second Avenue (between East 4th and East 3rd Street), East Village

Everybody loves pizza. So it’s in chefs’ best interests to try to make the dish accessible to everyone – especially in this day and age of allergies and dietary restrictions.

Pizza Spotlight

But I’ve tried raw and gluten-free pizza and they’re never quite the same as the real thing. Perhaps the easiest of those changes is to make the pizza vegan. After all, the original Italian pizza was just tomato and bread – no animal products at all. But it’s that tricky, much-loved cheese addition that throws things for a loop. (more…)


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

Last week, I ended up more full than I had been in a long time. The reason was I had been invited once again to the annual Choice Eats event hosted by Village Voice. A large group of hungry attendees filled up the giant Metropolitan Pavillion. It was a giant room with over 50 food and drink tables. And they were all offering up a bite or two and as many as you want. This is always dangerous.

As always, I found some great food from some of the city’s most exciting restaurants and food businesses. I bypassed the long line for Luke’s Lobster (that business has the longest line no matter where they are) and jumped from stand to stand sampling my way through the night.

There were quite a few highlights, including a very showy raclette savoyade (with a la minute melted cheese on top of roasted potatoes) from the new East Village cheese restaurant Raclette, an old classic with a twist from Veselka (they had pierogies stuffed with aromatic mushroom truffles), a delicate and deeply flavorful spanish mackerel tataki with horseradish and ponzu from Bara, Quality Eat’s thick and smoky grilled bacon with the surprising addition of peanut butter and jalapeño jelly, and hard goat milk ice cream from my favorite Victory Garden.

The most exciting discovery of the night is from a restaurant that has not yet opened yet. I was super excited to try the Detroit-style pizza from Emmy Squared. This is the newest project from the folks behind Clinton Hill’s Emily, which makes very exciting and delicious pizza. The new restaurant will be in Williamsburg and the specialty is something we don’t see very often in this city. Pizza from Detroit seems similar to Sicilian with square slices, a thick sweet bready dough, and fantastically crisp, browned cheesy edges. It’s really delicious and I can’t wait for this new restaurant to open in Williamsburg in the spring.

It’s these kind of unexpected discoveries that make navigating the crowds at Choice Eats and dealing with my overly full belly worth it. I’ve already begun digesting and making room for next year.


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

TOTONNO PIZZERIA NAPOLITANA, 1524 Neptune Avenue (between West 15th and West 16th Street), Coney Island, Brooklyn

I’ll be the first to admit that the major weakness of this blog is that the places I review only get one shot. With a few exceptions, it’s hard for me to visit a place multiple times before I make a decision about their food. The truth is there are just too many things to eat in New York City.

But in the last few months, I thought I should periodically re-visit some of the classic New York places that I’ve only visited once or twice. And update the reviews if need be. (more…)


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