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

Despite all the complaining about price, I must really like Great Northern Food Hall. I find myself here once or twice a week. Granted one of the tours I lead begins at Grand Central Station and I often need to find a quick lunch before it begins. But I drift here before most of the other food courts in the area.

Also, this is the second dish of the week I have discovered from the Danish food hall. My go-to is usually the open-faced Smørrebrød sandwiches. However, I recently discovered something much heartier from one of the other kiosks. And I can’t get enough.

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

GREAT NORTHERN FOOD HALL, inside Grand Central Terminal, 89 Vanderbilt Avenue (between 42nd and 45th Street), Midtown East

There have been a lot of fancy, trendy food halls that have opened in New York in the last few years. Most are just big spaces with a diverse option of over-priced gourmet local fast food. I’m mostly a fan of them and I understand this economy’s need for something like that. But Great Northern Food Hall is a little bit different.

This is one of a few ways that famous Danish chef Claus Mayer has practically taken over the culinary side of Grand Central Terminal. In addition to the new Nordic food hall, he has opened a high-end restaurant, a take-away grocer, and a hot dog stand – all within one of the world’s most famous transportation hubs.

I have to admit I was not anticipcating that the newest food hall in this town would be dedicated to Nordic food, but I’m glad to see this under-represented cuisine finally getting its due.

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My search for the best hot dog in New York continues….

DANISH DOGS, 89 East 42nd Street (at Park Avenue), Inside Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East

While most people probably think of hot dogs as an American dish, the truth is they were actually brought over by German immigrants. We might have adapted them better than any other country, but everybody likes to try their hands at tubed meat.

In New York, we have Asian style hot dogs, Chilean hot dogs, and now Danish dogs. You can travel the world in this city just by eating hot dogs. Crazy! (more…)


Category: Hot Dogs

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.

Beyond Broadway is New York Urban Adventures’ newest tour and it’s the perfect one to document in the first episode of what I hope to be a long-running webseries.

All over the world, Urban Adventures tours are all about getting away from the touristy areas and putting down the guide books in order to get a true, local flavor of a city. At first glance, it almost seems impossible to make that local experience a reality in the overcrowded tourist-filled neighborhood of Midtown, but we show you it’s possible.

Check out the video below that documents a bit of the tour and learn more about it here.


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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…
Smoked Trout at NORDIC PRESERVES, FISH & WILDLIFE COMPANY

This little stand in the Essex Street Market gives the nearby Russ & Daughters a run for their money. Instead of focusing on this neighborhood’s Jewish history of preserving fish, Nordic Preserves is catering to the city’s Scandinavian community. You can get all your Nordic supplies here and while you’re at it, you have to try the meaty, salty, and deeply smoky tour that they pull apart for you and sell by the pound.

NORDIC PRESERVES, FISH & WILDLIFE COMPANY
120 Essex Street (at Delancey Street),
Inside the Essex Street Market
Lower East Side
(646) 450-4544
nordicpreserves.com

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

CHURCH OF SWEDEN, 5 East 48th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenue), Midtown East

There are too many hidden gems in this city. You could spend a lifetime searching and you’ll still only uncover a handful. Church of Sweden is just that. It’s a Swedish church that’s been in the middle of Midtown Manhattan since 1978. Thousands of people walk by it every day and have no idea that inside the library of the church is a tranquil little coffee counter. And they serve some wonderful pastries and super cheap sandwiches. All you have to do is ring the bell.

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