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

SHELSKY'S OF BROOKLYN, 141 Court Street (between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street), Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Peter Shelsky and I are kindred spirits in the fact that we are both terrible Jews, but we love the nostalgic food of our ancestors. Bagels, lox, cream cheese, pastrami. This is what being Jewish is all about.

Peter took his love for this food one step further. He opened up Shelsky’s, an appetizing store that has sprouted a deli counter. Normally in the kosher tradition you would never find deli meat and cream cheese in the same store. That’s called traif and it’s very unkosher.

But here there’s a treasure trove of traditional (yet not kosher) Jewish specialities in his little shop which moved a few years ago from its original location on Smith Street to Court Street. You can find pickles, chopped liver, and all sorts of smoked salmon and preserved fish. And while you won’t find any bacon, you will find the next best thing: salmon bacon. (more…)


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

HORMAN'S BEST PICKLES, Sixth Avenue (between Carmine Street and West 3rd Street), West Village

Even if you’ve never stopped there, odds are if you are a New Yorker you are familiar with the pickle stand right outside the West 4th Street subway station. In many ways, it’s in the center of the Village – just steps from the iconic basketball courts, very close to the food tour magent of Bleecker Street, and outside all the tattoo parlors lining Sixth Avenue. Pickle tattoos, anyone??

The name of the stand is Horman’s Best Pickles and it’s worth stoping by for a container of pickles or even one pickle on a stick to walk with down the block. (more…)


Category: Pickles

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

PICKLE ME PETE, Bryant Park Holiday Market, between 40th and 42nd Street and between Fifth and Sixth Avenue, Midtown WestI don’t normally review food businesses outside of the five boroughs unless it’s part of my travel section. The one exception was when I started reviewing breweries, I decided 90 miles outside of the city was a fair limit since there were very few NYC breweries at that time. Since then, things have changed in the beer world. But not too much has changed in the pickle world.

Yet here I am reviewing a pickle business that is based in Long Island (technically outside the city). But with good reason. Pickle Me Pete has an annual booth at the Bryant Park Holiday Market, which is about as inside the city as you can possibly get. (more…)


Category: Pickles

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Cheung Fun at SUN HING LUNG CO.

There are an endless number of hidden food options in Chinatown. Some are literal holes in the wall. others are down a hallway, but Sun Hin Lung Co. is really a window attached to a tofu factory. From the window, you can purchase excellent rice noodle crepes that are cooked with scrambled eggs (if you like) and a variety of meats. You can have it for breakfast or as a midday snack, but whenever you eat it, make sure to try it with the three sauces (including a peanut sauce). Price: $1.50

SUN HING LUNG CO.
58 Henry Street (between Market and Catherine Street),
Chinatown
(212) 962-7032

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Spanakopita at PI BAKERIE

I was immediately transported back to Greece when I walked into the quaint little hidden bakery Pi in Soho. This was opened by a chef from Astoria, which is almost the equivalent of saying people got off the boat from Greece to bake these pastries. Their spanakopita (spinach pie) is exactly as I remember them from when I was in Greece – a buttery and flaky crust held together an eggy, herbal, cheesy spinach filling. Price: $8.50

PI BAKERY
512 Broome Street (between Thompson Street and West Broadway),
Soho
(212) 226-2701
pibakerie.com

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