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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

What’s more addicting than popcorn? Thai tofu popcorn which I didn’t even know was a thing until I came to this pretty authentic joint steps away from Queens’ most famous Thai restaurant. At this more unassuming spot, the Thai community seems to hang out, drink, watch sports, and eat great food. I couldn’t stop eating the breaded and fried puffy nubs of tofu. It didn’t help that they were slicked with a sweet tamarind butter sauce and crunchy peanuts.  Price: $7.95

THAILAND’S CENTER POINT
63-19 39th Avenue (between 63rd and 64th Street),
Woodside, Queens
(718) 651-6888
thailandscenterpointny.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

The Thai food scene in Queens continues to heat up and it’s been hard for me to keep up with it since I moved out of the borough. Thankfully, the 7 train will get me there. That’s how I got to try these beautiful little appetizers at Kitchen 79. I usually skip over curry puffs because they tend to be greasy and one note. Not here. They’re also livened up by a side of sweet vinegary cucumber salad.  Price: $5.95

KITCHEN 79
37-70 79th Street (between Roosevelt Avenue and 37th Avenue),
Jackson Heights, Queens
(718) 803-6227
kitchen79nyc.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

It takes a lot for me to take notice of deviled eggs. They’re pretty ubiquitous and usually feature the same mustards or spicy flavors. The version at Fifty, an undersung gem nestled in the West Village, celebrates trout. Each perky egg cup holds a creamy smoky filling and then is topped with both trout roe and a fried piece of trout skin. It’s a great way to begin a memorable meal. Price: $3 each

FIFTY
50 Commerce Street (between Barrow and Bedford Street),
West Village
(212) 524-4104
fiftyrestaurantnyc.com

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

Years ago, a modest little food truck called Souvlaki GR was all the rage. It won the Vendy Award (two years in a row) and we started including them regularly on our Financial District Food Cart Tours.

I got to know both the food and the owners (there were three of them to begin with). As time went on, two of the owners (husband and wife Paul and Abby) split with the other and they went on to open their own restaurants deep in the heart of hipster Lower East Side.

We continued visiting the truck until they stopped parking in that area and now I miss their impeccable pita bread, grilled souvlaki sticks, and homemade tzatziki.

Just recently, Abby and Paul added another restaurant to their growing family (they also own Forgetmenot, Kiki’s, and Monroe). This one is called Sherman’s because the shoe store that used to be in this space bared that name. And of all their new restaurants, it’s the one that comes closest to the superb casual street food of Souvlaki GR. (more…)


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…)


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