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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…)


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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

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

PICKLES OLIVES ETC, 1240 Lexington Avenue (between East 83rd and East 84th Street), Upper East Side

I was about to begin putting together my list of places to get pickles here in New York when I walked by a sign on the Upper East Side. It was like a beacon. The sign read: pickles, olives, etc.

Pickles Olives and Barrels

If I hadn’t looked close enough, I might have thought this was a generic deli or bodega. But just through the door, an army of pickle barrels lay waiting for all to try. I actually thought I would have to search harder for pickle stops, but in this case, the pickles found me. (more…)


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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

The greatest day in mobile food vending is back. On September 12, the Vendy Awards will take place on Governor’s Island honoring the greatest in New York’s food vending community. Tickets are still available for purchase here. For the next few weeks, I’ll be documenting all of the nominees in three categories.

Rookie of the Year: Kaya NYC

Gua bao are not new to NYC, yet they continue to grow in popularity as lunchers have discovered they make a fantastic snack or meal. David Li operates Kaya NYC where the gua bao (Taiwanese steamed buns) are loaded with authentic flavors like pork belly, peking duck, and fried tofu. The cart, which hits a few different neighborhoods around NYC, also fries up popcorn chicken and spring rolls.

Dessert of the Year: Squish Marshmallows

Everybody loves a marshamallow, especially when it’s roasted over a fire or smushed together with chocolate and graham crackers to form a s’mores. But they are usually loaded with mysterious chemicals and preservatives. Now Katherine Sprung with Squish Marshmallows creates marshmallows that are not only homemade and natural, but also feature unique flavors and textures, like tiramisu and lemon meringue pie.

Market Vendor of the Year: YourPanadas

Jon Batista started YourPanadas earlier this summer as a way to bring diverse flavors into the world of classic empanadas (he offers things like mac n cheese and red velvet cake inside the empanadas). While vending weekly at Vendy Plaza, he’s currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to open his own food truck. Help him out and check out his amazing food.


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