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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…)


Category: Pickles

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.

Kaya NYC

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. 

Squish Marshmallows

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. 

YourPanadas


Category: Video

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: Lil Zeus Lunch Box

Greek street vendors used to be the norm in Midtown, but today there are only a handful left. Newcomers Lil Zeus Lunch Box are bringing the classic gyros and souvlakis back to the streets and the long lunch lines every day prove that people have been missing it.

Lil Zeus Lunch Box

Dessert of the Year: Booqoo Beignets

With Booqoo Beignets, Matt Pace is showcasing a special treat he grew up with in his hometown of New Orleans. Beignets, of course, are the greatest type of doughnuts – light, fluffy, and fresh. He pairs them with some creative sauces, like Chicory Coffee and Creole Vanilla that link back to his home cuisine.

Booqoo Beignets

Market Vendor of the Year: Home Frite

Another classic fried food to dip in sauces are french fried potatoes. Popular Smorgasburg vendor Home Frite hand cuts their spuds and fries them to order. Tossed with an array of seasoning options (salt and vinegar, truffle oil, etc) and served with gourmet dipping sauces (lemon garlic aioli, chipotle ranch, etc), they are an addicting snack that disappears a little too quickly.

Home Frite


Category: Video

I bring my sense of food adventure with me on the road, searching for the most authentic, iconic, and delicious dishes of a different region…

Iowa

When I told people I was going to Iowa for a few days, I always got these strange looks and the question was posed: “Why?” Well the answer to me was simple. I had never been to Iowa before. Which really meant there was iconic Iowan food I had never tasted before.

Sure, the state does seem to be all cornfields, but there are more local specialities than you would imagine. And I tasted as many as I could in the two days I spent driving through the state.

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Category: Travel

Nutty Chocolate Chunk Cookie at MAMANMaman is a cute little Soho café with bites and coffee, but their chocolate chunk cookie reigns supreme. Kissed with sea salt and studded with a variety of nuts (almonds, walnuts, and macadamia), the modest little cookie is loaded with crunchy, buttery, and sweet surprises. It’s certainly the best cookie of the year. Price: $3.75

MAMAN
239 Centre Street
(between Broome and Grand Street),
Soho
(212) 226-0770
mamannyc.com

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