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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

One of my favorite meals of last year was at the clandestine East Village sushi temple Kura. Well I was stoked this year when the Kura folks opened a secret room of udon. On a winter night, I can’t think of anything more restorative than the thick toothsome noodles in a warm, clear complex seaweed broth. Price: $15
RAKU
342 East 6th Street (between First and Second Avenue),
East Village
(212) 228-1324
rakunyc.com

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

Truffle Seafood Broth with Sizzling Crispy Rice at OIJI

I might have to claim Oiji, the modern refined Korean small plates joint, the best new restaurant of 2015. All the food is excellent! One of the highlights for me was a luxurious bowl of rich, seafood broth with a hint of truffles. It’s populated with shrimp, scallops, and mussels. And then the crowning acheivement is the garnish of two sizzling bricks of crispy rice. The rice softens and melts into the soup soaking up every ounce of flavor. Price: $20

OIJI
119 First Avenue (between East 7th and East 8th Street),
East Village
(646) 767-9050
oijinyc.com

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

Fish Ball Soup at SHU JIAO FU ZHOU

In Chinatown, it’s always the places you’re least likely to wander into that are worth wondering into. All the incredibly cheap dishes (nothing was over $4) at Shu Jia Fu Zhou were worth much more than I paid. I even liked the scary sounding fish ball soup/ The clear broth that the fish balls were floating in was as delicate and complex as anything I’ve had at any high-end restaurant. Its subtle scallion and celery notes gave the tender fish balls a perfect bath. Price: $2

SHU JIAO FU ZHOU
118 Eldridge Street (at Broome Street),
Chinatown
(212) 625-2532

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

Ash Reshteh at TASTE OF PERSIA

I have been completely seduced by Persian food this year. Keep your eyes peeled for a video all about my adventures discovering this aromatic cuisine. My favorite place to eat it is at Taste of Persia where every dish is intoxicating. Always on the menu is the deeply flavored ash reshteh, a bean stew with noodles, spinach, and lots of unique spices. It’s topped with kashk (similar to a yogurt) and lots of crispy garlic and fried shallots. Once you taste it, there’s no going back.

TASTE OF PERSIA
12 West 18th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue),
Flatiron District
(917) 592-3467
facebook.com/TasteOfPersiaNYC

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It’s been a long time since I’ve released a full-on webisode of Eat This. For the latest episode, I decided to hit the road. Below is the first Eat This episode outside of New York.

Brian gets a call to come to Boston to audition for a new food show. Problem is he can’t get his mind off of the food in New York, despite some amazing local clam chowder.


Category: Travel, 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…

Fight to the DeathI knew I’d have my fair share of seafood in Boston, but I didn’t realize it would practically be my entire diet for a week. I like to eat the local, iconic food in a city and what else is there really to eat in Boston?

That was my dilemma when researching the possibility of filming an Eat This episode in Beantown (the episode launches tomorrow). Not to bring up a sore subject, but New York has very obvious iconic food. Boston?  Not so much. Even when I asked people from Boston what “the food” of that city is, it took some serious thinking to come up with an answer. Chowder, roast beef, Italian food, what?

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Category: Travel

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