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

BARBALU, 227 Front Street (between Beekman Street and Peck Slip), South Street Seaport

The neighborhood of the South Street Seaport was completely ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. All the thriving small businesses along Front Street took in around seven feet of brackish water. It was a devastating situation and only now (a year and half later) does the neighborhood look like it’s finally back on its feet.

One of the restaurants destroyed by the storm was Barabarini, a neighborhood gem that was both an Italian trattoria and grocery. Unfortunately, due to the extensive damage, the owners parted ways and Barabarini is no more. However, two of the owners (Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque) have opened a new (but similar) establishment in the old Barabrini space.

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

PIZZA MOTO, Multiple Locations

Earlier this year, the Neapolitan Express pizza truck shot onto the street claiming to serve authentic Neapolitan pizza. I found their pizza tasty and all, but it was missing a key component for authentic Neapolitan pies: a wood oven.

Granted a mobile wood oven is not an easy venture. However one company has been doing it and they’ve been doing it since 2009.

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Category: Pizza

My search for the best hot dog in New York continues….

BROOKLYN PIGGIES, Pier 17, South Street Seaport

When I was little and dragged to some event where I had to wear a suit and tie, I found salvation in the passed appetizers. And my  favorite of all those were the pigs in a blanket. It was amazing that the hot dog could be improved upon, but here was perfection on a cocktail napkin. How could it get better than mini weenies wrapped in puff pastry? This is especially true when you’re 12.

Funny enough, nowadays at a party of this sort, I hang out by the deviled eggs and chicken satays and pass over the overly processed and usually dry pigs in a blanket. But it’s a real nostalgic treat when I pop one of those piggies and it’s even better when they’re actually good.

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Category: Hot Dogs

Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.

NUMBER 25: BABA GHANOUSH from DAMASCUS BAKERY

New York is loaded with great restaurants and cafés, but that’s hardly the end of the food resources in this city. In addition to ongoing food markets like Smorgasburg and the New Amsterdam Market, there are plenty of speciality shops that sell local food products that are so much more exciting than anything you could possibly find at your national grocery store.

Damascus Bakery is noted for introducing pita bread to this country in 1920. While the business is now mostly wholesale (they bake most of the pita bread sold in the U.S.), they still run an iconic storefront in Brooklyn Heights where you can purchase their Middle Eastern breads and pastries. The containers of baba ghanoush don’t get nearly as much attention, but the rich, smoky eggplant dip is full of complex flavors and spices and is the perfect accompaniment to those classic Syrian bread. Price: $3.50/$7

DAMASCUS BAKERY
195 Atlantic Avenue (between Court and Clinton Street),
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
(718) 625-7070

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For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

After having a small taste of Wooly’s at last year’s Vendy Awards (they won the Best Dessert category), Wooly’s Ice took a hiatus during the colder months. I eagerly awaited through the winter until they re-appeared and the time was right for shaved ice. With temperatures approaching the triple digits, I’d most definitely say the time is right.

I’ve had Taiwanese shaved ice at Chinese restaurants, but it’s usually a very icy mess of unusual toppings. Last year’s list item from Ice Fire Land was a perfect example. Wooly’s has a bit of Hawaiian dessert culture thrown in.

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

While the NY craft beer scene continues to expand with breweries, craft beer bars, and restaurants that brew their own beer, Heartland Brewery has sort of gotten the short end of the stick. I remember visiting the original Union Square location back in 2001 and feeling like I was in a casual brewpub in suburban America. It felt like a TGI Friday’s or Applebee’s, but with better food and exciting beer. In fact, this was probably the first place I ever tried a pumpkin ale and realized that beer didn’t have to taste solely like bread and water.

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Category: Beer

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