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

Li-Lac makes some incredible chocolate from peanut butter cups to mint bars, but the most addicting thing I tried at this chocolatier from 1923 were the butter crunch bits. Not as overly chocolatey as other offerings, these are by far the most addicting. The milk chocolate hugs buttery almond toffee and then is covered with a dusting of almond. I seriously dare you to eat just one… or two.

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40 Eighth Avenue (at Jane Street),
West Village
(212) 924-2280
162 Bleecker Street (between Sullivan and Thompson Street),
Greenwich Village
(212) 924-2280
Inside Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue (at 15th Street),
Chelsea
(212) 924-2280
Inside Grand Central Market
43rd Street and Lexington Avenue,
Midtown East
(212) 924-2280
68 35th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue),
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
(212) 924-2280
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My search for the best pickles in New York continues….

I stumbled upon Brooklyn Brine was I was exploring the huge manufacturing and food facility known as Industry City. I had been out here years ago to make a video on Robicelli’s Cupcakes but that was back when these factories were not open to the public. A few years ago, the site expanded and opened many of its doors. In fact, I’ll now be leading tours of the area.
There’s now a food hall, a distillery (and two breweries), an area called Innovation Alley, and the new home of Brooklyn Brine. This is one of the most well-known and hip local pickle companies and I tried to get there earlier on in my pickle journey. But they had closed their Park Slope facility and restaurant before I could visit for inspection.
I was pleased to see they have moved their entire facility and opened a new pickle café right here in Industry City. I was in luck.

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Category: Pickles

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

Last weekend I had the great opportunity to design a special food tour for a hungry family from New Jersey. They had already explored much of Manhattan and wanted to learn about the best food in Brooklyn. They came to the right guy. We had a car and hopped from food stop to food stop in the hippest borough.

Now this couldn’t really be all the best things in Brooklyn because it would have been a week-long tour. Instead, I curated a list of places that tell the story of food in Brooklyn (we visited a hipster Asian restaurant, an old time Italian red-sauce joint, a brewery, coffee roaster, and dessert).

I also knew that I wanted to showcase the new immigrant food that is iconic to much of Brooklyn. Since the tour would be mostly in South Brooklyn, I looked to Sunset Park. I had my pick of places here – on one side of the neighborhood is Brooklyn’s growing Chinatown along 8th Avenue and on the other side is a large Latin American community huddled around 5th.

So in the name of research, a few days before the tour, I did an unofficial taco crawl trying to decide which of these iconic spots to take the group to.

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

PACIFICANA, 813 55th Street (at 8th Avenue), Sunset Park, Brooklyn

It was very strange coming to Pacificana and saying no to all the women who stopped by with carts. This massive banquet hall is most known for their authentic dim sum. If you’ve never experienced dim sum, Pacificana is the place to start. Women come around with an endless option of dishes and you say yes to those you want. Before you know it, you’ve had a giant meal of little Chinese bites and usually the bill is a lot lower than you expect. (more…)


Category: Dumplings

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

VENDY AWARDS 2013When I was younger, my favorite day of the year was the night of the Academy Awards. I even got more excited about the Oscars than I did for my own birthday.  All day long, at school, I couldn’t focus on anything but who would win the major awards and what funny things Billy Crystal would say. Unlike some people, I wasn’t as interested in the outfit that Winona Ryder would be wearing.

It’s fitting that some people call the Vendy Awards the “Oscars of food trucks” because it is currently my favorite day of the year. The afternoon is hosted by the Street Vendor Project, who we work very closely with at Turnstile Tours. They fight for the rights of the vendors, a group who are seemingly harrassed by the city for just doing their jobs. The Vendys act as both a fundraiser and a marketing tool, but also as a day of celebration. While the Vendys do hand out official awards, it’s truly  a celebration of the perserverance, hard work, and delicious food of NY’s street vendors.

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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…

When I was little, my younger brother wanted to be just like me. I would dance to Michael Jackson songs and he’d also don the white glove. I’d dream up imaginary movies and he’d be the first to write the imaginary theme song. It’s natural to look up to your older sibling and try to emulate (or perhaps surpass) their accomplishments. Either that or I was just really cool!

So I get why Chris Iacono opened a very similar restaurant to his brother Mark, after training at Lucali. Both restaurants are intimate, neighborhood pizza spots with no fuss, no major frills, and just pizza.

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