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

Calamari Tacos at CONEY SHACK

It was no fluke that Coney Shack won the Vendy Award for Rookie of the Year. Lawrence Mach and his crew are turning out some realy unique and tasty Southeast Asian tacos. I can’t get enough of their crispy calamari tacos which are seasoned with five-spice and topped with a tangy green aioli. It’s crunchy, sweet, sour, herbal, and deserving of many awards.

CONEY SHACK
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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…
Tacos al Pastor at EMPELLÓN AL PASTOREarlier this year, a temple to my favorite taco filling opened up in the East Village. There’s no better combination than marinated spiced pork and juicy tart pineapple. Empellón al Pastor specializes in these tacos (and others) and does it the traditional way – by shaving the pork off a rotating spit, just like the Lebanese immigrants did that introduced this preparation to Mexico. Price: $4

EMPELLÓN AL PASTOR
132 St. Marks Place (at Avenue A),
East Village
(646) 833-7039
empellon.com/al-pastor

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

GOA TACO, 79 Delancey Street (between Allen and Orchard Street), Lower East Side

You’d think by now we’ve seen every possible iteration of tacos. I can’t imagine Goa Taco is the first to re-imagine the Mexican wraps with Indian paratha bread and I can’t imagine they will be the last.

But in the New York food world, they get the credit. For now at least. Until someone else comes up with a better idea.

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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.

I’ve spent the last few weeks documenting the nominees for the Vendy Awards. It’s been exciting and rewarding meeting the hard working vendors and tasting their delicious food. But it was all leading up to this past Saturday when over 25 vendors congregated on Governor’s Island to feed hungry attendees and celebrate their hard work all year long.

This year, the big winner was Snowday who are dedicated to their social mission of employing previously incarcerated youth and serve maple syrup inspired dishes. Best Dessert went to Doughnuttery, Coney Shack was crowned Rookie of the Year, Home Frite swept the Market Vendor category, and Best Street Drinks was awarded to Renegade Lemonade.

All the proceeds go back to the Street Vendor Project to fund their advocacy work in fighting for better laws for the street vendors.

Below is a video that gives an overview of the exciting, lively afternoon. I’m going to start prepping for next year right now.

2015 NYC Vendy Awards


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

TACOWAY BEACH, 3-02 Beach 87th Street (between Rockaway Freeway and Beach Channel Drive), Rockaway Beach, QueensTacos started it all. When Rockaway Taco opened on the beaches of Queens in 2008, it was mostly unconquered territory. Sure, the Rockaways had been a beach destination for New Yorkers since the early part of the 20th Century but in more recent decades, younger locals took to the Hamptons or Jones Beach instead for their summer activities.

That all changed because of tacos. Well, mostly because of tacos. Rockaway Taco was the first destination food spot to open near one of Queens’ longest stretch of beaches. And then the hipsters followed. Now you can spend the day, weekend, or summer out in Rockaway Beach and feel like you’re somewhere in between Williamsburg, Portland, and San Diego. In addition to the food, there are now surfing lessons, flea markets, and luxury shops.

Like most New York food-types, I made the pilgrimage out to the Rockaways last season to try those famous tacos. I enjoyed them, but wasn’t ready to move out to the ends of Queens for them. Earlier this summer, Rockaway Taco closed and the owner opened another taco concept in a different location with a more clever name – Tacoway Beach. So another trip was in order.

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