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

TWO HANDS BAR & RESTAURANT, 251 Church Street (between Franklin and Leonard Street), Tribeca

When you see the word cake on a brunch menu, odds are it is off-limits for those practicing a gluten-free diet. I imagine celiacs dream of pancakes every Sunday morning. Well, hallelujah, there is an option available at the trendy new brunch mecca Two Hands Bar & Restaurant.

This Australian-owned restaurant is a larger and more food-focused location of Nolita’s Two Hands, which garners long lines for its flat whites and avocado toasts. Here, the menu is much more extensive and even includes a dinner option.

One of these days I’d like to try their evening menu, but I could tell by the bright and lively interior, that brunch is the way to go here.

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

It was actually very difficult to narrow down all the things I tasted this year to the 100 Best. It was a good year for food in New York. Food is the best way to create memories and these top ten are dishes I’ll never forget.

NUMBER 10: GRIDDLE PANCAKE SKEWER at TASTE OF NORTHERN CHINA

Griddle Pancake at TASTE OF NORTHERN CHINA

The specialty of the house at this hard-to-find Chinatown haunt are northern Chinese skewers. Proteins and vegetables are put on a stick, marinated with spices, and then grilled. The most surprising one I discovered was not made of protein or vegetables. It was a pancake. Playfully presented on two sticks (also because it makes it easier to cook the bread over the charcoals), the pancake is like a dense Naan bread, slightly doughy and enhanced by its grilled exterior and seasoned with the same spice mixture the others get. While cumin, chile, and salt are obvious for meat and vegetables, it works even better on this pancake. Price: $1.25

TASTE OF NORTHERN CHINA
88 East Broadway, #106
(entrance on Forsyth Street),
Chinatown
(917) 302-8831

NUMBER 9: CHOCOLATE NUTELLA BABKA at BREADS BAKERY

Chocolate Nutella Babka at BREADS BAKERY

If you’ve never had the Jewish cake known as babka, it’s both good and bad to start with this one. Good because it is so delicious, but bad because you might never find another babka to compare. This one is the perfect babka. Each layer is filled with Belgian chocolate and Nutella and tastes yeasty, buttery, and sweet. While it might look like a gnarled burnt pretzel, the flavors and freshness speaks volumes. It certainly helps that the very busy Breads bakes their babkas three times throughout the day. Price: $12

BREADS BAKERY
18 East 16th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Union Square West),
Union Square
(212) 633-2253
breadsbakery.com

NUMBER 8: JERK FRIED WINGS at GLADY’S

Jerk Wings at GLADY'S

It takes chutzpah for a white Jewish kid to open a Caribbean restaurant in Crown Heights, a vibrant Caribbean neighborhood. But the community has embraced him. There is no denying he is doing this food justice. A perfect example are the chicken wings, which are sticky and sweet with a backbone of that smoky, spicy jerk heat. Each piece of meat just fell right off the bone yet held on tight to lots of flavor. On the side was not blue cheese, but a sweet, spicy dipping sauce. Price: $7

GLADY’S
788 Franklin Avenue (at Lincoln Place),
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
(718) 622-0249
gladysnyc.com

NUMBER 7: PIZZA at ARCADE BAKERY

Pizza at ARCADE BAKERY

I love hidden cafés and restaurants. You totally feel in the know when you walk into a non-descript office building confident about the hidden little bakery in the lobby. That’s the case with Arcade Bakery, but there not just a gimmick. Their bread and pastries are some of the best in the city. The crust is not usually my favorite part of a pizza, but here it’s all about the bread. The rich softness of the olive-oil slicked crust made me wonder if there was cheese inside the crust (there wasn’t). Each bite revealed a warm yeasty interior and I got lost in the doughy bites contemplating the beauty of life itself. All while hiding out inside an office building lobby. Price: $9

ARCADE BAKERY
220 Church Street (between Thomas and Worth Street),
Tribeca
(212) 227-7895
arcadebakery.com

NUMBER 6: THE KOREANO at FUKU

The Koreano at FUKU

Many food critics have proclaimed the fried chicken sandwich the dish of the year. I tend to agree and most people’s favorite is David Chang’s Korean spin at Fuku. I was skeptical by the hype, but quickly won over. The gigantic piece of chicken is comprised of juicy thigh meat and a super crispy breading that hides lots of spices and flavor. Even more flavor hid inside the bottle of magical Ssam sauce. The funky flavors of ssämjang (fermented bean and chile paste) mingle with the sweetness of sherry vinegar and the spiciness of kochujang. It’s truly incredible and addicting. Price: $9

FUKU
163 First Avenue (between East 10th and East 11th Street),
East Village
momofuku.com/new-york/fuku/

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

Chicken Under a Brick at MARC FORGIONEPeople don’t often realize how delicious chicken can actually be. Marc Forgione has mastered the art of revealing every ounce of flavor from the poultry. Half a chicken is pan-roasted under a brick and ensures the bird has the crispiest skin possible and the butter, lemon, and salt complement the flavor of the meat and allows the soft flesh to fall right off the bone. It’s accompanied with potatoes, broccoli rabe, and rich, homey pan drippings. You’ll forget Thanksgiving ever existed. Price: $31/$62 (for two)

MARC FORGIONE
134 Reade Street (between Greenwich and Hudson Street),
Tribeca
(212) 941-9401
marcforgione.com

Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures.

Because I am not part of the 1%, I don’t get to eat at too many fancy restaurants. But a few times a year, I get lucky (either from a big bonus check or a special event). Earlier this year in the freezing cold, I was asked by Tastemade to make a video on Marc Forgione. The restaurant is named for the Iron Chef who also handles the menu. It was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time (look for some of the dishes to appear on my 100 Best list), but unfortunately one I will probably not be able to repeat for quite a while.

Marc Forgione


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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.

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

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

ARCADE BAKERY, 220 Church Street (between Thomas and Worth Street), TribecaArcade Bakery makes me want to start a new pizza category. We have Sicilian, Neapolitan, Roman, Chicago, etc. But nobody is really talking about bakery pizza. And maybe we should.

I’ve had pizza in a traditional bakery before but it’s never been as breathtaking as the pies they’re serving at the hidden Arcade Bakery.

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Category: Pizza

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