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

TURKISS, 104 Macdougal Street (between Bleecker and West 3rd Street), Greenwich Village

When one falafel joint closes, another opens. It doesn’t always work that way, but it almost always does in and around Bleecker Street in the West Village. Yatagan sat on Macdougal Street for years churning out doner kababs and falafel. I never made it to Yatagan, but now that it’s been replaced by Turkiss, I finally got to give the space a try. (more…)


Category: Falafel

All Hail, Falafel!

I underestimated the modest little falafel. I was expecting some great things, sure, but I was also anticipating lots of dry and dense chickpea balls. Greasy, soggy, and mealy were words I used very rarely in my falafel reviews. Of course, I stuck with the most renowned and popular falafel spots in the city. I’m sure terrible falafel is out there somewhere, but we’re also blessed to be rolling in the good stuff.

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Category: Falafel

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

SIMIT + SMITH, 100 William Street (between John and Platt Street), Financial District“It’s not a bagel!!” That’s what most of NY’s bagel connosieurs cried when Simit + Smith opened up in town. The new company has introduced the city to a round bready breakfast food with a hole in the middle. It sorta looks like a bagel, it comes topped with sesame seeds, and you can spread creamy cheese on top. But it’s not a bagel.

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Category: Bagels

For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

I purposefully don’t put out a list of the 10 best restaurants because it would be totally unfair for me to judge. Unlike a well-paid (and reimbursed) critic, I’m not able to go to all the major restaurant openings. And if I do find myself at one of the hot spots, it’s unlikely I’ll be able to order the entire menu or visit more than once to check for consistency. So instead I think I can fairly choose specific dishes that made my eyes open, my stomach growl, and my tastebuds very very happy. Here are the ten best dishes I tasted in 2013.

NUMBER 10: PIZZA at JULIANA’S

Pizza at JULIANA'S

Everybody has heard of Grimaldi’s. Every travel book tells you to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and then get in line for some classic NY pizza. But the travel books need to be re-written. This was the year that the original Patsy Grimaldi came back to the pizza world and opened up Juliana’s in the original Grimaldi’s location (the new owner of the namesake was forced to move up the block due to a dispute with the landlord). And the pizza at Juliana’s puts Grimaldi’s (and most other NY pizzerias) to shame. Here you can truly taste the trinity of flavors of coal-oven pizza: the sweet imported Italian tomatoes (not a sauce, mind you), the creamy homemade mozzarella, and that magical blistered dough. The name that everybody should be speaking from now on is Juliana. Price: $16/$19

JULIANA’S
19 Old Fulton Street (between Elizabeth Place and Front Street),
Dumbo, Brooklyn
(718) 596-6700
julianaspizza.com

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

HAZAR TURKISH KEBAB, 7224 5th Avenue (at 73rd Street), Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

As I continue to do the research, the truth sets in. This falafel search could take me eons. Neighborhoods in the far out reaches of Queens and Brooklyn are home to many Middle Eastern families and that means there are a wide array of restaurants out there. Most that I have never even heard of. Where to begin?

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Category: Falafel

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

HAZAR TURKISH KEBAB, 7224 5th Avenue (at 73rd Street), Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Walking around Bay Ridge, Brooklyn really got me nostalgic for when I used to live in Queens. The streets are lined with independently owned shops and an intoxicating smell of spices emenating from ethnic restaurants and cafés.

I was here to sample the falafel at Hazar Turkish Kabab (look for that review soon), but left with so much more. I only got a taste of their menu, but I continue to dream about their kazandabi. If they were on my block in Queens, I might have already overdosed on the stuff.

Kazandibi at HAZAR TURKISH KEBAB

Kazandabi is a Turkish pudding that translates to “burnt bottom milk pudding.” The semolina milk pudding is not too sweet, but creamy and cooling. Crowned on top is a thick browned shelled exterior that gives the impression of creme brulée meets flan. The rich, caramely flavors are completely addicting and although I vowed to only sample a little bit of the dessert, I polished it off without a second thought.

I’m sure there are some restaurants in Queens that make this luscious finale, if only I had discovered them when I was a resident there. But now that I’ve had a taste of Hazar, I’m wishing I lived in Bay Ridge.

HAZAR TURKISH KABAB
7224 5th Avenue (at 73rd Street),
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
(718) 238-4040
hazarkabab.com

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