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

There was a lot of buzz around Dekalb Market when the giant trendy food court opened earlier this summer in downtown Brooklyn. My father in Florida even texted me asking if I had heard about it.
Understandably the biggest press went to the announcement of a new location of Katz’s and the expansion of the heralded Arepa Lady from Queens. Every article mentioned these and other exciting food vendors got attention, like Pierogi Bros, Steve’s Key Lime Pies, and Wilma Jean. But I didn’t read a single word about Guss’ Pickles.
So when I finally made it to the giant market, I was shocked to see a legendary pickle company hiding in the back corner.

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

Sometimes it happens that the best thing you eat at a restaurant is the one thing you haven’t paid for.

That’s what happened on my recent meal at China Blue. This is the second restaurant from the team behind Midtown’s Café China and this one, in the far western reaches of Tribeca, focuses on specialities from Shanghai.

Just like the Midtown restaurant, it is designed beautifully with old 1930’s flourishes. And it seems like a real discovery – especially considering how far it is off-the-beaten path

I came here one day for lunch and was tempted by their lunch specials. Being a Shanghai restaurant, I had to also order the soup dumplings (which I reviewed in a separate post) and a dish called Soupy Rice which I have never encountered before. I was a bit underwhelmed by both dishes, but the thing that got me really excited and the reason I’ll be back to the restaurant were the complimentary baby cucumbers provided to whet my appetitie. (more…)


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

For the last five years, I have written about a dish that I have enjoyed in New York every Thursday. And while the dish changed every week, the format has not. So I decided to shake things up.

You can still expect a Dish of the Week on this site, but instead of prose, I’m going to release a video of me discussing the food. It just makes more sense for me. I much prefer talking about food than writing about it. And hopefully, you’ll enjoy hearing about. You can watch them here or on my You Tube page.

There will still be some written reviews about pizza, ice cream, dumplings, etc. But hopefully this will be more visual, appealing, and hunger-inducing. Enjoy!

Let me know in the comments what you think about this new format.

Price: $13 (lunch)/$16 (dinner)

BUNNA CAFE
1084 Flushing Avenue (at Porter Avenue),
Bushwick, Brooklyn
(347) 295-2227
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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

The lunch choices at Her Name is Han are mostly comprised of combination platters and bapsang, consisting of a main protein and a number of side dishes.

It’s a great way to taste a little of a lot of things at this modern hip Korean restaurant located just on the outskirts of Koreatown.

The bapsang is mostly a good deal, but does leave you a little hungry. That’s part of why I also ordered the black seasame tofu. And amazingly, it was a bit heartier and more filling than the very light combo platter.

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

I’ve had all sorts of fake meat over the years. Broccoli hot dogs. Veggie burgers made from just about anything you can imagine (except meat. of course). And most recently I tried a yuba philly cheesesteak that blew my mind.

But through it all, I’ve never tasted anything that pretended to be fish. Unless you count those imitation crab sticks. So I was intrigued and a bit skeptical when I discovered that Orchard Grocer, the new trendy vegan bodega was serving lox made out of carrots.

It’s pretty ballsy to hawk a bagel with vegan cream cheese and carrot lox in the Lower East Side. Despite the changing demographics of the neighborhood, the breakfast sandwich is still associated with the historic Jewish immigrants that once lived here.

But I tell you, the masterminds behind this vegan deli would have made bubbe and zayde proud.

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

I just got back from another trip to Philadelphia. And while there, of course, I had to try another of the city’s famed cheesesteaks. One day (after many more trips to Philly), I will have an answer for what I think is the best cheesesteak in the city of Brotherly Love. For now, I say it is Dalessandro’s.

No question, you need to head 90 miles southwest to appreciate a real cheesesteak. But I often get asked (mostly by international visitors), where to get the best cheesesteak in NYC. I have a few suggestions (Phil’s Steaks, Shorty’s), but my newest discovery will definitely be the most controversial.

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