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

Before I discovered it at Middle Eastern restaurants, I had almost no use for cauliflower. But this cuisine is perfect for the often bland white florets. Au Za’atar knows exactly what to do with them by marinating and then frying them to a perfect crisp brown. It comes topped with parsley and plenty of lemon to brighten the dish. Who knew cauliflower of all things could be so addicting? Price: $13

AU ZA’ATAR
188 Avenue A (between East 12th and East 11th Street),
East Village
(212) 254-5660
auzaatar.com

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

When I talk about falafel, I usually say if I was forced into becoming a vegetarian, this is the food I would eat all the time. But I realize that is a false statement. As much as I love falafel, I would end up being even healthier. Because my vegetarian food of choice would almost always be mushrooms.

It’s funny too because as a kid I couldn’t even stand the sight of mushrooms. Granted, I was only exposed to the soft bland white button mushrooms. As an adult, I’ve had the opportunity to try all sorts of wild mushrooms from chanterelles to porcini to morels. And I’ll take any one of them, especially when a chef knows how to bring out their delicate flavors.

And Chef Luis Jaramillo from Fifty seems to certainly know what he’s doing.

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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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Category: Pickles

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
bunnaethiopia.net

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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