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

NIX, 72 University Place (between East 11th and East 12th Street), Greenwich Village

Around the holidays, I try to gear my Dish of the Week to be appropriate for the season. Somehow on Thanksgiving, I always manage to find some interesting turkey dish and Christmas flavors are usually a home run come December 25.

For those that didn’t notice all the cheesy decorations around town, we are now fast approaching Halloween. And here I am without any recent great candy or pumpkin dishes to speak of. But I realized that the dish I recently tasted at the great vegetarian restaurant Nix is absolutely appropriate for Halloween. This is a mushroom dish that is somehow disguised as pasta. (more…)


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

00 + CO., 65 Second Avenue (between East 4th and East 3rd Street), East Village

Everybody loves pizza. So it’s in chefs’ best interests to try to make the dish accessible to everyone – especially in this day and age of allergies and dietary restrictions.

Pizza Spotlight

But I’ve tried raw and gluten-free pizza and they’re never quite the same as the real thing. Perhaps the easiest of those changes is to make the pizza vegan. After all, the original Italian pizza was just tomato and bread – no animal products at all. But it’s that tricky, much-loved cheese addition that throws things for a loop. (more…)


Category: Pizza

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

AVANT GARDEN, 130 East 7th Street (between Avenue A and First Avenue), East Village

Vegan does not need to be such a bad word in the food world. Recently, there were shockwaves when Ravi DeRossi (a bigtime bar owner and restaurateur) announced that most of his restaurants and bars will become completely vegan.

This is a big deal since he owns a seafood-happy tiki bar, a rum bar with lots of Cuban dishes, and an excellent meat and cheese fondue spot in the West Village. How can these possibly work as vegan establishments?

Well, if his first foray into the non-meat world is any indication, they will be huge successes. Avant Garden opened earlier this year in the East Village and it’s as good and eye-opening as Dirt Candy (another game changing vegetarian restaurant). (more…)


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

THE PICKLE GUYS, 49 Essex Street (between Grand and Hester Street), Lower East Side

There was a time when the Lower East Side was intoxicating with the smell of pickle brine. Originally, pickle vendors would hawk their bites from pushcarts along Orchard and Hester Street. At that time, pickles were a more common food than hot dogs. Today, it’s unfortunate that only one pickle business remains in an area that used to be known as “pickle alley.” (more…)


Category: Pickles

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

SUPERIORITY BURGER, 430 East 9th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A), East Village

I’m not one to be taken in by hype. And in the New York food world there is so much of it. Sure, I’ll give the cronut or David Chang’s fried chicken sandwich a try. I like to try new things. But I will not stand in line for hours just to be able to taste it. And just because people are buzzing about it doesn’t always mean it’s good. It means the business has good publicity people.

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

As we put 2014 to bed, I one more time dream about the ten best dishes I tasted throughout the year. You can read more about each dish here or you can just watch this video and revel in my gluttony.

Top 10 Dishes of 2014


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