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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.

People often ask me which truck is my favorite. But that’s almost an impossible question. Every one is so different and offers food that is distinct and delicious. But I do always admit I have a big soft spot in my heart for Wafels & Dinges, which is the grand finale of just about all our food cart tours.

Check out their liege waffles and find out what a dinges is (and how to pronounce it)…


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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.

That poor little chicken has gotten a bad reputation for so long. Most of us know chicken in this country from overly processed, dry, bland preparations. But if done right, the clucker can take on lots of flavor and be a nice source of protein. There are chicken dishes in this city that change the game on what we know about poultry. Here are five from this year.

NUMBER 40: SHREDDED HUDSON VALLEY CHICKEN at NIGHTINGALE 9

Hudson Valley Shredded Chicken Salad at NIGHTINGALE 9

My childhood lunch box often contained a lackluster sandwich of egg, tuna, or chicken salad. Mom was good enough to mix some crunchy celery with the mayonnaise from time to time, but she forgot the mint leaves, shredded cabbage, fried onions, and peanuts. Chef Robert Newton, however, adds those things and more to his Vietnamese-inspired chicken salad which features tender poached chicken shreds along with the previous ingredients and a shower of spicy red chiles. The dressing was bright and tangy, but had a sweet herbal finish. If only my Mom was Robert Newton! Sure, that would have been strange, but I would have had the best lunch box in school, Price: $12

NIGHTINGALE 9
345 Smith Street (between Carroll Street and 1st Place),
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
(347) 689-4699
nightingale9.com

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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.

While an occupation as a fisherman is not in my future, I owe much of my enjoyment to those hard workers. I’ll devour seafood in just about any form – raw, poached, smoked, fried, etc. The variety of flavors and textures from the ocean is immense and these five fish dishes just skims the surface.

NUMBER 75: SMOKED TROUT & WILD MUSHROOM SALAD at VAN HORN SANDWICH SHOP

Smoked Trout & Wild Mushroom Salad at VAN HORN SANDWICH SHOPWho’d have guessed that a Brooklyn restaurant known for their fried chicken and pulled pork sandwiches would make a healthy and flavorful salad? Amidst frisée and red cress lettuce are chunks of smoky, salty trout and warm marinated wild mushrooms. Some toasted hazelnuts are added for texture and a sweet ginger molasses dressing tops things off. This is the pescatarian’s version of surf and turf and it’s every bit as meaty and umami-loaded as one would hope. Price: $11

VAN HORN SANDWICH SHOP
231 Court Street (between Baltic and Warren Street),
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
(718) 596-9707
vanhornbrooklyn.com

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

WAFELS & DINGES, 15 Avenue B (at East 2nd Street), East Village

I’ve been hopelessly in love with Wafels & Dinges since we first started working with the truck on our food cart tours 4 years ago. My exclamations to tour attendees that this truck will change your life has never been met with disappointment. They change lives!!

When their long-in-the-works brick and mortar café finally opened in the East Village a few weeks ago, I made a special trip to see the gang and sample some new menu items.

The bright storefront felt like a Belgian Disney World with edible treats at every turn. Remember, most people consider Disney World the “happiest place on Earth.” But those people have never been to Wafels & Dinges.

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While learning how to shop for the holidays with a real live girl, I get easily distracted by the prospect of eating lunch (and more lunch) at the Bryant Park Holiday Shops.

Special Thanks:
theholidayshopsatbryantpark.com
midtownlunch.com
ultraclay.com


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Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.

NUMBER 65: KUNG PAO PASTRAMI at MISSION CHINESE

Some might call them gimmicky foods, but I find them exhilarating and exciting. We all know what fried chicken and burgers taste like, but when somebody comes in and re-invents the food you think you know so well, it’s game changing. Of course, success is always varied and it takes some mighty smart and talented chefs to get these wacky combinations just right.

Danny Bowien burst onto the NYC food scene when he opened his Lower East Side outpost of his San Francisco hit Mission Chinese. The food is mostly Szechuan-influenced but with lots of original and inventive touches. The explosive Kung Pao Pastrami combines the spicy flavors of Chinatown with the smoky, garlicky beef of the Jewish Lower East Side. Loaded with roasted peanuts, peppers, celery, lots of spicy chili, and that amazingly tender pastrami, this is a mind-bogglingly good dish. It’s just amazing nobody thought of it before. Price: $12

MISSION CHINESE
154 Orchard Street (between Stanton and Rivington Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 529-8800
missionchinesefood.com

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