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My search for the best corned beef/pastrami in New York continues….

HIGH STREET ON HUDSON, 637 Hudson Street (at Horatio Street), West Village

High Street on Hudson is one of the hottest new restaurant openings of the year. It’s the work of Chef Eli Kulp, who has had success with High Street on Market in Philadelphia. He has brought his bakery and restaurant concept to the West Village and the crowds have cheered.

I’ve now stopped by twice for a late lunch and have been seduced by the open kitchen, the bowls of seasonal vegetable dishes, and a very tempting pastry counter. (more…)


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

QUALITY EATS, 19 Greenwich Avenue (between West 10th and Christopher Street), West Village

The new Quality Eats is not a steakhouse. At least that’s what they’d like you to believe. The restaurant group wanted to separate their new casual neighborhood restaurant from their Midtown beef behemoth named Quality Meats.

But there is still a knowing wink to their comfortabilty with steak. The logo and menu (both with a crossed out or muted letter “M”) are designed as if somebody assumed the place would be a steakhouse and then at the last minute, they broadened (and economized) the menu. (more…)


I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

I have such fond memories of eating some wonderful dishes in 2015. But these five were so surprising and hugely delicious, that they stand above all the rest. While I still can taste their flavors in my mind’s palate, I can’t wait to truly try them again.

NUMBER 5: KASHK BADEMJAN at TASTE OF PERSIA

Kashk Bedemjan at A TASTE OF PERSIA

In the coming weeks, I will be releasing a video all about Persian food in the city and it will feature Saeed Pourkay talking about his incredible dishes. My favorite at his hidden counter inside a non-descript pizzeria is the kasha bademjan. For those unfamiliar with Persian food (or Farsi), this is a delicate, richly flavor eggplant dish. The browned eggplant is sweet and nutty; its flavors enhanced by lots of garlic, onions, and an amazing thing called kashk (drained sour yogurt whey).

TASTE OF PERSIA
12 West 18th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue),
Flatiron District
(917) 592-3467
facebook.com/TasteOfPersiaNYC

NUMBER 4: FEDORA BURGER at BAR SARDINE

Fedora Burger at BAR SARDINE

I had some really great burgers this year, but the one that I crown as the best was the modest little creation available at Bar Sardine in the West Village. I even send tourists to this local spot to get a taste of the flattened potato roll filled with an excellent chuck and brisket patty. It’s topped with smoked cheddar, frizzled potato strings, and a sweet/smoky barbecue mayo. Crisp, crunchy textures shine alongside the complex juicy flavors. And it’s rightfully named king of the burgers. Price: $13

BAR SARDINE
183 West 10th Street (between Seventh Avenue South and West 4th Street),
West Village
(646) 360-3705
barsardinenyc.com

NUMBER 3: CANELÉ at BOSIE TEA PARLOR

Canelé at BOISE TEA PARLOR

Food tour groups go up and down Bleecker to the usual spots, like Murray’s Cheese and Amy’s Bread. But they never wander down Morton Street to try the best French pastry in the neighborhood. Unassuming Bosie Tea Parlor offers a full-on tea service and pastries to go. However you get it, make sure to try the canelé – with a dark caramelized crust that breaks open to reveal a soft, eggy vanilla-scented cake. Price: $3

BOSIE TEA PARLOR
10 Morton Street (between Bleecker Street and Seventh Avenue South),
West Village
(212) 352-9900
bosienyc.com

NUMBER 2: POP’S PASTRAMI at HARRY & IDA’S MEAT AND SUPPLY CO.

Pop's Pastrami at HARRY & IDA'S MEAT AND SUPPLY CO.

It’s rare that a chef re-invents and reinvigorates the classic pastrami sandwich. But Will Horowitz has gone above and beyond at his new butcher and sandwich shop. The place specializes in smoked sandwiches and nothing is better than the pastrami. It’s as tender as anything from Katz’s with layers of smoke, pepper, and meaty goodness in each bite. The brilliant combination of pickled cucumbers, tangy mustard, and fresh dill separates the sandwich from the usual Jewish deli construction. Price: $17.50

HARRY & IDA’S MEAT AND SUPPLY CO.
189 Avenue A (between East 11th and East 12th Street),
East Village
(646) 864-0967
meatandsupplyco.com

NUMBER 1: HONEY BUTTER CHIPS at OIJI

Honey Butter Chips at OIJI

The most exciting meal I had all year (at Oiji) was capped off by a plate of potato chips!?! These incredible, unique bites are listed as a side but are served as a dessert. The freshly fried potato slices are glazed with, yes, butter and honey. There’s also a surprising dusting of cayenne pepper to give the dusg a slightly, smoky, savory note. No question, though, they are an indulgent sweet, rich capper to an exquisit meal. And I literally could not stop popping them in my mouth. They are something I will think about long after 2015 has come to an end. Price: $6

OIJI
119 First Avenue (between East 7th and East 8th Street),
East Village
(646) 767-9050
oijinyc.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Horumon-Moriawase (Chef's Selection) at TAKASHI

If you’re squeamish, but curious about offal, Takashi is the place to go. And the best thing to order at the Japanese-Korean grill palace to beef is the chef’s selection. You’ll get five marinated cuts ready to grill all of the chef’s choice. We got to re-experience the incredible mino, and also some fresh chewy tripe, liver, meaty heart, and some of the softest, most buttery sweetbreads I’ve ever had.  Price: $30

TAKASHI
456 Hudson Street (between Morton Street and Barrow Street)
West Village
(212) 414-2929
takashinyc.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Deviled Eggs at BAR SARDINE

 

I rarely discover deviled eggs that are unique or different. I guess a mustard or mayo based yolk filling with paprika and spices is pretty good, so why mess with it too much? I almost always know what I’m going to get. The Japanese-influenced deviled eggs at Bar Sardine (also home to this year’s best burger) are unique and amazing. They are strikingly brown and black with an egg that’s filled with black garlic and soy and topped with some crunchy and flavorful garnishes. Price: $4

BAR SARDINE
183 West 10th Street (between Seventh Avenue South and West 4th Street),
West Village
(646) 360-3705
barsardinenyc.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Tiramisu-Mascarpone Mochii at THE DESSERT CLUB BY CHIKALICIOUS

Mochi is more common today than ever, but it’s usually inside of ice cream or on top of some frozen yogurt. For the uninitiated, mochi is a chewy, stretchy Japanese rice cake. Almost like a marshmallow, but not as fluffy and with a really unique texture.

Tiramisu-Mascarpone Mochii at THE DESSERT CLUB BY CHIKALICIOUS

My favorite dessert spot in the entire city, Chikalicious, has a West Village location now where they are filling a mochi ball with layers of tiramisu. What could be better? It’s a bite-sized, textured tiramisu ball where Japanese meets Italian pastries. Brilliant!! Price: $5

THE DESSERT CLUB BY CHIKALICIOUS
27 Bedford Street (between Downing and West Houston Street),
West Village
(212) 691-2426
204 10th Street (between First and Second Avenue),
East Village
(212) 475-0929
thedessertclub.com

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