I’m a self-proclaimed foodie. And whenever I travel, I always seek out the most authentic dishes a city or town has to offer. I can tell you where to get the best lobster rolls in Maine, the best BBQ in Texas, the best fish tacos in San Diego. So why am I slightly stumped when somebody asks me for the best bagel in New York?

Now, granted, finding “the best” is a next to impossible task. Putting the myriad of options aside, everybody has their own opinions and tastes. Can you really compare a dill pickle and a sweet pickle? Thin crust pizza vs. thick crust? It’s a matter of taste, right?

Maybe. But there have to be favorites. Certain names keep coming up when you search for the best this or the best that. And it’s recently dawned on me that I’ve lived in New York for almost a decade and there are staples that I have yet to hit. It’s like when you live here and have never been to the Empire State Building. First off, it’s over-run with tourists, but also you take it for granted because it’s always there. You’ll get to it one of these days.

Well, for me, that day has come. So follow my adventures of finding the best of everything (food wise, that is; I could give a damn about shopping) that New York City has to offer. And check out the webseries where  my real life and my food excursions hilariously intertwine. It’s not pretty, but it’s definitely delicious.

It’s about time that I go to Lombardi’s for pizza and Carnegie Deli for pastrami. No more excuses. I’m just going to finally shut up and… Eat This!

20 Responses to WELCOME TO EAT THIS NY!

  1. Kristen says:

    if you want REAL authentic BBQ skip Texas and come to Corky’s in Memphis! they have their own fed ex office there to send their BBQ all over the world! also Memphis in May has a BBQ contest every year! 🙂

  2. Brian Hoffman says:

    Thanks for the tips, Kristen. I’m actually going to be in Memphis in June and will definitely check out Corky’s, It’ll be my first visit so I’ll be eating as much BBQ as possible.

  3. Ari Bokovza says:

    Brian, sorry for the delayed response…thank you for the kind words…and you gotta come to the harrison again and try all the new dishes…
    new spring menu is about 3 weeks away…see you soon buddy, love the website and keep the good work
    Ari Bokovza

  4. Brian Hoffman says:

    Hey Ari,

    Thanks so much for the message. We’ll definitely come in soon – looking forward to it!

  5. Hi Brian, I’d love to use your photo of The Cannibal’s Hot Dog on NewYork.com. Please email me to discuss further.



  6. Jericho Condor says:

    Hey Brian,

    I was that Aussie guy that did the food cart tour with ya, even though it was just us 2 in the tour, haha, thanks again for the burger places you suggested aswell, i checked out “Burger Joint” soooo good 🙂

    Hoping to come back to NYC soon and eat my way through your wonderful city 😛


  7. Brian Hoffman says:

    Hey Jericho! Of course! Hope you enjoyed the tour and your stay in NYC. We just went to Max’s of Manila – they have a location in Jersey City. It did feel like Filipino fast food, but the fried chicken was pretty good.

  8. Lisi says:

    It seems like you love food as much as I do. Thought you should try out Hoja Santa in Ft. Greene Brooklyn. They have the best Breakfast Burrito I’ve every had hands down. The only catch is they only offer it during Lunch and Brunch. I love this place and am trying to introduce them to as many people as I can.

  9. Riki says:

    Hi Brian, nice to e-meet you

    My name is Riki and I am a co-founder of a foodie app called FeedMe. We are featuring culinary influencers and experts in many fields and are searching for professionals to join our network. I’ve heard about you from a friend at Lemon Light Media and I really like what you do and think your personality and channel would be a great fit to what our foodies are looking for, and we’d like to explore the opportunity to feature your content on our platform.
    If you are interested to hear more about us I would be happy to connect

    Thank you and I am looking forward to hearing from you.

  10. Sachiko says:

    Hi Brian! My name is Sachiko. I emailed you a few times. I hope to hear from you 🙂

    Thank you
    Sachiko ( Cutie Patroller )

  11. mick heim says:

    Hi Brian. Beth and i had a great time on the tour this morning, thanks again. Quick question, I’m looking for a good bagel place for breakfast tomorrow near the hotel at 3rd and 52nd

  12. Brian Hoffman says:

    Hey Mick! Great meeting you guys today. That’s an easy one. Ess-a-Bagel is one of the best bagels in NYC and it’s not too far from your hotel. It’s on 3rd Avenue and 51st Street. Enjoy!

  13. Michael Kassin says:


    Two days to go!

    That’s how much time food, beverage or craft beer entrepreneurs have to make a 2-minute video on their biz and submit it the Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Wild Card Competition. The prize? A crack at a $10,000 grant and a year’s free coaching from Jim Koch (founder of Sam Adams) and Company. The virtual competition ends this Thursday, July 30th. The Wild Card winner will compete (in December) with four regional winners for the $10,000 grand and coaching. Details are below. We’d appreciate your letting your readers know so they can make their videos and make their dream a reality. There’s still time!

    Michael Kassin

    Prepare Your Best Sales Pitch for Samuel Adams and Entrepreneur’s
    Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Wild Card Competition
    Small Business Owners Give their Best Sales Pitch for the Opportunity to
    Win $10,000 and Extensive Business Coaching

    The Wild Card is part of the larger Pitch Room Competition, which consists of regional events around the country. Small business owners pitch their products to a panel of expert judges and retail buyers in hopes of perfecting their sales pitch and advancing to the final round. The business owner ultimately chosen will be rewarded with a $10,000 business grant and extended mentoring from Samuel Adams. This competition is one piece of Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, the brewer’s philanthropy program that supports small business owners from coast to coast.

    How it Works
    To enter the Wild Card portion of the Competition, entrepreneurs with a food or beverage product, including craft brewers, are invited to upload a two-minute video of their best sales pitch to http://entm.ag/samadamspitch2015%5Bentm.ag%5D from July 7th – July 30th. A panel of experts from Samuel Adams and Entrepreneur will judge the videos based on criteria including pitch quality, creativity, product viability, and passion.

    The top five best video submissions, selected by the panel, will then be posted on Entrepreneur.com, where the general public will be invited to vote for their favorite from August 16th – September 7th. The small business owner who receives the most votes for his/her sales pitch will be named the Wild Card winner and receive a trip for two to participate in the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room finals this December in New York City.

    Competition Finals
    The Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room finals will bring together the Wild Card winner and the winners from four regional competitions in Chicago, San Diego, Boston and New York. Each participant will give their best two-minute sales pitch to a panel of expert judges, including national retail buyers, the Editorial Director of Entrepreneur.com, and Samuel Adams founder and brewer Jim Koch. The judges will then provide constructive feedback for each small business owner before choosing the best pitch. The ultimate winner of the 2015 Pitch Room is awarded a $10,000 business grant and extended mentoring from Samuel Adams.

    For more information on how to apply for the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Wild Card Competition, please visit: http://entm.ag/samadamspitch2015%5Bentm.ag%5D.

  14. Sari Bailer says:

    Good morning!
    So glad that I did the tour with urban oyster last week! What a fun, local, informative and delicious tour!

    I recommend that you check out the food scene on Cortelyou Road: Farm on Adderly, Mimi’s Humms, Lea, and Tibetan food!
    Also, Avenue U in Homecrest, Brooklyn , (off the Q train) has a growing Chinese community!
    Have fun!


  15. Brian Hoffman says:

    Hi Sari,

    Thanks for joining the tour. So glad you enjoyed it. I have been to some of the food places in Ditmas Park (love Tibetan Cafe and Purple Yam) but will have to check out those other ones too.

    Great meeting you! Hope to see you on another tour again soon.

  16. Rich Eldert says:

    Hi Brian, appreciated your tour of downtown Jersey City; having lived there more than 10 years ago I’m amazed at the options now available. Did you try Choc O Pain french bakery? Or Orale, the Mexican spot near the Path? Present & former PR clients, respectively. Please email me. We have a client opening a new spot in JC you will want to know about…in addition to several other NYC/NJ restaurants. Thank you,

  17. Jamie Morgan says:

    Hi Brian,

    I was on your amazing tenements tales and taste tour when we visited New York from London in May.

    My company are bringing 75 staff to visit NYC in September and I wonder if you could recommend a great restaurant. We generally like a large space that will accommodate us all with brilliant food and wine. The best places in the past have been interesting buildings / warehouse where we can all sit together / long tables.

    We quite a noisy (drunken) bunch so somewhere that isn’t too concerned by loud brits would also be good.

    I hope you don’t mind my post and look forward to seeing what you come up with.


  18. gonzalo bava says:


    New York, August 21, 2016. Charrua, a Uruguayan restaurant located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, has expanded its wine list to offer the largest selection of tannat wines in the city.

    Charrua’s food features the staples of Uruguayan homemade cuisine: chivito (filet mignon sandwich), empanadas, steak with chimichurri, milanesa (breaded beef or chicken cutlet), as well as a selection of pastas, fish, soups, and salads. Although the restaurant features some vegetarian offerings, steak and beef dishes have remained customers´ preferred options. For this reason, when the time came to craft Charrua’s wine list, our sommelier decided that tannat wines should to be at the top of the list.

    Tannat is a red wine grape that produces full-bodied wines that pair extremely well with steak and beef. The grape was originally grown in the Madiran region of France, and brought by Basque settlers to Uruguay in the 19th century. Tannat became the country’s most prominent grape and a source of national pride and identity. Uruguay now produces world-class wines that are exported to the U.S. Charrua’s wine list is complemented by the best wines Uruguay has to offer, most notably cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, the widely awarded albariño, and other interesting blends.

    Charrua is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch, brunch and dinner. Every week Charrua celebrates “Wine Tuesdays”, offering 50% on all wine bottles.

  19. Hi Brian,

    Very nice to meet you (albeit virtually).

    Great post on Titan on the Gothamist! Mercato.com recently partnered with Titan to act as an online ordering channel and power Titan’s delivery throughout New York City as well as Nationally. We are an online marketplace and delivery platform for speciality food stores. Some of our partners include Japan Premium Beef, Amy’s Bread, Li-Lac Chocolates and a number of well known butcher shops.

    We would love to partner with you on a content piece or perhaps even have you try our service to gather feedback. Please let me know and I can add credit to your account if this of interest.

    About us: Two principals in the company come from HelloFresh and Rocket Internet (myself), and the others built an online marketplace for used text books called ValoreBooks to $100M in sales prior to its acquisition. Mercato is our way of leveraging our experience building marketplaces to help speciality shops in NYC sell their products online and offer delivery to customers. Mercato is venture capital backed.

    Many thanks in advance for your time.

    Warm Regards,

  20. Lina says:

    Hello! I previously posted on here with my email address and was hoping you could delete my comment – I continue to get emails directed towards your blog and have to tell them I am not associated.


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