VIDEO: Tasting Homemade Versions of Major League Baseball’s Craziest Stadium Food for 2016

Date April 4, 2016

The players are in shape for Major League Baseball’s Opening Day but the fans are in trouble especially if you look at the new lineup of edible monstrosities being sold this season at ballparks all over the country. Instead of immediately doing aerobic exercise Steve Overmyer, sports anchor for New York City’s WCBS & WLNY55-10 asked me to re-create four of the craziest dishes in my own kitchen so we see which, if any, are worth shaving a few minutes off your life for. The answers may surprise you. In case you missed it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (ahem, follow me please), you can watch it here!

Special thanks to host Steve Overmyer for having me on the show. Follow him on Facebook for some entertaining behind the scenes videos (this one features me!) and watch his sportscasts Wed-Sun on WCBS2 News at 11PM and WLNY55/10 New at 9PM.

I’M GOING TO BE ON TV TONIGHT! WLNY Ch 55 around 9:45PM talking ‪‎crazy‬ ‪‎baseball‬ stadium food that I made from scratch!

Date April 2, 2016

I’M GOING TO BE ON TV TONIGHT! WLNY Ch 55 / Ch 10 around 9:45PM with Steve Overmyer talking ‪‎crazy‬ ‪‎baseball‬ stadium food like the homemade peanut butter & pretzel-coated ‪‎bacon the Mets will serve at Citi Field‬ and a bacon cheeseburger with pepperoni pizzas as buns like the Braves will serve. There will be more crazy homemade creations on the air tonight! Hopefully the fact that this is for TV and not personal consumption will absolve me from the wrath I’m bringing upon myself from the food gods for creating such monstrosities. Probably not. Oh well.

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Speedy Romeo, One of My Favorite Brooklyn Restaurants, Opens in Manhattan’s Lower East Side TONIGHT! (PLUS NYC Food Guy-Created Psychedelic Food Art)

Date March 30, 2016

I’ve had an up and down love affair with food blogging over the years but one thing I’ve loved forever is drawing. I recently started combining this passion with my love for food by creating posters for friend’s restaurants events. The inspiration for my art is a mixture of the Marvel comic books I read and cartoons I watched growing up as well as psychedelic rock and roll posters from the 1960s and 70s. If you’re interested in receiving a print or want to commission new art, e-mail me [email protected]

For this poster I drew the pizza playing Eddie Van Halen’s guitar (read below to see why) on the background of a 1967 Martin Sharp Jimi Hendrix poster.

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You know what Manhattan and the Lower East Side needs? Creative pizza topped with things like Katz’s Pastrami, red cabbage and 1000 Island dressing on an everything bagel crust (see below). Or a pizza covered in pepperoni, sausage, pickled chiles, and melted Provel cheese (a mixture of mozzarella, provolone and cheddar native to St. Louis) that’s cut party style so it’s just… more… fun (see below). How about a fast food-style burger made with top notch beef on a perfectly squishy, seeded bun served wrapped in wax paper? Or flame-grilled chicken parmesan topped with melted fresh mozz and crispy bread crumbs all resting on tomato sauce and garlicky sauteed kale? And if you want something sweet, how about a S’mores dessert loaded with chocolate and marshmallow that gets hit with a branding iron straight from the wood fire before it reaches your table? This is what Speedy Romeo has been doing in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn for the last few years and as The Infatuation aptly declared “Speedy Romeo is the best restaurant you haven’t been to.” And like the tres Brooklyn space nestled inside a refurbished auto garage, the Manhattan space is also as comfy and cool as an old leather jacket and also cooks only with fire thanks to a bad ass grill and a wood-fired oven painted like Eddie Van Halen’s guitar. Get down to the Lower East Side, ask for one of the co-owners Todd or Chef Justin, tell them the NYC Food Guy sent you and enjoy the great music and food.

pastrami Reuben #pizza w/ everything bagel crust for @speedyromeo 4th anniversary & #nationalpizzaday! #brooklyn #pizzaday =========== =========== Speedy Romeo in #clintonhill is an authentically #NYC restaurant you should check out ASAP for wood fired pizza, #burgers, #steaks (at a minimum) and keep your eyes peeled for their impending #manhattan opening on Clinton St #lowereastside

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When #pizza is this good you should admire it for breakfast. At @speedyromeo for @bonappetitmag #bagrubcrawl Saturday w/ @dan_churchill there's no other pizza in #NYC like this "saint Louis" as its topped with Provel cheese from St. Louis. It's a processed mix of provolone, mozzarella and cheddar and it melts like American cheese. Then it's topped with pickled chiles and sausage and cut into little squares making it feel like you're a little kid eating at a cool restaurant in #ClintonHill #brooklyn

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House made Ricotta & tomato grilled #pizza at @speedyromeo makes you happy it's still summer. It's all wood fire at Speedy so everything is kissed with a perfect smokey char. Go today, thank me later and save room for a Saint Louis Pie and a burger. #clintonhill #Brooklyn

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Speedy Romeo
63 Clinton Street b/t Rivington St & Stanton St, New York, NY 10002 212.529.6300
Clinton Hill Brooklyn Location – 376 Classon Ave at Greene Ave, Brooklyn NY 11238 718.230.0061

Watch My Crazy Homemade Super Bowl Food Creations on WLNY55/10 (From Feb. 13, 2016)

Date February 9, 2016

In case you missed it on @nycfoodguy Instagram, Facebook or Twitter I appeared on WLNY Channel 55/10 this past Saturday to show off some crazy homemade creations ahead of Super Bowl 50.  The theme was “Old vs New” and the goal was to take stodgy old Super Bowl party dishes and flip them on their heads.  Watch the video to see how deep fried bacon unites pigs in blankets with nachos, how mac and cheese provides the bun for cheeseburger sliders and why a trip to the donut shop will change everything you thought you knew about Buffalo chicken. Oh and bonus: Nutella, chocolate chip cinnamon rolls made with pizza dough. Super Bowl will never be the same.  Now how the hell do I top this spread for next year’s broadcast?! Suggestions welcome.

Special thanks to host Steve Overmyer for having me on the show.  Check out his sportscasts Wed-Sun on WCBS2 News at 11PM and WLNY55/10 New at 9PM.

6-Stop Westchester & Connecticut Food Tour with Adeena Sussman and Jay Cheshes

Date November 12, 2015

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When undertaking a serious food tour, there’s only two things to remember: Firstly, go big or go home. Second, bring reinforcements.  With that in mind, I called together two of my favorite co-conspirators Adeena Sussman, food writer, cookbook co-author and recipe developer, and international food and travel writer Jay Cheshes. The mission? A road trip to Frank Pepe’s in New Haven, CT for some of America’s oldest and most heralded pizza.  But with four other highly recommended food destinations along the way, would we even have room for pizza?  I quickly put that thought out of my mind. Failure was not an option.

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Queens Best Pizza: New Park Pizza in Howard Beach is hard to get to but worth the effort

Date August 11, 2014


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A photo can only do so much justice to conveying the comfort food factor a pizza pie offers, especially this plain pie at New Park Pizza. This was my first stop after arriving at JFK Airport after 23 days in Japan and Australia and it was almost as comforting as the hug my Mom and Sister simultaneously grabbed me in 20 minutes earlier. Ask for it well done when you order and the unique brick oven (make sure to take a look at it) will torch up a pie for you in under 5 minutes. The crust is crispy and chewy and the sauce is sweet and thin and it all comes together with an abundance of mozzarella to form one of my favorite classic NYC style slices. Thanks to the inimitable Paulie Gee for the recommendation.

NYC Kosher Deli: Pastrami Queen on the Upper East Side Serves One of the Best Pastrami Sandwiches I’ve Had Outside of Katz’s Deli (Just Make Sure to Ask For It “Fatty”)

Date February 13, 2014

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I’m paraphrasing Henry Miller’s “Tropic of Cancer” here when I say the best part of life is meeting new people because we can’t possibly experience all of what life has to offer on our own. That’s why I’m happy I stuck around after a comedy show a few weeks back to introduce myself to the very funny comedy duo Stone and Stone.  They offered two totally new experiences: their offbeat and hilarious brand of comedy AND new places to eat.  Our conversation strayed to my world of food and they praised Pastrami Queen on 78th and Lexington Avenue, a place I hadn’t tried.  And since we’re three Jews with a love for outlandish statements and cured meats, what better place than Pastrami Queen (one of the only truly kosher delis in Manhattan) to meet on a cold February night?

What the deli lacks in ambiance – it’s just a few small tables and a tall deli counter inside – it makes up for with its pastrami, especially if you ask for it fatty.  My overstuffed sandwich ($15.95) arrived on fresh, seeded rye bread, thin slices of machine-cut beef layered atop one another glistening under fluorescent lights.  It was one of the best pastrami sandwiches I’ve had in a while outside of Katz’s Deli.  And that’s a feat Pastrami Queen can be proud of because they key to Katz’s pastrami is that it’s hand cut against the grain of the meat resulting in bites that just crumble and melt in your mouth.  It’s the same principle you would apply to a great burger, you want it loosely packed so the fat and juices have little spaces to dwell within the meat and create extra flavor with every bite.   For Pastrami Queen to accomplishes the same crumbly, melt in your mouth quality even though its meat is sliced by machine is something to brag about.  The corned beef was equally fall-apart-tender but unfortunately the brisket was quite dry. Hand cut French fries were excellent, crisp as requested and about as thick as a diner fry so there was some actual potato inside as well.  I’m not on the Upper East Side often but thanks to the Stone brothers and Pastrami Queen, more frequent trips uptown may be in order.

Pastrami Queen

1125 Lexington Ave b/t 78th and 79th Street
New York, NY 10075
212.734.1500
Open 10AM-10PM everyday

NYC Best Nachos: A Cheese Sauce Worth Traveling For at River Styx in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Date February 10, 2014

You know you’re either a very dedicated eater or just plain crazy when you’re walking through a light snowstorm to the edge of Greenpoint, Brooklyn on the East River for a plate of nachos.  Fortunately, my cheese-covered self loathing was tempered by the presence of my brother and fellow intrepid eater Craig, aka Lil NYC Food Guy, who dutifully joined me on our nacho mission.  Why were we so driven to eat a dish that can be found on almost every block of the East Village? Because at River Styx, the nachos are different.  They simultaneously offer the perfect balance of sinful, plate-scraping regret and thoughtful contemplation;  these are a thinking man’s nachos.  And this is not just your typical bar with food, this is a very cozy and cool-looking restaurant for friends, dates and solo revelers.  Friendly servers guide you past the long bar and wood-fired oven to a multi-level dining room where you’re fed by a kitchen who takes itself seriously while still appreciating the food we all love to eat while drunk, stoned or otherwise under the influence.

A prime example: The cheese sauce, made of the holy trinity of American cheese, heavy cream and Frank’s Red Hot.  It offers a richness that when combined with the crunchy, salty house made chips has you reaching for another helping before you’re finished chewing the first.   The need for actual thought begins when you decide how to best combine the plate’s other elements – sliced radishes, cilantro on the stalk, pickled carrots and jalapenos, and tender, sweet, Mexican-spiced pulled chicken.  If you have a true mind for nachos this will be easy.  Revert back to your base instincts and combine as many of those ingredients as you can into a single heaping pile.  And with cheese and crema dripping down your wrist and chips balanced precariously atop one another, stop thinking and do what you’ve always done best: dive in.

River Styx

21 Greenpoint Avenue b/t West Street and the East River
Brooklyn, NY 11222  718.383.8833
Dinner every night 6-11pm, 11:30pm on Fri & Sat, Brunch Sat & Sun 10am-4pm

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Brooklyn Pizza: Creative Neapolitan Pies, Homemade Mozzarella, Fresh Pastas & S’mores Calzones at Emily in Clinton Hill

Date January 31, 2014

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My lovely date and I emerged from the C train Clinton/Washington Street subway stop on to Fulton Street and walked one and a half blocks to “Emily,” a cozy and friendly Neapolitan pizza restaurant owned by husband and wife Matt and Emily Hyland.    After training under Luca Arrigoni of Sottocasa (Boerum Hill), a disciple of Roberto Caporuscio of Keste Pizza (West Village), Matt helped open Brooklyn Central in Park Slope where Emily joined him there as general manager. When it came time for the two to embark on their own pizza adventure, Matt named his restaurant and his signature pizza after his wife. Brownie points for life.

With sturdy, light-colored wood tables, low lighting, a tall bar, and a diverse and affordable wine, beer and cocktail list, this is a great neighborhood spot or destination date spot (just a few blocks from Barclays Center, BAM and a quick cab ride from the new Royal Palms Shuffelboard Club in Gowanus).

Start with a kale salad ($9) dressed with shaved pecorino, dried cherries and sherry-thyme vinaigrette and the crispy Brussels sprouts ($9) with worcestershire, diced apple, black sesame and some mild chiles.  If you’re feeling indulgent, order a generously portioned meat and cheese plate ($18) and make sure it includes the creamy Bleu alongside toasted pecans, dried cherries and sliced pear with honey.  If you’re in the mood for red wine, the $34 bottle of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Reserve is a slightly dry and very drinkable complement to most of the items I recommend.

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Make sure to save room for pasta, bought fresh from Sfoglini, a local Brooklyn wholesale operation started by a former chef from Roberta’s Pizza.  The cavatelli (pictured above, $10) with melted ricotta, poppy seed and lemon zest is Hyland’s take on the Roman classic “cacio e pepe” and is a perfect prelude to his pizzas.  Make sure to keep the bowl on your table as the pizzas arrive because you’ll want to dip the pizza crust in the leftover cream sauce that collects at the bottom.

Two pizzas for two people is an ideal order, just make sure one of them is the namesake “Emily” (pictured above, $19) featuring mildly funky tallegio cheese and creamy pillows of mozzarella (made fresh daily by Matt) topped with pistachios and honey.  Truffle spread is also listed as an ingredient but it didn’t play much of a flavor role for us.  My lovely date and I also tried the “William” pizza ($12) topped with tomato sauce, the excellent mozzarella, olives, red onion, garlic, and fresh basil.  The sweet sauce and briny olives had a slightly overpowering effect but the mozzarella made it very easy to keep eating.  We left a few slices behind (Lovely date enjoyed the reheated pizza leftovers the next day) to save room for our gooey chocolate and marshmallow-filled S’mores calzone ($10), which like the rest of the evening at Emily – food, service and atmosphere –  was as comforting as you hope it would be on a brisk January evening in New York City.

Emily

919 Fulton Street b/t Clinton Ave & Waverly Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11238
347.844.9588
Open Sun-Monday 5-11PM, Wed-Fri 5-11PM, Sat 5PM-12AM,
Closed Tuesdays

Williamsburg, Brooklyn Cheap Eats: NYC Food Guy’s Top Picks Featured on Foodie.com

Date December 3, 2013

Williamsburg, Brooklyn may have jumped the tank as an up-and-coming hood, but despite its popularity and the arrival of big brands and restaurants, there are still a lot of amazing cheap eats to be had! Click on “See the collection” above for some of my top picks. If I missed any, please share your picks in the comments.

Wondering how I put the collection together in that neat little package above? It’s all Foodie.com, a pretty sweet new site that is like Pinterest but for food. It’s got a ton of recipes (and food porn to go with them) and now they’re starting to pick up the pace on the restaurant side and their collection feature is a great way to keep your food thoughts organized. Create a collection of your favorites or create an eating to do list, whatever you do, head over to Foodie.com and start playing around and telling me where I need to go eat next!

Check out some of my other collections like “Most Unusual Restaurants in NYC” or “Best Late Night Eats in NYC” below:

The NYC Food Guy’s Restaurant Collections on Foodie.com

NYC Best Pizza: Some of NYC Food Guy’s Favorite Pies & Slices in NYC featured on Foodie.com

Date December 2, 2013

Pizza is a pretty touchy subject in NYC so I’m sure there are some places on my list that you won’t agree with.  That’s okay. I welcome your suggestions, that’s how I’ve discovered some of my favorite places.  And besides, pizza is a personal thing, especially to New Yorkers, so this list is what I consider some of my favorite pies and slices in NYC. Click on “See the collection” for my pizza picks and please tell me yours in the comments.

Wondering how I put the collection together in that neat little package above? It’s all Foodie.com, a pretty sweet new site that is like Pinterest but for food. It’s got a ton of recipes (and food porn to go with them) and now they’re starting to pick up the pace on the restaurant side and their collection feature is a great way to keep your food thoughts organized. Create a collection of your favorites or create an eating to do list, whatever you do, head over to Foodie.com and start playing around and telling me where I need to go eat next!

Check out some of my other collections like “Best Burgers in NYC” or “Best Late Night Eats in NYC” below:

The NYC Food Guy’s Restaurant Collections on Foodie.com

Happy Thanksgiving! Today’s a Great Day to Wrap Something in Bacon

Date November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving fellow food lovers. In celebration of a holiday that celebrates gluttony, I give you the great bacon wrapped turkducken, also known as the “Turbaconducken.” That means a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey ALL WRAPPED IN BACON. I mean why not right? The turbaconducken makes me happy, so happy I decided to bring it back from the archives (shout out to King of Ketchup for the link). The recipe and photos are not mine but I feel like the excitement is for all of us to share. Because after all, that’s what this website is all about, getting excited to eat! So on this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful I can go out and eat anything I want (or at least until my doctor says otherwise) and share it with all of you. What are you thankful for and what are you doing for your Thanksgiving feast?

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NYC Best Dessert Under $10: NYC Food Guy’s Top Picks Featured on Foodie.com

Date November 27, 2013

Looking for some last minute Thanksgiving dessert to bring home to the family?  This list will definitely help without hurting your wallet!  Click on “See the collection” above for some of my favorites. And since I’m sure there are more that I didn’t list, let me know what I missed in the comments.

Wondering how I put the collection together in that neat little package above? It’s all Foodie.com, a pretty sweet new site that is like Pinterest but for food. It’s got a ton of recipes (and food porn to go with them) and now they’re starting to pick up the pace on the restaurant side and their collection feature is a great way to keep your food thoughts organized. Create a collection of your favorites or create an eating to do list, whatever you do, head over to Foodie.com and start playing around and telling me where I need to go eat next!

Check out some of my other collections like “Best Burgers in NYC” or “Best Breakfast in NYC” below:

The NYC Food Guy’s Restaurant Collections on Foodie.com

NYC Chinatown Cheap Eats Food Tour: NYC Food Guy’s Top Picks Featured on Foodie.com

Date November 26, 2013

I know Thanksgiving is not Christmas, but a day off from work is still a great reason to go explore Chinatown.  But with so many people and places it’s a wonder we can figure out where to sit down and eat!  Well if you follow my list, you’ll not only eat well, you’ll FEAST for a very low price.  You can thank me later but in the meantime, click on “See the collection” for the Chinatown intel.

Wondering how I put the collection together in that neat little package above? It’s all Foodie.com, a pretty sweet new site that is like Pinterest but for food. It’s got a ton of recipes (and food porn to go with them) and now they’re starting to pick up the pace on the restaurant side and their collection feature is a great way to keep your food thoughts organized. Create a collection of your favorites or create an eating to do list, whatever you do, head over to Foodie.com and start playing around and telling me where I need to go eat next!

Check out some of my other collections like “Most Unusual Restaurants in NYC” or “Best Breakfast in NYC” below:

The NYC Food Guy’s Restaurant Collections on Foodie.com

NYC Best Thai Food: “Som Tum Thai” Papaya Salad at Zabb Elee in East Village

Date November 19, 2013

Shredded papaya, vinegar, fish sauce, peanuts, fermented dry shrimp, Thai chiles, string beans, tomato, and iceberg lettuce.  Simple, fresh, sweet, sour, salty, and oh so spicy.  This salad has it all.  When you’ve eaten all the good stuff, dip pieces of sticky rice in the dressing that collects underneath and you have a second meal.   This salad is one of my favorite Thai dishes and simply one of my favorite salads in New York City.  The fermented dry shrimp add a definite funky flavor and texture which can be a bit tough to overcome for some people but you can just tell them to keep that out or on the side.  They’re happy to oblige as every salad is made fresh.  If you love Thai food but haven’t been to Zabb Elee, it’s time. They offer a Thai experience unlike any other because they specialize in Isan Thai (northeastern Thailand) where there’s not really any noodles, just lots of great salads (warm and cold) and stir fries.  At Zabb Elee you order on a five-level heat chart.  Anything above three seems to be pretty face-melting.  My favorite dish there is the Kana Moo Krob which features crispy chunks of fatty pork belly wok sauteed in soy sauce, chile and garlic along with snappy strands of Chinese broccoli. It always hits the spot.

Zabb Elee

75 2nd Avenue b/t 4th & 5th Street

New York, NY 10003

(212) 505-9533

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