Entries Categorized as 'MANHATTAN'

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

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 [...]

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. [...]

NYC Best Sandwiches: Sub in Grilled Chicken & Russian Dressing for Roast Beef & A1 Steak Sauce in “RB King” Sandwich at Toastie’s or G3 Sandwich at Lenny’s

Date November 18, 2013

Sometimes great sandwiches are right in front of you if you use your imagination.  Lenny’s and Toasties are two sandwich shops with multiple locations in Manhattan and near identical menus (I think some guys left Lenny’s and opened Toastie’s, taking the menu with them and renaming most items).  But despite their vast sandwich offerings, you [...]

NYC Best Chocolate Chip Cookies: Friday Levain Bakery Fix

Date November 15, 2013

I mean really, why not post another photo of the best chocolate chip walnut cookie on the planet? Haven’t tried it yet and want to know more? Read about it here, here, here, here, and here (it’s so good I’ve written about it five times).
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NYC Best Pizza: Cafe Duke’s Spicy Chicken Pizza May Be My Favorite Lunch in Midtown West & I’m Not Ashamed to Admit it

Date November 14, 2013

Hey, good food is good food. Doesn’t matter where it’s from, even if it’s Cafe Duke, the pinnacle of NYC we-have-it-all “gourmet” food shops. You know the kind of place I mean, they have pizza, sushi, sandwiches, soup, udon noodles, salads, a hot food bar, and snacks and candy bars from all over the world. [...]

NYC West Village Pizza: John’s Of Bleecker Satisfies In That Perfectly Greasy Bar Pizza Way You Want (And Goes Great With Cheap Beer)

Date November 13, 2013

I’m not much for food and wine pairings. I like to save my space for food and then drink after.  But sometimes I get really sophisticated and have an epiphany, like at John’s of Bleecker last week.  I realized that this may be the perfect pizza to pair with cheap beer. It’s super crispy [...]

NYC Best Chocolate Chip Cookie (with walnuts): Why you need to go to Levain Bakery NOW

Date November 8, 2013

This is very simple. Do you like chocolate chip cookies? Do you enjoy having your life changed for the better? Do you look at the photo above and think dirty thoughts? Don’t lie.  Why do you need to go to Levain Bakery NOW? Because if you answered “yes” to any of those questions, Levain Bakery [...]

NYC Best Chicken Fingers: Salted Caramel, Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Fingers at Sticky’s Finger Joint Satisfy On So Many Levels

Date November 7, 2013

They’re sweet, sticky, salty, and crunchy. And that’s before you even get to the tender white meat chicken. At first glance the salted caramel pretzel idea doesn’t seem to jive with chicken, but it works so well you’ll be kicking yourself for not thinking of this concoction first.  Chicken fingers are battered in crushed pretzel, [...]

NYC East Village Late Night Pizza: Muzzarella Consistently Gets it Done on Avenue A & 14th Street (And Is a Great Alternative to Waiting on line at Artichoke)

Date November 6, 2013

This is by no means the best pizza in New York City. It’s not even the best pizza in the East Village. What is it, however, is the best late night pizza on the Northern half of the East Village, if not for their variety of slices – they typically have between 5-10 pies with [...]

NYC Lower East Side Filipino & Vietnamese Food: Brunch at Pig & Khao Kind of Blew My Mind

Date November 5, 2013

So apparently Pig and Khao, the newish Lower East Side restaurant from former Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen (Remember? Cute brunette who made out with Hosea? Who? Right.), is serving “Filipino-inspired” cuisine.  I guess that just means they get to serve dishes from other Asian cuisines and not have to explain why. Works for me. [...]

NYC Weekend-Only Eats: Carnitas Tacos at Porchetta in East Village (Ask for Cracklin on the side)

Date October 11, 2013

I like weekends about as much as I thought I could. Then I discovered the weekend-only carnitas tacos at Porchetta and now weekends are the new black.  If you’ve had the namesake porchetta sandwich (Niman Ranch pork loin and pork belly stuffed with spices, rolled and roasted until moist inside and fatty and crispy outside), [...]

NYC Filipino Food: Sizzling Sisig is an Adventure for Pork Lovers at Maharlika in the East Village

Date October 10, 2013

Looks pretty good doesn’t it? Tastes pretty damn good too. Want to know why its an adventure? Because that pork fried rice-looking concoction actually contains four pig parts: ear, snout, cheek and belly.  And surprisingly, they’re all delicious in their own way.  They go through a three-tiered cooking process, first being braised to seal in [...]

NYC Italian Sandwiches: Sergimmo Salumeria Serves the Best in Midtown West

Date October 3, 2013

You’re looking at mortadella, warm fried eggplant, a hearty later of melted and thinly sliced sharp provolone, peppery arugula, and balsamic vinaigrette on ciabatta. All freshly sliced and prepared to order. The chicken parmesan hero is also solid and I’m always tempted to try one of their other two dozen sandwich creations, or the [...]

NYC Wings: International Wings Factory on the Upper East Side, An Unlikely Location for the Best Sauces in NYC

Date October 2, 2013

What makes a great wing? Is it the size and quality of the chicken? Is it the frying technique? Or is it the sauces? Take a trip to the International Wings Factory on 1st Ave b/t 91st & 92nd street, and the answer is clear: it’s all about the sauces. They offer thirteen different sauces [...]

NYC Mexican Food & Cheap Eats: Taco Cart at 70th Street & Broadway May Be Upper West Side’s Best Lunch Deal & Best Mexican Food

Date September 26, 2013

Spicy pork taco ($2.50)

Two spicy pork tostadas ($3.00 each)
In the colorful photo just above these words, you’re looking at two carne enchilada tostadas.  Crispy, open face taco shells spread with beans, covered with freshly griddled spicy pork, and topped with lettuce, tomato, and crumbly white cheese.  They were made by an industrious Mexican woman inside [...]