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

PAT LAFRIEDA MEAT PURVEYORS, Inside The Pennsy, 2 Pennsylvania Plaza (at West 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue), Midtown West

I find it very ironic that the best of the four dishes I tasted at Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors was one of their vegetarian sides. The meat sandwiches weren’t bad, but none served were as unique and surprising as a plate of polenta sticks. (more…)


My search for the best dumplings in New York continues….

KUNG FU LITTLE STEAMED BUNS RAMEN, 811 Eighth Avenue (between 48th and 49th Street), Hell's Kitchen

For my dumpling reviews, it’s been a while since I’ve ventured much further outside one of this city’s Chinatowns. I especially did not expect to find myself in the Theater District for legitimate dumplings.

But that’s exactly where Kung Fu Ramen sits – on Eighth Avenue just a few blocks away from most of the big hotels and splashy Broadway theaters. (more…)


Category: Dumplings

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

MISCELÁNEA, 63 East 4th Street (between Bowery and Second Avenue), East Village

For most people, it’s not so difficult to find time to eat lunch between 11:30am and 4pm. Unfortunately, I’m not most people. And so I kept missing the sandwiches at the new Mexican provisions shop Miscelánea. They closed their kitchen at 4pm.

I had been by a number of times trying to get some food, but I was always too late. One afternoon I found myself in the East Village and I needed some sustenance. That’s when I realized I had ten minutes to get myself to the little shop on 4th Street. (more…)


Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NY Craft Cocktail Tour explores the craft cocktail culture of New York from local distilleries to specialty spirit shops to amazing cocktail bars and speakeasies. 

After a visit to Brooklyn Brewery, the next natural step is to walk a few blocks and visit New York Distilling Company. Here they give free tours of their facility, which has been producing different gins, rye, and liqueurs since 2011. It’s a beautiful space and even more exciting is that their bar The Shanty pours some mean cocktails. You can learn more about them and cocktail culture on our Craft Cocktail Tour.

New York Distilling Company


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My search for the best cheesecake in New York continues….

BREADS BAKERY, 18 East 16th Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue), Union Square

I was not expecting to visit Breads for my official cheesecake search. This is an Israeli-owned bakery known more for their breads, rugelach, and babkas than cakes. But this past summer they celebrated cheesecake month and focused on making a different cheesecake dessert each week.

Beautiful Breads

The month-long celebration has ended, but it caught my eye and I discovered that they make a year-long cheesecake. Turns out their unique take on the classic rivals many of the old time Italian bakeries in the city. (more…)


Category: Cheesecake

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

GUN HILL BREWING COMPANY, 3227 Laconia Avenue (between Boston Road and Duncan Street), Allerton, Bronx

Since this is my third consecutive post about beer and breweries, it seems this week is dedicated to beer. Why not? It’s a good time to be a beer drinker in the city.

I recently made the trip up to Gun Hill Brewing Company in the Bronx to have a flight of their sudsy offerings. The last time I was up here was to meet with the owners Dave and Kieran to discuss our NYC Brewery Tour. At that time, their brewmaster Chris had just begun brewing beer but there was none for us to taste quite yet.

Since that time, they’ve won awards and even begun canning some of their beers. The brewery itself is worth a visit, but I’ll have a separate post about that experience in the coming weeks.

One of the beers I tasted in their flight was so surprising and delicious that I had to include it as this week’s featured dish.

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