My search for the best pizza in New York continues….
When I visited St. Louis a few years ago, I discovered a relatively obscure pizza style I never even knew existed. St. Louis pizza was unheard of in these parts. And here I was thinking that New York had every style of pizza imaginable. Was it topped with barbecue and baked on gooey butter cake? What could possibly separate the pizza in “the Gateway to the West” from the rest of the world?
I must admit I wasn’t immediately won over when I visited Imo’s in downtown St. Louis. The pizza was cracker thin and it was caked with a gooey processed cheese called Provel. Evidently if you grew up with the stuff, you learned to love and crave it. Having come to this later in life, I wasn’t as nostalgic for the greasy, plastic flavor. It was only a matter of time before this oddity was brought to the big city and it makes perfect sense that Brooklyn is where that niche was filled. (more…)
I returned from my amazing trip in Hawaii and before I can even begin dealing with my jet lag and digesting all that kalua pork, the Village Voice will be hosting another one of their huge food festivals. The sixth annual Choice Eats will happen tonight at the 69th Armory on 23rd and Lexington Avenue from 6:30-9:30.
The massive event will feature 86 food vendors representing just about every kind of cuisine in New York. Everything will be represented from Yunnan Kitchen’s unique Northern Chinese cuisine and Maima’s Liberian Bistro from way out in Queens to high-end fine dining restaurants like Del Posto and Telepan to hipster Brooklyn spots like Allswell and Littleneck to a wide range of desserts like Robicelli’s cupcakes and Butter & Scotch’s boozy treats.
No doubt there will be lots of pizza, hot dogs, ice cream, and beer to taste, so expect a scientific re-cap in the coming days. Unfortunately, general admission tickets are sold out so if you haven’t purchased tickets yet, you’ll have to wait until next year and meanwhile, live vicariously through me.