Random EWZ food news, announcements, and other nonsense
Ziggy gains weight! This means two health plays entering the Hell’s Kitchen Survival Guide. Fairly newish Reviver is a small take-out fast food spot on 8th ave with a varied health, gluten-free conscious menu. And Mooncake Foods, a chainlet with three locations offering various Asian inspired meals like tuna, salmon over rice, and some excellent soups I’ve been enjoying the last few years. Perhaps I should finally join… what’s that thing called… Googling… a Gym (stop laughing family, friends). The closest thing to a gym in my life was when Mrs Z brought me the wrong deodorant one day, just so I could come home from work a little stinky, or manly, as if I’m coming from the gym.
Mark the date. The Ziggat 50 is coming, December 9th! The Ziggat 50 (will be changed to the Ziggy 50 once I get sued) will feature Ziggy’s favorite $10-100 meals in NYC. This means it will feature places that are generally less than $100 per person (no Marea, Ko, etc), and more than $10 person (no pizza slices, cheap tacos, etc). A list for the rest of us 99%.
Staten Island Pizza – I’ve always said that the only reason to cross bridges to Staten Island is for Sri-Lankan. Well, I’ve been saying that for years while secretly enjoying some amazing pizza in SI as of late. Joe & Pats, Giove, Nonna’s, Lee’s Tavern, the inventor of the bar pizza, and of course the classic, always busy Denino’s. Check out this recently produced One Minute Meal on Denino’s. And in a couple of weeks there will be another big name joining the gamg, Capizzi of Hell’s Kitchen. Owner Joe is no stranger to Staten Island. He’s converting his old classic NY-American La Bella on Hylan blvd, promising to dish out pizzas just like in Ziggy fave Capizzi.
Bruno Pizza – one of my favorite new restaurants of the year is getting a lot of attention as of late. Pete Wells gave it zero stars in his somewhat bizarre, disgruntled yelp style review. The attack on hype machines along with other things has instigated heated discussions on Chowhound, and hype praising articles. Try it yourself, order what I recommend, and judge for yourself.
Hell’s Kitchen Food Tour is closed for the season, and maybe for good. I’ve met so many great people during the last few years, some of whom are now friends. On a recent tour with a photographer I brought my big boy camera as well for an upcoming blog post detailing the entire tour. Stay tuned for that one. I haven’t made up my mind if this is something I want to continue doing next year
Peace and Love