Danji, the long time EWZ fave in the kitchen of hell is now doing brunch. In addition to the best tofu dish in town, you can now enjoy delicacies like the Big Korean Breakfast (top picture), Kimchi bacon fried rice, and their version of the Filipino Sisig. This medium size Jew did the big Korean Breakfast and (of course) the tofu last week, and as much as I enjoyed them, I would love to try the other offerings next time
Talking about Sisigs, I accidentally had it twice last month. My favorite was in Maharlika in East Village. Gorgeously fried pig ears, snout, belly with garlic, chilies on top of garlicky rice. Just a solid combination of flavors and textures. And while you at it, try their Lumpia rolls
Having trouble sleeping? Problems in the bedroom, ever since Prosperity Dumplings closed by the health dep’t. Before you reach for the red pill, blue pill or any pill for that matter, check out Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle in Chinatown. Even at room temperature, you get some of the tastiest fried pork dumplings in NYC today. 8 for $3 is still quite cheaper than what all the new places charging today
In Pizza news, while I dont normally get excited about Sullivan Street Bakery‘s thin, often room temp Roman pies (I do get excited about everything else), the day I walked into a fresh Pizza Capicola changed all that. Coppa ham, green olives, chili, fennel, Mascarpone. A masterful combo with plenty of nice heat to keep your taste buds happy for a while.
Discoering Los Mariscos in Chelsea Market is like discovering a secret Speakeasy, or Tom Hanks discovering a secret garden full of typewriters. The Los Tacos #1 team leased the space that leads from the tacos hallway to 15th st where there’s a separate entrance. The place meant to resemble a Mexican seafood shack, and the Baja style fish and shrimp tacos are as solid as they get in NYC. And at $3 to $4, quite affordable for Chelsea Market
I’ve been eating quite a bit in Brooklyn as of late. Some ups, some downs, with the highlight coming from the most unexpected, Olivier Bistro in Park Slope. Homey, basic French Bistro fare done well. Escargot, Hanger, Daurade special particular standouts.
Stop me when I start sounding like Crazy Eddy, but the new East Village Food Tour is beginning to look like a smashing success food and sightseeing wise. I assembled a pretty nice route that includes a stop at the always fun Caracas Arepa Bar where we’ll sample some Venezuelan mini Arepas they do especially for the tour. Not all tours will be the same, but this one is shaping to be one the most popular stops.
In my constant pursuit of great Soup Dumplings (Xiaolongbao) in NYC that included the much hyped Drunken Dumplings, and others, The Bao in, you guessed it, East Village, makes possibly the best I’ve had in NYC. Thin skin that holds it on, and a very fine filling of pork and crab which is what I recommend. Love the dumplings, not so much the stuffier than it should be, $10 per person minimum, space.
Right below Bao on St Marks place is another place we’ve been obsessing with as of late, Spot Dessert Bar. Playful, imaginary desserts like the Harvest, a plant of berries and soft cheesecake that you water with black rose milk tea. Dont overlook however the more normal looking and sounding Green tea lava cake
In Bakery news, I cant get enough of Breads Bakery (Jerusalem baguettes, babka, multiple locations), and Arcade Bakery in Tribeca. Arcade is located in a lobby of an office building and the hours are office kind hours (m-f 8-4). Go early for the sensational buttery Laminated Baguette, Whiskey-pecan Babka and call me in the morning.
Miso Cherry! Say it with me, c’mon. Slower. Say it like you mean it. Meeesooo Cherry! Another wacky Oddfellows Ice Cream flavor that is perhaps the best ice cream/Gelato I’ve had this year.