Archive for November, 2007

Koronet Pizza: Bigger does NOT equal better

November 30, 2007

Koronet Pizza on 111th St. & Broadway serves what is arguably the biggest slice in New York City. Unfortunately, that doesn’t equate to big quality. Then again, this might be the best drunk slice in New York; it’s the size of your head and you won’t feel bad about getting 2 slices because 1 at Koronet is the size of 2.


Look at that slice ($3) it’s as big as the tray.



Zaitzeff Burger: Family & quality ingredients are a winning recipe

November 29, 2007


Above: Zaitzeff’s standard cheeseburger (not sure if it’s sirloin or wagyu Kobe) 

I just got off the phone with Amine Zaitzeff (pronounced Amina), matriarch of the Zaitzeff empire she runs with her two sons, which spans the Financial District location (map) and the new spot at 18 Avenue B in Alphabet City. Zaitzeff is known for serving their grass-fed burgers on Portuguese Buns. My point in telling you this is that after our conversation, I came away with a new appreciation for Zaitzeff and their philosophy: Good food in a good atmosphere, something I can dig. That and a secret recommendation I was given which will make a meal at 18 Avenue B even better.

Although the burger I ate down in the Financial District didn’t impress me, I credit that to two things: 1) showing up at the height of lunch hour on a cold, windy, rainy fall day and 2) my seat in the storefront shop provided no protection from the elements, making me and my burger cold.


Sugar Sweet Sunshine: Best Banana Pudding in NY?

November 28, 2007

Sugar Sweet Sunshine, a Lower East Side Bakery from two Magnolia Bakery alumni, tops Magnolia in cupcakes (try the chocolate on chocolate Ooey-Gooey, one of co-owner Debbie’s favorites) and more importantly in Banana Pudding.



Five Guys is the shiz-nittlebam snip-snap-sack

November 28, 2007

I went to Five Guys on 55th street between 5th and 6th Ave. tonight (11/28), my second time eating there, and it was even better this time. I got a Regular (2 patties) Bacon Cheeseburger with fried onions (which are much closer to sauteed) and fresh-cut green jalapenos. Take a look (more dank-ness after the jump):



Community Food & Juice: The healthy UWS Clinton St. Baking Co. needs to find its groove

November 26, 2007

Community Food & Juice is the healthy, organic Morningside Heights sister of the LES’s Clinton Street Baking Company, home of what the NYC Food Guy considers the best pancakes in New York.

While Community needs time to find its groove, the Brioche French Toast with caramelized bananas, roasted pecans & warm maple butter ($12) was dead on.



DONE-ovan’s? Revamped Donovan’s Pub of Bayside tarnishes top-Burger rep

November 23, 2007

Though it was always the Woodside branch of Donovan’s Pub that garnered Top Burger in NYC Ranks from Time Out New York, I lived closer to the Bayside branch, which prior to this past summer, served an equally delicious Bacon Cheeseburger with fried onions.

I returned to the re-opened Bayside branch with low expectations even after our waitress assured us the burger recipe had remained unchanged. But deep down I knew, just from the look of the new place, that it would never be the same and boy was I right…


Bacon Cheeseburger ($9.95)


NYC Eats profiled on Midtown Lunch, controversy naturally ensues

November 16, 2007

Every Tuesday, Midtown Lunch, the absolute word on food in the corporate wasteland of Midtown New York, profiles a Midtown Luncher. Last Tuesday, it was me, Lawrence, the proprietor of NYC Eats. As is always the case, haters got involved, barbs were thrown, people got hurt, my brother regulated, and some hilarity ensued. And yes, that is my halloween costume. Check it out.

Carnegie John’s Street Cart Burger: Backyard BBQ flavor in Midtown

November 16, 2007

The delicious food porn from the Vendy Awards has melted my skepticism for street food like a Mister Softee cone on an August day. As a result, I decided to test out NY Mag’s claim that “Carnegie John” Antoniou’s $4 cheeseburger is better than that of the Burger Joint.



Maffei’s Grandma Slice: An interesting departure from the norm

November 16, 2007

Ed Levine called Maffei Pizza’s Grandma Slice the best in Manhattan. I can’t back that up but I can say it was unlike any Grandma I’ve ever had before.

2 slices ($4.50)


UWS Pizza Tour: Traviata’s Garlic Sauce Surprises

November 16, 2007

If you look for just “Traviata” in the phone book, you won’t find this pizza place. You’ll have to look under “La Traviata.” Apparently there is a “La Traviata” in Brooklyn and when the owner heard about this hole-in-the-wall slice joint with the same name, he strong-armed the “La” right off the awning, hence the present establishment, home of a delicious topping NYC Eats hasn’t found anywhere else: Garlic Sauce



Brooklyn Diner: The Best $16 Bacon Cheeseburger in Midtown

November 15, 2007

Brooklyn Diner calls themselves “The Finer Diner.” If we’re judging this based stricly on their Bacon Cheeseburger Deluxe Platter ($15.95) then they absolutely deliver.



UWS Pizza Tour: T&R, Freddie & Pepper’s, and City Pie all disappoint

November 14, 2007

My quest to eat a slice and maybe more at as many of New York’s slice joints as humanly possible begins in my UWS neighborhood.



Market Table: More than just a great burger

November 8, 2007

Market Table, the new market-cum-restaurant from Little Owl‘s Joey Campanaro, Mike Price, and Gabriel Stulman, serves a quality Cheddar & Sweet Onion Burger ($15) made of a secret mixture from LaFrieda Wholesale Meats.



Five Guys taking on Burger Joint & Corner Bistro? Let the Burger Wars Begin!

November 7, 2007

Word on the street is Five Guys will be opening another location on the corner of 7th Avenue and Bleecker Street diagonal from Caliente Cab. They are reportedly in possession of the entire building and may open a bar serving, but not affiliated with, Five Guys grub. If they’re serving until 3 or 4 am, they’ll be in direct competition with Corner Bistro in the West Village in addition to already competing with The Burger Joint in midtown. Let the Burger Wars Begin!


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