Archive for June, 2008

Chirping Chicken: Best cheap late night eats on Upper West Side?

June 25, 2008

Until 2AM every night, Chirping Chicken offers 4 pieces of flame-broiled chicken & an order of fries for $10. Four pieces of flame-broiled chicken basted in chicken fat, garlic and salt ($6.49 half chicken, white or dark) and a fat order of crispy shoestring fries ($2.89).  Click here for more details.

This may be the best late night meal on the UWS. The chicken is so good that a whole chicken ($11.29, 8 pieces) and no fries is worth considering. Skip the ribs, stick with the chicken. Beware they only serve Hunts ketchup, no Heinz, so prepare accordingly.

Chirping Chicken 355 Amsterdam Ave at 77th Street
(212) 787-6631 (212) 724-8029 (212) 787-6645
Open 7 Days a week until 2AM – Free Delivery
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Angelo’s: Midtown’s Best Pizza?

June 24, 2008

Angelo’s, on 57th Street near 6th Avenue, is not the best pizza in the city, but as one of the only two coal oven pizza spots in Midtown (John’s in Times Square) it has a major advantage over the ordinary slice joints that litter the neighborhood. It’s pies only ($17 large, $15 small, $2.50 per topping) and it’s not cheap but it’s well worth it.

It all looks delicious but two elements of this pie shined above the rest, read on for the essentials.

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Sandwiches To Avoid at Lenny’s & Todaro Brothers

June 24, 2008

A bad sandwich is like a missed layup, it invokes groans and easily avoidable pain. NYC Food Guy is here to tell you to avoid the #2 Italian Style sandwich at Lenny’s (top) and any sandwich that’s made to order at Todaro Brothers (bottom) on 2nd Ave and 31st street.

  • Lenny’s rarely disappoints but the generic genoa salami, cappicola and provolone make their #2 Italian Style ($6.99 sandwich, $7.99 hero) a bad sandwich.  Extra points lost for jalapenos over banana peppers.  Stick with the G3 or Smoked Chicken Deluxe
  • Todaro Brothers, an overpriced Italian grocery in Murray Hill, receives my ire because of their inconsistent pricing and careless attitude towards sandwich construction.  The roast turkey with lettuce, tomato, coarsely sliced Swiss and entirely too much mayo cost me $12 one time and $9 another. Absurd. Go here for humus, salads (great vinaigrette), cheese and sliced meats, but avoid anything that doesn’t have a set price tag. You want a good sandwich in Murray Hill go to Lamazou.

Nathan’s Famous: Nothing Better Than Coney Island

June 21, 2008

Purists be damned, there is no better hot dog than a Chili Cheese Dog only from Nathan’s on Surf & Stillwell in Coney Island. A garlicky, juicy and snappy all-beef dog covered in mild beef chili and heart-slowing warm cheddar cheese sauce, it’s heaven on a bun and it’s an authentic New York experience.

If you haven’t been to Coney Island recently, get out there.  You can take a ride on the Cyclone, eat pizza at the legendary Totonno’s (just a block away from Nathan’s), grab some hot dogs, and go see the Mets future stars playing for the Brooklyn Cyclones.  Read on to find out if the bacon cheese dog was better than it looked plus some delicious fry photos.

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Burrito Box: The Best Tex Mex Delivery in Midtown

June 19, 2008

Burrito Box, on 9th Avenue between 57th & 58th, offers the best and most affordable Tex Mex delivery in Midtown.

I recommend the Grilled Chicken Burrito ($6.95) with sour cream on the side (it comes with too much in it) and a large order of chips and salsa ($3.85). The salsa is homemade and chunky, filled with chopped onion and garlic. It’s delicious, some of the best I’ve had in NYC, but spare your co-workers and have some gum on the ready.

All meats are flame grilled, tender, and delicious. Friends have spoken highly of the vegetarian burritos ($6.25 to $6.95). The quesadillas are quality too but don’t stand the test of delivery as well as the burritos. Soft tacos, particularly steak ($5.95 for 2), are also tasty, little bullets filled with your choice of meat with lettuce, tomato, and onion. Stay away from the hard tacos, they failed the test of delivery. I also didn’t enjoy the BBQ Chicken.

Here’s a link to my first two Burrito Box reviews with pics of soft tacos and quesadillas.

Harriet’s Kitchen: Big Bacon Cheeseburger & Fries for $10.02

June 18, 2008

Harriet’s Kitchen, on Amsterdam Avenue between 84th & 85th Street, has now provided you with a reason to go to the Upper West Side. You can now enjoy the best burger I’ve had in a long time and then go eat the best chocolate chip cookie on the planet at Levain Bakery.

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Big Apple BBQ Block Party: Why Life is Better Below The Mason-Dixon Line

June 11, 2008

“This is why there is pork.” My words after eating a morsel of pork freshly pulled from the bone of a pork butt (oddly the top of the shoulder) which had been smoking for 16 hours at 225 degrees Fahrenheit. It melted in my mouth, it made my knees weak and it lives in Decatur, Alabama, 935 miles from NYC, in the smokers of renowned pit master Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q.

Above you’ll see how the best pulled pork I’ve ever had was created, from smoker to cutting board to plate. Read on for a more in depth look at the process, The Salt Lick BBQ’s beef brisket (also the best I’ve ever had), plus serious sausage and whole smoked 120 pound hogs.

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Big Apple Barbecue Block Party Rocks: Review to Come

June 9, 2008

I learned three things this weekend: Big Bob Gibson & Chris Lilly’s Pulled Pork is melt in your mouth amazing, Salt Lick Bar-B-Que’s Brisket is the best I’ve ever had and everything I thought I knew about Barbecue is nothing compared to what I have to learn. Enjoy the collage, review to come.

Amazing Australian Desserts

June 6, 2008

Darrell Lea’s “Rocklea Road” combines light, fluffy marshmallow, roasted peanuts and toasted coconut smothered in either dark or milk chocolate. It’s like eating all the best Russell Stovers candys in one bite.

Tim Tams are “Australia’s favorite biscuit”. They’re also by far the best packaged cookie I’ve ever had and I dream about the day they appear in U.S. supermarkets.

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Bella Vita: Are looks Deceiving or is it Midtown’s Best?

June 6, 2008

The quest for the best slice of pizza in Midtown near Times Square continues. Thus far, Bella Napoli’s Grandma slice has received the only mark of distinction. I’ve heard good things about the brick oven pizza at Bella Vita, on 58th between 6th and 7th, but have only had it by delivery. It’s time to put Bella Vita to the test with a fresh pie, in house. Are looks deceiving or is it delicious enough to take the Midtown crown?

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Paradis To Go Chocolate Chip Cookie: Better than Levain?

June 3, 2008

Paradis-To-Go (pronounced Para-dee), on 4th Avenue and 12th street, is next in the battle to usurp Levain’s crown as the best chocolate chip cookie in NYC.

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