Archive for November, 2008

NYC Food Guy Says: Happy Thanksgiving, Eat Turbaconducken

November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving.  There’s no holiday which better exemplifies all that NYC Food Guy stands for: good food and a lot of it.  So for your gluttonous pleasure, I present to you something that can induce food coma by merely viewing it: Turbaconducken. That’s right, a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey, all wrapped in bacon. Enjoy the gratuitous food porn, click through for the recipe and have a happy Thanksgiving. I want to hear about your Thanksgiving feast in the Comments section!

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NYC Cheap Eats: Luigi’s Delivers, Afghan Kebab House #1 Does Not

November 26, 2008

NYC Food Guy’s M.O. is delicious and affordable. My cheap eats repertoire is strong. And in the current economic state, bang for your buck carries added importance. Chicken parmesan heroes and Afghani kebabs don’t exactly go hand in hand, but two Midtown West establishments, Luigi’s and Afghan Kebab House #1 both offer what seem to be great deals. Unfortunately, only one lives up to the stringent NYC Food Guy standard of delicious AND affordable.

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A Chicken Parm Hero That’s Twice The Size of a $10 Bill But Almost Half the Price

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Luigi’s $7 Chicken Parmesan Hero Proves Size Does Matter, But It Comes Cheap

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Afghan Kebab House #1’s $13.95 Combo Kebab Is Plentiful, But Is It Worth Nearly $16 With Tip?

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NYC Venezuelan Arepas: If You Haven’t Been to Caracas Arepas Bar, You’re Missing Out

November 24, 2008

What tortillas are to Mexican food, arepas are to Venezuelan. Arepas are fried, but not greasy, corn pancakes. They’re crisp on the outside, airy on the inside and when sliced open, they can be stuffed with meats, cheeses and vegetables. Caracas Arepas Bar, on 7th St. near 1st Avenue, offers 14 varieties of arepa in addition to appetizers, empanadas, soup, salad, dessert, fruit juices, and other Venezuelan specialties. Since the Arepas Bar opens at 5:30PM on weekdays, Caracas To Go, a 15-seat take out spot next door, will satisfy your arepa fix with lunchtime specials served Monday to Friday until 4:30PM.

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Los Muchacos Grilled Chorizo, Fried White Cheese w/ jalapenos ($6.75)

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De Pabellon Shredded Beef, Black Beans, White Salty Cheese & Sweet Plantains ($7.00)

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Cocada Coconut Milkshake w/ Shredded Coconut & A Touch of Cinnamon on Top ($4.75)

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NYC Cookies: 15 Cases of Tim Tams at Tuck Shop RIGHT NOW!

November 20, 2008

On the seventh day, the Lord rested. … and made Tim Tams.  Go to the Tuck Shop, Manhattan’s best and only Australian bake shop, immediately and buy Tim Tams. Fifteen cases just arrived and they’re going fast.  For those of you who are late to the party, Tim Tams are the best packaged cookie ever made. I liken the taste to chocolate EL Fudge cookies filled with silky chocolate and dipped in milk chocolate.

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Australian Packaging, Worldly Deliciousness

You haven’t heard of them because they’re Australian, which only makes them more awesome.  But now, Pepperidge Farm is selling Tim Tams at Target stores until March 2009, which means we only have 5 months to stock up on Tim Tams and tell Pepperidge Farm we want them to stay.  Good thing for us, Tuck Shop, on 1st Street between 1st & 2nd Avenue, is selling Tim Tams FOREVER! I’ve introduced them to at least a dozen people in the last few weeks and everyone says they’re delicious.

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Australia & America, Together At Last

Amazingly, Tim Tams are not even the most delicious dessert at Tuck Shop, where they specialize in Australian street food (nothing like the Halal Guys).  In fact, two of the best desserts I’ve ever had can only be found at Tuck Shop: Lamingtons and Vanilla Slice. Click here for even MORE deliciousness.

Tuck Shop’s Official Website

Tuck Shop – 68 East 1st Street between 1st & 2nd Avenue, NY, NY 10003 (212) 979-5200
Hours: Monday – Wednesday 8AM – 12AM, Thursday 8AM – 2AM, Friday – Saturday 8AM – 5AM, Sunday 8AM – 10PM

Food Fight: This Movie is Awesome. See If You Can Figure Out the Analogy.

November 20, 2008

My food blogging/comedian friend Jon, writer of the Boston-based Food Fight! put me on to this insanely creative video which I watched 5 times in succession.   Apparently, food is not love, it’s war.  This just goes to prove, playing with your food has a purpose.  Told you Mom and Dad.

If you want to learn more about the film and its creator, Stefan Nadelman, head to the Food Fight page, (where you can also watch the film) at Tourist Pictures, Mr. Nadelman’s production company.  The Food Fight page will answer all your questions, so beware if you want to avoid spoilers.

NYC Steak: Angelo & Maxie’s $20.99 Lunch Special is Lackluster

November 19, 2008

NYC Food Guy likes steak. Unfortunately, steak doesn’t fall within the Food Guy’s budgetary constraints — until today. Enter Angelo & Maxie’s $20.99 Lunch Special, served Monday through Saturday, 11:30AM to 3PM, and comprised of three courses: 1) Soup of the day or Caesar/House Salad 2) 11 oz. NY Strip, 8 oz. Filet or Filet Au Poivre, 10 oz. Broiled Salmon over roast veggies, or Herb Roasted Chicken 3) Fruit plate, cheesecake or ice cream. Sounds great, but does a good price mean a good meal? Read on to find out…

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French Onion Soup, 11 oz. NY Strip, Marble Cheesecake w/ Raspberry Sauce

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NYC Cookies: Tim Tams Are Finally in the U.S. & We Want Them To Stay!

November 17, 2008

Tim Tams are the best packaged cookie NYC Food Guy has ever eaten and now, finally, they’re in the United States at Target Stores.  Imagine chocolate cookies sandwiching silky chocolate creme all dipped in smooth milk chocolate. You’ve never heard of Tim Tams because they’re from Australia.  Ever wonder why Australia seems like a happy place? The answer is Tim Tams.  And now, thanks to Pepperidge Farm, you can find Tim Tams at Target until March 2009.  You need to eat some immediately and then contact Pepperidge Farm to tell them WE WANT TIM TAMS TO STAY!

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You can buy Tim Tams in two varieties: Caramel & Chocolate Creme. I opt for the chocolate creme because I find the caramel an unnecessary distraction to the deliciousness of the silky chocolate creme.  You should buy these for the Tim Tam Slam alone.  Pepperidge Farm should put Tim Tam Slam instructions on the box.  But since they don’t, read on…

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Tim Tam Slam: Bite off both ends of a Tim Tam and use it as a straw for hot chocolate or coffee. The result is a mess of warm, melty chocolate deliciouness.  Get some now and don’t forget to contact Pepperidge Farm and tell them WE WANT TIM TAMS TO STAY!

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NYC Chicken & Burgers: Cookout Grill Disappoints

November 17, 2008

Since moving from the Upper West Side to the East Village, I haven’t found any chicken as good as Chirping Chicken on 77th Street & Amsterdam Avenue. Cookout Grill, which opened on 13th Street & 1st Avenue in October, has a wood fired rotisserie, an open flame grill and a sign advertising an 100 percent beef burger. How bad could it be? Well I should have known from the sleek and flashy interior that Cookout Grill was trying too hard in all the wrong places. Read on the find out exactly what I mean…

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$17 Worth of food and the hand cut fries were the best part.
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A sleek interior can’t mask misguided grub.

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New Jersey Food Triptych: Rippers at Rutt’s Hut, Sliders at White Manna, Malteds at Bischoff’s

November 14, 2008

Fire up the GPS, fill the gas tank and bring your appetite because it’s time for a New Jersey Food Tour. Yes our neighbor to the south deserves some love for their great grub as well and today we’re going to attack it triptych style. In other words, a three part tour led by the esteemed George Motz.

It starts with deep fried hot dogs covered in secret recipe relish at Rutt’s Hut in Clifton…

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Part two takes us to White Manna of Hackensack, where the heavenly sliders are covered in globs of melted American cheese and thinly sliced fried onion…

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The final leg of our trip is malted milkshakes at Bischoff’s, where homemade ice cream and candy have been served up to the people of Teaneck since 1934…

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If you’re down on Jersey, it’s time to open your mind and your mouth, because you’re going to be eating a lot more than your words…
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NYC Cookies: Tim Tams, The Best Packaged Cookies Ever, Have Arrived… in Target!

November 14, 2008

And I quote myself from an earlier posting: “[Tim Tams] are by far the best packaged cookie I’ve ever had and I dream about the day they appear in U.S. supermarkets.” Well that day is here but the Tim Tams are in Target stores and they’re only available from now until March 2009.

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These cookies, called biscuits in Australia, are awesome.  They feature chocolate butter cream between two chocolate cookies all dipped in chocolate.  It tastes like a flaky, chocolate EL Fudge cookie dipped in delicious, silky chocolate.  They’re available in two varieties, Chocolate creme and Caramel, the latter of which I’ve never tried but I hear they’re delicious as well.  These are worth buying alone for the glory of the Tim Tam Slam.  You bite each end of the Tim Tam and then sip a hot beverage like coffee or hot chocolate through the Tim Tam. The result is a chocolatey mess of deliciousness.

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Campbell’s, the soup company, owns Pepperidge Farm and Arnott’s, the maker of Tim Tams.  The Tim Tams will have the same name but appear in Pepperidge Farm packaging.  Get out there and buy these cookies by the crate. Let’s make Campbell’s see why Tim Tams should be in the United States FOREVER! And that’s two exclamation points in this single post, if that doesn’t scream serious, I don’t know what will.

Click Here to Find a Target Near You

NYC Cookies: PMS Kookie Kompany Proves the Best Cookies Are Made with Love

November 13, 2008

Food is love. And the only thing better than finding someone who shares that philosophy is finding someone who has that philosophy in mind when cooking food. PMS Kookie Company, aka This Chick Bakes, embodies all that is right with food; two people who put their heart and soul into creating delicious desserts. Why do they do it? So we can all be happy. I just ate 9 of their cookies in a row and let’s just say, their plan is working. I’m a happy Food Guy.

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Alas, sometimes love isn’t enough in this unforgiving city, that’s why Jen & Charley, the great people behind PMS, offer their sugary goodies at some of the best coffee houses in New York City. Check out their awesome video, find out where you can eat their delicious desserts and then go tell your friends to do the same. Read on for Loco Coco Nutty Bars, Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches, Surprisingly Delicious Vegan Cupcakes and the best Peanut Butter Cup in the World…
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Five Guys Hot Dog: Delicious With Bacon, Cheese & Jalapenos

November 7, 2008

Sometimes you just feel like shaking it up. And sometimes you feel like it would be a bit redundant to post another rosy review of Five Guys Burgers. Whatever your motivation is, the next time you’re at Five Guys you too should get a bacon cheese dog. Add some jalapenos, since all toppings after crispy bacon and melted American cheese are free, and get a regular order of Cajun fries.

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Five Guys is cool because after filling your Styrofoam cup with fries they’ll pour in a heaping pile of extra fries for free. Dip your fries in malt vinegar, then ketchup. Trust me. All together it will cost you around $11 with a regular drink (free refills) and will make your stomach happy (for a little while).

Five Guys Burgers & Fries Multiple Locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens & New Jersey

NYC Tacos: Pinche Taqueria is Authentic & Flavorful

November 3, 2008

One of New York City’s ongoing arguments is the question of what constitutes a great taco. Can we all put our differences aside and simply focus on what’s delicious? Well NYC Food Guy can and I’m here to tell you that the tacos at Pinche Taqueria are tasty wherever you’re from. And if it’s any consolation, they’ve enlisted the assistance of several 80-year old women from Tijuana, Mexico to make sure things are up to snuff. Read on to find out which of the three tacos I tried wowed and where you can find it until 4AM Wednesday through Saturday…

Taco de Carne Asada ($2.95), Taco al Pastor ($2.95) and Taco de Pescado ($3.95)

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