Archive for December, 2008

Happy New Year from NYC Food Guy

December 31, 2008

Just wanted to wish everyone and their families a Happy and healthy New Year.  Thanks for stopping  by and sharing my food adventures. In 2009 NYC Food Guy promises a new and improved site and more delicious posts than your stomachs can handle.  If you have any ideas for future posts or site improvements, please leave them in the comments section.  And as we look forward to another year of food, I’ll leave you with a few preview photos of reviews to come.  Enjoy and have a happy, healthy and safe 2009.

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Old Fashioned Sicilian at Adrienne’s Pizza Bar ($16.50)

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Sears Special (Pastrami, Corned Beef, Cole Slaw) at Ben’s Best in Rego Park, Queens

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Caramelized Chocolate Banana Waffle Napoleon ($16) at Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien Hotel

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Adrian’s Atomic Avalanche ($7.75) (steak, American cheese, pepperoni, hot peppers, fried mozzarella balls, marinara sauce) at Wogie’s

Brooklyn’s Best Pizza Part 1: I’ll Take Lucali over Grimaldi’s & franny’s

December 22, 2008

If I could only eat one more food, everyday, for the rest of my life, it would be pizza. And I feel blessed to live in a city where there are so many pizza possibilities, the downside of which is an over-saturation of mediocre pizza within Manhattan. As a result, I focused my attention on Brooklyn and what better way to do it than by trying as many as pizzas as I can. I’m already on a mission for NYC’s best wings, so how about Brooklyn’s best pizza? And what better way to start than a mini pizza tour: three places, three people, three delicious pies. Which one is modeled after the famous DiFara’s? And on a day of pizza, did a 5-cheese, secret recipe calzone steal the show?

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NYC Best Wings Part 1: Blind Tiger Ale House Flies Ahead of the Pack

December 12, 2008

NYC Food Guy loves wings; high quality chicken, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and doused in a fiery sauce. Astonishingly, there are no go to wings in New York City. Dinosaur BBQ never disappoints but it’s just one place, way uptown. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to find the city’s best wings in as many tours as it takes. Part One of my adventure features eight spots, only one of which truly impressed. Read on to find out about some great deals, some wings to avoid and whether or not the legend of Scruffy Duffy’s wings lives.

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Blind Tiger Ale House uses a unique cooking method to ensure a one of a kind wing experience

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Queens Best Falafel: NYC Food Guy’s Favorite is Naomi’s Kosher Pizza & Israeli Falafel

December 8, 2008

The most rewarding aspect of New York City’s melting pot culture is the act of discovering something new. NYC Food Guy is guiding you off the beaten path towards Naomi’s on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens where my favorite falafel is served. Read on to find out what make’s Naomi’s such a tasty experience…

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At $2.50 per half falafel, you’re hard pressed to spend $10 for a very filling meal.

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Shopsins General Store: Spending $19 on Breakfast Never Felt So Right

December 4, 2008

Decisions, decisions. Sometimes you make a risky breakfast decision and it turns out to be the best choice you’ve made all day. And decisions are central to the Shopsins’ experience where both sides of the single page paper menu (pdf) are jam-packed with well over 100 unique options.

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So study up because seating is sparse and you need to be ready when your order is taken, otherwise you may not eat at all. Or you can follow the Food Guy’s reliable lead and go with the $19 Mexican Breakfast Skillet Combination, Letter “I”: 3 Hatch green chile egg sliders, lightly fried hash browns, 3 coconut pancakes, and 3 smushed and fried plantains. In other words, insane breakfast deliciousness, in a skillet. Read on to find out why eating at Shopsins is an adventure like no other…

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NYC Cheese Steaks: 99 Miles to Philly is Far From Great

December 1, 2008

Cheese steaks may be native to Philadelphia, but in New York it doesn’t matter where a food originates, we think we’ve got the best.  And if something deserves that title, NYC Food Guy is going to find it.  Back in April, I called Shorty’s cheese steak the best I’ve had in NYC, and other than a few delivery mishaps, they haven’t disappointed.  Several readers, however, said 99 Miles to Philly is NYC’s best cheese steak.  But after dining there last week, Shorty’s still wears NYC Food Guy’s cheese steak crown.

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Philly Cheese Steak, Whiz Wit ($6.50), Fries ($2.25) & Can of Soda ($1.50)
  • The bread at 99 Miles to Philly is too flimsy and light for the greasy mass of disappointingly dry chopped steak held within.
  • I ordered my sandwich “whiz wit”, which means cheese whiz and onions on top of my steak. The sauteed onions were ordinary and the dispersal of the liquidy cheese whiz was uneven, waiting at the back of the sandwich to overwhelm my final bites.  I may opt for American cheese next time out.
  • The final verdict is a sandwich that lacks unified flavor and structural cohesiveness.  Cook the steak less, and find a new roll and this cheese steak will improve.
  • The standard spicy waffle fries, piping hot and overflowing from a tiny paper bag, were best when stuffed in the cheese steak.
  • The table is adorned with Frank’s Red Hot, an overly sweet barbecue sauce and a non-Heinz ketchup, none of which enhanced the meal.
99 Miles to Philly 94 3rd Ave b/t 12th & 13th St New York, NY 10003 (212) 253-2700
Open Until: Sunday to Tuesday 12AM, Wed. 1AM, Thurs. 2AM,. Fri. & Sat 3AM