Archive for February, 2009

NYC Sandwiches: Defonte’s of Brooklyn Open in Manhattan

February 24, 2009

There are a lot of delis in Manhattan, but there are few with the pedigree of Defonte’s, a Brooklyn relic known for their massive roast beef sandwiches and their house made fresh mozzarella.  NYC Food Guy was ready for sandwich satisfaction on Defonte’s first day of business in Manhattan, on 3rd Avenue and 21st Street.  Read on for delicious food porn and a look at the full menu.

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NYC Best Sandwiches: Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop Is No Pun (Vegetarians Welcome)

February 20, 2009

Not that we didn’t already know, but Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop, on the corner of Rivington Street and Norfolk Street in the Lower East Side, is awesome.  Seriously spicy chipotle mayo fires up the off-the-menu “Chicken Special” filled with juicy grilled chicken, thinly sliced tomato and onion, crisp bacon, and melted cheddar on a toasted semolina hero ($8.00).  It’s the chicken version of the famous “Spicy Rizzak.”  Read on to find out about another off-the-menu special and why Tiny’s is equally delicious for Vegetarians…

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Bespoke Chocolates: Custom-Made Chocolates Equal Swoon-Inducing Deliciousness

February 19, 2009

“Pop the the pretzel-covered sea-salted caramel ($2.25) in your mouth in one bite,” said the smiley counter girl.  “You need to contain the liquidy caramel.”  I happily obliged and was immediately searching for a counter to lean on.  All my energy surged to my taste buds, the better to absorb the transcendent flavor transformation taking place.  Salty crunch gives way to smokey caramel and when the dark chocolate appears, the swoon begins, your mind overcome by a chocolate work of art.  What better name than “Bespoke”, defined as “custom-made”, for a place where everything from the ingredients, to the selection and even the location, is unique.  Read on to discover how to find Bespoke Chocolates plus a look at some other delicious items…

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The crunchy exterior provided by a bed of crushed pretzel gives way to decadent, silky deliciousness.

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NYC Late Night Food: Specialty Sandwiches & Whole Wheat Honey Pancakes at Galaxy Diner in Hell’s Kitchen

February 17, 2009

I’m willing to cause controversy by declaring NYC’s best falafel, but when it comes to diners, there are so many in this city that it’s impossible to applaud only one as “the best.”  But therein lies NYC Food Guy’s motivation to find diners that are a cut above the rest.   Galaxy Diner, on 46th Street and 9th Avenue, is a great spot for late night dining thanks to their mouth-watering “specialty sandwich” menu and their walnut and strawberry-filled whole wheat honey pancakes.  Read on for more food porn and a taste of some other delicious options.

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Long Island Mexican Food: Freshly Fried Buffalo Chicken Fingers & Salad on Steroids at Pancho’s Border Grill in Great Neck

February 14, 2009

If you didn’t have reason enough to head to Great Neck for Kensington Deli’s insanely delicious brisket with fried onions and gravy sandwich, now you have more incentive: the best Buffalo chicken fingers I’ve ever had and for dessert, a huge salad topped with juicy, marinated char-broiled chicken and Mexican vinaigrette, all at Pancho’s Border Grill.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from NYC Food Guy

February 13, 2009

If Cupid’s arrow hasn’t already wooed your heart, maybe it’s time to let your stomach take charge.  What better way to show that special someone you love them than with a Burger Bouquet from New York Burger Company? If that’s out of your league, you can always show your Valentine how much you don’t like them and use the Friday’s coupon below.  Now you can never say NYC Food Guy doesn’t love you. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Forget flowers or chocolates, give a Burger Bouquet.  $25 gets you one of the most unexpected gifts you can give: a sampler-style box containing three mini burgers, three dipping sauces, homemade potato chips, and a brownie.  It even comes with a personalized, hand-written Valentine note.  You can order by calling NY Burger Co. at 212-229-1404 (6th Ave. location) or 212-254-2727 (Park Ave. location) and have your Burger Bouquet delivered Friday the 13th or Saturday the 14th at a time of your choosing.

And if you’re feeling particularly uninspired this Valentine’s Day, treat your special someone to a meal at the most overpriced chain restaurant in Manhattan, Friday’s.  Here’s a Buy One Entree, Get the 2nd Free Coupon complements of Lil’ NYC Food Guy (thanks brother).  Click here to go to a page that will automatically bring up the print option, otherwise right click on the coupon below and save as to store it on your computer.  The offer expires March 1st and isn’t valid on Valentine’s Day.  Generous, huh?

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NYC Sandwich Showdown: Nicky’s Classic Banh Mi vs Puebla’s Torta Milanese de Pollo

February 12, 2009

America loves a good sandwich, but in New York City, we’ve got higher expectations.  In satisfying our cravings for adventure and a full stomach, the Vietnamese banh mi and the Mexican torta have risen to the forefront of sandwichdom.  So to determine sandwich supremacy, NYC Food Guy called in the big guns: Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches and Puebla Mexican Food & Coffee Shop.  Read on to find out if the pork banh mi or the breaded chicken torta wins the sandwich showdown…

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West Village Dessert: Roasting Plant, Batch & Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee

February 10, 2009

If decadent desserts aren’t enough to pull you out of bed on a wintery day, you may have some issues.  Then again, maybe NYC Food Guy is the one with issues.  After all, who else decides to go on a West Village Dessert Tour when snow is blowing sideways? What would you do if cookie dough shots, chocolate croissants, cream-filled cupcakes, Ovaltine banana pudding with caramelized Rice Krispies, and Aunt Rosie’s Famous chocolate chip cookies were calling your name?

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Eat your heart out Mom, we no longer need your mixing spoon.

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Yes, that is caramel filling. And yes, it is smiling at you.

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NYC Best Falafel: Azuri Cafe beats Taim as NYC’s Best Falafel

February 5, 2009

New Yorkers desire the best and when it comes to food, NYC Food Guy delivers just that.  I’ve made the claim before about burgers, West Village slices, Midtown pizza, and french friesNow it’s time to deliver the best falafel crown to Azuri Cafe on 51st Street near 10th Avenue. The cozy Kosher cafe run by a Jerusalem native serves up the freshest and most flavorful falafel I’ve had in Manhattan.  And to prove it, I put Azuri’s falafel up against Taim, a place Serious Eats calls the best falafel in New York.  Read on to find out why Azuri Cafe beats Taim as NYC’s best falafel…

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There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Azuri’s Falafel

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