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Cuban Sandwich at El Sitio in Woodside, Queens

April 27, 2009

This is what a Cuban sandwich is supposed to taste like.  Fresh roast pork and sliced ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard surrounded by a crispy garlic-buttered, pressed hero roll. The price for porcine perfection? A mere $4.35. This sandwich is good enough to be at Citi Field, but it lives close enough on the 7 train (7 stops before, approx. 20 minutes) to lure you to Woodside for a taste before or after a Mets game.

El Sitio Cuban Sandwich ($4.35).  From Top to Bottom: Pressed Garlic-Butterd hero, roast pork, sliced ham, melted Swiss, pickles, mustard

El Sitio Cuban Sandwich ($4.35). From Top to Bottom: Pressed Garlic-Butterd hero, roast pork, sliced ham, melted Swiss, pickles, mustard

I can’t speak for any of the other food at El Sitio, which looks a lot nicer on the outside than inside, but if the Cuban sandwich is the litmus test for deliciousness at a Cuban restaurant, El Sitio passes with flying colors. N.B.: Take this sandwich to go because Sripraphai, one of NYC’s best and most authentic Thai restaurants, is just four blocks away from El Sitio. Thanks Steve.

El Sitio Restaurant

6828 Roosevelt Ave
Woodside, NY 11377
(718) 424-2369
Daily, 10AM to Midnight
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Help Make NYCFoodGuy.com Better!

April 20, 2009

It’s been a great 200-post run but now it’s time to step things up a notch. There are big changes on the horizon for NYCFoodGuy.com and there’s nothing more important than making sure all you food lovers out there are getting everything you want out of this site.

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Ready to attack at Daisy May's Big Pig Roast. Not for the squeamish.

Leave a comment or shoot me an email (lawrence@nycfoodguy.com) letting me know what’s on your mind. What would you like to see reviewed? What kind of features would you want to see in a redesign? Anything that would make YOUR experience on NYCFoodGuy.com better, I want to hear about it. Thanks and happy eating!

Read about the Daisy May’s Big Pig Roast or click here for more great BBQ stories

What to do this weekend: Grillin’ On The Bay & Brooklyn Chili Smackdown

April 3, 2009

If you’re not going to Citi Field Saturday and if you love barbecue and grilling and you’ve always been curious about what competition cooking involves, get out to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn this Saturday to watch Smoke In Da Eye defend their Grillin’ on the Bay 2008 title.  Sanctioned by the New England Barbecue Society and sponsored by RUB BBQ & Butternuts Beer & Ale, Grillin’ on the Bay is a 4 category (chicken breast, fish, pork and chef’s choice) grilling competition (not slow-smoked BBQ).

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This is a great way to learn about competition cooking up close and personal and starting at noon, you can purchase some of the freshly-grilled food.  And if that’s not enough, starting at 1pm, $10 gets you all-you-can-eat chili in the “Brooklyn Chili Smackdown,” a people’s choice chili contest. I attended and judged this event last year and if you love grilling and barbecue, this event is not to be missed.

When: This Saturday, starting at 12pm.  Chili tasting begins at 1pm.  Awards given out at 4:30pm.
Where: (Google Map) Corner of East 18th Street & Avenue Z, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, just a 20-30 minute ride from Manhattan on the B or Q train to Sheepshead Bay
For more info: Email Brooklynq@gmail.com, call Robert at 917-763-5062 or check the website.  All proceeds will benefit the St. Mark school

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 Wings: A 2nd Try of Lansdowne Road Proves Scruffy Duffy’s Wings Are Really Gone

January 16, 2009

A 2nd attempt at rediscovering the magic of Scruffy Duffy’s Buffalo Wings at widowed sister bar Lansdowne Road has failed.  On my initial visit, I ordered the wings hot and was disappointed by the crusty sauce and dried out wings.  On my second visit, I ordered the wings medium but the result is what you see below: under-sauced, dried out wings.  They weren’t as dry as the hot wings, but the sauce was vinegary and generic.  It’s with great sadness that we say goodbye to the fiery, red pepper flake-studded hot sauce that made the original Scruffy Duffy’s so good.

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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

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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Doritos Week at the New Yorker’s Cartoon Lounge

September 18, 2008

Do you like cartoons? Do you like Doritos? How about cartoons and Doritos? NYC Food Guy loves both, particularly Woody Woodpecker and Nacho Cheese Doritos inside egg salad sandwiches (TRUST ME!). Well we’re all in luck because the cartoonists at New Yorker are writing some funny stuff about Doritos, life and the crazy world we live in. Click on Garfield below and check it out…

What are your favorite all-time cartoons? What about your favorite Doritos? What about your most creative usage of Doritos? Leave a comment and let me know…

Sarabeth’s & Good Enough to Eat: NYC’s Best Pancakes?

September 13, 2008

NYC Food Guy is a pancake fan but it’s hard to find good ones. The best I’ve had in the city so far are the Banana Walnut Pancakes with Warm Maple Butter at Clinton Street Baking Company. I’d heard good things about Sarabeth’s & Good Enough to Eat so I decided to see how they stack up to the best. Read on to find out how they fared plus a word on Sarabeth’s crab cake sandwich & Good Enough to Eat’s omelets.

Sarabeth’s Buttermilk Pancakes with sliced strawberry & banana ($13.50)

Good Enough to Eat’s Lumber Jack (Two Buttermilk pancakes, two eggs, two pieces of bacon – $10.50) & a side of biscuits with strawberry butter ($2.25)

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Tasty Thai Lunch Special for $7.55 at Chai (Eat In Only, 11:30AM to 4PM)

September 6, 2008

Finding a filling and delicious lunch in Midtown for under $10 is quite a challenge. But if you work in walking distance from Chai on 55th Street & 8th Avenue, you can now get out of the office for a Thai Lunch Special that can’t be beat. You can fill your stomach for $8 by choosing one of 13 entrees plus a salad, spring roll or soup. Read on for the review and a look at what else you can choose for under $8.

Chicken Pad Thai (above, $6.75) Side Salad with peanut dressing (below, included in special)

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Wafels & Dinges Truck: Cinnamon Liege Wafel is Better Than Vanilla

September 4, 2008

You’re looking at Vanilla (top) & Cinnamon (bottom) Liege Wafels from the Wafels & Dinges Truck. Try to ignore the deliciousness of both the liege wafels below, because one is significantly better. Read on to find out which wafel’s better, what a liege wafel actually is plus how to maximize your cost/delicious quota with the “Wafel of Massive Deliciousness.”

Vanilla Liege ($4) with Nutella (+$1), Strawberries (+$1) & Powdered Sugar

Cinnamon Liege ($4) with Nutella (+$1) & Whipped Cream (+$1)

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East Village Italian: Great Food, Great Service & Great Atmosphere at Gnocco

August 28, 2008

Everyone always asks me for my Italian restaurant recommendation and surprisingly, I didn’t have one until I ate at Gnocco, on 10th Street between Avenues A & B. The food is delicious and affordable, the service is attentive and helpful, and the atmosphere, thanks to the backyard garden, is great for a date or dinner with the family. Read on to find out more about the best gnocchi I’ve ever had.

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NY Food Tour: What to Eat While NYC Food Guy’s on Vacation

August 13, 2008

Some might say I’ve been on vacation since July, and by the number of posts I’ve written, they’re right. But now I’m actually in California, traveling down the coast from San Francisco to San Diego. So I’m sending you on a delicious NY Food tour to keep you busy while I’m gone. Stay Tuned for the posts titled “NY Food Tour” and enjoy.

NYCFoodGuy on SNY’s Daily News Live Thursday July 3rd!

July 3, 2008

Click the link below and scroll down to where it says “Daily List: Best Food for the Fourth”.

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I wasn’t actually on the air but my list of the Top 5 Foods for July 4th were broadcast on SNY Thursday July 3rd. Tune in to Daily News Live, hosted by Chris Cotter, Monday to Friday at 5PM for seriously entertaining sports talk.

If you miss the 5pm show, it re-airs at 11PM and 1:30AM.