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

February 14, 2009 by

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 by

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 by

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 by

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 by

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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NYC Food Guy Gone For The Weekend, 24 Hour “Kool Bloo” Open for Takeout & Delivery in East Village, A Mission for NYC Food Guy’s Readers

January 30, 2009 by

Kool Bloo, a small chain of grease pits throughout Manhattan, just opened the 24 hour take out/delivery area of their new East Village location on 12th Street just off Avenue A.  Kool Bloo has the potential to become the go to late night dining spot once the main room opens but there’s two problems: 1) Everything is overpriced 2) Their menu is overwhelmingly large.  I attempted to play it safe by ordering something low key, but that didn’t prevent a disappointing experience. I ordered a chicken burger, which I thought would be grilled but instead arrived breaded and fried, on a roll with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and melted jack cheese.  I also picked up an order of seasoned curly fries.  Read on to find out where things went wrong…

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NYC Best Diner: Stick with Ukrainian Classics at Veselka

January 29, 2009 by

There are certain dining experiences that just make you feel like a New Yorker. Sitting at Veselka’s counter sipping coffee and dipping chalah into a bowl of soup exemplifies this notion 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Originally opened as a candy store in the mainly Ukrainian East Village of the 1950s, “Veselka,” Ukrainian for “rainbow,” has been spreading cheer amidst an ever-changing neighborhood by sticking to its roots: authentic and affordable Ukrainian food in an unhurried atmosphere.

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Wisdom teaches us to stick with the food that made Veselka famous. The burger may be delicious, but read on to find out which three Ukrainian dishes NYC Food Guy always includes on a trip to Veselka…
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NYC Best Wings, Harlem Edition: Just Wingin It’s “Super Nova” Sauce Burns Brightest

January 28, 2009 by

The quest for NYC’s best wings continues! For this post I joined Eating In Translation’s Dave Cook in Harlem where we followed his route from 110th street to 145th street trying wings at three take out spots.  This meant passing on soul food stalwarts Amy Ruth’s and Sylvia’s, but fear not, we’ll tackle those two on another adventure.  Of the 5 varieties of wings sampled, only one truly soared. Read on to learn which wings wowed and where you can find a place with 17 homemade sauce flavors.

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Are those wisps of smoke coming from the sauce or the wings?

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NYC Tacos: Don’t Try To Be Healthy at Pinche Taqueria, Order Nachos Instead

January 27, 2009 by

Sometimes it doesn’t pay to try and eat healthy.  After a greasy late night meal my heart was begging for something unfried at lunch the next day.  I hadn’t eaten at Pinche Taqueria’s second NYC outpost on Lafayette and Bleecker, so I decided to stop in for a Taco Salad, and of course, an al pastor taco.  Good thing my friend ordered nachos because it was the chips and melted cheese that saved the meal.  Don’t forget, this location of Pinche Taqueria is open until 4AM Wednesday through Saturday.

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Long Island’s Best Food: Gino’s Pizza & Steiner’s Pastry Shop in Manhasset

January 26, 2009 by

My culinary conquests are mainly focused on NYC but we can’t forget about the island to the east, Long Island, where there’s more great food than people realize.   NYC Food Guy is here to make your sojourns outside the city more enjoyable by shedding light on Long Island’s best food.   This post focuses on one block in Manhasset, walking distance from the LIRR station, where Gino’s Pizzeria and Steiner’s Pastry Shop are putting the majority of Manhattan’s slice joints and bakeries to shame.

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NYC Chinese Food: $3 Scallion Pancakes Steal The Spotlight at Mee Noodle Shop

January 21, 2009 by

We came for the noodle soup, we left praising the scallion pancakes.  Mee Noodle Shop on 2nd Avenue near 30th street may have the best prices outside of Chinatown, but at this meal neither noodle soup with meat dumplings or General Tso’s chicken beat the heaping $3 pile of greasy, flaky and freshly fried scallion pancakes.  Read on for more scallion pancake porn and to find out why the noodles and General Tso’s fell short…

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East Village Bakery: Deciphering Deliciousness at Pinisi Bakery

January 20, 2009 by

NYC Food Guy loves bakeries that create unique and fresh desserts.  The only trouble is, when you find a place like this, it’s hard not getting one of everything. I’m taking it upon myself to make things easier for you by discovering what’s delicious at Pinisi Bakery on 4th Street near 1st Avenue.  Read on for a new take on red velvet cake, a surprisingly delicious cupcake and some chocolate filled treats.

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

January 16, 2009 by

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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NYC Cheese Steaks: Wogie’s Doesn’t Take the Crown, But There’s Many Reasons to Return

January 15, 2009 by

The hunt for NYC’s best cheese steak continues! After eating Wogie’s version, I can’t award them the cheese steak crown, but everything was tasty and their menu is a grease lover’s dream.  Lil NYC Food Guy and I teamed with our cousin Doug to indulge in three different sandwiches, read on to find out which really impressed and what I’ll be ordering upon my next visit…

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