Chef Pascual Xg of Beebe’s in Long Island City has been making pizza for over 10 years. He talked passionately about pizza and it was super inspiring. He was nice enough to show me each step and explained his process. He has big plans for his future in pizza making and I wish him all the luck.
- My 2015 FavoritesManhattan InnIf I had to pick the ONE fried chicken that just totally blew me away, this would be it. I can't believe none of the food media people wrote about this. Forget fuku, forget Root & Bone, forget everything...just go here.
*For more info on any of these places, check out my fried chicken project website
- Places Food Media People Are Not Talking About But Really Should All of these places serve EXCELLENT fried chicken yet I have never seen any of these places in any fried chicken lists. Manhattan Inn - See above J'eatjet? - I hate sausage gravy but the one served at J'eatjet? changed my mind. Egg - Looking for something simple and delicious and just a solid plate of fried chicken? Ma Peche - Yes, the food media loves David Chang and gets load of press but people mostly talk about the fried chicken dinner at the noodle bar and fuku. The habanero fried chicken at Ma Peche is crazy good and should be getting a lot more press. 44 & X - I had low expectation for this place but it surprised me. Marietta - Peaches HotHouse, the sister restaurant, gets most of the love because of their Nashville inspired hot chicken but Marietta does a better job. Yafa Deli - Anyone that loves fried chicken, knows about Yafa Deli but I rarely see it on any "Best Of" lists. Broadway Bakery - Feeling nostalgia? The fried chicken here tastes just like old school Kentucky Fried Chicken. Sidecar - A solid plate of fried chicken at this local Park Slope spot.
- All The Places I've Been In 2015 -Manhattan The Breslin Hudson Common Maharlika Filipino Moderno Ma Peche Mighty Quinn's Barbeque Delaney Chicken The Smith 44 & X Wilfie & Nell Root & Bone Egg Shop Cheeky Sandwiches Birds & Bubbles Spitzer's Corner Bian Dang Pies N Thighs Seoul Chicken fuku+
-Brooklyn J'eatjet? The Commodore Wilma Jean Egg Yafa Deli Pies N Thighs Red Star Sandwich Shop Abilene Manhattan Inn Shake Shack Wangs Marietta Beehive Oven Esme Mayfield Endless Summer Sidecar Fawkner Keg and Lantern
-Philly Federal Donuts
Last week I had the pleasure to finally go on Jeff Orlick's Midnight Street Food Crawl. I feel bad for rarely going to Queens, so when I saw that Jeff was going to do a crawl, I quickly jumped on it. He runs his tours like a group of friends just hanging out, walking around, and eating good food. He has his route that he does but there's also room for spontaneity. Some times things catch his eyes and we'll wander off and end up chatting with the cart owner. Spontaneity, it's a great thing to have on a food crawl. Yes, he's our tour guide...the leader but he's also exploring the neighborhood along with the rest of us.
Here's the list of food/vendors that we visited, thanks to Jeff Orlick. Tacos al pastor from Maravillas Restaurant Tamal Oaxaqueno verde with pork and a tamal de rajas from 90th Street Tamale Cart Arroz con huevo tacos and horchata from Tia Julia Truck Huitlacoche quesadillas from Coyote Dormilon cart Esquites outside La Flor deli Morcilla from Ecuadorian cart at Warren St/Roosevelt Ave Colada Morada from Pique y Pase Ecuadorian truck Torta Puebla (torta with a chicken cutlet) from Tortas Neza in Juan Bar Guava drink with chia seeds at Ecuadorian health food store Patacon from Chimi Express truck "Carne" with moro and plantains from Los Amigos Chimichurri
Nothing beats standing in a line that never seem to move for some crazy good arepas from the Arepa Lady or hanging out with fellow food loving friends (and meeting new ones), while trying not to get killed by a bus zooming down the street.