This smoked hot dog from Butcher Bar at the LIC Flea was one of the best ever, with homemade pickles, sweet BBQ sauce, and raw onions. They actually smoke it on the grill with the brisket and ribs, infusing all that intense flavor.
Venturo Osteria & Wine Bar in Sunnyside is now open, and the food is phenomenal… From the same team that brought us Vesta Trattoria and Pachanga Patterson come some incredible new dishes. Pictured: Roasted Beet & Mascarpone Pansotti, Stracchino Pizza (with roasted chantarelles, spinach pesto, & fried egg), The Torino cocktail (served with a sidecar bottle of San Bitter Rosso), Espresso Granita (shaved ice with homemade mascarpone and cacao nibs), and Toasted Almond Semifreddo (with fudge brownie, chocolate almond butter, & chocolate meringues). Tonight & tomorrow they are still in ‘soft opening’ from 6-9PM, but beginning Thursday they serve dinner from 5-10PM seven days a week. 44-07 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside, NY 11104.
Always exciting to see the Silvercup Studios sign greeting your return to Queens via the Queensboro/Ed Koch Bridge. Silvercup was home to Sex & the City and the Sopranos, and has been a filming spot for countless other shows and films.
Build your own ice cream sandwiches from Malu at the LIC Flea this weekend… this one was ridiculicious. Chocolate chip cookies with blueberry sorbet. LIC Flea is 10AM - 6PM every Saturday and Sunday at the corner of 46th Ave and 5th St. http://www.licflea.com
This past Monday Bizarre Foods America shown the spotlight on what host Andrew Zimmern calls the “world’s best food town,”and “king of the American food scene.” For those of you who missed the episode check out this video of me taking Andrew on a trip around the world from Tibet to Liberia,with stops in Pakistan, Nepal, and Ecuador. And while you’re at it click here to take one of my food tours.
This fried rice was exceptional… not heavy or greasy whatsoever. It was studded with bright green peas, tiny tomato medallions, peppers, and onions, as well as juicy grilled cubes of chicken, beef, and prawns. We stumbled upon it at GangJong (Tibetan, Indian, & Chinese cuisine) while trying out the Ambassador program… this was an extra dish our server recommended, and it was fantastic. The Ambassador Plate-also delicious—had three different momos and a tasty goat curry with whole wheat roti. But this rice stole the show. Breaking up the egg and mixing it in as you go along was perfect. GangJong * 72-24 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights * (347 )848-0349
Here’s Sarah Feldman, Ridgewood extra-ordinaire. She is putting together the Ridgewood Market later this month, which consists of artisanal vendors and their ilk. She also turned me onto Ridgewood Social - which helps turn this lonely city a little littler. She’s funkdafying the neighborhood. The mediator between the Queens and the Brooklyn is the Ridgewood!
See you at the Market.
Saturday, July 27th & Sunday, July 28th 2013 11 AM to 5 PM Greater Ridgewood Youth Council 59-03 Summerfield St, Ridgewood, NY 11385
This delicious bowl of Japanese curry at HinoMaru has a gentle spice and subtle sweetness, much more like a zesty gravy with pork belly and potatoes over rice. HinoMaru * 33-18 Ditmars Blvd. * http://hinomaruramen.com