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How to Spot a Great NYC Restaurant

New York City is home to thousands of amazing restaurants that serve delicious and high-quality food. Unfortunately, there are also some bad apples in the bunch that will not only cost you an arm a leg, but deliver lesser-quality food that could even be hazardous to your health. New York City is known for their health department issues and the fact that many of their restaurants are riddled with insect and rodent infestations. Because of this, it is crucial that you find a great restaurant serving clean and tasty food.

 

Reviews can be your best friend when it comes to finding a good place to eat. People are often unbiased when reviewing restaurants and food vendors online, giving others insight into the experience they had while eating there themselves. While almost all NYC restaurants will receive a negative review from time to time, you should take any negative review to heart and take note if the establishment is receiving more negative reviews than positive ones. Ask friends and relatives what restaurants they enjoy going to in order to get some ideas on places to check out.

 

You might also want to contact the localized health department to find ratings on different restaurants. The NYS Health Department is responsible for doing cleanliness checks on all restaurants within their jurisdiction. All of their findings must be made public so people are able to see what a restaurant’s health rating currently is and any violations that were found during the inspection. Knowing this information can help you weed out the bad restaurants and only go with the better ones. After all, if you’re going to spend a lot on a meal and have a night out with friends in New York City, you want to know the restaurant you’re eating at is clean and has an outstanding menu.

 

A New Type Of Italian Pocket Sandwich Is Now Available On The Lower East Side

It’s always fun to read about new food items being introduced in NYC. A few minutes ago, I read a recent article concerning a pizza pocket-like street food that is now being served at a new restaurant on the lower east side.

 

These sandwich pocket foods are known as trapizzinos, and they originated in Rome, Italy. In 2008, an Italian chef named Stefano Callegari started selling stuffed pieces of pizza bianca bread called trapizzino in Rome, and the food became very popular there.

 

After opening seven Trapizzino restaurants in the Rome, Italy area, with his business partners, chef Callegari opened his initial American Trapizzino restaurant in late February in NYC.

 

The trapizzino sandwich pockets at Trapizzino are stuffed with an assortment of Roman-style dishes that you would not expect to be serving as fillings in sandwiches.

 

Braised pork with rosemary and fennel pollen, pumpkin with crushed almonds and Pecorino cheese, and chicken cacciatora are some of the tasty foods that are served inside of pizza bianca triangles at Trapizzino. You can also order a trapizzino filled with eggplant, tomato, olive oil, and basil, or perhaps their boiled tongue trapizzino, with carrots, onion, parsley, and black pepper.

 

Stuffed rice balls called suppli are another type of delicious food served at Trapizzino. These delectable spheres are fried golden-brown, and filled with dishes such as arrabbiata, and carbonara pasta, and beef ragout with mozzarella.

 

While I like the concept of eating traditional Italian foods in a hand-held platform, I can’t help but wonder if the various fillings have a tendency to spill out of the sandwich pockets.

 

NYC’s Best Sticky Buns Round-up

Grubstreet recently published a round-up of the top 6 sticky buns in New York City. For those unfamiliar with the sweet treat, a sticky bun is similar to a cinnamon roll, but has a different topping. Rather than a cream cheese or powdered sugar based icing, sticky buns are cloaked in a combination of butter and brown sugar that can either be runny or a thick caramel.

 

Taking the number one spot for the city’s best bun is found at Flora’s Coffee, a cafe in the basement of the Met Breuer. Its dense and yeasty brioche dough makes this bun filling enough for breakfast. It features sweet buttered pecans for crunch and a punch of black cardamom inside, giving it a unique flavor from your usual sickly sweet sticky bun.

 

Second place for best sticky bun went to Balthazar. Their bun is the best of both worlds with a buttery, doughy interior and a flaky, crispy exterior. It is topped with a burnt sugar caramel, chopped nuts, and raisins for a traditional take on the beloved comfort food.

 

The schnecken at kosher bakery William Greenberg is a delicious German take on the sticky bun. With a soft sour cream dough that is both moist and crumbly and an almost too sweet brown sugar glaze, this bun is so loved you can order them by mail all over the country. It comes in three sizes to fit any appetite.

 

For those who don’t care for chopped nuts, the sticky bun at Sadelle’s brings the same delicious layered doughy goodness without the crunchy element. If you are looking for the perfect salty-sweet combo, head to Roberta’s. Their airy buns are almost like popovers in texture and are topped with a heavenly salted caramel glaze. Finally, Amy’s Bread serves a perfectly traditional take on the sticky bun. Its chewy edges, fluffy center, and pecan topping make it ideal for newbies to the treat.

 

One of New York’s Most Celebrated Restaurants Closes

The Cecil restaurant in New York City will close at the end of December. This is news to most residents because Head Chef Johnson recently overhauled the menu. The reason for the closing is that Chef Johnson wishes to focus his efforts on this new restaurant known as Minton’s. It is a bar with live music and snacks. It has the capacity to seat 200 plus people. The style of the food is “Afro-Asian-American” fusion food. Due to the restaurant’s unique style, it was the subject of constant praise within the New York City foodie community.

 

The old model for the restauranteur’s business was to have guests dine at The Cecil, then hang out at Minton’s afterward. The new Minton’s will be unveiled to the public on January 6th. It will be a hybrid of the two old facilities. Many of the most beloved dishes from The Cecil will transition over. Fan favorites include Chinese-chicken sausage, gulf shrimp, collard-greens salad and oxtail dumplings.

 

Chef Johnson is the public face of the restaurant, but he has no stake in the ownership of it. He does not have final say on any of the business decisions involved. He states that financial concerns were not part of the motivation for the recent changes. He is looking forward to the changes. They allow him to cook in a smaller kitchen where he can prepare the best possible food for patrons of the establishment. You can read more of Chef Johnson’s thoughts on the transition here.

 

The Mufgel Takes NYC By Storm

New York City is well known for having one of the best food scenes in the world. While the city is full of five-star restaurants owned by some of the best chefs in the world, it is sometimes the more casual snacks that get the most attention. New York is definitely used to the newest trends in snack foods, which have recently included the cronut and coffee in a cone. According to a recent news article (http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-08-10/the-mufgel-is-the-latest-nyc-food-craze) the mufgel could be the most popular culinary craze of all.

 

The mufgel is a delicious morning snack that is a cross between a muffin and bagel, which has helped anyone decide on the perfect breakfast. The mufgel, which has started popping up in bakeries all over the city over the past few weeks, was first introduced to the city in early July.

 

While it has rapidly increased in popularity, the snack has some interesting roots behind it. The snack was initially discussed as a joke on a popular New York City morning news program. Initially, it was considered a joke to poke fun at the recent craze of snack foods in the city. However, one bakery in Brooklyn decided that they wanted to take the idea to the next level. The popular Bagel Store in Brooklyn, which is owned by baker Scott Russilo, was the first to unveil the bagel. Overall consumer reports of the snack have been favorable. Many have stated that the mufgel looks like a bagel, but actually tastes quite a bit like a muffin. While it was initially only released for a temporary time, there is a good chance that the bakery could add it to the permanent menu.

 

New restaurants in New York City That You Must Try

All the foodies out there know how great it feels to walk into a new restaurant and have a delicious meal before it catches on and gets all crowded and noisy. There are many new restaurants in Ney York City and it helps to have a guide on which ones are worth a try.

 

The experts at RoundTable recommend Café AltroParadiso, a beautiful Italian restaurant with great ambience and amazing food. They have a huge selection of dishes to choose from and you will be delighted by the fast and thoughtful service. They also have a variety of Italian drinks on the menu.

 

Another great restaurant that you should try is Seamore’s. It has beautiful outdoor sitting space perfect for lunch with your family or friends in the summer. The restaurant specializes in sea food and has ingredients delivered every day so you can be sure you will not be eating stale food.

 

Imperro Café is perfect for an evening out with friends. They have a wide selection of drinks, including a good number of Italian wines. It is also easily accessible and this makes it a convenient place to have lunch for those with very busy schedules.

 

You should also try Llama Inn, L’Antogoniste and La Sirena and experience their great service and tantalizing meals.

 

Some of these restaurants are only just starting out and therefore have very small menus and not much sitting space, but when they catch on, you can expect amazing dishes and drinks and great service from them. Most of them are pet-friendly and child-friendly, with space for the kids to play while you chat away with your friends or family. The children’s menus have a variety of dishes that your kids will enjoy. They also cater for vegetarians and other people with special dietary needs. No one will feel left out.

Pizza Making U-Turn Back To Sturdy Square Shape In 2017

No matter how you slice it, pizza is one of the most satisfying foods on the planet. Just ask the millions of New York City strong who enjoy getting a slice to go. In Manhattan alone, there are 362 local pizza restaurants, according to an item in the NewYorkDailyNews.

 

Most of these pizza parlors serve up slices from a round pie with thinner crust, because that’s been the longtime tradition. Watch out, folks, because things are about to change in 2017. That’s right; NYC is turning square, but in a grande way.

 

Don’t be afraid of the dimensions, ladies and gentlemen. The square slice will feature thicker dough, heartier toppings and a deeper gastronomical satisfaction.

 

Square pizza is the trendy food item of the new year in New York City. You won’t have to worry about all the good stuff sagging from your slice, because you won’t even have to fold your pie. Square pizza has a sturdy form with nice crispy edges.

 

The culinary landscape has begun to change in the pizza world, taking us all back to our youth, when square masterpieces full of molten cheese and sauce were a thing of beauty in school cafeterias.

 

BonAppetit says the trend is on and stretching across the country.

 

In New York City, pizza lovers can go square at eateries like Scarr’s Pizza on Orchard Street, where an 18 inch by 12 inch pizza will run you $26. There is Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Pizza, which offers classic NY slices at $2.50. Some folks prefer the square kale-sausage-and-­Taleggio slice, where vintage meets edgy.

 

Emmy-Squared in Brooklyn also serves it up hot and non-circular. The restaurant is big on Detroit-style pizza, and residents love the crisp square pies with the yummy, springy dough.

 

Go on, America; get square.

 

Disaster Averted

There are numerous restaurant chefs in New York who offer a bit of advice on how to fix some of the common problems associated with Thanksgiving dinner. One of the common fails is to have lumpy gravy. It could be because you don’t let the gravy simmer long enough on the stove, or you might add too many dry ingredients, which can easily make your gravy full of lumps. Transfer the gravy to a blender so that you can get it smooth to go over the turkey, potatoes and other items. If it’s too thin, add very small amounts of flour until it’s the right consistency.

 

Sometimes, stuffing can just get too soggy. This is a dish that isn’t appealing at all as there’s too much moisture. Spread the stuffing in a thin layer in a larger dish before putting it back in the oven to bake for a few minutes. This will help to remove some of the moisture, giving it a beautiful crunch. If your stuffing is too dry, then pour a but of belted butter and broth over the top. Don’t add too much because you’ll end up with the soggy stuffing that you don’t want.

 

If you don’t thaw out the turkey all the way, then it can turn out to be a burnt disaster on the outside and not done on the inside. Submerge the turkey in cold water until it’s thawed. You can also cut the turkey into slices to make it easier to cook.

 

New restaurants in New York City That You Must Try

All the foodies out there know how great it feels to walk into a new restaurant and have a delicious meal before it catches on and gets all crowded and noisy. There are many new restaurants in Ney York City and it helps to have a guide on which ones are worth a try.

 

The experts at RoundTable recommend Café AltroParadiso, a beautiful Italian restaurant with great ambience and amazing food. They have a huge selection of dishes to choose from and you will be delighted by the fast and thoughtful service. They also have a variety of Italian drinks on the menu.

 

Another great restaurant that you should try is Seamore’s. It has beautiful outdoor sitting space perfect for lunch with your family or friends in the summer. The restaurant specializes in sea food and has ingredients delivered every day so you can be sure you will not be eating stale food.

 

Imperro Café is perfect for an evening out with friends. They have a wide selection of drinks, including a good number of Italian wines. It is also easily accessible and this makes it a convenient place to have lunch for those with very busy schedules.

 

You should also try Llama Inn, L’Antogoniste and La Sirena and experience their great service and tantalizing meals.

 

Some of these restaurants are only just starting out and therefore have very small menus and not much sitting space, but when they catch on, you can expect amazing dishes and drinks and great service from them. Most of them are pet-friendly and child-friendly, with space for the kids to play while you chat away with your friends or family. The children’s menus have a variety of dishes that your kids will enjoy. They also cater for vegetarians and other people with special dietary needs. No one will feel left out.

Villa Italian Kitchen’s Alternative Facts Pizza

President Donald Trump loves fast food. He extolled the virtues of McDonalds in a Town Hall meeting with Anderson Cooper, and was photographed many times on the campaign trail devouring everything from Kentucky Fried Chicken to a super-sized taco bowl. Donald Trump’s culinary approach is in stark contrast to Michelle and Barrack Obama’s healthy diet. Michelle Obama used to tease the former president for only eating seven, lightly salted almonds as an evening snack. However, while Donald Trump loves fast food, that doesn’t mean fast food loves President Trump.

 

Villa Italian Kitchen began as a single pizzeria on Broadway in 1964. Today, Villa Italian Kitchen is a 300 location chain found mostly in food courts across America. Perhaps its location on Broadway, next to the Ed Sullivan Theater, contributed to its sense of political humor.

 

Since Trump’s inauguration, special advisor Kellyanne Conway has used the phrase “alternative facts.” The phrase is a sort of rallying cry against the media, which the Trump administration says didn’t accurately report the size of the crowd at the inauguration. Of course, alternative facts are not facts; they’re falsehoods. Or to put it another way: the alternative to facts is fictions. The Villa Italian Kitchen saw the phrase at a great marketing tool.

 

The Villa Italian Kitchen now offers an Alternative Facts Pizza. The thick, carb-heavy crust is loaded with bacon, pepperoni, ham, sausage and mozzarella cheese, yet the company claims it has zero calories. Yes, a post-facts world is a wonderful place if you want to eat fatty foods. The Alternative Facts Pizza has no effect on your waistline, nor will it clog arteries or raise blood pressure. Villa Italian Kitchen’s Alternative Facts Pizza is just one of many recent food items lampooning the new Trump administration.

 

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