After finally watching the Shanghai episode of Parts Unknown Season 4, I was craving for noodles and dumplings. The next day, after work, I trekked out to Flushing for spicy wontons at White Bear and spicy beef noodle soup at Spicy & Tasty. Both were satisfying, especially the bowl of noodles at Spicy & Tasty. I haven’t been in a while but it’s just as good as last time.
Spicy & Tasty, 39-07 Prince St, Flushing, NY
Brooklyn is becoming THE destination for barbecue. We have Hometown, BrisketTown, Mighty Quinn, Fletcher’s, Morgan’s, Mable’s, Fette Sau, Arrogant Swine, Dinosaur, Hill Country, The Smoke Joint, Beast of Bourbon, Humo, and Lonestar Empire. And now add Pig Beach, a summer pop-up next to The Green Building in Gowanus, to the list. Pig Beach is a combination of Ribdiculous Bar-B-Krewe (run by Shane McBride of Balthazar) and Salty Rinse BBQ (run by Rob Shawger and Ed McFarland of Ed’s Lobster and Matt Abdoo of Del Posto).
Yeah, you’re probably thinking, hm….the Gowanus. YEP! The Pig Beach is literally right next to the Gowanus Canal, hopefully the smell of barbecue will overcome the funky canal smell during peak summer time. With that aside, the space is spacious and more importantly, the meats are gooooooood!
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Have you ever heard of hot chicken? According to the internet, the term hot chicken is a type of fried chicken found in Nashville and it is spicy. Most of the heat comes from cayenne pepper. Good thing Peaches Hothouse in Bed-Stuy does hot chicken so we don’t have to fly to Nashville to get some. I’m okay with spicy food but when I was at The Commodore and had their Hot Fish sandwich, it was just way too hot for me. So having that as my reference point I decided to get the regular fried chicken when I went with a friend to Peaches Hothouse.
Well it wasn’t that big, it was still good fried chicken but it was on the okay side. I know I know, why did I get the regular fried chicken when they’re famous for their hot chicken?! It’s like going to Red Lobster and getting a burger. Sort of. What I should’ve gotten was HOT and you should too! My friend was smart and got hot. The one piece I took from my friend’s plate was super awesome. It wasn’t the type of spicy that was going to burn your mouth off. It was the type of spicy that really added some intense flavor to the chicken. That extra bit of spicy kick really made the 50min trek from Midtown worth it. Besides the awesome flavor of the hot chicken, the crunchy bits were light, the pickles were tangy and the corn bread..well it may just be one of the best corn bread I’ve eaten so far. After tasting the hot, I think I’m ready for the extra hot.
3 pieces (you choice of regular, hot or extra hot) plus one side served with pickles, a slice of bread and corn bread $13
Peaches Hothouse 415 Tompkins Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Long time ago, I thought it was CRAZY to eat a white pie. My first white pie experience was when someone ordered a whole white pie from Lombardi’s and while I thought it was good, it was just a bit too heavy for me. I pretty much stuck with tomato based pies………..until Paulie Gee’s arrived. Paulie showed me that white pies can be beautiful and it is beautiful. Like the Hellified Porkpie White pizza which has fresh mozzarella, Berkshire sopressata piccante, sweet Italian fennel sausage, sliced red onion, garlic, basil and Mike’s Hot Honey. It’s like second nature now, every time I head to Paulie Gee’s, to order a white pie.
Of course this pizza has everything…EVERYTHING that I love, fennel sausage, red onion and Mike’s Hot Honey. Hmmmmmmmm hot honey. The pizza on the left is the Ricotta Be Kiddin’ Me (fresh mozzarella, Canadian bacon, sweet Italian fennel sausage, basil and post-oven fresh ricotta dollops), another winner in my book.
– Paulie Gee’s 60 Greenpoint Ave, Greenpoint Brooklyn
I know Donny will disagree with me, but I never got the love for Motorino. I ate at their old Williamsburg location a few times, and I never thought the pizza was that great. I had never been to their East Village location, but last month I finally made the trip for their $12 prix fixe lunch, which includes a salad and one of four different pies. I got the margherita, to see if my opinion of their pizza had changed in the past few years.
Now look, it’s not that the pizza is bad. It’s definitely better than the average slice. My biggest problem is with the crust, which is light and airy and slightly sweet. I understand that those things might not sound bad, but I like my crust with more of a chew. The airiness of the crust means that the crust becomes almost a non-entity in the pizza equation, which is a problem for me. My ideal pizza is one that strikes the perfect balance between the crust, the sauce, and the cheese. If you like Motorino I’m very happy for you, but I’ll stick with my current faves: Roberta’s and Paulie Gee’s.
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Motorino (East Village) — 349 East 12th St
There was still the smell of fresh paint when I walked into Glasserie last week. The room was quiet and beautiful, especially the natural light that fell onto my table as I sat there waiting for Howard. I didn’t go to Glasserie to try a new restaurant instead I was there to support and cheer on a friend.
I met Sara Kramer at Allswell and quickly found out we have few mutual friends. And here she was, 2 years later, running her own kitchen.
I knew our meal was going to be good but I wasn’t expecting Sara to blow our freakin minds away. We started off with a dish of lightly grilled radishes, warm and crunchy, served with feta, mint leaves and a sprinkle of za’atar. Both of us took a bite and both of our eyes widened with delight at the same time. I have never had radishes this good before. For my main course, I got the flatiron steak, cooked perfectly to medium rare. But trout roe and steak together? Yes, it works. Probably the most satisfying thing I have eaten so far this year were the three pieces of flaky bread. They were so good, I got a 2nd order. Warm and buttery, they were a perfect match for the cool and slightly tangy labneh. And for dessert, a delicious chocolate tart and a cup of strawberries with yogurt. Strawberries and yogurt may sound simple but Sara was able to make it something more.
Congrats again to Sara and the team at Glasserie. I am excited to see what else they’ll do/cook and I’ll definitely be back for more meals.
Check out what Howard thought over on his blog.
– Glasserie 95 Commercial St. Greenpoint. – map
Words and photos by Sandy Lee
The LA Street Food Fest will soon be upon us once more for the 4th consecutive year. Saturday, June 29th to be exact. The All You Can Eat & Drink event will have street foods from 85+ trucks and carts, a Beer Garden, cocktails, and an Ice Cream Social (desserts and sweets purveyors) and will be held once again at the Rose Bowl. Live music will also be a part of the festivities with bands to be announced in the coming weeks. Admission will be through pre-sale only tickets and will be capped at just 5,000.
VIP Early Admission 3-9p, $75
General Admission 5-9p, $50
Tickets and details – LAStreetFoodFest.com
Tickets – Eventbrite
I had the privilege and pleasure to attend the preview party on June 3, graciously hosted at the venerable Guelaguetza restaurant, getting a little sneak peak. Some comments/tips/highlights from the vendors of the night follows.
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