I’m excited to watch the first episode of season 2 of Top Chef Masters tonight. Good luck to my friend, chef Mark Peel. In honor of the premiere, here’s one of my weird, totally random posts… First up, McClure’s Pickles. I got to try their spicy pickles at a cool event at the Martha Stewart offices for that Tastemakers article in the April issue. Their Bloody Mary Mix was in the gift bag, but I don’t really like Bloody Mary’s. I gave mine to Gypsy — hey, G, did you like it? I’m thinking yes.
Speaking of that Martha Stewart event, the team from Mad Mac was there. I’ve tried some good macarons before, but seriously, these were out of this world. Mind you, they were piping them fresh, on the spot. What’s not to love, right? Even if you think you know good macarons, go out of your way to try these.
Next up, Yonah Schimmel. We got these before seeing The Exploding Girl at the Landmark Sunshine Theater (awesome movie, btw).
Of course I went to the first Manhattan branch of the famous Korean fried chicken restaurant chain, Kyochon, on opening day! I liked it very much, although I would have had to order at least twice as much food to be satisfied, and that would be really pricey. Try it when you’re not very hungry.
Wait a second… was this what we ate before seeing The Exploding Girl? Now I can’t remember, but if you want to try the best stuffed grape leaves (dolmas) sandwich anywhere, go to Bereket. The photo is a little insane, no?
I’ve tried The Meatball Shop two more times, and it’s still amazing. Seriously, it belongs on your must-try list if you’re visiting NYC. Skip Little Italy and just go here. Thank me later.
Speaking of must-try’s… put Pommes Frites on the list. Yeah, I know half of Manhattan is lined up outside, but it’s worth it. I think that’s the Vietnamese Pineapple Mayo. Drool. A heart attack in a cone.
Umm, that’s Jen, posing on line in front of Pommes Frites. Hey, you gotta do something to pass the time.
I noticed this painted on the sidewalk in front of Wonton Garden in Chinatown and had to take a photo. Great place, by the way.