I will admit it, I am a burritHO. I can eat burritos all day, everyday, and twice on  Wednesday while watching Seinfeld in my boxers. So whe...

I will admit it, I am a burritHO. I can eat burritos all day, everyday, and twice on Wednesday while watching Seinfeld in my boxers. So when I heard that Danny Bowien was making burritos at his new spot Mission Cantina, I had to see what the deal was. I loved Mission Chinese, but I never got the chance to write about it, as I was too busy sweating my balls off from the chicken wings to jot down my thoughts on the dishes we ordered.

We arrived around 9pm with an hour wait, which was cool because we had a few specialty drinks at the small bar situated across from the front door. I liked the bar so much that we wound up eating dinner there. This is what we ordered:

Scallop & Veal Heart Ceviche ($13) -  Topped with fried capers, olives, and red rice vinegar on a crispy house made tostada. This dish had a lot of things working for it. Right off, I noticed the flavors of savory and sweet from the corn tostada and the vinegar. I loved the texture of the firm scallop and veal heart with the crispiness of the tostada. My palate was having a field day. My favorite dish of the night.

Chicken Wings ($12):  Mole, spices, chili vinegar, sesame, crema. I'm not going to lie, I was kind of in shook when they brought these wings to the table. I remember the wings from Mission Chinese, which were extremely spicy and mouth numbing. I like heat, but the spice had me sweating harder than Gwyneth Paltrow when asked for directions to Brooklyn. Mission Cantina's wings  are a little bit more tolerable on the tongue. Fried to a crisp and devilishly good.

Tacos ($6.50 for 2) We ordered the Cummin Lamb Taco, smoked prune, herbed crema and The roasted pork - Al Pastor with pickled pineapple. On my two trips to Mission Cantina, I had a great tortilla stuffed with extremely dry meat. I can usually excuse dry meat for flavor, but the flavor just fell flat on it's ass. This was like eating Taco Bell but while sober in the daylight.

The Brisket Burrito ($12): Beans, avocado, crema, queso blanco, salsa fresca, chips and 2 salsas, with your choice of meat, fish or vegetable. Let me start off by saying "Holy Fuck!" The sheer weight alone made me realize that I would be in a food coma for the next 3 days. Everything from the fresh and extremely dense tortilla to the perfectly cooked brisket was one hundred percent on point. What threw me for a loop was that there was no rice in the burrito; Bowien packs the burrito with perfectly cooked beans instead. The text book definition of a good burrito to me is that every bite tastes the same and Mission Cantina nailed that aspect.

After a few drinks and the food, our bill came to a measly $110 before tip. The service was on point our bartender/server was excellent - we even had a 10 minute conversation about tacos. I will gladly admit that he has the burrito game on lock. As for his tacos, they need work. There are a lot of great tacos popping up in Manhattan, and in a very large spectrum. Anything from a quick casual taco at Los Taco No.1 in Chelsea, to the high end tacos being slung a few blocks away by Lord Taco, Alex Stupak. I'd hate to see someone as talented as Bowien left behind in the taco dust.

Mission Cantina 
172 Orchard Street, New York 

Manhattan's ever evolving burger scene has a new contender to add to it's roster, The BFB Highline. BFB which stands for "Best...

Manhattan's ever evolving burger scene has a new contender to add to it's roster, The BFB Highline. BFB which stands for "Best Fucking Burger" is a fast casual burger joint concept located in the heart of Manhattan's Meat Packing district at 55 Gansevoort Street.  At the helm of this new burger joint is Chef Chris Mitchell, whose culinary pedigree stems from iconic New York City eateries such as The Breslin, The Meatball Shop, and Hill Country. 

The burger menu has a tempting array of options. Their best seller is an 6 oz burger, topped with tomatoes, lettuce, house pickles, and special sauce and American cheese. If you're not in the mood for a burger you can try the Pescatarian Delight, a breaded deep fried tilapia, citrus crema, raw onion, pickled jalapeño, and house pickles. If you're an adventurous glutton, you can try the unique "Heisenburger," a 10 ounce, custom blend of dry aged ribeye and pork belly, with crystallized onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and your choice of Swiss, American or blue cheese. All of BFB's burgers are made with meat from Pat Lafrieda, along with produce picked up daily from the Union Square Market, and all burgers are topped with Sir Kensington's condiments. 

What's a burger without fries? BFB has three options for you. The Old School, a thin cut fry seasoned with salt and pepper, the VIP fry, seasoned with bacon salt, and also sweet potato fries. You can wash down all that goodness with a drink from the fully stocked bar, or with one of their signature cocktails. 

On the weekends only, BFB will also be serving up BBQ and Lobster Rolls. 

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, including the BFB's residency at it's current location which will be open for a limited time only. So get your ass over there before you get stuck having to go to the Upper East Side, or even worse, Queens. 

The Hiesenburger 

The Hiesenburger - Medium Rare
BBQ Brisket Sandwich. Weekends only. 
Bacon Salt Fries
Bourbon Iced Tea 

BFB Highline
55 Gansevroot Street 

One day while roaming around Chelsea Market, I don't know why. I'm not a French tourist, nor do I live in Manhattan, but I was hung...

One day while roaming around Chelsea Market, I don't know why. I'm not a French tourist, nor do I live in Manhattan, but I was hungry as fuck. As I roamed around, I noticed sign with a big red arrow that said "Tacos," and "Los Taco No. 1" beneath that. If ever I was waiting for a sign, this was it. I like signs that say "tacos," and I sure as fuck like Tacos. As I walked past a spice and candy stall, I found Los Taco No.1 tucked into the corner of the four stalls in the same room. As I ordered, I couldn't help noticing a short Mexican woman hand pressing fresh tacos behind the counter or the rotating meat, did I just walk up to the pearly gates of taco heaven?

After paying, I handed off my ticket to the gentlemen behind the counter. Beware, they have a two ticket system. This is what I got:

Adobada ($3.50) - A freshly pressed tortilla stuffed with pork, pico de gallo, and topped with light and creamy guacamole. It was fresh with the flavor of cilantro, and the salsa gives it a nice bit of heat. I usually only fuck with double tortilla tacos, but this tortilla was nice and dense. Super fresh, hints of corn that went nice with the spicy pork. The pork itself was juicy and had the right balance of fat to non-fat meat. 

Carne Asada ($3.50) - Another fresh pressed tortilla, packed with Carne Asada and topped with the same ingredients as the Abodada. The meat was tender and full of flavor with hints of smokey char flavor every few bites. 

Quesadilla Adobada ($4) - A slightly large tortilla topped with same ingredients as the tacos, but with queso and what I believe is cactus. Another banger! Maybe my favorite of all three. 

Some people dig for gold, but I dig for great unknown food joints. With Los Tacos No.1, I feel that I have struck gold. Who would think that a place like this would exist in an area that's a lot like the waiting room for tourist hell. There should be an app so you can find a place like this. Maybe an app like Tinder, but for tacos in your area you can eat. 

Los Taco No.1 
75 9th Avenue, New York, NY (inside Chelsea Market) 

One of the most highly anticipated restaurant projects of 2014, The Chalk Point Kitchen, is set to open its doors in the coming days in the...

One of the most highly anticipated restaurant projects of 2014, The Chalk Point Kitchen, is set to open its doors in the coming days in the old Dollaway space at 527 Broome Street in SoHo. The new project is a collaboration between Michelin-starred Chef Joe Isidori, and restaurateur Matt Levine. 

Chef Joe Isidori received his first Michelin Star working at Donald Trump's DJT in 2008, as well as being named StarChefs.com Las Vegas Rising Star Chef, and he has even battled against Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America. Isidori has manned the kitchens at Harbour in New York City, then opened SouthFork Kitchen in the Hamptons which focused on sustainable seafood and local produce from Long Island purveyors. Also in the kitchen will be Blue Hill and Mas farmhouse alum Chef Freddy Schoen-Kiewart handling things as Chef de Cuisine. Matt Levine, once a New York City nightlife mogul switched his hat to restaurateur in 2011 with the opening of Sons Of Essex. 

The 70 seat, Chien Dao designed space brings rustic farm house comfort from the white washed wood walls, and mixes it with a downtown vibe from the Basquiat renditions painted on the kitchen ceiling.  The Chalk Point Kitchen will focus on local New York State purveyors including Battenkill Valley Creamery, Statur Farms, Blue Marble Ice Cream, New York City local Grand Daisy Bakery, The Lobster Place, and more. The menu concept will be market-to-table, with inspiration coming from New York City's ethnic neighborhoods and the markets that surround it. Think Chinatown meets Union Square Market. 

Located directly below The Chalk Point Kitchen will be a vintage cocktail den and piano bar called The Handy Liquor Bar, named after Thomas Handy, the first known expert barmen in the US. The bar will be serving up vintage cocktails like Manhattans, Mint Juleps, and the Sazerac cocktail, which is said to America's first cocktail recipe to be recorded. The walls of the 150 seat space are decorated with original photographs by famed rock photographer Bob Gruen, alongside a baby grand piano and vintage jukebox. 

Here's a sneak peek at some of the dishes coming out of the Chalk Point Kitchen.  

Hudson Valley pan-chicken: House gravy and Chinese greens 
Chef Joe Isidori and Chef Freddy Schoen-Kiewart
Garden Beet Salad: Hudson Valley blue cheese, pistachio & organic buttermilk-dill
dinning room
La Quercia Farm Speck Americano: Age parmagiano, apple, lemon, sesame. 

Chalk Point Chowder: Local clams with market vegetables.

Rhode Island Mussels: Kimchi and house smoked bacon

Icelandic Artic Char: White miso and ruby red grapefruit 

Caramel Pudding: Vanilla ice cream popcorn & crisp 
The Full Menu

The Chalk Point Kitchen Opens April 2nd. 

The Chalk Point Kitchen 
527 Broome Street, NY 10013

My love for Chinatown stems from my father. He always said that Chinatown reminds him of Brighton Beach, except everyone was ...

My love for Chinatown stems from my father. He always said that Chinatown reminds him of Brighton Beach, except everyone was Chinese. When my parents needed a break from the Brighton Beach bullshit, they would pack my grandmother, brother, and I into the car and head over to Chinatown. We would spend the day walking from store to store looking for the cheapest fish and meat. Then from restaurant menu to restaurant menu looking for the weirdest and cheapest food my father could find. 

As I got older I kept finding myself in Chinatown. On a random summer days, my friend and I would skip the beach and go roam the streets of Manhattan. The first stop was always Chinatown. We would stop off for pork buns and sticky rice buns, then hit up Soho Down Under - a graffiti shop located on West Broadway for five-finger caps, and the possibility of catching ups in another graffiti writers blackbook. 

My love for Chinatown is deep, my love for the food in Chinatown is deeper. Here are 8 spots, old and new that I love eating at. 

Lam Zhou: A hand pulled noodle and dumpling place located on the outskirts of Chinatown. My friend Jeff, an OG resident of Chinatown had put me on to the place. When I asked Jeff what makes Lam Zhou dumplings better than anyone else, he said "just straight up love," and that's exactly what these dumplings were. For $2 you can get an order of 8. Don't forget to grab some to-go, 50 frozen dumplings are $8. The hand pulled noodles are dense, chewy, stretched and pounded right in front of you, and served in a broth filled with sliced brisket, the best $5.50 you'll ever spend 
144 East Broadway

Nom Wah Tea Parlor: The oldest dim sum parlor in Chinatown has serving up dim sum since the early 1920's. I love Nom Wah because they serve dim sum all day, everyday, 7 days a week. It's a great spot to get your dim sum fix on a rainy Wednesday night. Go with the shrimp with rice noodles, the sticky rice with Chinese sausage and the OG egg roll is a must! 

13 Doyer Street

69 Bayard: While all the food amateurs roll over to Wo Hop after a late night of drinking, make your way over to 69 Bayard. Open til 4am, you can get whiteboy dishes like Shrimp with Lobster Sauce and General Tso's Chicken, if you want something a little more authentic order the Snails in Black Bean Sauce. By the way, if you don't order their Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings, you will have lived an empty life. I am forever eternal 
69 Bayard Street 

M Star Cafe: Another spot my friend Jeff put me on to.  One of the most flavorful congees I've tasted in a while, with a perfect century egg at the bottom. The Pan Fried Rice Noodles topped with peanut sauce and hoisin will add 10 more years to your life. 
19 Division Street 

Great NY Noodletown: You aren't really a New Yorker unless you eat here regularly. Serving up a full menu of great dishes, go for their Chinatown style soups. I get mine with the shrimp dumplings & roast pork.
28 Bowery

Canal Best Restaurant:  When I was younger this was always our first stop to grab some pork, and sticky rice buns.  I've been grabbing dim sum from the counter at this place since the mid 90's but never sat down to actually have a meal here. To be continued...
266 Canal Street 

Xi'an Famous Foods: I can't begin to tell you how happy I was to hear that I would no longer have to trek to Flushing to grab some spicy stewed pork noodles and spicy cucumber salad. With a small cramped location expect long lines. Order anything off the menu, you won't go wrong. 
67 Bayard

Young Xinjiang BBQ Cart: The skewer lady a.k.a my boo. A roach coach located under the Manhattan bridge. I tend to stop at this cart mostly in the summer, as it located right off the bike lane exit off the Manhattan bridge. After riding my bicycle from Coney Island, I need some quick "energy." Varying from Chicken Skewers to fish ball Skewers, this will be the cheapest quick snack you'll ever come across in Manhattan. 
Forsyth Street - Under the Manhattan Bridge 

For the past few nights I've been having a hard time trying to fall asleep. It wasn't related to the usual worries such as work,...

For the past few nights I've been having a hard time trying to fall asleep. It wasn't related to the usual worries such as work, money or relationships. Nope, my sleepless nights have been due to my meal at Contra. Night after night, I've been trying to figure out the words to put together to attempt to explain how ridiculous the meal was. 

Let me start with Contra's menu. It's pretty simple, this is what we're making, it's 5 courses, it cost $55 and if you don't like it, eat dry white dog shit. We also have a pretty decent cocktail menu with drinks costing around $12 and they don't have any stupid fucking names like the "Bowery Blood Orangina" or the "Canal Street Dirty Water Dog." 

I had to eat at the ungodly hour of 7pm which was a nice change from the loudness you usually get later in the night. I was seated towards the back with a great view of an open kitchen which seemed more like a zen dojo. No clacking pans, no yelling "fire blah blah blah all day long" bullshit you usually hear out of an open kitchen. The menu for the day was laid out on the table and here's what I got. 

First Course: Scallop, kohlbari, celery: I fucking hate celery. I wouldn't eat celery if it was deep fried in chocolate sauce and served off of Beyonce's ass. I manned up and ate it and loved every minute of it. The scallop was tender, tons of flavor and a nice balance of acidity, every few bites I was getting a mix of sweet pear which made this dish hit every note in my palate. My favorite dish of the night.

Second Course: Monk fish, onion, spigarello. When the plate hit my table it was so beautiful, I wasn't sure if I should eat it or have it hanging in my den. The monk fish was perfectly cooked with a nice smokey char flavor. The spigarello was crisp, along with the bulbs of an onion filled with a foam that I couldn't quite figure out the flavor of. 

Third Course: Chicken boudin, turnip with a smear of blood sausage on the side. A tender piece of chicken breast with a perfectly crispy skin topped with maybe the most perfect tasting pickled turnips I've ever had. 
Fourth Course: Tangerine, popcorn. Out of the five dishes this one was my least favorite. I really couldn't make the connection between the popcorn and tangerine. 
Fifth course: Hazelnut ganache, topped with yoghurt sprinkled with beet powder. It was layer after layer of flavor. I am not big on desserts but eating this was like eating an orgasm while driving a Buggati. 

The tasting menu game is heating up in NYC and with a fuck ton of options, I put Contra at the top of my list. Yes the portions were small and if you break down the math you're averaging $11 a dish - but what's a few dollars when it comes to great food? 

138 Orchard street,New York, NY 10002 

For the first time since 1962 years the NFL championship game has come to the New York/New Jersey area. New York is a huge football city d...

For the first time since 1962 years the NFL championship game has come to the New York/New Jersey area. New York is a huge football city due to its large volume of transplants from other states. One way New York has celebrated the coming of the Super Bowl was with the 50 Yard Lounge, which ran from January 29th - February 2nd at 1 Penn Plaza. The events boasted appearances from legendary retired NFL players like Doug Flutie, Cris Carter, and Matt Light, just to name a few. Live performances and DJs filled sounds through 15,000 square feet of heated tent located on the street and on roof decks.

 One thing we take more serious than football in New York City is our food, and The 50 Yard Lounge did not disappoint. A gang of high profile New York City chefs including Michael White, Marc Fiagone, Bill Telepan were serving up special dishes for football and food fanatics alike. Also a few live cooking demonstrations from chef and retired NFL players. I got to check out the 50 Yard Lounge on Saturday which where theme menu was Classic American. All broken up into four quarters. Each quarter a group of chef's would serve up of good eats starting with breakfast in the morning all the way midnight burger bash. Here's a recap from Saturday's festivities.

Chef David Santos of Louro: Portuguese Breakfast Poutine

Esposito Sausage: Breakfast sausage & chicken maple sausage served with warm maple syrup

Katz's Deli: Pastrami sandwiches

Pat Lafrieda: Filet Mignon sandwich
Delicatessen: Pan Roasted Chicken thigh sandwich with olive oil pesto, sweet pepper aioli and burrate cheese

 Pat Lafrieda and NFL legend Matt Light doing a live butchering demonstration. 


The 50 Yard Lounge