From its origins as a survivalist staple to its modern status as mass-produced gas station shlock, beef jerky might not necessarily come to mind when you think of quality food. Jerky, however, has undergone a similar culinary transformation as other foods with similar histories. It’s joined the likes of coffee, pickles, and sausages as culinary artisans have gone back to craft roots, embracing traditional, small-batch production methods while reclaiming and re-imagining beef jerky at large.
We’ve put together a list of the best craft jerky in the city so you can get yourself a piece of the beefy snack revolution.
The phrase “authentic Italian” gets thrown around the NYC restaurant scene much more often than it should. However, at Hell’s Kitchen gem Tavola, located at 488 9th Avenue, authentic Italian only begins to scratch the surface of the gustatory delights to be found there. Restaurateur, owner, and Italian mastermind Nick Accardi opened Tavola about a year and a half ago in what was once a New York City landmark, Italian grocer, Manganaro’s. Originally opened in 1893, the grocery was family owned and operated until Accardi created the cozy yet innovative eatery that shares the same passion for Italian flavors. Accardi did a beautiful job of paying tribute to the building’s roots, maintaining many of Manganaro’s original features; the shelves and tile work were all original to the store.
Cooking large, elaborate meals on Thanksgiving is a lovely tradition, but let's face it: it takes a lot of time, energy, and a bigger kitchen than most New Yorkers actually have. The holiday is meant to be cheerful, but it can end up being stressful for any number of reasons. Perhaps you agreed to host Thanskgiving this year and insinuated that you had Gordon Ramsey-level cooking abilities that you do not, in fact, possess. Or perhaps you’re just not in the mood to wield a carving knife or get into a fight with your cousin about the appropriate amount of ginger to put in the pumpkin pie. Whatever your reasons for opting out of the cooking madness Thanksgiving inspires, there’s no need to worry.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which generally means going home (for all you non-native New Yorkers), or maybe having family over to your place. But what about those of us left behind? And more importantly, what about those of us who would really rather not obliterate our kitchens with a frenzy of Thanksgiving cooking? Well, now there's a place for you--or rather, a whole bunch of places for you. We've put together a list of the best Thanksgiving meals in the city, so that this year, you can get all your cooking done for you. You can impress visiting relatives, or just enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner on your own or with your friends. Either way, if you're trying to take the restaurant route this year, here are the best places to do it.
If holiday shopping has you going crazy this year then we have a simple solution for you... chocolate! It makes the perfect holiday gift, especially for those on your list with a sweet tooth. So to make your holiday shopping a bit easier, we've picked out a few of our favorite chocolate treats this year to stuff in stockings and put under trees (and stuff in your mouth as well).
Listed as one of "Oprah's Favorite Things 2013", Sprinkles Cookie Dough has been making a splash in the world of sweets. Take a pointer from the big O and pick up some of these delicious cookie doughs for your favorite chocoholic. Choose between the classic chocolate chip, double chocolate, or peanut butter pretzel chip.
This year, Thanksgiving and Hannukah will happen simultaniously, which is kind of a really big deal. The last time the two holidays overlapped was1888, and it was only the second time that had happened since Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday. That might seem like a long time ago, but it's nothing compared to how long before it happens again. Thanksgivukkah 2013 is the last Thanksgivukkah for 79,043 years, so make sure to sieze the opportunity to celebrate while you can. Remember, you don't have to be a member of the tribe to go ham on Thanksgivukkah (ha ha, get it?). There's enough Thanksgivukkah for everybody, and we've got the low down on who's celebrating this kickass holiday with inspired culinary creations.
Today (November 14th) is National Guacamole Day, which means you can end your work week with a kick.
Guacamole has stood the test of time: it originated with the Aztecs in the 16th century (the word guacamole comes from the Nahuatl āhuacamolli, meaning “avocado sauce”), and is still popular to this day. But what makes spicy guacamole so good? The answer lies in the science of taste. Virtually all spicy foods contain capsaicin (pronounced cap-say-a-sin), a natural irritant produced by the seeds of plants in the genus Capsicum. All the fire and heat that spicy food aficionados love comes from capsaicin. In nature, the compound acts as a defense mechanism against being eaten, but, as if often the case, nature didn’t count on the strange proclivities of humans. When we eat spicy foods, the capsaicin binds to the thousands of tiny pain receptors on our tongue (called VR1 receptors), which triggers the brain to signal a burning reaction. So, interestingly, the burn we get from spicy food is actually all in our head: while we may feel like our tongue is on fire, no physical damage has actually been done.
Mondy night, Joonbug headed down to The Waterfront for New York Taste, and we were honestly blown away. We’d heard that the annual food fest--hosted by New York Magazine since 1998--was something special, but the whole evening exceeded even our raised expectations. New York Taste was truly an exploration as much as an exhibition of the best of the New York culinary scene, representing the traditional and the cutting edge alike, (often in the same dish.) It also provided a unique opportunity to meet the inspired men and women behind the food. Dishes were prepared on-site, allowing us to glimpse the artistry of the work in progress, and the very approachable chefs fielded questions and greeted diners all night. It was an immersive experience, something more intimate than you’d find if you went to any one of the Chef’s brick-and-mortar locations, that was still casual enough to enjoy freely. In all, a fabulous event.
The Flatiron District is home to a myriad of chic restaurants of all cuisines, but sometimes you just want to grab a bite to eat without breaking the bank, lingering at a table for two hours, or ordering a depressingly generic sandwich at a fast food joint. Fortunately, this neighborhood is also replete with quick, portable lunch options to make your day easier and infinitely more delicious. Here are some of the available options to get you started on your mobile food journey.
El Carrito Rojo
Bread pudding is one of the most underrated desserts around. It may not be the most glamorous-looking member of the dessert family, but it’s certainly a star when it comes to taste. It could be that the best thing since sliced bread was invented was in fact the moment somebody decided to take that sliced bread, soak it in a deliciously sweet pudding, bake it, and serve it piping hot with a giant scoop of ice cream. Here are some of the places in New York where you can get your bread pudding fix, plus an easy recipe you can make at home.