Additional Articles/Posts by GutterGourmet

  • Thrillist's Barbecue & The Blues: Certainly a Thrill
    The most beautiful example of alliteration in the English language is quite possibly "blues, brews and barbecue." True to the sponsor's name, Friday night's New York Wine & Food Festival event was a thriller.  Unlike the annual...

  • A Pizza Tour of Boston
    Travel and Leisure just published its almost totally clueless ranking of the best cities for pizza. Chicago at number one? New York City only number three? No mention of New Haven, Conn.? I mean come on, get real. I said "almost" clueless...

  • Cones Ice Cream Artisans: You Say Gelato, I Say Helado
    Before becoming a restaurant, food, and beverage lawyer at several prominent law firms, I did my summer associate training at the firm of Baskin-Robbins. Profits that summer were abysmal not due to B&R's lack of popularity but due to my constant...

  • First Look at Torrisi Boys' New West Village Spot Carbone
    Having lived in Greenwich Village for more than 25 years, I did a double take when I saw the neon sign that was always a point of reference on Thompson Street. The Rocco's sign was still there but it had been superimposed with its new owners' name...

  • Bluefin Tuna Cutting Performance at Mitsuwa Supermarket
    Last month at Japan’s world famous Tsukiji fish market, a Tokyo-based sushi restaurant chain owner paid 155.4 million yen, or about $1.76 million, for a 488-pound bluefin tuna, or about $3,606 per pound. Last Sunday, at Mitsuwa Marketplace in...

  • 'Uni' Pizza Napoletana, Manhattan's $8 Slice
    "Uni" Pizza Napoletana. No, that's not a typo. I'm not referring to the dearly departed "Una" Pizza Napoletana, which Anthony Mangieri, after having left my heart broken in New York City, reopened in San Francisco. And I was...

  • The Egg Nog Egg Cream: A Holiday Compromise
    It's the happiest time of the year. Yes, I love Christmas. Only problem is...I'm Jewish. Mom would never give in and let us have a tree. I tried to sell it as a Hanukkah bush but no sale. When I married my Catholic-born wife, the best part of our...

  • Food Lover Fantasy: James Beard Silver Anniversary Gala
    Every 10-year-old boy weaned on baseball shares the same ultimate fantasy: to see the All-Star game and sit in the dugout with the all-star players from every team. Last Friday night was the ultimate adult food lover's fantasy: The James Beard...

  • Guttergourmet's Hurricane Sandy Menu and Memories
    Billboards in Times Square during the Downtown Sandy Blackout advertised a new sci-fi TV series and an upcoming rock-n-roll documentary film: “Revolution: 15 Years After the Blackout… Power is Everything” “The Rolling Stones:...

  • New York City Pizza Lore: Fiore's Pizza
    New York Magazine recaps the history of New York City pizza every ten years or so, particularly when something noteworthy occurs at one of the bastions of New York Pizzadom: say, a fire at Totonno's, an anniversary at Patsy's or the fight between...

  • Brooklyn's Backyard Hosted by Adam Richman
    Driving down Flatbush Avenue past Junior's, I can't but help think of my grandma's old five and dime store, a Jackie Robinson homerun away from Ebbet's Field. Tonight Brooklyn's favorite daughter, Barbara Streisand, was singing across...

  • First Look: La Maison du Croque Monsieur
    Having just returned from sampling croque monsieurs and a good number of croque madames at virtually every cafe in Paris (Cafe de Flore, Deux Magots, Cafe Le Select and Cafe de la Paix to name a few), I was stoked about le grande opening of La Maison du...

  • Texas Chili in New York City
    As winter fast approaches, I find myself in search of a steaming non-vegan Bowl O’Red Texas beef chili. We’re talking chile con carne sin frijoles. NO BEANS! But where to get the best in New York City without hopping a plane to Texas? Click...

  • Pete Wells Doesn't Know Cheese About Pizza
    I know a little bit about pizza. I've written about Neopolitan vs. Metropolitan; New York style pizza vs.deep dish Chicago style; the history of pizza; square vs. round; Brooklyn vs. Queens vs. Bronx vs. Manhattan vs. Staten Island pizza; New Haven,...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Rocket Pig’s Rocket Pig Sandwich
    Rocket Pig (To the tune of Rocket Man with apologies to Elton John): And I think it's gonna be a long, long time Till touch down brings me round again to find I'm not the pig they think I am at home Oh no, no, no I'm a rocket pig Rocket...

  • A Nostalgic Trip to White Castle
    I remember the first time I had a White Castle burger. I was about 10 years old and my buddy's parents were giving me a lift home from a Little League Baseball game. They decided to go to a drive-thru for burgers, my then favorite food. Never having...

  • Tasting Nathan's Famous Crunchy Crinkle Fries Snacks
    Walking through the snack-food aisle at the supermarket is like hacking your way through a tropical jungle, with every imaginable color, fruit, and vegetable on the various shiny packages all vying for your attention. So when the Nathan's Famous logo...

  • Sandwich of the Week: New Catch Herring at Russ & Daughters in New York City
    As a boy I loved visiting the Central Park Zoo. My favorite animal? Not lions, tigers, or even the polar bears. I loved feeding time at the seal pool. Now here's the weird part — I was jealous of the seals. The zookeepers would gently toss...

  • Sandwiches of the Week: Mile End's Breakfast Burger and Parm's Pork Chop Provolone
    This week, I was astounded to have two of the greatest sandwiches of my life. Less surprisingly, they came from two of my favorite sandwich joints. First up: Mile End Sandwich, the new Manhattan (Bond and Bowery) quick casual extension of the Boerum Hill...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Central Grocery's Muffuletta
    When I was in high school in the late '70s there was an Italian grocery store on the corner of 13th Street and First Avenue called DiBella Brothers. The shop was dark and dingy as the salamis and cheeses hanging obscured the old fluorescent lights,...

  • An Iconic New Orleans Dining Guide
    I was so happy to return to New Orleans after a too-long hiatus since 2005 when that b*tch, Katrina, devastated my adored city. Rather than repeat reviews and lists of restaurants already on The Daily Meal, I thought I'd mention some of my favorite...

  • Movie Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
    David Gelb's gorgeous documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, currently playing at the IFC Center in New York City's West Village, delivers the tastes, textures, colors, and tranquility of a nearly perfect sushi omakase better than any 3-D technology...

  • New York City's Top 10 Egg Creams
    These days, New Yorkers are more likely to be able to recommend a place to get a good banh mi than a good egg cream. The name egg cream is thought to derive from the Yiddish "echt" (sounds like "egg") cream, meaning "genuine...

  • Alidoro's Pinocchio Hero
    If Al Yeganeh personified the "Soup Nazi", then Alessandro Gualandi was the "Mussolini" of Italian hero sandwiches when he opened up the Melampo sandwich shop on Sullivan Street in 1986. Taking a cue from the Carnegie and Stage delis,...

  • Alidoro's Pinocchio Hero
    If Al Yeganeh personified the "Soup Nazi", then Alessandro Gualandi was the "Mussolini" of Italian hero sandwiches when he opened up Melampo sandwich shop on Sullivan Street in 1986. Taking a cue from the Carnegie and Stage delis,...

  • Limited-Edition Fudge Covered Ritz Crackers, So Wrong
    I'm a firm believer that chocolate improves anything. Peanut butter? Check. Bacon? Why not? Crackers? Of course. After all, graham crackers are practically synonymous with chocolate. Don't forget Streit’s seasonal chocolate covered matzo...

  • First Look at Parm, the Much-Anticipated Torrisi Spinoff in Little Italy
    Everyone has experienced an involuntary memory through food, when a taste or even a smell sends your whole inner being hurdling back to a long forgotten, hopefully happy experience often involving that very food. Think of Proust's madeleine with tea,...

  • Calvin Trillin on Russ & Daughters
    I recently attended the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation's Much Ado About Noshing event at the Astor Center featuring New Yorker writer Calvin "Bud" Trillin and two of the four generations of family members that have...

  • Forcella Opens in Manhattan, Serves Zeppole Pizza
    I was a little intimidated, but excited, to be going to the pre-opening last night of the Bowery Street flagship of the newest addition to the New York Neapolitan pizza scene: Forcella. I have been critical of the presumptuous nature of the Vera Pizza...

  • Famous Ray's of Greenwich Village: Farewell, Old Friend
    My good friend, Scott Wiener, founder of Scott’s Pizza Tours, recently lamented the anticipated closing of the very first (“Original Original”) Ray’s Pizza on Prince Street, while chronicling the history of the most overused name...

  • New York Wine & Food Festival's Brooklyn's Bounty: Me v. Food
    The Green Building in the Boerum Hill neighborhood right off the Gowanus Canal may have been a bit out of the spotlight to hold what may become one of the premier events of the New York City Food Network Wine & Food Festival, but it was probably...

  • A Meal in the Immortal City
    More than 20 years have elapsed since my last visit to Venice, and awake at 3 a.m., I'm grateful for jetlag for the chance, lest I forget fleeting details, to write about my first lunch here since my last visit. Oliva Nera (the Black Olive) is a small...

  • Hershey's Air Delight: Molecular Gastronomy in a Candy Bar
    In 1935, long before Ferran Adrià, Grant Achatz, and Wylie Dufresne could have thought it up, a British confectionary company called Rowntree's patented a technique for aerating chocolate resulting in tiny air bubbles forming inside the...

  • First Look: Pop's of Brooklyn Comes to Manhattan
    As you swivel on the '50s-style red vinyl bar stools, you can still hear the ghosts if you close your eyes. The long pink straws being offered to you from glass canisters. The waiters and waitresses sock hopping to the sounds of Danny and the Juniors...

  • The Critic's Critic: Alan Richman and M. Wells
    Ronald Reagan used to say in exasperation to his debate opponents: “Well, there you go again.” That is about all I can say in response to Alan Richman’s latest diatribe against M. Wells. I must confess at the outset that I am no fan of...

  • 9 Racy Oyster Names
    It's not a close call. I'd rather eat oysters than philosophize about them. Still, if I can't eat oysters, philosophizing about their flavors, the best places to eat them, recounting near encounters with those difficult-to-find bivalves that...

  • Santa Fe's Best Breakfast Spots
    I keep coming back to Santa Fe. You just can't go wrong in a town with more art galleries per capita than any other city. But Santa Fe also boasts having the largest concentration of fantastic South Western-style restaurants in the region, many of...

  • Asian Heritage Night at Citi Field
    Last Friday I attended Asian Heritage Night at Citi Field. Let me first dispense with the sports news. The Mets, although celebrating the 25th anniversary of their last World Series Championship, played more like the 1962 version of the team, with too...

  • Eat It Raw: The Pro-Cheese-Choice Movement
    Since 1949, we the people of the United States, a country that prides itself on the freedom to choose, have been denied the most basic of human rights. More important, perhaps, than freedom of religion, we have been denied the freedom to eat. Under the...

  • Steamed Cheeseburgs At Ted's
    It's not really fair, but every June it's the same: I'm banned by friends and family from backyard barbecues. Here's what happens. Although as a guest I'm not the cook, at the first site of blood leaching out of burgers on the grill,...

  • New York's Big Apple BBQ Block Party 2011
    As unsuccessful as the local Community Board Committees who tried to block it from happening earlier this year, those responsible for the weather also tried to put a damper on this year's Big Apple Barbecue Block Party with overcast skies and...

  • Eating Through Santa Fe's Food Carts
    If you find yourself in Santa Fe, you will naturally make your way to the central Plaza bordered by the Palace of the Governors built circa 1610 where the Native American Market vendors shade themselves while displaying their handmade turquoise and silver...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Enriqueta's Cubano
    I don’t always rely on Zagat when I travel, but there is a system I’ve invented that uses it to scope out the best restaurants. I call it “Restaurant Arbitrage.” You go through Zagat and find the greatest disparity between the food...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Exploring New Mexico's Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail
    New Mexico is so proud of their regional riff on the hamburger that the New Mexican Tourism Board has posted a map charting more than 80 of the natives' favorite places to get their green chile cheeseburger fix. Forget about getting your kicks on...

  • Harold's Chicken Shack in Chicago
    While Clinton favored Big Macs, President Obama had his dirty little fast food secrets too. When Michelle called Barack's bachelor pad on the South Side of Chicago "a dump" on 60 Minutes, her husband shot back that "at least it was near...

  • Russ & Daughters' Sturgeon: The Other Smoked Fish
    Lox, be it the traditional, salty belly of the salmon or the more refined Nova Scotia or the delicate Gaspe or the smokier Scottish or Irish varieties, has always been the media darling of New York Jewish appetizers. Tourists and Gentiles both know to...

  • New York's Xi’an Famous Foods
    Xi’an Famous Foods is beneath the Manhattan Bridge near the corner of East Broadway and Forsyth, next to where the original Saigon Bakery used to be (for banh mi trivia experts). There’s as much room for customers as there is for one more...

  • In Search of Ebinger's Blackout Cake
    My grandmother ran a little Five and Dime on Flatbush Avenue in the heart of Brooklyn in the 50's and 60's. It was a toss of a baseball away from Ebbets Field, and my Mom told me that before I was born Jackie Robinson was a regular customer....

  • Coffee Buzz: The Bicerin
    Just as the affogato has taken New York's Italian restaurants and cafés by storm, now comes another Italian coffee drink, this time from Torino, which may even displace the iconic New York egg cream in my heart. I give you the bicerin (...

  • Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza Tour
    Someone once said the pizza you grew up on is the pizza you’ll love for life. So maybe it makes sense that I've never been a fan of deep-dish pizza. And there are certainly a lot of passionate devotees of deep-dish in Chi-Town. However, last...

  • Chicago's Wiener's Circle
    As you enter The Weiner’s Circle at night you’re most likely to be greeted with a warm welcome like, “Wachyouwantbitch?” from the imposing, large, African-American woman behind the counter. Roberta “Poochie” Jackson...

  • New York's Pastrami Queen
    Growing up in Queens in the 60's before the need for David Sax's book "Save the Deli," we had an embarrassment of riches when it came to Jewish delis. I even remember going to school with the daughter of the owner of the Stark's...

  • Boston Beef on the Bowery
    Call them heroes, hoagies, subs, wedges, grinders, po'boys, torpedoes, or zeps — just as pizza, burgers, and hot dogs have unique regional variations, so do sandwiches. Take the roast beef sandwich, for example (not to be confused with Philly...

  • Mr. Beef vs. Al’s #1 Beef
    Epic food rivalries — they’re some of the most fun food quests to explore. After recently addressing the question of whose Philly cheesesteak is superior, Pat’s or Geno’s, it was time for another investigation, this one in...

  • Katsuno in Queens
    If Katsuno were merely the best Japanese restaurant in Queens, it would be noteworthy. But the Metropolitan Avenue and 71st Road izakaya/sushi/noodle bar is destination-worthy. Chef Katsyuki Seo and his wife Yuka wanted to bring the same quality cuisine...

  • Momo-Obsessed:The Momofuku Checklist
    I've been on a David Chang whirlwind tour in the past 30 days. Mind you, it's not my first tour of the different Momofuku outposts. I've experienced the Southern vs. Korean fried chicken feast (preceded by everything else on the menu) at...

  • Falling in Love With Heartbreak in the East Village
    I have searched in vain in New York City for decent authentic Swiss fondue since the heartbreaking shuttering in 2002 of Roetelle AG (abbreviation for Actien-Gesellschaft — a Swiss stock corporation). Despite the name, we're not talking about...

  • Papa Batali's Greatest Creation: Salumi
    I have a new favorite salami and I have Armandino Batali to thank for it. For most gastronomes, siring Mario Batali would be culinary accomplishment enough. But Armandino, Mario's Dad, couldn't leave well enough alone. So after a career at Boeing...

  • The Russian Tea Room (New York City)
    Walking into The Russian Tea Room is like walking into a time machine. The spectacular over-the-top bright red Russian imperial decor evokes early James Bond, Cold War-era, KGB, evil empire nostalgia. When entering The Russian Tea Room on a recent visit I...

  • New York City's Best Prime Rib
    I've always been unable to resist prime rib. I would gladly pass on the best filet mignon, T-bone, porterhouse, New York Strip, or sirloin to taste a fabulous rare to medium-rare, bone-in hunk of prime rib. Not rib steak, not roast beef, but prime rib...

  • Taking 2 Bros. Pizza Seriously
    When it comes to food I ain't cheap. The $45 white truffle burger at Burger & Barrel? No problem. Sushi omakase for one with Master Yasuda for $200? Bring it. Dinner for two at Per Se for $1,300? Worth every penny. So, why am I attracted to the...

  • Teodora's Vitello Tonnato (New York City)
    Although its history is subject to debate (what isn't when it comes to the history of food?), Vitello Tonnato is more than an antipasto. Hailing from the regions of Liguria and Piedmont, it cries out to be accompanied by a glass (or two or three) of...

  • Pizza Roma (New York City)
    We're fortunate in New York that many of the city's storied food institutions have survived. It's particularly true for pizza. Gennaro Lombardi began making pizza in a bakery oven before opening his eponymous pizzeria in 1905. After a hiatus,...

  • Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop (New York City)
    You gotta love a place whose slogan is "Raising New York's Cholesterol Since 1929". Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop has literally been untouched by time. While Eataly, a block north, brings a taste of Italy to New York City, Eisenberg's...

  • Alinea (Chicago)
    As a longtime subscriber to Gourmet magazine before it went the way of the vinyl LP, I almost cancelled my subscription in 2008 when it declared the best restaurant in the country was not in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or even New Orleans, but...

  • Queens' Hot Dog Trucks
    Long before the advent of trucks selling gourmet desserts, mini-cupcakes, waffles and even schnitzel, the D’Angelo family was selling life-affirming hot dogs in two very different regional styles alongside St. John’s Cemetery on Woodhaven...

  • First Look: Counter (New York City)
    If you've ever been to Louis' Lunch in New Haven, which consensus credits for inventing the hamburger in 1900 for a customer who needed his ground steak to go, you'll notice a sign with a ketchup squirt bottle with a big red diagonal slash-the...

  • New York City's Best Pain Au Chocolat
    Many moons ago when I was in college, my girlfriend (now Mrs. GutterGourmet) took me to the original Balducci's and turned me on to pain au chocolat, literally "chocolate bread." Croissants were already popular (my Mom's came frozen from...

  • Midnight at the Omakase (New York, NY)
    If Sushi Seki were merely adequate sushi, the fact that it’s open at 3am, when you’re either too tired, too drunk or too pissed to give a shit about the bill, would make it destination-worthy. The fact that it’s one of the top sushi bars...

  • A Tour of New York City's Best Pizza
    I didn’t think there could be anyone more enthusiastic about pizza than me. That is until I met Scott Wiener. First I ran into him with a busload of tourists at Williamsburg’s Fornino. Then on a private walking tour at John’s of Bleecker...

  • Cheeky Sandwiches (New York City)
    Calvin Trillin used to joke when asked where to find the best po’ boy in New York that you have to go to Queens then take a plane from LaGuardia directly to New Orleans. I agreed until I wandered into Cheeky Sandwiches on Orchard and ordered a half...

  • New York's Union Square Tamale Ladies
    You need luck, determination, and a willingness to wake up early to actually find New York's Union Square tamale ladies, but if the stars align and you do come across them, you're in for a treat.  There's no hard and fast rule for when...

  • Three Little Piggy Sandwich
    No less an authority than my man Anthony Bourdain proclaimed the Three Little Piggy sandwich at Chicago’s tiny Silver Palm as the best sandwich in the United States and the “apex of the sandwich-making art.” Intrigued, I visited recently...

  • Steve’s Prince of Steaks (Langhorne, Pennsylvania)
    If you find yourself driving in northeastern Philly, there’s an oasis in the desert of strip malls on East Lincoln Highway near Levittown, the 50’s suburban development dreamtown. It’s one of three locations of Steve’s Prince of...

  • Lotus of Siam
    I have never been to Lotus of Siam Las Vegas though my brother and his lovely Singaporean Chinese wife have been many times. Thanks to them, I have refused to eat at most of New York City's Thai restaurants with the exception of Woodside, Queens'...

  • Joe's Stone Crab
    “Eat at Joe’s” was a running joke in the classic Warner Bros. cartoons as the classic generic diner food advertisement. The phrase has become associated with the distinction between the “Mom and Pop” and the soulless chain...

  • Chicago: The Weiner's Circle
    If you’re not too intimidated to order at this legendary hot doggery (beware the “chocolate milk shake”), the move is a double char dog with everything. A Vienna Beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun is “dragged through the garden,...

  • Word of Mouth: GutterGourmet's Best of New York City
    GutterGourmet is a die-hard food adventurer and gourmand. You'll find his critiques, advice and commentary across the online food gastrosphere. Below are his picks for some of New York's best eats. Click here for Gutter's in-depth write-ups of...

  • First Look: Hill Country Chicken
    Just as Hill Country blew the barn doors off of the then nascent New York barbecue restaurant scene with its authentic (down to the wood they burn) Lockhart Texas-style barbecue, the new Hill Country Chicken aims to enter the current New York fried...

  • Philly’s Eternal Food Questions
    In ancient times travelers would seek answers to the eternal questions from the Oracle at Delphi. Recently, we sought food wisdom on an Odyssey in Phila-Delphi-a, but these questions were of far greater import than the Riddle of the Sphinx at Thebes: 1....

  • The Rise of South Brooklyn Pizza
    I’ve devoted a large part of my life in search of great pizza. I don’t go around joking, or lightly declaring a “new greatest” pizza. But, I recently had a private tour with Jack, the pizzaiolo at the new South Brooklyn Pizzeria on...

  • First Look: Whitmans’ Juicy Lucy Burger
    “I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones,” from Song of Myself, Walt Whitman. Walt’s new namesake restaurant on 9th Street just east of 1st Avenue is still getting its bearings before the dining room opens downstairs where...

  • Streit’s Chocolate Covered Matzo
    Like Russ and Daughters, Streit’s Matzos is a fourth generation Jewish family business that has been at its current Lower East Side Rivington Street location since 1925. It may be the Jewish equivalent of green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, but...

  • El Mago de Las Fritas (Miami, FL)
    Forget about Butter Burgers, Goober Burgers, or LaFrieda Black Label Burgers. Forget sliders, Shack Burgers, Crunch Burgers or In-N-Out. There is a regional style of hamburger in Miami that has been overlooked by the likes of...

  • Pizza, Metropolitan vs. Neapolitan
    A few months ago, no less a respected publication than New York Magazine declared that the Neapolitan pizza “revolution” that was sweeping New York City had taken New York City pizza to its zenith in terms of authenticity and greatness. Ed...

  • Tim Tams' Triumphant US Return
    You have got to give Top Chef’s Gail Simmons credit for excellent judgment. She’s the spokesperson for the re-introduction into the United States of Australia’s favorite cookie, the Tim Tam, courtesy of Pepperidge Farm. Tim Tams (not to...

  • Seeking Out the "Pizza Capital of the World"
    Arcaro & Genell’s “tray” ($12.50) with, in thirds from front: chopped clams, hot peppers and plain cheese (toppings $0.25/cut, 1-11 cuts). We’ve all butted heads over which city deserves the moniker Pizza Capital of the...