After two seriously hectic weeks I closed up shop on my apartment in Maryland and decamped to Pennsylvania for the summer. Time to work on my tan. And my resume. And my interviewing skills. And, oh yeah, that independent study class I should be a quarter of the way through by now, so I should get on that. Manana. (That word would make more sense if I knew how to put the tilde over the “n.”)
I’ve been so busy processing and reflecting on the semester which just transpired that I haven’t had a chance to look to the immediate food future but in my present digs I am now a short drive from Philly and a fairly easy day-trip train ride from Manhattan. The food future looks bright!
So, what is on my Summer 2013 Good Eats Bucket List? I have some ideas, but nothing conclusive yet. I’ll throw some NYC stuff out there to start the idea ball rolling, and rely on my Philly peeps to give me the inside track on good eats in their neck of the woods:
1.) Baohaus. I’ve wanted to check this place out ever since Rolling Stone magazine called chef Eddie Huang “The Bad Boy of Pork Buns.”
2.) Definitely some ramen in Manhattan. I have to see if anything can beat Totto Ramen. Remember how I was so happy there that I practically marched in place?
3.) A friend and I have been talking about going to Prune for a while now — ever since we both read Gabrielle Hamilton’s autobiographical book, Blood, Bones and Butter. Maybe we’ll make that happen.
4.) A visit to Shake Shack and Zabar’s for obvious reasons (nostalgia, in case it’s not so obvious).
5.) I’m curious about Milk Bar,even though baking-wise it’s really not my jam, and I’d like to go back to Momofuku Noodle (both of David Chang’s mini-empire) because it was so tasty delicious.
6.) A deli. Katz? Carnegie? Some other deli gem? I have no idea, but I want to feel the fever of pastrami on rye.
I’d look for a pizza place, but my aunt has long maintained that DeLorenzo’s in New Jersey has the best tomato pies hands-down, and this claim has been corroborated by other avid fans, so maybe it does. Note that their customer base is so intense that even though their website lists two locations which no longer exist, DeLorenzo’s is still packed full like sardines at every turn. They are doing something Jersey folks like.
Basically, if it noodles, slurps, or gets dipped in sauce, I’m in. If it’s crowded with locals, only seats 30 people, and I can’t really read the menu, I’m in. If it’s fresh, authentic, and basically pretty cheap, I’m in.
And suggestions are most welcome!
Take this poll to chime in on my #1 Summer 2013 Good Eats destination:
Katz’s, definitely Katz’s, over Carnegie (and make sure your cutter sees that big tip in your hand so he gives you more meat.) That culture of the Lower East Side barely exists anymore so experience it while you can.
Hey, how come “Busch Stadium hot dog” isn’t on the list? Commie. Hates baseball…and America…and…gah!
Any suggestions for Chicago dining?
Congrats on what seems to be your finishing up. How did I miss your blog this whole time? Oh, right…China. Yeah.
PS…I still tell people about this friend I had at StJ’s who would try out lots of dishes. Looks like you’re official now!
Best of luck!
Thanks! I only wish I could do a Chicago hot dog quest…or pizza…or just Chicago in general, because I hear it’s rad.
Sounds like you might be home? Temp.? Perm.?
zabars, momofuku (no wait, Ma Peche!) and PRUNE!!! Miss you, my friend. xoxo a
Yes! Let’s do it! Hope to see you soon…
And based on a review I read on the blog “5 Second Rule“” I’m adding City Bakery in NYC to the list..