I joined some friends the other day for a Williamsburg-Greenpoint food tour. They actually started at 9:30am, but as the tour schedule didn’t end until 12am, I opted out of the first half of the tour, and joined around 4pm.
Now, the person who planned this tour is Jay’s best friend from high school, Jordan Cohen. He has been teaching English in Santiago, Chile for the last several months. He is a foodie. I also attended Blue Hill in Westchester for his birthday dinner one year. So when he made a short trip back to NYC, there were lots of places he had been hankering to try. Here is the full schedule, for those of you who are interested. All rights reserved to Jordan Cohen.
Williamsburg/Greenpoint Food Tour
9:30am – Eating Begins
-Country Ham Biscuit
Saltie (10am-6pm $16 or $8/)
-Scuttlebutt – hard boiled egg, cauliflower, pickles, feta, black olives, capers, aioli
-Clean Slate – hummus, quinoa, pickles, yogurt, naan
Yummus Hummus (7am-11pm $8/) http://www.yummushummusbar.com/menu/
-Hummus (Baked Bulb/Hummus Hot)
Il Passatore (noon-12:30 — 2 – $15)
-Piadina prosciutto, mozzarella, and rucola (7)
-Insalata si Rapette con Pecorino – beets salad w/ mixed green, pecorino cheese, & sherry dressing (7)
-Gnocchi al Burro – spinach and ricotta cheese dumpling w/ butter and sage sauce (8)
St. Anselm (noon-11pm $2.25/)
Endless Summer Taco Stand (noon-2am – $3)
3pm – Drinking Begins
Cafecito Bogota – (9am-11pm $8)
-Llanera arepa (Carmelized beef, onions in homemade chimichurri sauce, topped with avocado slices)
-Cordillera arepa (Red beans, hogao sauce, crispy green plantain, and grated queso blanco)
Lomzynianka (noon-9pm $5) http://www.lomzynianka.com/entrees.html
-Polish Platter (two pierogies, kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, bigos, and mashed potatoes)
-Hungarian Pie (potato pancakes with beef goulash)
-Polish vodka? no se
The Commodore (4pm-12am no se ~$15)
-Fried chicken w/ biscuits and “Saltie” potato salad + adult cheese sandwich and green-chile hominy
-Get loaded on $2 beers and/or house specialty pina coladas
Silent H (Dinner only — $6-9) http://www.silenthbrooklyn.com/menu_dinner.html
-Carpacio – A cold starter that’s extremely hot. Have your water ready. Air- dried beef sashimi drizzled with a chili cilantro-lime sauce.
-Shrimp Street Toast – Peppered shrimp dippers with a fluffed taro and mung bean spread.
-Veggie Street Toast – Sautéed mushroom dipper
-“Secret Stash” Chef’s beer of the week
La Superior (Dinner only – $8) http://www.lasuperiornyc.com/back/menu/dinner/menudinner_cs.ai_negritas.pdf
-Torta Ahogada – Sourdough bread, carnitas, beans, extra hot arbol sauce
Paulie Gee’s (6pm – 11pm $16) http://www.pauliegee.com/specials_menu.php
-Seasonal special pizza
Honeychiles’ @ Charleston Bar (5pm-2am — $8) http://honeychiles.com/menu.html
Fatty Cue’ (Late Night until 1am $19, Dinner (pies) $6) http://www.fattycue.com/menus#late_night
-Smoked pork shoulder banh mi
-Smoked brisket sandwich
-First place pies
-continue getting loaded
1am – Eating Ends
4am – Drinking Ends
Now, not everything went exactly as planned. I ended up being around for the Sliders because St. Anslem’s isn’t open until later in the day. Silent H was closed. We skipped Honeychiles because we were all stuffed and looking forward to Fatty ‘Cue too much.
So, the first thing I had was a Hungarian Pie, split between 3 people at Lomzynianka. Hungarian Pie is basically a humongous latke folded in half and filled with beef goulash. Um. What’s not to like? A cute older (what I assumed to be a couple) runs the place, and when you’re eating there its like you’re grandparents invited you over for dinner. So cozy, such comfort food, really nice people.
Next up, The Commodore. The frid chicken was really really good…but alas, not the best I’ve had. But the little buns and Salty-sweet butter they served with it were to die for. Somehow after the fried chicken we managed to ALSO split an Adult Cheese with what I believe were Poblano Peppers in it.
At this point we headed over to St. Anslem’s for sliders. It turns out that they recently lost their liquor license, so we ordered our sliders and headed next door for some beers.
I have not stopped thinking about these sliders. They were so good. I am not a fan of big meaty burgers – I like thin patties, delicious creamy melted cheese, and soft buns. That was exactly what these were. I want to go back. Now.
After the sliders and sampling some new Belgian beer, we took a much needed long walk to Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint, where we got one margherita pizza and one pizza with hot honey. If you are a pizza aficionado, Paulie Gee’s in a must-try. Paulie himself was even there to meet and greet every table, walking around in his apron and holding a vintage-style bottle of Coca-Cola. He and I had a nice chat. I told him I had a food blog, he told to check out his Flickr.
You can probably understand why at this point nobody was exactly jumping up at the though of going and eating a Po’ Boy. So we went straight to Fatty ‘Cue, a mix of Malaysian food and American Southern BBQ, the Grand finale of the night. Unfortunately, the late night menu, which contains the famous smoked pork shoulder banh mi AND the smoked brisket sandwich, doesn’t start until midnight, and because we had cut out a couple of places, it was about 10:30pm when we got there. Rather than wait, we decided to go with the Hand-pulled lamb shoulder and the Whole Pig (which, by the way, is just pig parts, no-where near a whole pig). Everything was delicious, but not getting the smoked brisket sandwich was a huge disappointment, considering that Grub Street named it the best sandwich in New York City.
And the perfect drink pairing of course…