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George Motz burger impresario and filmmaker of award-winning film Hamburger America teams up with Food Bank NYC, the James Beard Foundation and former Schnack Dog and Water Taxi Beach Chef Harry Hawk-to bring us cavalcade of documentaries, features and short films highlighting the globes favorite foods. The Fourth Annual New City Food Film Festival is the arena where food and film blend together to make a delicious meal of sight and taste. Awards will be given out for excellence in categories such as, Best Feature, Best Short, Best Super-Short, Best Film Made in New York, Food Filmmaker of the Year and the Audience Choice Award.
The festival is already underway (started June 23-27) and I have the privilege of a special assignment involving pigs ears and of course, burgers. First on the menu will be Edible Adventure #001 Smokes, Ears and Ice Cream- which takes place Friday June 25th at Water Taxi Beach. The night will showcase films from various film-foodies (full list here) and offer up some delectable film nosh like: Pig’s Ear sandwiches from Big Apple Inn, Jackson Mississippi; Smoke Meats from Fatty Cue; and Ice Cream from Max and Mina’s. A number of liquid pleasures are also in the cast of stars-featured, are Cucumber Soda from Dry Soda Co. And potables from Mixologist, Allen Katz.
Sunday June 25th the NYC Food Festival comes to a close with an abbreviated screening of George Motz’s Hamburger America and Anat Barons “Beer Wars” followed by the coveted awards ceremony, which is hosted by NBC’s Cat Greenleaf. The whole evening titled, “All-You-Can-Eat Brooklyn Burger N’ Beer Garden” at the Tobacco Warehouse under the Brooklyn Bridge, promises to be a glitzy burger-poolaza with burgers from Pat La Frieda and Whole Foods and growlers of beer to be guzzled from Craft Beers.
For a complete schedule and tickets go to:http://www.nycfoodfilmfestival.com/tickets.html
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Tags: a quest for the best burger in NYC, Basil, Cast Iron, Cipolla Rosa, dmanburger, Gran Gusto, Guiseppe Castellano, Mario Coppola, Neapolitan pan, Opens July 12th, Southern Italian, Tiella, Tomatoes, Zucchini
certification with mfa degree..The concept of Tiella was born after a raucous night at Brooklyn’s Rosewater restaurant, where Napoli natives and long time amici’s, Coppola and Castellano, were enjoying dinner-when one, jokingly said to the other -“why don’t you stick it in your Tiella!” Right at that moment the pair decided to devote an entire restaurant to a unique cast iron Neapolitan style pan by the same name. The “Tiella” pan was traditionally used by the poor of Naples, to fry, bake, grill and deep fry a dish, which was named after the pan itself. A selection of Tiellas will be featured- more likely as appetizers. “Giuseppe has about 10 Tiellas, we don’t know yet which ones we will use on the menu.” remarks Coppola. Some possible choices for Tiellas that appear are the “Fruilano”-with Tallegio and Speck; the “Proscuitto”-with Foie gras and Prosciutto and the “Pescatore”-with Mussels, clams and Mozzarella. Tiella will also focus on many pastas, most of them homemade, such as a Spaghetti alla Chitarra with Clams and Zucchini and a Fettuccine Intergrale [Whole Wheat] with calamarelli and morel mushrooms. Again, with uncertainty of which dishes Castellano will choose to feature, Coppola says, “Poi per Secondi” -then switching back to English-“For main course, we could have something like a Branzino di Ceci [chick-pea cream sauce] or an Agnello [Rack of Lamb] marinated with fresh herbs and roasted in the “Tiella”pan with sautéed spinach.” Tiella will be open July 12th for Lunch from 12pm-3pm and Dinner from 5pm-11pm 6 days a week, they will also feature a selection of lesser known Italian wine varietals, such as Negra Amaro, Primitivo and Magliaco. Tiella 1109 1st Avenue NY, NY 10065 x 61st Ph:212.588.0100 Fx: 212.588.0102 http://www.tiellanyc.com/
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The burgers arrived, and I was impressed with freshness of the pickles, onion, and fronds of lettuce splashed on the paper lined baskets that were the vehicle for my burger tasting. An oozing of horseradish mustard cascaded down the side of the soft bun, which had been griddle pressed to perfection from the top, leaving a toasted char on the roof of the sandwich. The scent of toasted sesame instantly hit the nose, followed by a juicy but season less patty. For the Tall Grass burger, the flavor was accented by excellent horseradish mustard which was the highlight- the burger meat itself lacked depth and finished in my mouth as a nonchalant memory. I’m sure a less than fanatic burger adventurer would find some solace and satisfaction in this deli mimicked nosh, but for me- Tall Grass was a “short order”.
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Off the highway and down a desolate dirt road in the posh hamlet of Montauk is where you’ll find new restaurant, Navy Beach. A massive make-over reveals a smart-chic beachy restaurant with 200 ft of sand and serene views at its door step. A large bar anchors the dining room with white-washed panelling and exposed brick walls. The decor consists of nautical memorabilia, glossy photographs of swimsuit models, and wall mounted boxes housing vintage 1950′s style bathing suits and caps. Chef Paul La Bue is at the helm navigating a seasonal coastal favorite menu with an emphasis on local seafood. I was cordially invited by new owners Franklin Ferguson, Frank Davis and his wife Kristina, to the friends and family launch, which was filled with locals feeling excited and relieved that Navy Beach had graced their community. Apparently, the predecessor Sunset Saloon, hadn’t been anything special for the last couple of years.
My catch was The Navy Burger, an 8oz. meaty monstrosity constructed with a special hand ground beef blend from Cromer’s Market in Sag Harbor. The chef’s secret is a smokey sweet bacon marmalade which was generously slathered over the top of the patty. I was escorted to my beach-side perch along the far wall passing plenty of vino soaked patrons as they took advantage of the laid back vacay life style. The fire lights that were buried in the sand outside my window beautifully flickered as I struggled to see the menu. A happy haze came over me as I gained my thoughts and realized, ” I’m on the beach in Montauk, New York……not St. Barths or Anguilla! ” The server took my order as I settled in with a trio of blue points and a cold beverage to satisfy my sea-air propelled hunger. The oysters were meaty and smooth, with a hint of sweet-a perfect burger prelude.
The burger arrived glistening with fatty goodness as loads of thick gooey bacon marmalade cascaded on to the plate. The first bite was a party of flavor in my mouth, from the smokey sweetness of the marmalade, to the velvety creaminess of the cheese. The bun was a faux-Spotted Pig style grillade version, light and toasty and melt in your mouth. As I wiped the last thumb full of marmalade off my plate,I answered the waiter’s question “How was everything?? ” …without saying a word! In addition to the burger the menu also features, Halibut Ceviche;Asian Chicken Salad with honey-miso dressing,Lobster Pot Pie and Pan-Roasted Filet with Lobster Tempura. The host and staff of Navy Beach made this moment memorable and definitely one I want to repeat.
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Piccinini Brothers, who also supplies Dumont burger. I sat in a banquette and watched Palermo beat AC Milan in the Serie A soccer, anxiously awaiting Cynthia’s handy work. My burger arrived perfectly stacked with white cheddar, an 8 oz. patty smothered in caramel brown onions, on a well toasted brioche from Balthazar Breads. The fries were stuffed into a chinese take-out box, and were crispy thin, with just the right amount of salt. The burger was juicy and forthcoming with plenty of flavor, the crunchiness of the brioche was a little troubling and crumbly, but nothing that I couldn’t handle. If I could change anything-that would be it. The burger was fat, pretty and had plenty of personality- not a bad first time Black Swan burger. MTA’s shoddy haulage.
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After forty years of deterioration, Harlem’s population began to see a speedy increase sociocultural changes in the late 1990s. This was due to a change in federal and state laws and policies, including a concerted effort by local crime fighters to clean up, and wash out the bad element that plagued the area. In 1994, when the city began supplying funds for the area, it increased the property value rapidly to approximately 300% today-even President Bill Clinton moved in. Despite all of these positive changes the folks in Harlem have had little to experience as far as fine dining goes, maybe a fried chicken leg or bowl of collards-not that was a bad thing. Finally 5 and Diamond Restaurant has arrived, a neat modest little restaurant serving a loud and exciting menu, complete with a mouth-watering fat-back burger, to a culinary starved and growing neighborhood.
Chef de cuisine David Santos, told me “The neighborhood was really crying out for a good brunch/dinner place, people are stopping me on the street and thanking me”. Chef/Owner Ryan Skeen, of such restaurants as Resto,The General Greene, Irving Mill and Allen and Delancey, teamed with local Harlemer’s Lia San Filippo and Selene Martinez to open 5 and Diamond. After some reality show worthy controversy, the team seems to be on a smooth, less dramatic course. The brunch menu is a touch of Southern home comfort featuring; Cornmeal Griddle Cakes with banana walnut butter,Yogurt Granola with fresh fruit, Buttermilk Biscuits with homemade apple butter, Tracy’s Canadian Fried Chicken, and David Santos’s Shrimp and Grits Hush puppies with smoked paprika aioli. The dinner menu was a solid Mediteranean/American feel,featuring Cavendish Quail and Liege Salad,Rabbit Sugo Parpardelle, 28 day Aged Creekstone Bone-in Shell Steak with roasted mushrooms,creamed Tuscan kale and tobacco onions.
I sat in the window seat surrounded by a modern Japanese-esque style decor with antique style steel bay windows. There is a sleek counter bar where patrons can order from a bar menu highlighting Grilled Prawns with Papa’s Fritas and Gruyere and Mimolette Mac n Cheese. The Pat Lafrieda burger,was perfected by Skeen at his last venture, and is carefully constructed with a 60%/30% blend of beef cheek, bavette and pork fat back-which is ground on-site daily. This “heart stopper” was a gorgeous, 6 oz creation slathered with luscious white cheddar cheese, fresh homemade vinegar dill pickles, red onion and lettuce-all stacked on a char-soft potato bun. I started with a tasting of the Buttermilk Biscuits with creamy-fruity homemade apple butter, which were divine. The Shrimp and Grits Hush puppies followed, with smoked paprika aioli-these “puppies” were crispy and delectably fantastic ! The Yogurt Granola with plump strawberries and blackberries was fresh and delightful. After this bevy of pleasure it was burger time, the pork-beef beast arrived open-faced with duck fat fried home fries in tow. I carefully stacked the green leafy lettuce and crunchy dill pickles into a towering impressive looking sandwich. The first bite was juicy and bloody, pork fat back ran over my hands as my eyes rolled back in my head, my thought was, ” These guys are onto something here ! ” The burger flavor was salty, robust and aromatic, accented by the tartness of the vinegar dills and a buttery potato bun. The fries however, were not my favorite, tasting kind of stale and greasy. The 5 and Diamond burger was definitely one of my favorites in the city, for the hearty eaters there is a Texas Burger version with fried egg and bacon that sparked my interest too-maybe next time.
5 and Diamond, is worth the trip North, so if you’re the type that thinks that there’s no treasures above 59th Street, slip on your loafers and grab a taxi to Harlem. The bad element that was once part of this hood, is transforming into young urban yupsters with an appetite for Noveau chic cuisine. The tasting menu that showcases Sea Urchin,Seafood Tagliatelle, Rabbit and Ratatouille Sausage Spaetzle, Duo of Lamb and Spiced glazed Doughnuts is a steal at $50 with wine pairing $85.00. Thank-you to Chef David Santos and Ryan Skeen for making my brunch-”a spa experience for my mouth”.