Welcome to New York, the food capital of the United States! Most tourists are mesmerized by giant skyscrapers, the lights illuminating Time Square, and the allure of Yankee Stadium – But not me. I only care about one thing, and that’s FOOD!
I traveled to the Big Apple on a business trip for my real job (outside of Front Row Eats), so unfortunately I only had limited time to dedicate to my culinary excursion. However, that didn’t stop me from hitting up some spots I have been dying to try.
For lunch, I went to Wichcraft, a trendy sandwich shop owned by Tom Colicchio, the head judge on Bravo’s Top Chef. There are multiple locations scattered throughout the city but I ventured to 30 Rock Plaza to find this eatery hidden in the far corner of the basement level floor. Wichcraft offers a creative menu. Rest assured, they don’t serve your typical, boring sandwiches smeared with mayonnaise and stuffed with slimy deli meat. Instead, they up the ante in the grand scheme of sandwiches and bring more excitement between bread than anything I have ever tasted during my lunch break.
I ordered the Blackened Flank Steak with grilled scallions, cheddar and Romesco sauce on Country bread. Romesco is a fairly complex Spanish sauce comprised of pine nuts, almonds, red peppers, garlic, tomatoes, red wine vinegar, etc. This sauce is rarely used as a condiment in the realm of sandwiches so I was eager to try. Sure enough, it was a delicious addition.
For dessert, I happened to stumble across a renowned food truck called “Wafels and Dinges”. I was blinded by the bright yellow truck and immediately spotted the Belgian flag waving in the wind. I quickly recognized this infamous food truck because it once defeated Bobby Flay on an episode of Throwdown with their Waffle recipe.
I admit, it may not be the best form of street food to eat on-the-go since it’s topped with towers of whipped cream and covered in powdered sugar…but it is unquestionably the most celestial taste of heaven ever made from a waffle maker!
To be perfectly honest, I never knew a waffle could be so…sublime, especially in such a simple form. This authentic Belgian creation was soft and chewy – it was like nothing I had ever tried before. My taste buds have been shamefully accustomed to firm “Americanized” waffles. From now on, I prefer liege waffles straight from Belgium. And don’t forget the Spekuloos spread!
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I realize this is just a small taste of what New York City has to offer. Trust me, I am still hungry for more! Consider this to be the first of many stops for Front Row Eats in the Big Apple.