Arancini Bros: We’ve Got Balls

By Danielle Bimston


Honestly, with a description like that what’s not to love? A company created by a few men with a mutual love for Sicilian Rice Balls, Arancini Bros offer a delicious variety of completely irresistible stuffed risotto balls.  The idea came about while Dave and his friends were working as technicians for touring rock bands and discovered that they were all completely in love with this Sicilian treat.  Arancini Bros was born at that moment.

The inside of an arancini (Photo Credit: Instagram @arancinibros)

The question then became whether or not a specialty rice ball business could survive in the big city of New York.  However, despite concerns, the founders rose to the challenge, serving their first Arancini at the 2010 Hester Street Fair in the Lower East Side.  The rice balls received a warm welcome, which led to the establishment of Arancini Bros NYC in 2011. Identifying themselves with the slogan “We’ve got balls!”, this Brooklyn based company has become more and more popular over the years.

Arancini Bros (Photo Credit: Instagram @arancinibros)

Today, Arancini Bros serves over 30 different types of stuffed Arancini balls for every hour of the day; they even offer options for dessert! If you love Nutella, Arancini Bros offers their famous fried little Nutella balls amongst other sweet flavors such as Strawberry Mascarpone and Chocolate with Peanut Butter Mousse.

Called “little oranges” due to their orange hue as the emerge from the fryer, these risotto stuffed traditional Sicilian street food come in Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten Free options. With flavors such as Spinach & Ricotta, BBQ, and Pistachio Pesto, just about anyone can enjoy one! Throw an Italian street food happy hour at the office featuring Arancini Bros and your staff will most definitely thank you for it!

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Join us today & this weekend!

We’re super excited to be partnering with BKLYN DESIGNS this year to bring the best local food trucks to feed the amazing Brooklyn community!

BKLYN DESIGNS is Brooklyn’s premier design showcase highlighting the creative economy in Brooklyn. For more information on the event, click here:

Here are the food trucks that will be there this weekend:

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Ramen Burger Anyone?

By Chris Chen


It’s the summer of 2013, and Keizo Shimamoto, a lover of both burgers and ramen, had a brilliant idea — why not combine the two? Enter, the Ramen Burger.  This delicious creation made its debut in Smorgasburg in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and there, the delicious burger was limited to only the first 100 people in line!

It was probably, if not the biggest food fad that summer. original.burgerShortly after the burger launched, tutorials of how to make the burger became a hit. I myself have even attempted to make one, and boy was it a messy piece of work! But, not to brag, it tasted pretty good.

Earlier this year, their storefront, Ramen & Co., opened in the Financial District! Now, there’s no need to wait on long long lines anymore.

Of course, in addition to their juicy original ramen burger (which consists of ramen noodle with Angus beef patty,  arugula, secret shoyu sauce and scallions), they also have variations of it — Yakitori (Chicken), tofu, and shredded beef.

They also serve up other types of food — bento boxes and ramen!


The Bento Boxes usually consists of a main protein with the sides of rice, potato salad, green salad, and housemade pickles! The protein options are Japanese meatballs, beef curry (Japanese Style with potatoes & carrots), pork ginger (Sliced pork with caramelized onions, soy sauce and grated ginger), chicken karaage (Japanese Style Fried Chicken), and tofu steak.

There are three types of ramen – Wakayama Shoyu, Hakata Shio, and the Brooklyn Blend. Each of the ramen is inspired by a different city with its own unique taste. All three ramens start off with the tonkotsu, which is a Kurobuta pork broth and your choice of either pork belly, chicken, or beef and egg.

The Wakayama Shoyu consists of tonkotsu (Kurobuta pork broth), soy sauce, scallion, kikurage (Japanese Mushroom), and a fried onion. The Hakata Shio consists of tonkotsu, salt, scallion, kikurage, and fried onion. ramen.chickenThe Brooklyn Blend consists of tonktosu, black garlic oil, soy sauce, salt, scallion, kikurage, and fried onion. Despite the ramens very similar list of ingredients, the flavors do differ as well as the noodle type. The noodle varies between the thickness and whether it’s curly or straight depends on which ramen you choose.

There are so many options to choose from, whatever choice you make, you won’t be disappointed. The food at Ramen & Co. will always have you coming back for more. What’s even better is that you can get ramen burgers catered to your office for lunch or dinner!

Contact us at to get yourself some ramen burgers for lunch today!

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The Scoop with Max Falkowitz, Editor of Serious Eats: New York

By Debra Liu

What is the one thing we crave more at this time of year than any other? Yup, ice cream. And who better to talk to about our favorite cold creamy dessert (and food in general) than Max Falkowitz, Editor and Ice Cream Maker-in-Residence of Serious Eats: New York.

Max Falkowitz | Photo Credit: Robyn Lee
Max Falkowitz | Photo Credit: Robyn Lee

Over the years, he has provided us with infinite ice cream wisdoms making our existence that much sweeter, from showing us the easiest way to make vanilla ice cream at home, bringing peanut butter honey ice cream into our lives, to more recently, introducing us to ice cream’s best friend – really decadent double chocolate cake from Park Slope’s L’Albero Dei Gelati.

Max grew up in Forest Hills, Queens in a food-loving family. “We’re all a big family of emotional eaters so it was celebratory and stress relieving,” says Max. But it was in college that his interest in cooking and technology began. He stumbled into his career at Serious Eats a few years ago after a friend dared him to reach out to the now incredibly popular food blog. Shortly after, Max became a columnist writing about ices and ice cream recipes. “I owe it all to luck and being at the right place at the right time,” he told me.

Max's Chai Ice Cream | Photo Credit: Max Falkowitz
Max’s Chai Ice Cream | Photo Credit: Max Falkowitz

For almost 4 years now, he’s been developing and writing ice cream recipes. One of his long outstanding interests is how egg yolk quality affects ice cream.  His favorite flavor is “a really good vanilla” and when asked what the craziest ice cream he ever concocted was, he replied, “I’ve done one with duck fat, caramel and soy sauce. It was good, but very intense.”

And of course, we had to have a lengthy discussion about donuts. He enjoys going to Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop in Brooklyn for their chocolate cake doughnuts. A little tip from Max: if you get there around 10am, you can pretty much get them super fresh. He’s also a big fan of Dough; specifically their blood orange and lemon poppy seed yeast doughnuts, which are more fluffy.

Max's Black Sesame & Orange Ice Cream | Photo Credit: Max Falkowitz
Max’s Black Sesame & Orange Ice Cream | Photo Credit: Max Falkowitz

As for more savory foods, he loves lentils and sandwiches. Sorriso Italian Pork Store in Astoria is one of his favorites; the friendliest Italian deli he’s ever been to.

According to Max, there’s always food in the Serious Eats office, samples ranging from Cheez-Its to ice cream. “On days we can write about salad, we are thrilled, we love salad,” he said with a laugh.

If you want to learn more about Max, and/or ice cream, check out his articles here. And here are some Max’s favorite ice cream recipes: Black Sesame & Orange Ice Cream, Horchata Ice Cream, Chai Ice Cream, and Ginger Green Tea Ice Cream.

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Sweet Chili: Thaietnamese Food With a Side of Power Ballads

By Emily Collins swtr Behind the Food Truck is a FoodtoEat original series where we meet the amazing men and women behind our favorite mobile cuisines and share their inspiring stories. At FoodtoEat, we’re lucky to have the best food trucks NYC has to offer in our family. Here are their stories.

This week, I was able to meet one of New York City’s local food-lebrities, Lisa Fernandes. Lisa is the passionate chef and owner behind Sweet Chili – a “Thai-etnamese” truck with a menu full of original and incredible recipes by Lisa herself! If you didn’t know already, Lisa was the runner-up on season 4 of Top Chef, so you’re literally trying some of her winning recipes from the show.

Lisa & her sous chef, Tora, in front of her “baby on wheels” – Sweet Chili!

All throughout Lisa’s life, food was her passion. She started with her mom in the kitchen, served ice cream at the mall as a teen and went on to culinary school to pursue her dream of becoming a professional chef! It’s not very often you meet someone who can say they genuinely wake up every day and want to go to work, but Lisa does. She loves her customers and makes an effort to learn their names and wants the experience to be not only delicious, but entertaining! “We make it personal, we have a good time with them, we play fun music, we’re not prim and proper, ‘good afternoon, how may we help you today?’ ” And it definitely works for them. You can walk up to Sweet Chili, get on-the-go restaurant quality food, a 1980s power ballad serenade and maybe even a Vietnamese coffee sample if you’re dancing!

Her favorite thing about owning a food truck? “We have fun! People can relate to us. They say, ‘I’m not in the mood for that today, can you just make me something?’ and we just make stuff up. People like that. You can’t do that in a restaurant.” I was able to see this first hand when I asked Lisa and her team to just “make me anything” on the menu. I was served with their flavorful Heavenly Beef over white rice with bean sprout salad and was recommended by Lisa “get the fried egg on top, it makes everything better!” She was right; the dish was indeed heavenly and the fried egg? A perfect companion to the sweet and spicy dish.

Lisa’s sous chef, Tora, with Heavenly Beef – coriander marinated sirloin beef with sriracha and thai basil.

At the end of the day, Lisa’s goal is to serve up unique, amazing dishes while giving the best experience to the customer, “If you’re in a good mood when you make the food, and the person’s in a good mood when they get the food, they’re going to be in a good mood when they eat the food.” You can check out Lisa and the Sweet Chili team this summer at their frequent spots, South Street Seaport and DUMBO Lot during the week and Governor’s Island on weekends for dancing to 80s and 90s jams and cooking some of the best Thai-etnamese food in New York City!

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From the Die-hard to the Laid Back: Where You Should Watch the World Cup

By Emily Collins

It’s officially Summer in the city and the FIFA World Cup is in full swing! Now, we know there are varying degrees of fans during the World Cup; there are people who have been born and raised watching “football” and others who just enjoy a bit of eye-candy. At FoodtoEat, we love all kinds of fans! As such, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to watch the World Cup – no matter what kind of fan you are.

For the Experience: Under the Archway in DUMBO

Hundreds of World Cup fans watching under the archway in DUMBO | Photo credit: @DUMBOBID on Twitter.

On a huge screen with hundreds of fans, you can’t really go wrong with this free outdoor soccer celebration. Bring a blanket, some friends and enjoy the local food vendors under the archway on a huge projection screen.

For the Die-hard Fan: Mr. Dennehy’s

Mr. Dennehy’s | Photo credit:

This Irish pub in Greenwich Village is where huge soccer/football fans come out and cheer for their teams. If you’re looking for a rowdy experience with people who live and breathe the sport, Mr. Dennehy’s is the place for you.

For the Bandwagoner: Nevada Smiths

Where Soccer is Religion: fans at Nevada Smiths | Photo credit:

“Where football is religion” is the motto of this bar and it definitely shows. This consistently packed bar has its share of soccer lovers and people who are just along for the World Cup ride. The energy at Nevada Smiths is always through the roof, so be prepared for a rowdy experience.

For the Brit: The Red Lion

The Red Lion on Bleecker Street | Photo credit: The Red Lion NYC

This pub is the ultimate place to drink and watch soccer (but while you’re there, call it football!) with a slew of intense British fans that are obsessed with a bit of football. Enjoy traditional British food and drink great beer with some of the biggest supporters of the sport.

For the Fan with the Laid Back friends: Summer Garden & Bar at Rock Center Cafe

The Rock Center Cafe | Photo credit: The Patina Group

Embrace the beautiful weather and head over the Rockefeller Center for some World Cup viewing. It’s the best of both words: 6 big screens for World Cup viewing and great lounging areas. Try out festive World Cup themed cuisine, great drinks and incredible views!

Honorable Mentions:

Banter Bar in Williamsburg- They’re running a “World Cup Beer Passport” special. Try beers from 24+ of the World Cup countries and be entered to win discounts and prizes.

Jack Demsey’s – Another bar for die hard fans, especially if you’re American. When the US beat against Ghana, people rallied outside to celebrate.

Woodwork Brooklyn – Where soccer-obsessed Brooklynites celebrate. They’ve dedicated their entire website to the World Cup.

If screaming at your television and drinking beer isn’t quite your thing, maybe looking at the gorgeous men on the field is! Check out our FoodtoEat Original Quiz!


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Get a Taste of Africa without Stepping off the Shore

By Debra Liu

What better way to launch the second annual New York African Restaurant Week (NYARW) than with delicious African food, drinks, and dancing in a festively decorated African palace? The Edible Bazaar Benefit will take place next Tuesday, April 29th at Suite 36 and will surely be an amazing night filled with great people and scrumptious tastings from African restaurants and caterers.ediblebazaarbaigesme

NYARW was founded by Akin Akinsanya, who used to work in finance on Wall Street and about a decade ago, began his foray into the NYC food world by creating the Taste of Africa event series. Having been born in Nigeria, Akin has always been incredibly proud of his African roots and wanted to create an after-work event to “bring people together, people from different parts of Africa to network, to have a good time.”

The NY African Restaurant Week was born out of these Taste of Africa events. “Over the years, we developed a relationship with all the food vendors, the restaurants, the chefs and from there, came New York African Restaurant Week,” Akin says. There were so many wonderful African restaurants in the city serving delicious food, but Akin noticed they weren’t being spotlighted. “Someone needs to tell their story and that’s what we chose to do.”

This year, the week-long celebration of African cuisine and culture, will run from April 27th through May 4th, and will feature 16 restaurants including Buka, Accra, and Madiba Restaurant in Brooklyn, which is one of Akin’s favorites. During this week, diners will get 10% off when they mention “African Restaurant Week”. Lunch and dinner options will start at $16.94 and $28.95 per person respectively at participating restaurants. To see all the restaurants, click here.

Farm Raised Ostrich Carpaccio |Photo: Madiba Restaurant
Farm Raised Ostrich Carpaccio |Photo: Madiba Restaurant

The Edible Bazaar Benefit, which is the official kick-off event for NYARW, will be hosted by Yolanda Sangweni, entertainment editor of ESSENCE, and co-founder of AfriPOP! online magazine and will feature honorees including Mohammed Abdullah (Owner of Accra), Chef Pierre Thiam, Mark and Jenny Henegan (Owners of Madiba Restaurant), and others.

Additionally, a portion of the sales from The Edible Bazaar Benefit will be donated to Keep a Child Alive and the Alliance of Hope for Lupus. According to Akin, giving back to the community is really important. He says, “Anytime we do an event, we always want to shine a light on organizations that are doing something great, especially in Africa.”

With African Restaurant Week and the Edible Bazaar Benefit, Akin hopes to bring the community together, promote diversity and entrepreneurship in the restaurant space, and hopefully help expose people to delicious African cuisine that they may or may not have had before.

Don’t miss out on a unique opportunity to sample food from some of NYC’s finest African restaurants as well as meet (and possibly, dance with) the talented chefs behind the delicious foods. “If you want to get to know Africa without stepping off the shore with your passport, then this is the place to be,” says Akin. Check out the event page. NYARW-2014-Flyer-1DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here:

Foodies of New York: Daisy Kramer

Daisy Kramer
Daisy Kramer

By Rachel Wells

Part of a series that documents real New Yorkers and their love affair with food.

Daisy Kramer is a high school senior at the Spence School. The 18 year old has lived in New York City her entire life and loves photography, singing (she’s a co-head of her school’s a capella group, Triple Trio, and is involved in the Glee club), reading, binge-watching Netflix and most importantly, loves food.

To Daisy, being a foodie is an integral part of being a New Yorker. In an interview she commented, “I think that New York has such a rich diversity of cultures and that food is a way for these cultures to intermingle. Also, food is another way for New Yorkers to communicate; we meet friends at restaurants, have interviews at coffee houses and try new cuisines all over the city.”

Burger and fries from Burger Joint (photo credit: Plus Google)
Burger and fries from Burger Joint (photo credit: Plus Google)

While there are literally a million options to choose from, her favorite place to eat is Burger Joint in the Parker Meridien Hotel, a place she first learned about from her bud, Alexandra, when they were in the 7th grade. Daisy recalls waiting in line for almost an hour, but it was well worth it. When there, Daisy orders a cheeseburger with, as she puts it, “the works; lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, mustard, ketchup and mayo” with a side of french fries, a black and white milkshake and for good measure, a Diet Coke.

Pizza at Grimaldi's Pizza (photo credit:
Pizza at Grimaldi’s Pizza (photo credit:

While food trucks are somewhat scarce on the UES, Daisy still branches away from the typical restaurant and café scene with quick stops at trucks like Wafles and Dinges, where she gets the city-famous option of Nutella and strawberries on a belgian waffle. For tourists, Daisy recommends trying Grimaldi’s Pizza in Brooklyn. When asked what makes this NY pizza place special she responded, “while its not the traditional New York pizza, it is the best in the city.”

Daisy loves ordering food online because of the convenience, “It’s definitely faster and more efficient than calling a restaurant.” She orders in at least once a week.

She hopes to one day become a movie producer. She will attend Northwestern’s School of Communication next fall, and while she’s essentially headed from one city to another, she will definitely miss all that New York has to offer.

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Celebrate the Thai New Year with FoodtoEat!

By Emily Collins  While most of us celebrated the New Year in January, Thailand is just getting the party started. The Thai New Year is an epic 3-day celebration from April 13-15 and we wanted to ring in the Thai New Year here at FoodtoEat with some of our favorite Thai food vendors. Little Thai Kitchen

Basil Spicy Chicken from Little Thai Kitchen | Photo credit:

Little Thai Kitchen is a cozy, Midtown restaurant that may be little, but its menu sure isn’t! Little Thai Kitchen offers an awesome selection, warm atmosphere and the best part? It can be delivered right to your doorstep! Thai Street Food by Tuk Tuk Boy

Pad Thai from Tuk Tuk Boy|Photo credit: Me So Hungry

Looking for a quick grab-n-go lunch? Look no further! Thai Street Food by Tuk Tuk Boy provides you with your favorite Thai dishes right off the street. Thai Street Food by Tuk Tuk Boy has a little something for everybody: curries, pad Thai, dumplings and even Thai tea and coffee. Order online at to skip the line and get some fantastic Thai. New York Thai Grill and Sushi 

String Beans & Chicken from New York Thai Grill & Sushi | Photo credit:

New York Thai Grill and Sushi Bar is a great place to eat if you can’t decide which kind of food you’re going for. Not only does this restaurant offer a variety of Thai options, it also has plenty of different kinds of sushi. New York Thai Grill also has plenty of desserts for those of us with a bit of a sweet tooth! With hours like 11:00 am-1:45 am, you can get always get your Thai on. Spice Thai Restaurant

Chicken Chow Fun from Spice Upper West Side | Photo credit:

Spice Thai Restaurant is perfect for the Thai newbie. Spice’s goal is to combine classic Thai flavors with modern cuisine. If you’re like me and were scared of anything that wasn’t plain chicken and pasta until you were 13, Spice is the place to go. The portions are plentiful and so are the locations! No matter where you live in the city, you can have Spice. Here are links to the many different Spice locations:

To celebrate the Thai New Year, we are having a promotion from April 13-15th. Simply place an order on from any Thai vendor and you’ll be entered to win a 12-pack of Thailand’s finest drink, Singha Beer! FTEThaiNYDailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here:

Sweet Generation: Funding Arts Education, One Cupcake at a Time

Sweet Generation logo

By Debra Liu

Remember baking cookies for school bake-sales to raise money for your school’s rendition of Wizard of Oz, with you playing the coveted role of Dorothy? Well, step it up a few awesome notches and I present to you Sweet Generation, an online custom bakery that not only creates delicious cupcakes and cookies, but is dedicated to generating funds to increase Arts education for children. With the motto “helping with every helping”, Sweet Generation is transforming the way we think about fundraising, one cupcake at a time.

Strawberry Malted Milkshake Cupcakes
Strawberry Malted Milkshake Cupcakes

Founder Amy Chasan grew up baking; it was one of her favorite pastimes spent with her mother. According to Amy, “Our tradition was, as soon as there was a thunderstorm, we would go and bake banana bread, get our little folding chairs and sit on the front porch and watch the rainstorm.” Amy’s studies and professional experiences have all been focused around Arts education, particularly on the impact of funding and the funding challenges that Arts programs face. Amy combined her experience in arts education with her love of baking to develop a business that would “help art education programs fulfill their fundraising goals.”

A lot of the interesting flavor combinations, such as Honey Cornbread, come from customers who want to create something unique and different. Sweet Generations’ customized cupcakes with images are one of the customers’ favorites. “Because everything we do is custom, we work with our customers to make things that meet their needs,” Amy says. Voted “Best Cupcake in NYC” by the Village Voice in 2013, the most popular flavors are Red Velvet, Strawberry Malted Milkshake, Coconut Lime, and French Lavender Lemon. Amy’s favorite cupcake flavor currently is the Eternal Chocolate Flame, a chocolate cayenne pepper cupcake. “I love spice so I’ve started to experiment a lot with cayenne both in our cookies and cupcakes,” says Amy.

Warby Parker branded cupcakes
Warby Parker branded cupcakes

Sweet Generation’s vision is to remove barriers between children and art. In addition to selling cupcakes at events and working closely with performing arts programs such as viBe Theater Experience, Sweet Generation is working on integrating more of their social mission into the business by coordinating small arts competitions for children. “We’ve started running little competitions for people to submit their children’s artwork and then featuring them on our cupcakes… this a really simple, really fun way to do an art project with your kid that doesn’t take a lot and you get a really fun result out of it.”

Amy hopes to support Arts education as much as possible and so her goal for Sweet Generation is to be the go-to alternative funding source for Arts programs. “This is an attempt at really ramping up the power of that community style bake-sale to a whole different level,” Amy says.

Red Velvet Cupcake
Red Velvet Cupcake

FoodtoEat is incredibly excited to be working closely with Amy and Sweet Generation to accomplish her mission! If you’re interested in having Sweet Generation cater your next event, just contact us at and we can make that happen.

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