Take the Office Out to the Ball Game

By Hannah Poss Summertime means baseball season. For some people, there’s nothing more exciting than going to cheer for their local baseball team at their home stadium. Some other people, however, enjoy the games for reasons other than to watch the sport; baseball games have some really delicious food vendors! So this summer, if you don’t have time (or don’t want to) cheer on your favorite team in person, you can still get some of the classic baseball game foods that will make you feel as though you’re actually there. Throw a baseball themed party at the office with these foods: yankee A Stadium (and Office) Must-Have: Hamburgers Hamburgers are a traditional American food, and therefore, a must-have at a baseball game. Yankee Doodle Dandy’s food truck serves up a juicy, cheesy, All-American burger that definitely hits it out of the park. While the burgers are amazing, the name of the truck, itself, is just too fitting! Get this food truck delivered right to the office to get the real baseball game experience from outside the stadium.

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Cheesy, Meaty, Piled-High Nachos Another typical food that can be found at baseball games are nachos. Every American loves nachos. They’re easy to eat, easy to share and obviously delicious. Have one of FoodtoEat’s newest vendors, Taqueria Sante Fe, catered right to the office to try one of their many selections of nachos. The ‘Pollo Nachos’ are definitely a home-run! IMG_0039 These Nuggets Hit the Spot Another favorite stadium food of fans is chicken fingers. Like nachos, they’re easy to eat and share so you can eat them while not getting too distracted from the game. Nuggets are the mini pop-in-your-mouth chicken finger cousin.The Nugget Spot is the perfect place to find these nuggets that will transport you right to the stadium. These nuggets are amazing on their own but even better paired with one of their many dipping sauces from ‘Nacho Queso’ to ‘Smokin’ J’s BBQ’ sauce. lucaboscoIceCream A Scoop a Day Keeps the Doctor Away! If you’ve been to a baseball game before, you know that it gets pretty hot sitting around in the stadium.  A typical way to cool down while you’re there is to get something nice and refreshing to eat. After you’ve stuffed your face with some of the many foods available, you’re going to crave something sweet. Ice cream is of course the way to go. Luca Bosco in Soho has amazing ice cream that is reminiscent of the dessert you will likely find scattered throughout stadiums. Some of their awesome flavors include: a classic Chocolate Brownie Chunk, an over-the-top Caramelized Banana and an unusual Goat Cheese scoop. These are just a few of the many delicious foods found at a baseball stadium. Bring these foods to the office for an all-American baseball-themed party. DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a socially conscious online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

Delicious and Patriotic Foods to Eat on the Fourth of July

By Hannah Poss

The 4th of July is coming up so that means that it’s almost time to celebrate. This day commemorates our country’s birthday and so to honor this day, we patriots, celebrate all things American. What better way to celebrate than through devouring classic, old-fashioned, all-American food? Even better, salute this special day by exploring some of America’s newest twists to its beloved classics. While you can never say no to a nice, juicy, traditional cheeseburger or a big bowl of ooey gooey mac n cheese, try some of these revamped classics that are sure to spark some fireworks.

An All-American, Over-Flowing Burger from the Counter

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At The Counter, in Times Square, you can custom build your own classic American burger. Go down the line, step by step, to create a personalized burger to fit your taste. This chain has an incredible range of patty options, toppings and sauces to choose from so even a habitué of this joint will never grow bored.

The Famous, Fun and Tasty Twist on the Classic: The Ramen Burger

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While you can get pretty creative and funky making your own burger at The Counter, if you haven’t tried the famous ramen burger from Ramen Co. yet, it’s a must-have, so make your way to one of their New York  locations or catch them at the popular Brooklyn food festival, Smorgasburg. This crowd-pleasing combination of a juicy beef patty, sandwiched by pan-fried “buns” made entirely from ramen noodles, still provides the eater with the feel of a traditional American burger patty, but puts a new, creative, Asian-inspired twist on a classic.

A Traditional (and Indulgent) American Dog

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Another common American bite perfect for the 4th of July is a hot dog. Who doesn’t love a standard foot long on a doughy bun with just the right ketchup to mustard ratio? In New York, it is especially easy to come across a hot dog. Don’t get caught, however, investing in an average hot dog from the vendors scattered across Manhattan. Instead, make your way to one of Papaya King’s two locations and get yourself “the Original”.

An Authentic Polish Staple Puts a Twist on a Typical American Dish

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Even though a traditional hot dog is always a crowd pleaser, if you’re looking to explore your horizons and broaden your palette, try an authentic Polish kielbasa from the Old Traditional Polish food truck instead. The owners of this food truck are serving up pure Polish kielbasas and pierogis like your grandmother used to make them. So, if you find yourself tired of the well-worn American hot dog, track down the Old Traditional Polish food truck and celebrate July 4th with Poland’s version of the American classic.

Get Down and Dirty with  Katz’s Noteworthy Meaty Sandwiches

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Another must-have food to celebrate America’s birthday is a legendary Katz’s deli sandwich. This institution has been in place in New York’s historical Lower East Side since 1888 and so their delectable pastrami, brisket and turkey sandwiches (to name just a few) have brought widespread attention to the Manhattan joint. While you may find yourself waiting on a seemingly never-ending line down the block, the wait is beyond worthwhile. There is no better place to get your hands dirty with a stacked pastrami sandwich on old-fashioned rye bread or a noteworthy Reuben sandwich overflowing with sauerkraut than at this famous, Jewish delicatessen.

Get Transported Down South with One of These Southern Inspired Sammies 

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While Katz’s is not a place to skip out on, if you’re seeking out a sandwich shop with a different flavor focus, try Cheeky Sandwiches in New York’s Soho. This place is also a perfect place to celebrate July 4th as it serves up big, hearty sandwiches that Americans love. While Katz’s creates traditional, authentic Jewish deli sandwiches, Cheeky Sandwiches puts a Southern twist on an average deli sandwich. With creations such as vegetable muffalatas and shrimp po-boys, their menu transports you directly to New Orleans. The fried chicken biscuit sandwich is also unmistakably inspired by the South. If you’re in the area, get a much needed dose of Southern hospitality by trying one of Cheeky’s bold sandwiches.

Some of New York’s Finest Cheesy Eats

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While you’re out and exploring these eateries that whip up American originals, make sure to also try S’MAC  to get your fill of the celebrated and beloved cheesy pasta. Also, make your way down a couple blocks to Bleecker Street Pizza to get the true Tuscan style pizza that has become some of New York’s finest. And it’s not even a question as to whether or not these are celebratory foods fitting for July 4th… because have you really ever met someone who doesn’t like mac n’ cheese and pizza? That’s what we thought!

So when you’re looking for inspiration for the best ways to both celebrate the forthcoming July 4th, while keeping your stomach from growling, check out some of these local, all-American joints. Once you’ve covered the traditional American foods mentioned above, make sure to try the other American-inspired foods that take a fun and delicious twist on the more classic dishes.

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New York’s Best Burgers for Your Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Fix!

By Emily Collins

Happy Memorial Day, foodies! Memorial Day Weekend is always filled with celebrations, patriotism and our favorite part: food. If you’re like me and don’t have access to a grill, worry not. We’ve compiled a list of some of New York’s best burgers! Just because we’re grill-less doesn’t mean we can’t eat like we have one.

Joy Burger Bar

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Joy Burger is best for the adventurous eater in you. Their menu allows you to pick from 3 different sizes, 9 sauces, and a ton of different toppings and sides, even gluten-free buns! These burgers are always cooked to perfection, juicy and will definitely leave you full.

 Jack’s Sliders and Sushi

Sliders and fries from Jack’s Sliders and Sushi | Photo credit: Sulav Darnal

Sushi and sliders? It’s not your every day food combo, but it definitely makes for an interesting meal! Their variety of different sliders and sushi can please anybody you’re getting a meal with. Not to mention, their plates are beautiful and are bound to impress.

Burger Heaven

Cheeseburger from Burger Heaven
Cheeseburger from Burger Heaven

The name says it all. With 70 years of burger making under their belt, it’s safe to say Burger Heaven does indeed live up to its name. If you’re looking for New York charm that can take you back in time, Burger Heaven is the place for you.

Uncle Gussy’s

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Uncle Gussy’s is traditional Greek food, but offers a unique take on the classic cheeseburger. Served on pita with tzatziki, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion, Uncle Gussy’s burger is one that you won’t forget.

The Counter

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The Counter Burger is the burger equivalent to Meryl Streep; versatile, gorgeous and always consistently fantastic. In the burger world, their huge menu is a game changer. If you don’t feel like having a traditional burger, you can get a burger bowl!

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Clarke’s Standard: Your Friendly Neighborhood Burger Joint

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By Debra Liu

If you’re craving a juicy, flavorful, and affordable burger, head to Clarke’s Standard because the moment you step into this relatively new fast-casual restaurant, you’re immediately brought back to the old, nostalgic days of New York’s classic neighborhood butcher shops, where high quality, fresh meat was the object of affection.

“We wanted to do a fast-casual concept that would provide the guests with amazing food, great ingredients, and as local as possible. Again, not forgetting the old times of butcher style shops,” says Dafna Mizrahi, Manager of Clarke’s Standard’s Union Square Location.

The Standard Cheeseburger and Fries
The Standard Cheeseburger and Fries

Currently, there are five locations in Midtown, Midtown East, Financial District, Columbus Circle, and Union Square.

According to Dafna, it’s the freshly ground beef that makes Clarke’s Standard stand out from all the other burger places in NYC. The beef is 100% USDA-verified Natural Angus free of hormones, antibiotics and preservatives.

The most popular items on the menu include The Standard Cheeseburger, the original burger with American cheese, The Cadillac, which is a burger with smoked bacon and cheddar cheese, and the Brooklyn Au Poivre, a burger with cracked pepper sauce, cheese, Jimmy peppers and savory onions. They also have  a great house-made veggie burger!

Danfa’s favorite burger is The Cadillac but she says, “Honestly, all of our burgers…our meat is amazing so I would eat them without anything. I would always recommend the Green Chiles and Cheese burger or The Cadillac.”

NY Standard Dog with Fries
NY Standard Dog with Fries

In addition to burgers, Clarke’s also serves homemade hot dogs, little Clarke’s ice creams, and sandwiches. The Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwich is a big seller. “It’s kind of like wings on a sandwich but made with chicken breast,” Dafna describes. “The sweet potato fries are great; so that’s very unusual and unique to a fast food place,” she adds.

Clarke’s Standard mission is to bring back the feeling of a neighborhood restaurant serving delicious, high quality burgers. “Everyone loves it because it’s become a neighborhood joint. The staff is very friendly; they learn their [the customers’] names. We have a guy who comes every single day. He sits at the same table and orders the same food, so as soon as he walks in, we already have his order.”

So the next time you want to chow-down on a burger, go to Clarke’s Standard and get The Cadillac (or any of their other delicious items), and you’ll feel like you’re being transported back to a time where meat was real, natural and glorified and you’ll end up feeling gloriously satisfied.

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Fast Food Advertising – Too Good To Be True

By: Parth Mukhi

Have you ever just stared at your fast food meal and thought, “Wow, this is not at all what I was expecting.” When you go to order fast food, you look at the displays they have outside their store. You gaze back at the large, bold font words entrapping your attention. “Succulent”, “Tender”, “Delicious”, is what they say. To top it all off, the food in the picture’s always look even better than the words can describe. All that anticipation & excitement comes crashing down when the cashier hands you the food, you unwrap it, and you see mushed up pile of bread-meat-bread.

How do McDonald’s, Subway, Wendy’s, Taco Bell do this? In the same manner that film companies put their actors & actresses through hours of make up to get them perfect for the screen, these food companies go through extensive preparation for the advertisement of their food. Burgers, tacos, and salads all go through a photo shoot where they are touched up to look like the perfect product.

The food itself is prepared at the studio. From there, the food stylists take over. For burgers, they’ll push all the main ingredients to the foreground, making them standout. Cheese & patty are steamed to make them seem more appetizing. Following this, skewers are placed in the burgers to keep everything in an attractive, upright position. Subway sandwiches always look much more bulky in the commercials because the studios will add cardboard or foam in between the layers. Fast food salads will never look like they do in the ads, and have never tasted like an normal salad should. In order to give them that fresh & tasty look, they are sprayed with a bottle of glycerin. Finally, all the food is fixed up with photoshop, to enhance every last detail.

Company respond to these claims by saying that the food moves, or that the packaging & backing may cause for the food to be squashed. Though the companies are including everything in the burger that they claimed would be there, people still preach false advertising is in play. Technically, these companies are doing nothing legally wrong, and day after day people go back to these fast food restaurants and buy their food. At the end of the day, false advertising can be shouted from the mountain tops, but will it ever effect whether people decide to go out and buy fast food?

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Stadium Food

By: Parth Mukhi

Food & Baseball. Arguably two of the most popular things in all of New York. Put these two together, and now you have a fun evening. Yankee Stadium & Citi Field live up to the New York hype by having some of the best ballpark food in all of Major League Baseball.

The main ballpark food is uniform throughout the League. Peanuts, Cracker Jack, and Hot Dogs still reign deep in the average baseball fan’s heart. However, baseball stadiums have become more than just about baseball. Teams have become better equipped at providing more forms of entertainment for the the fans. This includes restaurants. Especially in New York, where food is of the widest variety, both the Mets & the Yankees have filled their stadiums corner to corner with great restaurants and food stands.

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Personally, certain restaurants at one stadium have more to offer than certain restaurants at the other. A main attraction for Yankee Stadium is the Hard Rock Cafe. While the standouts at Citi Field are Shake Shack & Blue Smoke. Both have the usual Carvel Ice Cream and Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, in stands and with vendors walking around the stadium.

Shake Shack is one of the more popular locations at Citi Field. Have fun missing an inning or two, though, if you decide to wait in that extensive line. What disappointed me the most, after that long wait, were the portion sizes. The milkshake was only offered in one small cup. No complaints about the taste of anything, though. The Shack Burger definitely helped ease the pain from the wait, and the shake, though small, was served in a wide cup. All in all, Shake Shack is a very decent part of the Citi Field experience.

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The Hard Rock Cafe at Yankee Stadium is open year round, and offers several attractions for fans. Aside from the food, there is a collection of memorabilia specifically focused on New York based musicians. The restaurant is made up of 12 flat screen TVs, most of them playing the game at hand. A downside to my visit to the Hard Rock Cafe was missing that in game experience. Though the 12 TVs are convenient, something about sitting there and watching the game on TV, while you’re in the stadium, makes you feel like you just paid $125 per ticket to sit at the Hard Rock Cafe, eat okay food, and watch a television. It’s preferable to go there either on a non-game day, or during pre or post game.

Baseball games wouldn’t be the same without hearing, “Hot Dogs! Hot Dogs! Get your Hot Dog’s here!” Nathan’s Famous is pretty uniform for both Yankee Stadium & Citi Field, except for one important difference. The foot-long hot dog. Yankee Stadium has it. Citi Field does not. Nathan’s doesn’t serve this hot dog in any other MLB park. In fact, Yankee Stadium is somewhat famous for it. Image

Located right next to Shake Shack is the New York BBQ movement: Blue Smoke. Unlike Shake Shack, however, you won’t miss as much of the game in this line. I was in & out with my Chipotle BBQ Wings & Sierra Mist in 5 minutes. The cup sizes were around the same size they were at Shake Shack, so you do end up buying another drink later on. On the other hand, the wings were incredible. If you’re like me, and actually want more flavor on the wings, get two of the blue cheese cartons they offer. Though the vendor did seem confusingly upset when I asked him for a second.

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If you ever attend a game at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field, definitely check these spots and judge for yourself. When attending the game, you’ll want the full experience, along with everything the stadium has to offer. Just going to the game isn’t enough anymore.

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Restaurants Offer Food & Drink Specials for Mayan Apocalypse

By now you have probably heard of the impending apocalypse set to occur tomorrow, December 21st. For those who believe in this Mayan prophecy, many businesses have formulated their own ways to kick-off the end of our world through food. Food brands throughout the country are offering apocalyptic specials to help drum up business, even though they apparently won’t need it.

Across the country you can stop in at T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants to make an order from their apocalyptic menu. Items include Mayan Margarita’s and Jack Daniel’s Ribs. The restaurant chain will also hold raffles to win End of the World survival kits, also known as cocktail kits. December 21st occurring on a Friday fit perfectly into the company’s marketing scheme, “When I thought about the potential end of the world, on a Friday no less, I knew we had to do something about it,” said CEO Nick Shepherd.

Another restaurant chain participating in the end of the world prediction is Carl’s Jr., which has already gotten plenty of attention for its 12x12x12 burger. The burger chain went all out with this offering, with a dozen beef patties and a dozen slices of cheese. Carl’s Jr. figured that a giant burger would catch people’s attention if they’re looking for a super-sized last meal. Carl’s Jr. advertised the burger on social media saying, “If it’s not the end of the world, then it’s definitely the end of your hunger. #burgergeddon #baconpocalypse #cheesetastrophe.”

Local restaurants and bars are cashing in on the Mayan apocalypse as well; in Kentucky a restaurant called Mayan Café traditionally serves Mayan-inspired food, but has updated its menu to prepare for doomsday. New menu items include lobster ceviche, and flan with a caramel-orange rum sauce. In Austin, Texas a Mexican grill called Iron Cactus has prepared an out-of-this-world margarita. The drink includes DeLeon reposado tequila, 100 year aged Grand Marnier, agave nectar and real gold flakes. The drink will set you back $100, but Iron Cactus has a special deal that comes with it. Customers who purchase the drink and find that the world still exists on Saturday can return to the restaurant for a second drink on the house.

According to a recent poll, 12% of Americans are convinced the world will actually end on Friday. NASA has promoted an aggressive social media campaign to debunk these doomsday myths, but the believers persist. If the Mayan apocalypse is true, then that Carl’s Jr. burger doesn’t sound so bad after all.

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Shake Shack Prepares to Invade London

Fast-casual restaurant chains are exploding in popularity, and Shake Shack has risen to become one of the most recent successes combining the fresh ingredients and trendiness of the fast-casual restaurant with the reinvigorated popularity of the gourmet burger chain. Now Shake Shack is preparing to open its 19th location, 3,500 miles east of where it started.

Shake Shack opened its first location in downtown Manhattan less than a decade ago, and their new location in London shows just how far the chain has gone in a short period of time. Shake Shack owner Danny Meyer recently confirmed in a press release that Shake Shack will open a London location in mid-2013 in the London neighborhood of Covent Garden inside the historic Market Building.

Shake Shack has actually opened two overseas locations already in the Persian Gulf, but local operators there handle most of the brand’s logistics. Therefore the world will be watching the new London location to see whether Meyer will be able to maintain consistent quality across the globe and replicate his success in the United States.

“For years an enormous number of friends in London have asked us when we would bring our first restaurant to their home,” Meyer said in the press release. “We’ve looked high and wide for just the right time and spot, and at last we’ve found it. We’re positively in love with London’s thriving food culture, and are humbled and excited to bring Shake Shack to the UK.”

Similar restaurants like Chipotle and Five Guys have been very successful since expanding into London, and Shake Shack is expecting no less. The burger and fries chain should fit into the UK’s food scene with ease, especially since McDonald’s, Subway and Starbucks have all revealed plans to open hundreds of new stores in the UK over the next few years. At this rate, Shake Shack of growth we’re expecting Shake Shack to become a global brand sooner rather than later.

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An American Food Truck in Paris

Paris has finally opened its doors to an invasion of American culinary influence, most recently seen in an American food truck called Cantine California. While many people in France still believe that the vast majority of Americans eat mostly fast food, many Parisians are experiencing American cooking at top restaurants run by American chefs, with menu items like cheesecake, bagels and bloody Mary’s. Young Parisians now praise cuisine called “tres Brooklyn”, referring to a combination of informal, creative and quality food.

Cantine California and other American food trucks take this new trend to the streets in Paris, offering tacos filled with organic meat. Another truck, Le Camion Qui Fume (The Smoking Truck) sells burgers which have become hugely popular despite the warnings chef Kristin Frederick was given. Frederick is originally from California, and was told that the French would never eat food on the street, with their hands or pay up to 10 euros for food from a truck. Frederick proved all of these skeptics wrong, charging 10 euros fro a burger and fries, getting permission from authorities and attracting crowds.

American chefs are now working in some of Paris’s hippest restaurants, and Parisians are continuing to pay more and more for gourmet burgers (29 euros for the popular burger at Ralph’s). Jordan Feilders, who started Cantine California noted that younger Parisians are obsessed with the new York food scene and California lifestyle. His new food truck is decorated with American phrases like “Fresh Cut Fries” and “Real Cheese” and serves Americans cupcakes and gourmet tacos.

Although street food is not a new concept to France, gourmet street food crafted by chefs using restaurant-grade ingredients has never been done. After seeing how chefs in the United States began to move outside the kitchen, France began to pay attention, creating a ‘trans-Atlantic vibe’ between the two countries.

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