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National Hamburger Month: A True American Burger at Moran’s Chelsea

By Debra Liu

Practically the food symbol of America, it’s no wonder the hamburger has the whole month of May to call its own. This is a month to not only appreciate how far the burger has come – there are now burgers made with truffle oil and stuffed with foie gras – but also to bring it back to the traditional, no-fuss burger, which is exactly what you’ll find at Moran’s Chelsea.

Inside Moran's
Inside Moran’s

The restaurant, which started off as an Irish dive bar, has been around for 50 years. The warm and cozy ambiance will take you back in history – you’ll feel like you stepped into the New York City of yesteryear; the wood-burning fireplaces, the dark wood paneling, and the comfort food will make you feel right at home. The building dates back to the early 1800s and the bar itself has survived prohibition.

For National Hamburger Month, I went to visit Moran’s and had a chance to speak to Tom Murphy, the General Manager, who has been at Moran’s for 31 years, since 1967 when he came to NYC from Ireland – he originally intended to go back but he loved the city so much he ended up staying. According to Tom, the Shepherd’s Pie is excellent and so is the Chicken Pot Pie and Meatloaf.

Classic Burger topped with Cheddar Cheese and Bacon
Classic Burger topped with Cheddar Cheese and Bacon

The Classic Moran’s Burger is one of the oldest items on their menu. I tried it with cheddar and bacon and it truly was an all-American burger. It was served with fries, coleslaw and a pickle.

I absolutely loved their crabcake, which was seasoned perfectly and not overly breadcrumbed. If you have the chance to go to Moran’s, the crabcake is definitely a must-try.

Crabcake
Crabcake

In a city that can sometimes be overwhelming, what’s unique about Moran’s is that it’s so incredibly unpretentious and comforting. As soon as you walk in, you’ll feel like you’re part of the family.

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Foodies of New York: Ava Hariri-Kia

Ava Hariri-Kia
Ava Hariri-Kia

By Rachel Wells 

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

Meet Ava: a spunky, fun and super-smart fashionista from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She’s a high school freshman at the Spence School who dances, acts and sings. She’s involved in all aspects of the performing arts at school  – and for good reason. She’s a talented lady who focuses on being happy.

She prefers ordering online, and does so frequently. When she goes out, Ava’s favorite place to eat is Momoya, a gorgeous sushi bar with two convenient locations; one in Chelsea and one on the Upper West Side. Ava adds that both locations are equally great. She discovered the restaurant on a lunch-date with her sister. Since then, she’s been hooked! She always orders the crispy rice – “it’s truly amazing!” She has yet to try a food truck other than Mister Softee, the soft-serve ice cream truck, but isn’t opposed to the option. With FoodtoEat’s list of food truck vendors, finding a great place to nosh isn’t hard at all.

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Momoya’s “Lobster Tempura, Spicy Scallop and Spicy Tuna Roll” (photo credit: freerangechowhound.wordpress.com)

She believes that the social scene’s deep-rooted connection to food is a special and characteristic part of New York City living. “There are so many different types of grub from all over the world in one place – on one little island! Where else could you stop for a legit Italian coffee, have an authentic Japanese lunch and then have homemade gelato for dessert – all in a 5-block radius?” She suggests that tourists try one of the Shake Shack locations before leaving – but to call ahead and to make sure they’re serving the iconic “wavy fries.” The Shack Burger is a New Yorker fave, and isn’t all that big, so make sure to grab a shake with your order. Also – be prepared to wait on-line. It’s no secret that this place rocks!

Shake Shack's "Burger and Fries" (photo credit: hashtagphoebe.blogspot.com)
Shake Shack’s “Burger and Fries” (photo credit: hashtagphoebe.blogspot.com)

DailyFoodtoEat 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: www.foodtoeat.com