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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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Porchetta: A Taste of Italian Street Food in New York City

By Emily Collins

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Porchetta is a tiny East Village shop that does its namesake justice. Their goal was to perfect the art of making porchetta sandwiches, a traditional Italian street food that is hard to find in the city. What makes Porchetta so special, you ask? The answer is easy; the Porchetta sandwich is the kind of food that stuns because it’s simplicity marrying quality. They’ve got the recipe down to a science, perfected the tender sandwich and intend to keep it that way.

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Porchetta’s Signature Sandwich | Photo credit: Porchetta

The owners, Sara Jenkins and Matt Lindemulder, strive to create something unique, consistent and affordable for city-goers that are looking for a quick bite. The pork is cooked slowly and is just about everything you would want on a sandwich. The meat is juicy, crispy and soft. The bread is crunchy. In short, it’s roasted perfection.

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Crispy Potatoes with Burnt Edges | Photo credit: Porchetta

While the Porchetta sandwich is their specialty, their other dishes are not to be overlooked. The sides are just like something you’d find in an old Italian kitchen: authentic, homemade and fresh. The crispy potatoes with burnt ends are an excellent complement to the namesake sandwich.

Luckily for you, FoodtoEaters, Porchetta is geared towards take out and delivery. Their sandwiches can be delivered right to your door or pre-ordered online for pick up. Check out Porchetta’s entire menu here and the line at this small shop are known to be pretty lengthy, so order online and get the food delivered to your door. Looking to impress a date with your savvy take out skills? We think a candlelight dinner featuring Porchetta sandwiches will sweep anybody off their feet.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Veggie Burger Bowl from The Counter | Photo credit: quarrygirl.com

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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FoodtoEat takes on Internet Week New York: Day 1

By Emily Collins

In case you didn’t know, yesterday kicked off Internet Week New York (#IWNY)! All week (5/19-5/22), we have the pleasure of feeding and mingling with some of New York’s finest business people, innovators and Internet all-stars. We’ll be collaborating with our vendors to provide delicious food for #IWNY. Check out some of our pictures below and on our Instagram.

Jonah Peretti, the CEO of Buzzfeed speaking about how he found success on the Internet.
Jack’s Sliders and Sushi provided the hungry people of IWNY with some fantastic eats!
The lovely ladies of SheKnows.com loved their food from mamagyro.
The IWNY cafe, sponsored by FoodtoEat!
Salad Pangea providing IWNY with a variety of awesome salads.
IWNY Cafe presented by: FoodtoEat!
Nadia’s Moroccan Kitchen provided IWNY with Moroccan meatballs over couscous today.

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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

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Basil Spicy Chicken from Little Thai Kitchen | Photo credit: Yelp.com

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

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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 FoodtoEat.com to skip the line and get some fantastic Thai. New York Thai Grill and Sushi 

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

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

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

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 FoodtoEat.com 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: www.foodtoeat.com

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Which Food Trucks Would Your Favorite Game of Thrones Characters Absolutely Love?

By Emily Collins

Here in New York City, we’re lucky enough to have access to some of the most fantastic restaurants, food trucks and carts to exist. Unfortunately for Westeros, the food truck trend just has not caught on, but we’re dreamers here at FoodtoEat and matched a few of our favorite Game of Thrones characters with some of our local food trucks and carts.

Tyrion and Taco from Kimchi Taco Truck

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Tyrion Lannister might be a small guy, but he certainly knows how to pack a big punch (or slap if you’re Joffrey). His personality always leaves you wanting to know more. This is exactly how we feel about spicy grilled chicken mini tacos from Kimchi Taco Truck. These tacos may be mini, but with ingredients like cilantro and kimchi chipotle aioli, they come with quite the kick.

Daenerys and Eggs from Eggstravaganza

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If you follow Game of Thrones, you know Daenerys is the mother of dragons. Her dragon eggs are incredibly rare, but Daenerys managed to hatch three on the show. Luckily, here in NYC [chicken] eggs aren’t extinct (although dragon eggs are still hard/impossible to come by). If you share Daenerys’ passion for eggs, head over to the Eggstravaganza Cart! Every morning, they serve several different egg dishes: from classic western omelets to Mexican wraps with eggs, chorizo, potatoes and much more. We are certain Daenerys would be very pleased with Eggstravaganza.

Joffrey and Jerk Chicken from Veronica’s Kitchen

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Veronica’s Kitchen Food Cart offers delicious Caribbean food with some of Joffrey’s most notable traits. Joffrey has quite a fiery personality, so why not try Veronica’s spicy curry? Knowing King Joffrey, he would pick a dish like stew “king” fish, but we see him as more of a “jerk” chicken kind of guy.

Win The Official Game of Thrones Cookbook! 

To celebrate the upcoming Game of Thrones season 4 premiere on April 6th, we are having a promotion this weekend. Don’t miss your chance to win The Official Game of Thrones Cookbook autographed by the authors!

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Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! 3 Ways to Revamp Your Favorite Classic

By Emily Collins

Grilled cheese: An American classic, a staple of your childhood. The tasty, quick meal has come very far in the past few years and even has the entire month of April to celebrate its deliciousness. We all have our tried and true favorites, but to celebrate the delightful sandwich, here are some great, new ways to revamp your classic comfort food!

1. The Grilled Cheese Roll

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Grilled Cheese Rolls | Photo credit: gimmesomeoven on Tablespoon

 

First up is my personal favorite: the grilled cheese roll. They’re adorable, functional and only take about 10 minutes to prepare. These treats are perfect for a party appetizer or to eat on the go. If you like tomato soup with your grilled cheese, this recipe is the best way to maximize your dunking experience!

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of your favorite type of pre-sliced bread
  • 2 slices of American cheese
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • Optional: a can of tomato soup

Directions:

  1. Take your two slices of bread (or more if it’s for a party!) and cut off the crust.
  2. Use a rolling pin to flatten your bread. If you don’t have one, a wine bottle always works.
  3. Take your slices of American cheese and place them on the flattened bread.
  4. Take the bread and cheese and roll it very tightly.
  5. In the meantime, take your 2 tbsp of butter and let it simmer in a frying pan on medium heat.
  6. Make sure your grilled cheese rolls are nice and tight and place them seam down in the pan. This will prevent your grilled cheese rolls from unrolling in the pan.
  7. Once the edge is sealed, flip the rolls so they’re cooked evenly for 4-5 minutes.
  8. Serve on a plate with a bowl of tomato soup while they’re still hot!

2. The Lazy Grilled Cheese

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Classic Grilled Cheese | Photo credit: Closet Cooking

Next up is what I like to call “the lazy grilled cheese.” We all have those days. You forgot to shop. Bread and cheese are your only options, turning on the stove feels like such a chore. But wait! There’s hope! Got a toaster? How about a microwave? You’re in luck! This recipe is a life saver if you’re too busy to cook or are just feelinga little lazy.

Ingredients:

  • Two slices of white or wheat bread
  • Your favorite kind of cheese (I love to use shredded cheese for this quick recipe)

Directions:

  1. Place 2 slices of bread in the toaster until it’s nice and crispy.
  2. Take toast and place the cheese between.
  3. Put the sandwich in the microwave about 15-20 seconds, no more than that!

3. Date Night Grilled Cheese

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Tomato, Avocado and Jalapeno Grilled Cheese | Photo credit: Delicious-Delightful-Delovely

 

Now, we’re about to step up our game a little bit. This is our date night grilled cheese. Don’t know how to cook at all, but want to impress your date? This is the meal for you. It’s a tomato, avocado and jalapeno grilled cheese. It’s a spicy twist on your favorite classic and totally easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • A thick bread, ideally French bread or Panini style bread. This is crucial to make your date fall in love with your grilled cheese in disguise
  • Sliced Mozzarella cheese
  • 4-5 cilantro leaves. Whole or chopped
  • Chopped and seeded jalapenos, as many or as little as you want
  • Thinly sliced avocado
  • Thinly sliced tomato
  • Butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place a frying pan on the stove at medium heat.
  3. Butter the outside of both slices of bread.
  4. Place buttered bread onto frying pan.
  5. Start to layer your ingredients, cheese first.
  6. As the cheese is melting, lay the tomato, jalapenos, cilantro and avocado gradually. Be sure to check the bottom of the bread and make sure it is not burning.
  7. Add another layer of sliced mozzarella cheese and place the other slice of bread atop the sandwich.
  8. Once the bottom layer is melted, slowly flip your sandwich to the other side.
  9. Apply pressure to the sandwich gradually. Once the cheese is melted and warm, take your grilled cheese and place it onto a greased cooking pan.
  10. Place the sandwich in the oven for about a minute to ensure the cheese is completely melted.

Still want to celebrate National Grilled Cheese month, but don’t want to cook it? Click here to preorder online from The Milk Truck and get your grilled cheese fix!

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