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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

 

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Foodies of New York: Rachel Wells

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Rachel Wells

By FoodtoEat Intern Team 

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

Meet the founder of the Foodies of New York Series: Rachel Wells – a high school senior at the Spence School. She is the senior head and co-founder of the school’s first computer programming club (it’s partnered with the organization Girls Who Code!) which has gone from 9 to about 40 members in its first semester in the high school alone. At a local Hackathon, she and her team of two other girls built an app that won 1st place for being the best app to use Ordr.In’s API. While her newfound passion for the science is taking her in directions she never expected to go, she has a strong focus on and love for hospitality and hopes to one day hold a C-level position at a hotel chain.

Rachel has lived in NYC since birth, but spent a year in Switzerland. When asked why she returned to NYC, she admitted “I love my school, and couldn’t imagine graduating anywhere else – but also the food. I missed the variety and the accessibility of the different restaurants and food-related events.” She loves the number of options available in NYC; that there is food for every budget, every taste, every concern or diet, every occasion and that it’s there at almost every hour.

“There’s something romantic about the food culture of the city and how everyone is interconnected through it somehow,” she added, “every story about the city or being out in the city either starts or ends in a restaurant. Food is a part of everything you do here, and the more you know about different places to go and eat, the more people you are exposed to and the more you learn, experience and share with one another – there’s always a lot of passion in the room when you go somewhere that isn’t your typical food chain.” She suggests that every tourist tries Tao Uptown. The restaurant is extremely beautiful at both of their locations but Rachel loves that the giant buddha at the uptown location has become iconic. The food there, in her words, is “incredible and will never disappoint.”

TAO NYC (photo credit: roadtrippers.com)
TAO NYC (photo credit: roadtrippers.com)

Her favorite restaurant however, is Móle on the UES. “It’s hands-down the best food in this city – I order about 10 orders of the signature corn appetizer, which is like Mexican corn from street fairs on steroids”, she gushed as she re-tied her brown leather Steve Madden high-tops. She discovered Móle when her family went for her mother’s birthday dinner two years ago. Since then, it’s where she goes every time she has a reason to celebrate. “Honestly, one of the best parts about deciding where I’ll attend college next fall will be the Móle dinner afterwards”, she added as she giggled.

"Elote Asado" at Mole NYC (photo credit: MoleNYC)
“Elote Asado” at Móle NYC (photo credit: MoleNYC)

When asked about food trucks she explained that she was originally apprehensive to try food out of someone’s truck, but after trying some of the local vendors she quickly changed her mind – “I could tell it was all fresh, clean and most importantly, made with love.” Her favorite vendor is Mac Truck NYC, a truck that specializes in macaroni and cheese. She loves the classic Fried Mac Bites and claims they are “more addictive than any drug Walter White could create.” She orders in once a week exclusively from FoodtoEat. As someone who is extremely interested in hospitality in its entirety, she loves the push for sustainability for local restaurants.

"Mac Bites" from Mac Truck NYC (photo credit: flavorplease.com)
“Mac Bites” from Mac Truck NYC (photo credit: flavorplease.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

 

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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: grimaldisnyc.com)
Pizza at Grimaldi’s Pizza (photo credit: grimaldisnyc.com)

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.

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