You are probably familiar with Mr. Andrew Zimmern from his popular show Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel. If not, here's the summary - the guy travels all around the world eating the craziest sh*t you've ever seen, from bugs to lamb eyeballs to tree worms to who knows what. If there is a culture out there devouring things that we Americans find to be grody, Andrew Zimmern has traveled there just to put that grody thing in his mouth. And the best part? He loves it.
Today's Friday Fives from Andrew presents us with the opportunity to show you where he goes in New York to enjoy the delicacies from his own homeland - like steak, and brunch. It also gives us the chance to tell you about Zimmern's upcoming event during the New York City Wine & Food Festival, Carts in the Pa rc. On October 2nd, you can head down to FoodParc to hang with Andrew and eat a shameful amount of food from the city's best food trucks. Tickets for the event go for $125, but check back with us on Monday when we'll be giving you a chance to win your way in. Until then, read up on Andrew Zimmern's Perfect For picks below. Notice not a single pick in the Adventurous Eating category. Can't say we blame the guy.
Andrew's "Perfect For" Picks
Authentic Ethnic Eats
Xi'an Famous Foods (81 Saint Marks Place) - "I always stop by Xi'an Famous Foods and grab a bowl of Cumin Lamb Noodles every time I am in NYC. Its one of my favorite food stops on the planet. I love the spicy nuanced foods of Xi'an and their noodle tradition, and this teeny Manhattan joint is as authentic as it comes. And delicious as well. And those two notions don't always go hand in hand.”
Balthazar (80 Spring St.) - "I am a creature of habit when I come back home because I do too much adverturing during my day job, so most weekend days if I eat a meal it's brunch at Balthazar. Killer eggs, great people watching, superb room to sit and drink coffee and fall in love with NYC all over again.”
Classic NYC Establishment
Minetta Tavern (113 MacDougal St.) - "It's relatively new, but was an instant classic the day it opened. Amazing food, especially the cote de boeuf, great people watching (wait, is that Tina Fey winking at me?) and a room that feels 50 years old but hums like a modern timepiece."
Craft (43 E. 19th St.) - “I hit the bar at Craft and catch up on emails and chow down on some of the best grub in the city. I stop in every time I am in town. Simple easy food, unfussy and superbly smart in every sense.”
Serious Take-Out Operation
Eataly (200 Fifth Ave.) - "Eataly, it needs no further explanation. Every time I walk in there I get a serious food-woody. I eat half my treats walking out the door and its so busy in there that no one ever stops to question why there's a strange bald guy pulling perfect sheets of prosciutto off of wax paper using only one hand and his teeth."
Bonus: Neighborhood Joints
Red Cat & JG Melon (227 10th Ave. / 1291 3rd Ave.) - “I love Red Cat in Chelsea and JG Melon on the Upper East Side. Both are perfect neighborhood restos with huge personality and I can really relax at either joint.”
Andrew's Twitter People
@kevinthepang - Kevin Pang
@RuthBourdain - Ruth Bourdain
@joelmchale - Joel McHale
@stephenhero - Steve Marsh
@Mariobatali - Mario Batali