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Ben Jay

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  • Location: New York
  • Favorite foods: Poutine, curry, brisket in any form, a really good bacon cheeseburger, breakfast food, xiaolongbao, beer
  • Last bite on earth: The bite of poutine that finally kills me.

Market Tour: Slodycze Wedel is Greenpoint's Go-To for Polish Candy

Poland is home to a remarkably vibrant and under appreciated candy culture, and brands like E. Wedel and Wawel are a key part of Poland's national identity. Słodycze Wedel in Greenpoint, home to one of New York's largest Polish communities, is the candy store the neighborhood deserves. Since opening about 15 years ago, Słodycze Wedel has become not just a necessary Polish candy shop, but one of Brooklyn's best candy shops period, More

We Try the Falafel Pie From Benjy's Kosher Pizza Dairy Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Queens

The five boroughs are dotted with numerous cuisine-unspecific kosher restaurants, serving everything from shawarma to pizza to sushi, all rabbinically approved for Orthodox Jewish consumption. Benjy's Kosher Pizza Dairy Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Flushing is one notable example. According to the restaurant's extended name, a woman I spoke to while having lunch there, and this blog post (picked up by Gothamist), the pizza is the thing to order at Benjy's. And having read that post, there was no way I'd be ordering anything other than the Falafel Pizza. More

Where to Eat Near NYC's High Line (Our Updated Guide)

Since our last High Line guide came out, the popular elevated park and surrounding area have seen some interesting food-related developments. In addition to various restaurant openings in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market has seen some interesting new offerings, and vendors have started selling food on the High Line itself. So where should you eat while walking the High Line? With the Meatpacking District on one end and Chelsea on the other, you've got options. Here are our picks. More

Namoodol at H-Mart in Flushing Serves up a Quality Korean Lunch

As one of the city's Asian food meccas, Flushing has no shortage of good food courts. But one of the best receives little attention from Yelp or small food blogs, likely for one simple reason: it's a 25-minute walk from the 7 train on Flushing's Union Street in a Korean supermarket chain called H-Mart. Unless you have a car (it's five minutes from the Whitestone bridge that way), Namoodol, the H-Mart's lunch counter, is a trek, but the Korean barbecue and free tea alone are well worth the trip. More

Triple Deckers, Meat Tornadoes, and Pastrami Pile-Ups: 15 Enormous Sandwiches in NYC

There's something uniquely comforting about a big, hefty sandwich, and New York might have the world's greatest supply. But only a few can be described as super-mega-massively-Dagwood-Bumstead-esque comically large, and fewer still that actually taste good beneath their heft. When such a sandwich comes along, we believe it deserves some recognition. More

15 Slow Cooker Recipes

It's no secret that slow-cooking can yield wonderful results with relatively minimal effort; just prepare the meat and let the flavors build for hours. And when you're done, you have something tender, succulent, and flexible for a variety of recipes. More

20 Quick and Easy One Pot Meals

Time, effort, and dishes? Making dinner on a weeknight can be a challenging prospect, especially for those hoping to steer clear of labor-intensive meals. But whether you're saving money or simply can't resist a home-cooked meal, we've dipped into our recipe archives for quick, simple, weeknight-friendly recipes that are easily prepared in just a single pot or skillet. More

The Best Sandwiches of 2013 in NYC

2013 has been a great year for sandwiches in New York. We welcomed some new favorites with roast beef, brisket, and several kinds of pork. We uncovered some outstanding tortas in the far reaches of Brooklyn and Queens. We explored the subtleties of what makes a great chicken parm. And we said goodbye to one of the city's finest purveyors of mozzarella. Here are our favorite NYC sandwiches from 2013. More

The 25 Best (and Worst) Fast Food Items We Ate in 2013

Like seemingly every year before it, 2013 saw some interesting fast food developments. Some chains threw common sense out the window for extra fat and flavor, while others modestly refined and improved some of their standard menu items. Though the results weren't always tasty (a lot of them were pretty damn terrible), they were certainly entertaining. Without further ado, here's some of the best and worst fast food we ate this past year. More

How This 90-Year-Old Factory Makes 2.5 Million Pounds of Passover Matzo

@indiecognition: That's now the tradition I'll be raising my children with. Thank you.

That being said, Rabbi Kirshner was nice enough to give me a piece of matzo while it was still hot. Really good!

What's With the Gas Mask? Time to Grind the Horseradish

@SammyTheBull: My only experience making horseradish is writing this article, but judging by how potent Pickle Guy's stuff is, the best route is probably mixing it relatively soon after grinding and using as simple a vinegar brine as possible.

@dropout: Jesus...

Taste Test: British Digestives

Thank you for noting my favourite spelling of "centre."

Market Tour: Slodycze Wedel is Greenpoint's Go-To for Polish Candy

@Ida Yu: There was actually a little bit of confusion about that when I was there. The sign said "$7.99 per," but I just called the store and they said they're $7.99/lb. My mistake, changing that now.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Note to zakelwe
Wow, you're an asshole.

Yes or No Sexy: Debunking the Valentine's Day Aphrodisiac

Also, Josh, I like your use of ALL CAPS. KEEP YELLING.

Yes or No Sexy: Debunking the Valentine's Day Aphrodisiac

So...honey-dipped chocolate with basil --> sex?

I knew I was doing something wrong.

Mountain Bird Brings French Comfort to Harlem

@Chico Powers: Dat moustache.

Mountain Bird Brings French Comfort to Harlem

@Chico Powers: YES!
For reference, in the final Kitchen Stadium battle on 24 September 1999, Iron Chef Sakai beat Alain Passard. The ingredient: Longgang Chicken.

A Tour of Aji Ichiban, an Asian Snack Paradise in New York

@Robotron: I didn't see those when I was there. Were the crabs at the NYC store?

We Try the Falafel Pie From Benjy's Kosher Pizza Dairy Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Queens

@motti: I'll check it out next time i'm in Jersey, thanks!

@Autumn Produce: Please, please let me know if you find such a place.

@The Kosher Gastronome: Glad you enjoyed it! I'm regretting not at least trying the french fry pizza. Next time...

@Beninbk: If you want to make pizza even less kosher for passover...

We Try the Falafel Pie From Benjy's Kosher Pizza Dairy Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Queens

@hopittome I tried it with tahini too, and it was very good (Joe DiStefano did that in his post), but the babaganoush just seemed that much more outlandish. Honestly, I like hummus more, but my friend ended up ordering babaganoush anyway.

Pok Pok and Xi'an Famous Foods Ring in the Lunar New Year

@LaurieWendy: The Khaeng Jeut contained "egg tofu," not "egg, tofu." The tofu had a custard-like consistency, and there was no egg in the broth. You can learn more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tofu

@Tipsykit37 & @CityMinx: Unfortunately, I maintained my sobriety throughout the evening. Need...Huangjiu...

Where to Eat Near NYC's High Line (Our Updated Guide)

@rozrapp: Updated, thanks!
@shoneyjoe: That is completely fantastic, congrats!!

Where to Drink Beer in Montreal

Great list, but, Brutopia.

Namoodol at H-Mart in Flushing Serves up a Quality Korean Lunch

@DrGaellon The White Plains H-Mart is on Central Ave, across the street from my dentist. Despite the convenience, I still go to Queens, although Central Ave's Tous Les Jours is a nice addition. Their katsu curry is acceptable.

Why I Took My European Boyfriend to a New Jersey Chinese Buffet

In college, when Steve Jobs and Bert Jansch died, my roommates and I waited to find out which celebrity death would round out the rule of threes. The next day, Friendly's declared bankruptcy. Get Kåre there ASAP.

Triple Deckers, Meat Tornadoes, and Pastrami Pile-Ups: 15 Enormous Sandwiches in NYC

@Dr. Thil: If you know of a comically humongous vegetarian sandwich that exists anywhere in New York, we'd be more than happy to hear about it.

Ayvalik Toast at Mmm...Enfes is Unusual but Tasty

@Autumn, I'm just as nitpicky about silly stylistic details as you, and I can assure you, I spent too much time checking out Tost v. Toast for this article. I'm also agonizing over Kalbi v. Galbi for a Korean article.

20 Quick and Easy One Pot Meals

@Dr. Thil: Fixed.

Melange's Sandwiches Make For a Decent Midtown Lunch

@BeavisPeters, I'm not sure anything was pureed, and it was actually a lot thinner than that photo would suggest. There was some thin stuff that looked like lettuce that kind of sunk to the bottom of the cup.

The Best Sandwiches of 2013 in NYC

@rachel5453: Hogie fixed!

The Best Sandwiches of 2013 in NYC

@Lucien Baskin Zito's is definitely still open, I actually ate there today (the remaining chicken parm and pork braciole are sitting in my fridge...)

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

@myself in slide 6. "Over the line, Smokey!"

Finding Great Desserts in Vancouver is as Easy as 1 (Pastry), 2 (Scoops of Gelato), 3 (Doughnuts)

I was in Florence during the 2012 Gelato Festival, which I stumbled upon totally by accident. James Coleridge's Maple Pecan was killer, probably my favorite next to one of the local Olive Oil gelatos (clearly the judges felt similarly.)