Sunday, November 29, 2009

Save The Date: December 20

By popular demand, our next food crawl will be on a weekend afternoon instead of a weekday evening.

Please save the date for Sunday, December 20. This crawl's sure to keep you warm and toasty on a cold winter day. More details TK soon...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Photos: The November Samosa Crawl

First set of photos are in from the November Samosa Crawl! We will continue adding more as they come in. Feel free to post additional photos on flickr tagged as "nycfoodcrawl" or on our facebook group and send us a link in the comments below so we can add yours.

Madison Square Park, NE corner, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 17, 2009. Fearless leader Spatch tests out Twitter for the first time to let everyone know where the first location is.
[Courtesy: Mia Tran]

More than 80 people clustering to grab a samosa scorecard and itinerary.
[Courtesy: Mia Tran]

Reading the samosa scorecard.
[Courtesy: yi-ching lin]

Tiffin Wallah
[Courtesy: yi-ching lin]

Some people choose to eat samosas on the street...
[Courtesy: yi-ching lin]

... while others prefer to sit down and order samosas in a more leisurely fashion.
[Courtesy: Mia Tran]

A plate of samosas at Tiffin Wallah.
[Courtesy: Mia Tran]

Bamiyan (Afghan)
[Courtesy: yi-ching lin]

Pumpkin(!) samosa at Bamiyan
[Courtesy: yi-ching lin]

Chennai Garden
[Courtesy: yi-ching lin]

The samosas at Chennai Garden were many people's favorites of the evening.
[Courtesy: Mia Tran]

And still more samosas...
[Courtesy: yi-ching lin]

Madras Mahal
[Courtesy: yi-ching lin]

Sampling the wares outside Madras Mahal.
[Courtesy: yi-ching lin]

Who says you just have to order samosas?
[Courtesy: Mia Tran]

[Courtesy: yi-ching lin]

Sampling samosas outside of Pongal.
[Courtesy: Mia Tran]

Mmmm... delicious
[Courtesy: yi-ching lin]

The November Samosa Crawl Redux

The November Samosa Crawl was a great success last night! More than 80 people met at the NE corner of Madison Square Park and split into teams of 6-8 people, many of whom did not know each other... yet.

With three separate routes covering a series of five restaurants in Curry Hill, everyone was able to experience the samosas and other tasty offerings at several places.

Bamiyan (Afghan)
358 3rd Ave at 26th Street

Chennai Garden (Vegetarian)
129 E 27th St btwn Park & Lex

Pongal (South Indian)
110 Lexington Ave btwn 27th & 28th St.

Tiffin Wallah (South Indian)
127 E 28th St at Lexington

Madras Mahal (Vegetarian, Kosher)
104 Lexington Ave btwn 27th & 28th St.

Several people kept a running commentary on Twitter about the crawl. You can view their comments here to see what the general consensus was on the best samosas in NYC.

We'll post a bunch of pictures soon, but in the meantime, please enjoy the growing publicity for NYC Food Crawl...

The New York Times covered us in their Urban Eye blog.

The Gothamist mentioned us on their daily Pencil This In e-newsletter.

New York's official marketing and tourism site featured us on their homepage. promoted us in their Manhattan, NY Blog.

NBC New York headlined us in their Around Town section, which was then regurgitated on Huffington Post.

And of course, our friends at the Nonsense List were kind enough to re-run the correct listing this week.

Other mentions of the November Samosa Crawl include several blogs: Zoomdoggle, BrokeAssStuart,,, What's Up NYC?, and more...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The November Samosa Crawl

Despite being listed on the Nonsense List under the incorrect date, the next NYC Food Crawl will be held on Tuesday, November 17th (not the 10th). Next week's Nonsense List will re-run the listing correctly, so hopefully nobody will show up mistakenly on the 10th.

In India and Pakistan, they call it the samosa, in the Middle East it is the sambusak or the sanbusa, and even Cornish pastries and English meat pies are considered close relatives. At the end of the day, regardless of pronunciation, geography, or citizenship, most can agree on calling it “delicious.”

Please join us for the November Samosa Crawl at 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 17. We will meet at the northeast corner of Madison Square Park near the Chester Alan Arthur monument. Look for the group of hungry strangers.

Samosa scorecard and map will be provided. Pay as you go. Tell your friends. Come hungry, leave happy.


Want to stay up to date with the most accurate, up-to-date information about NYC Food Crawl? Have suggestions for foods for the next crawl? Join the Facebook group.

Friday, November 6, 2009

5 Tips for Enjoying Your NYC Food Crawl

1. Pace Yourself.
You'll be visiting several locations along the crawl, so you may only want to eat a small amount at each to save room along the way. Use your scorecard to indicate where you want to return again in the future.

2. Sharing is Caring.

Share food selections with a friend so you can try different variations in a cost-effective way.

3. Fast Food Takes Patience.
Some locations are small or crowded or run by a minimal staff, so don't be surprised if you have to wait in line to be served. Use the time to get to know new friends on your food crawl team.

4. There's More to Life Than Dumplings.
This applies to all of our food crawls: Don't feel you have to limit yourself to the food theme for the night. If something else on the menu sounds interesting or tasty, go ahead and try it!

5. Bring Home Souvenirs.
Remember to bring home leftovers so you can continue to enjoy the spoils of your monthly food crawl the next day. You may want to bring extras for friends or roommates to enjoy, too.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

NYC Food Crawl Joins the 21st Century

Become part of our Facebook group to connect with fellow foodies and learn about upcoming crawls. It's open to everyone, so feel free to invite friends.


Follow us on Twitter @nycfoodcrawl for in-the-moment updates as we feast our way across the city.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The October Dumpling Crawl

On Tuesday, October 13, the first annual October Dumpling Crawl kicked off at the sunken pool at Sarah D. Roosevelt Park. Time Out NY selected the October Dumpling Crawl as its Last-minute Plan for the night, and the Nonsense list provided a good portion of the 60+ attendees.

There were two main types of dumplings on the agenda for the evening: "jiaozi" and "xiao long bai"

The jiaozi has a 7,000-year history and is typically what Americans refer to when they talk about "dumplings" or “pot-stickers.” It consists of a thin square of dough, on which a small amount of minced meat and vegetables is placed usually including pork, cabbage and scallions, then the dough is crimped shut around the filling, cooked by boiling, steaming or pan-frying, and typically finished with a soy-vinegar sauce or hot sauce.

In contrast, the xiao long bao (XLB) soup dumpling is created by wrapping solid meat gelatin alongside the dumpling's filling so that the heat produced from steaming the dumpling in a shallow bamboo bowl results in melting of the gelatin into a liquid. While jiaozi typically look like crescent-shaped horns or “ears,” the soup dumplings are more bulbous and gathered at the top center point.

After a brief introduction to the history of the dumpling, the crawl divided into smaller groups and spread out across Chinatown to avoid long lines at each of the five locations.

#1: Vanessa's Dumpling House ("Dumpling House)
Location: 118 Eldridge St (btwn Broome St & Grand St)

#2: Prosperity Dumpling
Location: 46 Eldridge St (btwn Hester & Canal)

#3: New (Nice) Green Bo
Location: 66 Bayard St (btwn Mott & Elizabeth)

#4: Tasty Dumplings
Location: 54 Mulberry St (btwn Bayard and Mosco)

#5: Joe's Shanghai
Location: 9 Pell St (at Bowery)

At the end of the crawl, general consensus was mixed and the merits of jiaozi vs. xiao long bai were debated, but the overall favorite turned out to be the most modest location of the bunch: Prosperity Dumpling, a hole-in-the-wall with six stools, a narrow counter, and plump, juicy, perfectly fried pork dumplings.

Congratulations, Prosperity!


Stay tuned for the theme of next month's crawl and join us as we feast our way across the city, one crawl at a time!