Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tonight's crawl: Holiday Desserts!

Remember baking Christmas cookies as a kid? Or enjoying cake after your family's holiday dinners? Tonight we're poking around the West Village to explore the variety of holiday sweets it has to offer.

Meet up at the intersection of Greenwich and 7th Avenues at 6:30 to join the fun! If you don't have teammates in mind, that's okay - team assignments and route maps will be provided. Feel free to bring friends if you've already got a favorite food crawling posse.

See you soon, and happy holidays!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Photostream your food

Image by Gabi Porter

We've got a Flickr photo pool set up! Go add your photos from previous month's crawls here.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Thanks for all the cannoli!

...and thank you to all you crawlers who came out last month for the August Cannoli Crawl. In case you missed it, here are all the fabulous establishments who kindly hosted a bunch of foodies on foot:
  • Sambuca's—105 Mulberry St
  • Cha Cha's in Bocca—113 Mulberry St
  • La Bella Ferrara—110 Mulberry St
  • Café Palermo—148 Mulberry St
  • Ferrara—195 Grand St
  • Café Roma—385 Broome St
Which was your favorite? Let us know in the comments section!

However if you had event related feedback for the organizers, shoot an email over to nycfoodcrawl@gmail.com. We'd love to hear your stories, be they happy, sad, irked or just plain bored! We also want to know what you'd like to see for future crawls. If you have an idea for a future crawl theme, give us a shout!

Monday, August 23, 2010

August is Cannoli Month

Good evening crawlers, and welcome to your August edition of NYC Food Crawl!

Right now we're hard at work smoothing out some last minute details before we go a-crawling this Thursday. Based on the inquiries I've been getting in response to the crawl invite, I thought I would share a bit of how that works.

1. Lots of reading and surfing. We'll look around at the word on the street for what's good for, well, anything. As some of you may know, we've done samosas, brownies, tacos, hot chocolate, and of course the food that started it all...dumplings. But as always it needs to be small and easy to carry out.

2. Callin'! We always work to make sure folks know we're coming and roughly how many we'll be. This is the biggest reason why we've been pickier about the RSVPs as of late. One of the frustrations we occasionally hear about from crawlers is that hosting establishments are overwhelmed, and this is something we work very hard to avoid. It irks folks who are kindly letting us descend upon them to briefly sample their wares and it makes for unhappy crawlers. Both undesirable outcomes. Trick is, we don't have a very reliable metric for giving our kind hosts an estimate. RSVPs are one of the more efficient ways of doing this while staying accessible to everyone. (And you don't even need a Facebook account to RSVP: rsvpfoodcrawl@gmail.com)

3. Maps - a crawler's best friend. Another strategy for keeping things going smoothly for everyone involved is writing up different routes. If we stagger when our groups swing by, it lessens the wait time for crawlers and increases the patience of the folks kindly serving us our portable treats. And don't forget crawlers, be kind to the tip jar when there is one! It still takes time for these folks to give us snacks even though they are small ticket items. So please, stick to the route order.

And this, my friends, is why we don't release meet up points right away. A lot of thought and research goes into them, and if we're going to do something, it's worth doing as well as we can.

Can't wait to see you this Thursday! Happy fooding, fellow crawlers!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Welcome to a new season of Food Crawl!

And we are back in July by popular demand!

After a delightful taco crawl late last April, the Crawl was forced to take a short hiatus. Mara, our dear founder, has been road tripping across the US and is moving to Colorado this summer, so for some weeks the future of the Crawl has been uncertain.

However! Fear not, gentle gourmands! I’m pleased to say that I, Amanda, will be taking over as the new Director O’ Crawls, and I’m super excited to lead this month’s crawl on Thursday, July 22.

One of the most common themes we hear that people would like to do is ice cream. The wait for this particular portable delicacy is over! This Thursday we’ll be bumming around the Meatpacking District in search of the city’s best frozen sweets. Due to the popular demand of this theme, we’re trying something new: an e-mail RSVP for the crawl’s meet up point. We’re excited for you to join us, but so we can give our vendors a heads up, please let us know you’re coming at rsvpfoodcrawl@gmail.com.

Thank you my fine foodie friends! Stay cool ‘till this Thursday.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Gothamist: NYC Food Crawl Article

The Gothamist just posted an article about NYC Food Crawl! Check it out!

For information about future crawls, join our rapidly expanding Facebook Group.

If you want to get more involved with helping plan future NYC Food Crawls, email: nycfoodcrawl@gmail.com

Or, just show up at next week's Taco Crawl! Mmmm, tacos...

Thursday, April 29
Meet at the Cube at Astor Place (Astor Place at 4th Avenue)
7:00p; $free
No RSVP necessary

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

NYC Food Crawl Presents: The April Taco Crawl


Some like it soft, some like it crunchy, and some like it hot (and spicy!).

At its most basic, a taco consists of a corn or flour tortilla folded around shredded meat and beans, and is often supplemented with garnishes such as salsa, cilantro, tomatoes, limes, sour cream, rice, cheese, hot sauce, onions and lettuce. From traditional Mexican tacos stuffed with chicken, fish, beef, or pork, to tacos sudados (literally "sweaty tacos") steamed in a basket, Indian tacos served on frybread, and skinny deep-fried taquitos, the art of the taco offers a broad palette of cheap, portable, and delicious options to enjoy.

Please join NYC Food Crawl for the April Taco Crawl on Thursday, April 29. We will meet at 7pm sharp by the Cube at Astor Place and spend two hours sampling different types of tacos across the Union Square/Gramercy area. Taco route, map, and team assignments will be provided at starting point, so don't be late! Go at your own pace, pay as you go. Come hungry, leave happy, and may the best taco win!

Meet at the Cube at Astor Place (Astor Place at 4th Avenue)
7:00p; $free
No RSVP necessary

Monday, April 5, 2010

And the Winner Is...

Rain may have dampened attendance at the March Brownie Crawl, but for the 80 or so people who showed up, it certainly didn't dampen our spirits.

[Courtesy: Logan Grendel]

So many brownies, so little time!

[Courtesy: Logan Grendel]

[Courtesy: Logan Grendel]

Of course, there weren't just brownies to sample along the crawl route...

[Courtesy: Logan Grendel]

And by the end of the route, when the sugar coma began to set in, some of us strayed even further from baked goods.

[Courtesy: Logan Grendel]

The March Brownie Crawl Details

NYC Food Crawl visited 6 locations during the March Brownie Crawl:

Visitation to locations on the crawl route was evenly split:

And now on to the voting results...

The winner of the March Brownie Crawl with 40% of the vote for best-tasting brownie and 53% of the vote for the best-value brownie is:

Fat Witch Bakery

The runner-up for best-tasting brownie with 23% of the vote is:

Three Tarts Bakery

Here is the detailed break-out among the 6 locations included on the crawl:

About the respondents:

80+ people attended the March Brownie Crawl; 40 people submitted responses (approximately half of attendees) after the crawl

The gender split of respondents skewed even more female than previous crawls: 82% of attendees were female.

A whopping 96% of respondents rated their satisfaction with their February Pork Bun Crawl experience a "4" or "5" on a scale of 1-5

68% of attendees visited 5 or 6 locations along the crawl route.

Crawl attendees like a lot of different kinds of brownies, the most popular descriptors being "fudgey," "chewy," and "soft & gooey":

There were more die-hard veteran crawlers in attendance on a rainy day: 38% of respondents had attended a previous NYC Food Crawl in the last six months.

More than 70% of respondents were members of the NYC Food Crawl Facebook Group. *To join, click here*

Specific Feedback from the March Brownie Crawl

"Another great crawl; had a very interesting group"

"Great setup, though I wish the last stop (Le Pain) would've had the big brownies when we got there). Tons of fun though."

"Had a great time - this is such a fun way to meet new people!"

"The Fat Witch caramel brownies were out of this world!! I also really enjoyed their raspberry brownie. Amy's Bakery I liked the least, they seemed store bought while the others had more of a homemade feel. Also, Billy's had fantastic cupcakes, especially the banana and carrot. However Grey Dog had the best looking guys working there! :)"

"I had a lot of fun, even though we got locked out of the [Chelsea] Market :( A nice way to spend an afternoon"

[Editor's Note: NYC Food Crawl apologizes for the early closing of Chelsea Market for the James Beard dinner. We tried to frontload all of the routes with the Chelsea Market locations, but unfortunately the Market closed even earlier than expected so some attendees were turned away.]

"Your advice in the beginning - very helpful and important. Pacing and sharing are the keys! Thanks much for all your hard work!"

"[Three Tarts Bakery] added extra Valrhona chocolate to their brownies!!!! very chocolatey... but not over sweet."

"The Grey Dog was an excellent spot - although the brownie wasnt my favorite i found a new brunch/lunch place with great fresh tea!"

"It was my first time. I had a great time and met cool people. I can't wait for the next one!!"

"The Grey Dog was a nice, calm place to sit and rest with plenty of tables. It is not possible to sit in Le Pain Quotidien unless you get table service."

"Excellent idea; we loved it!"

"I chose 'other' above for best tasting brownie because for some reason Billy's Bakery isn't in the pull down choices. they were the best of the four I tried!"

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Coming Up: The March Brownie Crawl!

The March Brownie Crawl is coming up in less than 24 hours! Please join NYC Food Crawl on Sunday 3/28 at 3pm sharp for a delectable feast of chocolate proportions. We will meet at the northern corner of Jackson Square (Greenwich Ave. & 8th Ave), break into smaller teams, and set out on 4 different routes to sample some of the best brownies Chelsea has to offer. Hope you can make it!

No RSVP necessary, just show up at 3pm.
The crawl is free, but you should bring $5 to pool with your team
Bring friends or be prepared to make new ones
Crawl instructions and location route provided at starting location: Jackson Square (Greenwich Ave. & 8th Ave)

Don't forget to return here after the crawl to vote for your favorite locations. May the best brownie win!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Upcoming: The March Brownie Crawl

Named for its rich brown coloring, the classic brownie consists of just a few ingredients: butter, sugar, chocolate, eggs, and flour. Originally created around the turn of the 20th century, this purist chocolate dessert has given way to many decadent variations over the years, ranging in texture from fudgy, to cakelike, to chewy, and with an ever-growing list of added ingredients such as nuts, molasses, mint, peanut butter, cream cheese, and even chili peppers!

Please join NYC Food Crawl for the March Brownie Crawl on Sunday, March 28. We will meet at 3pm sharp at the north corner of Jackson Square (Greenwich Ave. & 8th Ave) and spend a couple hours sampling different types of brownies across Chelsea.

Brownie route, map, and team assignments will be provided at starting point, so please show up on time! Go at your own pace, pay as you go. Come hungry, leave happy, and may the best brownie win!

Check out our official Facebook invitation where you can RSVP and add your friends!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Announcing the March NYC Food Crawl Theme

Please save the date for the March Brownie Crawl!

This sweet event will be held on Sunday, March 28 at 3pm.

More info to come soon...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Stay tuned for the March NYC Food Crawl

Get ready for a "sweet" beginning of spring! The March NYC Food Crawl date, theme and location will be announced in the next few days...

In the meantime, please enjoy some photos from Julie Qiu of Peek & Eat of our last crawl...

Saturday, March 6, 2010

And the Winner Is...

Chinatown presents unique challenges for NYC Food Crawl. While geographically it is desirable because of its density and its low price point, the language barrier made it difficult to inform proprietors in advance. Most hung up rudely before NYC Food Crawl could even begin explaining about the crawl, saying loudly "No English, no English."

For a record-breaking NYC Food Crawl attendance of more than 160 participants, this meant some of the smaller locations on the crawl had difficulty keeping up with demand and ran out of pork buns before the crawl had finished. Most of the negative feedback related to this crawl [see bottom of this post] had to do with overcrowding and with locations running out of pork buns.

It is very interesting to see how popular NYC Food Crawl has grown over the past 5 months. While part of me is thrilled to see so many people enjoying the effort that goes into preparing for the crawl each month, at the same time the steep increase in participants makes it harder and harder to pick locations and food themes that can handle crowds of 150+ people in a 2-hour period. Maybe there is such thing as being too popular?

At the end of the day, you can't please everyone. Some people want more locations, others want less. Some want places closer together, others farther apart. Some people want meat themes, others want vegetarian themes. All we can do is take the positive and negative feedback and try each month to make the crawls a little bit better for the larger constituency of crawlers.

NYC Food Crawl hopes most participants had a good time eating pork buns as well as exploring *other* delicacies or going rogue to locations off of the map. At the very least, I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to meet some new people and bond over shared food. Remember Rules #2 and #4 of NYC Food Crawl: "Fast Food Takes Patience" and "There's more to life than pork buns."

And now on to the voting results...

The winner of the February Pork Bun Crawl with 37% of the vote for best-tasting pork bun is:

Mei Li Wah Bakery

The default winners of the best tasting NON-pork bun with a tie of 16% each are:

Fay Da Bakery

Taipan Bakery

Interestingly, the actual winner of the NON-pork bun taste test with 24% of the vote is "Other," meaning there is plenty of competition across Chinatown for other buns and baked goods on a future crawl!

Other locations included in the crawl:

Lung Moon Bakery

Vegetarian Dim Sum House
[No picture available - they ran out of pork buns at beginning of crawl]
Golden Fung Wah Bakery

Here is the detailed break-out among the 6 locations included on the crawl:

Here is an example of one of the 4 routes respondents followed:

Different routes varied in popularity and attendance, but surprisingly more than 80% of respondents visited 5 or all 6 of the locations on the route! I think this can be attributed to convenience (proximity between all locations was 4 blocks total) and price (generally less than $1/bun)

About the respondents:

160+ people attended the February Pork Bun Crawl; 83 people submitted responses (approximately half of attendees) after the crawl

The gender split of respondents was 61% female and 31% male, nearly identical to last month's gender split.

40% of respondents live in Manhattan, with another 40% living in either Brooklyn or Queens. Queens had an especially strong showing this month!

83% of respondents rated their satisfaction with their February Pork Bun Crawl experience a "4" or "5" on a scale of 1-5; For the first time, we had a single respondent indicate a negative experience with a "1" response, likely due to overcrowding resulting in one of the locations running out of pork buns.

Only 11% of respondents had attended a previous NYC Food Crawl. The turnover between crawls is surprising, indicating most people attend due to the food theme rather than an interest in the concept of the monthly crawl.

Other sources than the NYC Food Crawl Facebook Group were popular this month. Only 55% of respondents are members of the FB group, while 31% heard of the crawl from other sources such as Tasting Table, The Skint, word of mouth/friends, and Twitter.

Requested foods for future crawls from respondents include: bacon, guacamole, arepas, spring rolls, egg rolls, cookies, frozen yogurt, tacos, bubble tea, fish 'n chips, pierogis, ice cream, fried chicken, sliders, burgers, matcha, empanadas, ramen, takoyaki, pie, gelato, pizza, truffles, french fries, donuts, crepes, hot wings, sausages, and more...

Positive & Negative Feedback from the February Pork Bun Crawl respondents:

"Was a lot of fun. Met some interesting people. Several of the places ran out of pork buns."

"Vegetarian Dim Sum House "pork" bun was basically inedible. Golden Fung Wong Bakery didn't have any left. And Tai Pan Bakery's was the best - on your list. But we stopped at Nam Wah on Doyers and their pork bun was really the tops - very homemade flavor, great onions inside with the pork - yum! The baked ones are best for eating on the run while the steamed ones work well with soppy dinners. And our group had an extra treat - a tour guide!"

"It wasn't any fun. I was really uncomfortable with the whole thing. People were crazy unaware of the businesses we were mobbing. Holding doors open in the cold, crowding in together instead of sending one scout. It was embarrassing. Saying "well, if anyone spoke english when I called" doesn't make it okay. There definitely needed to be advanced notice so shops weren't scrambling to figure out what on earth was up with all these people ordering the same (tiny) thing."

"Nothing bad at all. I had a blast. This is the best idea EVAR!!"

"This was an awesome idea with great people. Turned out to be a great way to meet people. Now I know where to go to get really good pork buns."
"The best baked bun was at Lung Moon Bakery. Thin, crispy, very different. The worst baked bun was at Fay Da Bakery. Very dry! The steamed bun at Mei Li Wah was the best, but Tai Pan Bakery was a close second."

"This wasn't your fault since you don't speak Chinese and couldn't call ahead properly (TOTALLY understandable), but there was a lot of disappointment when we got to some of the places and they ran out of pork buns (and were rather frustrated at us). But, we did try sponge cakes and moon cakes, etc. so it made up for it! (We know you warned us about that situation too!) This was a lot of fun, and I look forward to attending future ones, when the weather is warmer and we'll be visiting English speaking establishments (I do LOVE pork buns though, great pick)."

"The idea of grouping up and getting to know people worked fabulously. The food was good but the people were better. Thanks for arranging this. Genius!"

"this is a great idea and it's being executed so well! case and point: today my friend and i arrived a few minutes too late for the start of the crawl and missed the handout of the maps. BUT thankfully i was able to follow the route via twitter until later linking up with another group (who was nice enough to take us in). this is a really great way to bring chill people together over good food and just enjoy a sunday afternoon. keep up the good work, and i can't wait to bring all my friends to the next crawl!"

"Our team quickly realized that the pork bun joints were all slammed and we got tired of pork buns anyway, so we went rogue. Two of us knew that Sun Say Kai had good buns and we liked that better than Tai Pan. Then we went to Shanghai Cafe for soup dumplings. It was all great! Spatch, thanks for organizing!"

"Fun, nice to meet other people as well as visit old haunts. Three of places (Lung Moon, Vegetarian Dim Sum House, and Golden Fung Wong) told me that they had not been notified to expect crowds of people (I had these conversations in Chinese). In particular, Golden Fung Wong was especially upset, because they sold out of pork buns shortly after noon, and would have made more if they had known (so I didn't count them in my ratings). I am happy to speak with the places beforehand if you put out a call for Chinese speakers in the future."

"Too many people and not enough locations."

"Appreciate the upfront explanatories on the corner lamp-post. a lot of extra work on your part, but went a long way w/ us!"

"I enjoyed your intro at the beginning. It would've been nice to have a little more history as to why you selected those certain places or random facts about them. You should work with Foursquare and make a badge out of the crawls."

"I think these events need to be a little more organized. I felt that the locations weren't prepared for the number of people attending the crawl."

"I would definitely bring friends next time. You were well organized the the maps and dividing up the groups."

"Too bad some places were out, but we definitely found more than enough food! Mei Li Wah had amazing coconut rolls. New favorite place in Chinatown."

"The person in charge was great. She was funny, interesting, concise. Everyone was motivated with very little, if any, confusion."

"Great crawl! captains were a great idea. holding money and only sending one person inside was a much better system than clogging up each place and slowing everyone down. thanks so much!"

"Followed too limited of a path. There were likely better places farther away."

"My group went rogue and had a blast we ate some on and some off list."

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Last Chance to Vote!

Hey everyone, today is your last chance to place your votes for the best pork bun in Chinatown. The scorecard below will close at 8pm EST and the winner will be announced later this week... thanks to the more than 160 participants who showed up for the February Pork Bun Crawl last Sunday!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

1,000 members and counting

The NYC Food Crawl Facebook group passed the 1,000-member mark this week, after only 4 months of existence. I wonder what percentage will show up for the February Pork Bun Crawl this Sunday?

Be one of the cool kids. Join our Facebook Group (if you haven't already): bit.ly/Hj6K8

The February Pork Bun Crawl
Sunday, 2/28
3pm sharp, no RSVP necessary
Meet at northeast corner of Columbus Park (Mulberry Street at Bayard Street, Manhattan)
Pork bun map and team assignments will be given out at the starting point
The crawl is FREE, pay as you go ($5 for each team member recommended)

Any questions? Shoot 'em over to nycfoodcrawl@gmail.com

Monday, February 15, 2010

Upcoming: The February Pork Bun Crawl

In honor of the Chinese New Year this month, we will head back to Chinatown and dive deep into pork bun territory for our fifth NYC Food Crawl. (Sorry vegetarian friends, but we’re overdue for a meat crawl)

Char siu bao, the Cantonese pork bun, is prepared in two distinct ways: steamed with a white & fluffy exterior or baked to a crispy golden brown. Both types typically include sweet-yet-savory barbecued pork in a reddish pink sauce, though other ingredients in the filling vary according to local custom. Originally created as a sacrificial offering “in the shape of a head” during more barbaric times in China’s long history, the plumply juicy char siu bao has since become the darling of dim sum and a staple of Chinese bakeries around the world.

Please join NYC Food Crawl for the February Pork Bun Crawl on Sunday, February 28 at 3:00pm. We will meet at the northeast corner of Columbus Park, at the intersection of Mulberry Street and Bayard St, and spend a couple hours sampling different types of pork buns across Chinatown.

Check out our official Facebook invitation and feel free to add your friends. Hope to see you there!

Revised Day & Time for February Food Crawl

CORRECTION: The February NYC Food Crawl will be held on Sunday afternoon, February 28 due to closing times for several of the locations that will be included. More details will be posted shortly!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Save the Date: February NYC Food Crawl

The February NYC Food Crawl will be held the evening of Tuesday, February 23rd. Mark your calendars!

Food theme and meeting point will be announced in the next week or so.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

And the Winner Is...

The winner of the January Falafel Crawl with 30% of the vote for best-tasting falafel and 36% of the vote for best value is:


The runner-up for best-tasting falafel with 25% of the vote is:

Murray's Falafel

The runner-up for best value with 23% of the vote is:

Maoz Vegetarian

Here is the detailed break-out among the 5 locations included on the crawl:

Different routes varied in popularity and attendance:

The most popular route for respondents was Route #2, starting with Pita Joe:

The least popular route for respondents was Route #3, starting with Tahini:

About the respondents:

Just over 120 people attended the January Falafel Crawl

53 people submitted responses and voted for their favorite falafel locations

The gender split of respondents was 62% female and 38% male

Nearly half of all respondents live in Manhattan, with 41% living in either Brooklyn or Queens

89% of respondents rated their January Falafel Crawl experience with a "4" or "5" on a scale of 1-5; 38% of respondents specifically left positive feedback about their falafel crawl experience and the organization of the crawl

In contrast to last month's Hot Chocolate Crawl, nearly half of respondents visited all 5 locations of the January Falafel Crawl route

Due to dividing teams across 4 different routes, nearly all locations on the route received similar numbers of visitors (except for Murray's Falafel due to it being "higher-priced" and "too far out of the way" compared to other locations):

NYC Food Crawl attendance is heavily based on social networking: 32% of respondents heard about the January Falafel Crawl from Facebook, 26% heard from a friend, and 15% heard from an email source such as Gothamist, the Skint, and Nonsense list.

57% of respondents are members of the NYC Food Crawl Facebook Group

19% of respondents attended a previous NYC Food Crawl

45% of respondents would like to see NYC Food Crawl expand to additional boroughs or neighborhoods, with a strong preference for "Brooklyn," "Queens," "Flushing," "Astoria," and "Williamsburg."

Requested foods for future crawls from respondents include: tacos, sausage, ramen, curry, Vietnamese sandwiches, ice cream, bubble tea, cheesecake, cupcakes, pizza, cheeseburgers/sliders, french fries, pancakes, crepes, waffles, pudding, pastrami, brownies, cookies, dim sum, kabobs, nachos, sushi, hot dogs, hummus, bagels, pastries, gyros, grilled cheese, mac 'n cheese, egg rolls, knishes, pork buns, hot wings, empanadas and more.

Specific feedback about the organization of the crawl:

"Great time! Well planned route, too, I thought. I'm definitely excited to see what other crawls there might be."

"Having one person in charge of making sure everyone's headed in the right direction while they're distracted by good conversation is very helpful."

"I had a great time. Came on my own, didn't know anyone in the group, but ended up with a fantastic falafel touring crew."

"This was a fantastic evening all around. A big part of enjoying food is sharing the experience with other people, and this crawl proved an excellent opportunity to explore various takes on a street food staple with both close friends and new team mates alike. I eagerly await next month's crawl!"

"This was so much fun! Thanks for putting this together!"

"We only attended the first stop on our route because we didn't realize how busy each stop was going to be... I do understand the purpose of a food crawl, but we felt that the discounts provided by each vendor did not make up for the time we would have spent waiting (i.e. wouldn't mind paying the extra 25 cents to go on a less crowded night)."

"This is a great idea and was very well planned/executed!"

"Let's get a Google Map with the locations"

Editor's Note: We don't release the locations in advance, but you can view the Google map post-crawl here:

View Falafel Crawl in a larger map

Specific feedback about the food/locations:

"We skipped Murray's cause it had the most expensive falafel. It was also the last place on the list and we were done walking and eating for the night."

"Maoz's falafel had a nice spicy and crunchy taste to it. Pita Joe was the most underwhelming cause their falafel wasn't spicy and was less crunchy."

"Tahini had the best pita bread, but Maoz had the best overall food experience due to salad bar."

"Falafel quality about equal at Maoz and Murray's though they tasted different. I had never even heard of Murray's before this! Thanks."

"It would be great if in all the participating restaurants, you could step up and order the "crawl special" and they would know what you were talking about. After all the people who had already come before us, many of the vendors still acted confused about what we wanted...????!!!!"

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Don't forget to vote!

More than 120 people attended the January Falafel Crawl on Wednesday! If you were one of them, please vote for your favorite falafel location. This is your opportunity to leave feedback about the crawl, the locations, and the quality of your experience. Polls close tomorrow night and results will be tallied and posted this weekend!

Also, if you have photos you'd like to share from the crawl, please upload them to our Facebook group. Not yet a member? Join the more than 850-member group now so you can stay in the know about upcoming crawls and food events!

[Photo courtesy M. Sorkin]

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

All Falafel Locations On Board!

Just a couple quick announcements:

Every location along the January Falafel Crawl route will be offering NYC Food Crawl members a discount! To receive this special offer, you must show your scorecard/map that you will receive at the starting point on Wednesday, January 20. Maps will be given out first-come, first-served basis at 6:30pm sharp until we run out or the clock hits 6:45pm. Meet on the southern steps of Union Square across from the Whole Foods.

The NYC Food Crawl Facebook group is now 700 members strong. If you haven't joined already, you may want to consider doing so since this is the best way to get the most up-to-date, accurate information about upcoming crawls and food events. Feel free to invite your friends.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Contacting Falafel Locations

All locations for the January Falafel Crawl have been contacted, informed about the size of the crawl, and we are now in the process of negotiating discounts for falafel sandwiches for all NYC Food Crawl members.

Just a reminder to please show up promptly by 6:30pm to get a scorecard on Wednesday, January 20. The scorecards will be on the move by 6:45pm and they are the only way to cash in on the discounts that night. Tell your friends!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Upcoming: The January Falafel Crawl


NYC Food Crawl Presents: The January Falafel Crawl

Known affectionately as the “Hot Dog of the Middle East,” falafel is a fried ball or patty of spiced chickpeas or fava beans combined with spices. Recent culinary trends have seen the triumph of the chickpea falafel over the fava bean one as a favored street food, but it is widely agreed from Egypt to Israel that the falafel’s deep-fried deliciousness can overcome even the widest rifts between countries and cultures in the Middle East.

Please join us for the January Falafel Crawl on Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30pm. We will meet on the southern steps of Union Square and spend a couple hours sampling different versions of falafel. Falafel can be eaten as a standalone snack, but more commonly is served in a pita-like bread called lafa with pickled turnips, cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, yogurt, tahini (sesame seed), hot sauce, and sometimes even potatoes.

No RSVP necessary. Bring friends and make new ones. Falafel scorecard, map, and team assignments will be provided. Go at your own pace and pay as you go. Come hungry, leave happy.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

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