Friday, November 25, 2011

Macarons on November 30

...NOT the macaroon crawl!* Rather than the small, firm coconut things, we are seeking out the finest light, nutty, crispy yet moist cookie that can be had this side of the Atlantic.** Though they also come in such amazing flavors as lavender, Earl Grey, and classic chocolate.

To allow maximum macaron enjoyment, I'd like to announce a meeting time that is a little earlier than usual. Some of our selected hosting establishments tend to close on the earlier side, so I'd like to get rolling earlier to give us all time to see them all. (One proprietor has kindly offered to stay open a little later for us! I will let you know, please be sure to thank him, and -as always- tip well.)

After many popular sweet events, such as the chocolate truffle and brownie crawls, I hope to see many of you fine folks yet again.

The Deets:

We're meeting up at 6 on the SW corner of Washington Square Park the evening of Wednesday, November 30. I promise we have some lovely locations scouted, and I would like to again stress that one of our proprietors has offered to stay open later to accommodate us. Please be kind, polite and tip well!

*Though if you're curious about the differences between macarons and macaroons and why it matters, this is a fascinating read:

**Well, ALMOST the finest since Laduree's lines are too long for the crawl. But they fly their macarons in straight from Paris so I don't quite think they count as "this side of the Atlantic."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Slices at 7

We're meeting at the SW corner of Stuyvesant Sq. at 7 pm. See you then!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Back in action: The October Slice Crawl!

On October 25, we're out and about looking for some of the best pizza slices in Manhattan! This was a tough one to research since the locations which are generally agreed to be NYC's best are not exactly within crawling distance of one another. (Seriously, Grimaldi's at one end of Brooklyn and Spumoni Gardens on the other? Yikes.) Another obstacle we encountered in mapping a route was trying to find locations which wouldn't have such long lines that your experience would be limited to too few locations.

Consequently, this month's crawl will have a location list that's a little shorter than you're used to seeing. As slices tend to be pretty filling, I daresay we'll still have a bit of a challenge ahead of us even with a shorter route. We're looking at a route in the vicinity of Gramercy, so check back the week of the crawl for the meetup point!

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Back to your regularly scheduled programming in October

Greetings, friends. Please allow me to apologize for being incommunicado. I recently returned from a certain large party in the desert which you may or may not have heard of, and am excited to get back in the swing of my most favorite, more intimate event.

I am sorry to say, however, that owing to work obligations, Tiffany, my dear culinary cohort has stepped down. We'll definitely miss her awesome ideas, energy and good help in researching themes and locations. In order to get my ducks in a row, I'm afraid we'll be taking a brief hiatus in the month of September and will be back in action the last week of October. I need to confirm some scheduling details before I can release a firm date, so please bear with me!

Looking forward to seeing you all next month.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Details on Ice Cream TOMORROW

Thanks for your patience, all. We will be meeting at 7 tomorrow at the NE corner of Carroll Park, which is at the intersection of Smith and President Streets.

And a note to our friends who don't do dairy, we DO have Italian Ice locations on the crawl as well! We'd love to see you all!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Second Annual July Ice Cream Crawl!

Friends and fellow foodies! I am happy to share that we are again crawling for ice cream this month! We had so much fun last year that we felt it would be an excellent annual tradition to establish. So we hope you can crawl with us on Thursday, July 28th.

We're ironing out details yet, but it looks like we'll be crawling in Brooklyn again. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Holy Guacamole, we crawl on Thursday

Sorry for the late notice, boys and girls. Between FIGMENT for some of us and lots of stuff at the day job for others, the early weeks of June when we usually put this together got kind of eaten up.

But! On June 30, the crawl will go on in search of Guacamole! I've heard a couple of folks express an interest in guac over time, and I must agree with them. Guacamole is a fantastic crawl treat. A popular party snack, guacamole is a delightfully straightforward puree of fresh avocado, tomatoes, garlic, peppers, and lime, yet it allows much room for experimentation and offers the potential for variety. We hope you can make it to the East Village this Thursday to try some!

Meet the Northeast corner of Tompkins Square Park at 7 pm on Thursday, June 30.
(East 10th Street and Avenue B, Manhattan)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May 25: Crawling pour les crêpes!

Greetings, lovers of mobile munchies. I'm happy to share the theme for May's Food Crawl...crêpes!

On Wednesday, May 25, we go in search of one of the more versatile street foods we've yet attempted. Crêpe, meaning "tissue" in French, is a simple, thin pancake made of flour, egg and milk that is used to wrap up virtually any filling for easy eating on the hoof. Nutella is among the more ubiquitous and popular crêpe toppings, however they can also be enjoyed with more savory fillings as well. Any film buffs who may be following us will perhaps also recall the adorable scene in Amelie when she imagines vinyl LPs being made on a crêpe griddle. Happily, crêpes are also to enjoy in vegetarian forms if that's how you roll.

Meet at 7 p.m. at the northeast corner of Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Intersection of Forsyth and E. Houston). We will again be using more than one crawl route, and route maps will be distributed to teams before we set out. And as food take patience. Be nice and give good tips to the kind folks who are being asked to make a ton of food in short order.

Correction: minutes after posting this, I realized that I gave the meeting point as Chrystie and Forsyth, which of course does not exist. At least in this timestream...

I also said it was a Thursday crawl, which is incorrect. May 25 is a Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hot Wings will be on the UES

Hope you're stoked for some spicy goodness, because we are crawling this Thursday rain or shine. Hot wings fans should assemble at the southeast corner of 77th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. We're meeting at 7, but you can always follow @nycfoodcrawl to see where we're at.

Also, I got a humorous comment on my post announcing this month's theme in Google Buzz. Since those comments don't post to Blogger, I would like to share with the class. For context, my friend hails from western New York in the vicinity of Buffalo:

There are those of us who would shake our heads in sadness at the thought of the line "Hot wings, also known as Buffalo wings..."

Buffalo wings come from Western New York. If they are not in or from Buffalo, they are merely hot wings or, perhaps at their best, "Buffalo-style wings." Certainly, nothing found in the Five Boroughs is a Buffalo Wing, unless the establishment owner is prepared to furnish proof of multiple decades worked in a county like Erie or Cattaraugus.

The Anchor Bar claims to have invented them, but as you point out, that claim is contested.

Indeed! Hence the "Hot Wing Crawl." ;) Sadly, Mr. Curator will not be able to crawl with us, but for those who enjoy lighthearted beer and wing snobs, check out his blog: The Pour Curator

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The April Hot Wing Crawl: April 28!

We here at the Crawl are excited to announce our April event: The April Hot Wing Crawl!

Hot wings, also known as Buffalo wings, are one of the more distinctly American food themes we've taken on since we started schlepping for food in 2009. Although it's uncertain who the maker of the first hot wings was, we can confidently say that they did actually originate in Buffalo. Small and snackable, the hot wing is traditionally a bar munchie. Hot wings can be enjoyed with varying levels of spiciness, and are generally served with ranch salad dressing, which balances out the heat of the wings.

A note on venues for our upcoming crawl: historically we have attempted to maintain affordability and family-friendliness on the crawls by avoiding alcoholic or other bar crawls. In response to crawler requests for a culminating point at the end in order to hang out and swap notes on all the evening's awesomeness, we've been picking a bar to hang out at following everyone's completion of the route.

The April Hot Wing Crawl is kind of breaking precedent in that it is, really, a bar crawl that's focused on the food. As such, we would respectfully ask all our foodie friends to pace themselves and to know their limits if they are indulging in the traditional accompanying beverage for hot wings. By avoiding overindulgence and maintaining a polite demeanor, other hosting venues will be happy to see us on future crawls!

Crawl meeting point to be announced shortly. Can't wait to see you there!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

More savory crawling April 28

Hello food lovers! We're busily working on the April 2011 edition of the NYC Food Crawl! Details are still being confirmed, but we are certainly crawling for more savory stuff this time around. See you soon!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pierogi map

I'm going to make the March Pierogi Crawl map public on Google maps in advance so that you can use the map to follow the route easily on your phone. Enjoy!

View March Pierogi Crawl in a larger map

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pierogi this THURSDAY

Thanks for your patience, folks! You asked for it, and we are excited to present the March Pierogi Crawl this Thursday, March 31. Truly, this has been the most commonly requested food theme in my years on the crawl, and this one will be so worth a week's postponement due to illness, new jobs, and essentially the perfect storm of schedule suckiness from these quarters.

So look for me in blue at the north corner of McCarren Park, at the intersection of Bedford, Nassau and Lorimer. We are meeting at 6:30 pm, and I will be handing out maps and if necessary, team assignments.

A quick note on the hosting venues for this crawl. Usually we make a point of choosing food which is easily eaten on the fly, like dumplings. Pierogi is a bit tough to eat standing, so most of our venues will be more of a sit-down affair. Enjoy the slower pace of this route, and tip well. Even though we focus on affordable snacks here at the crawl, it still costs our hosts money when we occupy their tables.

So! Thursday, 6:30, McCarren Park. Be there or be square!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

rain + sick organizers = POSTPONED PIEROGI

I'm sorry to say, we are postponing the pierogi adventure for one week.

On March 31, we will explore the exciting pierogi offerings to be found in Greenpoint, not this coming Thursday the 24th. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but sadly your fearless foodie leaders have both fallen ill with a cold, and it's supposed to rain that day anyway. Ordinarily we would crawl rain or shine (and in fact have done so!), but that combined with icky maladies (and new jobs...congratulations, Tiffany!) make postponement a more necessary call.

We all hope to see you in Greenpoint on March 31st!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Crawl Takes it to the Boroughs

You asked, we listened! It's pierogi in March, boys and girls. And in order to bring you that most amazing appetizer, we're going to bring the Crawl to Brooklyn. Oh yeah.

We're also bringin' it back to our roots a bit; the original crawl was for dumplings in Chinatown. This is dumplings gone to Poland (or for the purposes of our ambulatory exploration...Greenpoint). Pierogi are a traditional dish throughout Eastern Europe, with variants in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. They come in meat and cheese varieties in addition to the basic potato filling, and are often served with sauerkraut as well. A hint - sour cream is also pretty awesome on either boiled or fried pierogi.

So whichever your preference, we want you to come share the Crawl's first out-of-Manhattan experience on March 24. Meeting point will be announced shortly.

Monday, February 21, 2011

February Truffle Crawl route map

Also, for those of you who lamented via Twitter that you couldn't make it: I present, the map!

View February Truffle Crawl in a larger map

Thanks for sharing the food love!

Friends, thanks for coming out last Saturday. We appreciate you adventurous folks willing to brave the cold and entrust us with your weekend afternoon! Hopefully, our efforts to bring you tasty treats (and within a close enough radius to keep any toes from getting too frozen) brought joy to your day.

After checking the results from last month's crawl, I'm pleased to announce that Vanessa's Dumplings was the favorite shumai stop of the evening, with Jing Fong Restaurant coming up in second. If you have any photos of either the January Shumai or the February Truffle crawls, we'd love to see them on the Flickr group pool.

Scorecard and official photos of the February Truffle Crawl are shortly forthcoming. Until good food and stay curious!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Announcing: The February Truffle Crawl!

We're pleased to announce a crawl for both lovers of sweets and lovers of environs north of 14th St. (We know, it's been all Village, all the time these past couple of months.) On February 19th, we'll be exploring the wonderful world of chocolate truffles!

Named after the mushrooms of the same name, original truffles were made of chocolate ganache and rolled in cocoa. As truffles developed, they came to be enrobed in chocolate, giving us a delightful profusion of varieties. Champagne truffles, a particular favorite around this time of year, feature ganache mixed with champagne for the filling. Liqueur truffles are also offer an interesting take on the classic sweet.

Meet us at 2 pm near the Rockefeller Center Skating Rink, northeast corner.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The January Shumai Crawl scorecard

Thanks again for crawling, lovers of food-based adventure! Some of you folks who've been crawling with us for a while may remember surveys following our monthly crawls. In fact, some of you have asked about them. (We totally listen to your comments on Facebook and other places, fear not!)

We are pleased to present the January Shumai Crawl scorecard! Now that I have some excellent assistance from the oh-so-excellent-Tiffany on Facebook related matters, I am happy to resume scorecard administration. Please let us know what you thought below!

Only the Bravest Crawl in January

Crawlers take over Jing Fong's Restaurant-
this first stop for many in the January Shumai Crawl

If you were not able to make it out last night for the January Shumai Crawl, please enjoy the best of dim sum on your own!
  • Sunshine 27 - 46 Bowery
  • Dim Sum Go Go - 5 East Broadway
  • Buddha Bodai - 5 Mott St   vegetarian
  • Jing Fong Restaurant - 20 Elizabeth St
  • Vanessa's Dumplings - 118 Eldridge St   vegetarian
Which was your favorite?  Let us know by filling out the scorecard!

We hope to see you all out for next month's delicacy!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tomorrow we crawl for shumai

Good evening, lovers of food, walking, New York city and good company!

I'd like to remind everyone that we will be crawling tomorrow evening for shumai in Chinatown. The meeting point will be the Northeast Corner of Columbus Park, at the intersection of Mulberry and Bayard Streets. We'll be meeting at 6:30, and I can promise that the walk between locations will be short this month. ;)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Crawling in January!

Good day, unpretentious foodies! I'm pleased to announce that this month we will be sampling shumai in Chinatown.

Shumai is a delightful Chinese appetizer that is traditionally served with Dim Sum meals. Dim Sum, or "small treasures," is a traditional Chinese tasting meal. It comes in both shrimp and pork varieties, and we happily will be offering a vegetarian option. (Also, don't forget that scallion pancakes are a delightful meat free snack that is easy to find in Chinatown!)

Our original crawl was the dumpling crawl, and in that spirit we happily present the January Shumai Crawl. On Monday, January 24th at 6:30 p.m., we'll be meeting at an as yet undisclosed location to set out on our sampling of small delectables. Check back here and follow us on Twitter @nycfoodcrawl to stay abreast of the meeting location and other details on the crawl.


I'd also like to make an update about crawl communication in general. We get a lot of comments about why the blog isn't as up to date as the Facebook page. Mainly the reason for that is we found that Facebook was where most people went to get the latest crawl information, and there are only so many hours of the day to work and organize these spectacular jaunts. I now have the assistance of the most excellent Tiffany in keeping after the Facebook page, and so I am aiming to keep the blog side of things more up-to-date than we've been in the past.

I would also encourage folks to follow @nycfoodcrawl for the most recent info on a crawl. The nice thing about Twitter is that you can ask quick questions and get quick answers, but you get to share with the class! It's also a lot easier for me to update that on the fly. ;)

Can't wait to see you all later this month!