A little over a year ago I told you about my friend’s new mail order Bacon Bakery called Baconery. Today November 7th he’s opened up a Baconery Cafe in New York where you can not only get Bacon Baked Goods but also Sandwiches & other Bacon infused goodies. Don’t worry mail order has not gone away and is still functioning. Since he’s originally from Miami, you can bet I’m trying to convince him to open up shop in South Florida too!
Wonderin’ why I can’t wait for September 28th? Baconery.Com goes live! An old friend of mine, Wesley Klein decided that he loved breakfast and dessert so much that he needed to marry the two together. Baconery combines Bacon with Baked Goods, wow pretty clever huh? I know, that’s why he’s my friend.
El Señor Klein’s mission in his own words: I assembled the best “baconery” chefs I could find. I purchased the finest ingredients I could buy in order to re-define the bakery experience and bring you something you’ve never seen before.
Check out the menu below:
Bacon Banana Bread (Add Walnuts or Chocolate Chips or Both)
With its wood grain panels and dodgeball sized lights lining the wall, Jahn’s really sets the mood for an old school ice cream shop. I felt as if I were on the set of a Back To The Future film (I mean this in a good way). Jahn’s food can be best described as Diner Food. We arrived near 10PM and while everyone in my party decided to have some sort of dessert, I had a Vanilla Shake.
Jahn’s BBQ Burger
And of course, a Burger. Their BBQ Burger has American Cheese on the bottom and top bun (at least mine did), BBQ Sauce, Bacon and a couple of Onion Rings. This is your standard Diner Burger. It will satisfy your late night Burger cravings, at least it did for me. As a late night plus they have an extensive dessert menu to look through.
Jahn’s Ice Cream Shop Neighborhood: Jackson Heights 81-04 37th Ave Jackson Heights, NY 11372 718-651-0700
Right down the street from the IFC Theater in the West Village I came across Papaya Dog. It was late and I was hungry. 2 Hot Dogs later I was satisfied. The Papaya Dog is very reminiscent of a Sabrett dog and it just might be a Sabrett dog. It had a nice pop when I bit into it. The deli mustard on it was great too with the little back end horseradish flavor. You can’t miss with this late night inexpensive wiener.
2 Papaya Dogs Slathered with Deli Mustard
Papaya Dog Neighborhood: West Village 333 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 212-627-9748
ER Gagit was right. He told me that once I ate at Mad For Chicken I would never want to eat Fried Chicken anywhere else. Mad For Chicken serves Korean Fried Chicken and has a few locations in New York as well one in Washington D.C.
As we were walking around we couldn’t find the place. It turns out there are no signs where Mad For Chicken is located unless of course you look up. It’s located on a second floor in a nondescript building. We used the stairs (which were so narrow I thought I was practicing for the high wire act in the circus) to get to the actual restaurant.
I had read up on Mad For Chicken via their website about how they use fresh, never frozen natural Chicken and that their cooking method reduces the amount of fat in the Chicken. My first thought was, I hope it doesn’t affect the taste. Once we were seated we ordered the Parmesan French Fries as well as the Mexican Corn (Elote).
Parmesan French Fries
The Parmesan French Fries which for some reason on this occasion had no Parmesan Cheese but melted American Cheese were fresh cut. It was served with a side of Ketchup and Spicy Mayo. I loved the Spicy Mayo.
The Mexican Corn was grilled lightly and topped with Parmesan Cheese which was strange because the Fries had none, oh well. Now the Chicken, I can’t put into words my feelings. When we placed the order we were told it would take approximately 30 minutes for the Chicken to be ready.
Korean Fried Chicken
We decided to split the order in half so that we could try both sauces (Hot and Soy Garlic). Their site explains that their sauce base is Soy Sauce, Garlic, Onions and some fruits. Of the two sauces, the spicier one was better and you could really make out the flavors. The Chicken itself was so crispy on the outside it was almost like a shell. The inside was moist and delicious. We were almost battling to see who would get the last pieces of Chicken and although I didn’t get one of the last pieces I could say that Mad For Chicken did indeed drive us crazy. We haven’t stopped talking about their chicken since.
Mad For Chicken – This location is Now Closed. Neighborhood: Murray Hill 314 5th Ave, 2nd Fl (between 31st St & 32nd St) New York, NY 212-221-2222
McSorley’s Old Ale House opened up way back in 1854. It’s seen its fair share of Presidents and Celebrities but one thing doesn’t appear to have changed and that’s its decor. It’s like being able to step back to a simpler time where there weren’t dozens of choices when it comes to beer. Here you either go the Light or Dark Beer route. Me? I had a little of column A and a little of column B. And after a bunch of these, does it even really matter which one you’re drinking anymore?
S’Mac aka Sarita’s Mac and Cheese was one of the first places I put on my New York must visit list. I love Mac n’ Cheese and who doesn’t? This joint has over 10 pre-set Macs to choose from or can create your own. And yes, there are Vegan options too.
It was a little overwhelming for me so I went the lazy man route, the Sampler. It includes:
Napoletana:Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Tomatoes, Roasted Garlic, and Fresh Basil.
All American:American & Cheddar Cheeses
CheeseBurger:Cheddar and American Cheeses with seasoned Ground Beef.
4 Cheese:Cheddar, Muenster, Gruyere and a touch of Pecorino.
Cajun:Cheddar & Pepper Jack Cheeses, Andouille Sausage, Green Pepper, Onions, Celery, Garlic and Cajun Seasoning.
Alpine:Gruyere with Slab Bacon.
La Mancha:Manchego Cheese with Fresh Fennel and Onions.
They were all as good as they sound but 2 were just a little bit better than the rest. The Cajun with the Andouille Sausage and the Alpine with Gruyere (one of my Top 2 Cheeses) were standouts. The CheeseBurger could easily been called a Meatloaf Mac n’ Cheese and was a close third. I don’t think you could go wrong with any of them.
S’Mac Facebook:S’Mac 345 E 12th St (between 2nd Ave & 1st Ave) New York, NY 10003 Neighborhood: East Village 212-358-7912
There are hundreds of choices for Pizza in New York so why Mariella Pizza? My friend Carlos who is always on the search for a great slice brought me here. He believes this one of the best in the city. I’m not sure that I could argue that point. I didn’t really have another slice on this trip to compare it but I can’t imagine anything better than their cheese slice. I tried the Sicilian and the White but that Cheese Slice was a thing of perfection. So much so that my wife and I took some slices home to Miami. I know, we’re ridiculous.
Couple of White Slices
Great Slice At:
960 8th Ave
New York, NY 10107 Neighborhoods: Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West
I started writing the Burger Beast food blog to tell folks about those little forgotten gems in South Florida. Over the course of the last 4 years or so I've added News, Opinions, & Tips on a variety of Food related subjects. My first love will always be Burgers but Comfort Food is where it's at. At the end of the day I’m a regular dude who writes about a bunch of things I think you should know about.