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Grub Street Podcast

Grub Street’s editor and ‘New York’ Magazine’s chief restaurant critic discuss the most pressing, vital food-world issues.

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Episode 15: The Five Best Restaurants in New York City

Despite his persistent protestations that lists are lame, Platty is prodded into announcing his picks for NYC's five best dining spots.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

33mins

17 Jun 2016

Rank #1

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Episode 6: Is New York Still Relevant?

Platty and the Admiral are shocked to discover that New York City ranks 8th on a recent list of the top ten food cities in America. They attempt to get to the bottom of our fair city's precipitous decline, joined by Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema (who happens to be the author of the aforementioned list). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

26mins

11 Feb 2016

Rank #2

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Episode 3: Trends We're Tired of, 2015 Edition

Adam Platt has had enough of several tiresome trends in the restaurant business, from the great California food bowl craze to over-use of the phrase "house-made." On the bright side, a handful of new restaurant openings in 2015 offer an exciting vision for New York's culinary future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

25mins

31 Dec 2015

Rank #3

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Episode 17: Food Scams

Larry Olmsted, author of "Real Food, Fake Food," joins Platty and the Admiral at Frankie's 457 to scare the living daylights out of them with tales of fake steak, suspicious sushi, and tomato tomfoolery. By the end, our heroes are no longer certain they can confidently enjoy the gourmet meatballs on their plates - or anything else they ever plan to consume, for that matter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

32mins

14 Jul 2016

Rank #4

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Episode 10: The Golden Age of Sandwiches

Platty and the Admiral enjoy mind-bending meats and more at High Street on Hudson as they explore the latest innovations in sandwich creation. High Street's culinary director Jon Nodler walks them through every step in the process of creating his signature flavors in delectable detail, and Platty nearly passes out with delight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

22mins

7 Apr 2016

Rank #5

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Episode 14: Reinventing the Red Sauce Joint

Platty is initially unsure if the trek out to Williamsburg will be worth it, but once he gets his bearings, he and Alan are greeted with overflowing dishes of next-wave Italian home cooking from chef Albert Di Meglio, owner of the brand-new restaurant Barano. Open just over a month, Barano exemplifies the latest wave of innovation in Italian cuisine: classic family recipes polished with the virtuosic finesse of master craftsmen like Di Meglio, who positively bowls our heroes over with plate after plate of his creations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

45mins

2 Jun 2016

Rank #6

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Episode 16: The Golden Age of the Burger

Restaurants are realizing they can put themselves on the map with an innovative approach to the classic burger. But it's not as simple as it sounds to create a burger that truly creates what Platty calls "burger zombies." He and the Admiral once again venture to Brooklyn to sample the fare at Emily, which is ostensibly a pizza restaurant, but is best known for its burger, an incredible blend of dry-aged beef, caramelized onions, and the mysterious "Emmy Sauce." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

24mins

30 Jun 2016

Rank #7

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Episode 7: Viral Foods

Platty and the Admiral brave the interminable line for Black Tap milkshakes, discussing the phenomenon of viral food sensations while they wait. Eventually, Alan is able to swindle his way into the Black Tap dining room, where Black Tap founder Joe Isidori describes the philosophy behind his $15 shakes, which New Yorkers routinely wait up to three hours to try. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

30mins

25 Feb 2016

Rank #8

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Episode 2: The Martini

Alan makes Adam his signature Sytsma Martini (or something approximating it, considering the limitations imposed by the recording studio). Over drinks, Adam explains the tempestuous era of the boutique cocktail, which is thankfully receding, and shares the storied history of the martini. Or, as E.B. White called it, "The Elixir of Quietude." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

16mins

17 Dec 2015

Rank #9

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Episode 4: Chicken Sandwiches

How in the world has this fast-food staple become a nationwide culinary phenomenon? Alan and Adam investigate, complete with a trip to one of the prime culprits: Chick-Fil-A. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

22mins

14 Jan 2016

Rank #10