Ay Que Rico NYC!

A mouthwatering spread of delicious ethnic food finds with a helping of NYC cultura that'll make you say, "¡Ay Que Rico!"

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Elote
Chelsea, NYC
Elote is “Mexican Corn” and it’s quickly becoming the edible crack cocaine for New York City foodies rivaling the cronut. 
If you ask me, elote kicks the cronut right in its little nut sack because I can make it at home and I don’t have to wait in line for it… 
Now I’m intrigued to find the nut sack of all foods… why do I always do this to myself?
Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Bernard’s Church
328 W 14th St 
New York, NY 10011

Elote

Chelsea, NYC

Elote is “Mexican Corn” and it’s quickly becoming the edible crack cocaine for New York City foodies rivaling the cronut. 

If you ask me, elote kicks the cronut right in its little nut sack because I can make it at home and I don’t have to wait in line for it… 

Now I’m intrigued to find the nut sack of all foods… why do I always do this to myself?

Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Bernard’s Church

328 W 14th St

New York, NY 10011

Habichuela Dulce: The Dominican Easter Treat
La Casita, QNZ
If you are Dominican, Peeps are for pu$$ies and the candy-ass Easter Bunny is best left unmentioned, but there is one Easter treat we do indulge in and that’s habichuela dulce.
Made on Good Friday and eaten Easter Sunday, this bean dessert is nothing to joke around with because of its “itus-inducing” properties. For those who are new to the blog, “itus” is a bad case of the sleeps where all life means for the moment is laying against your pillow in the fetal position as your delicately fart yourself to sleep; pure bliss.
Anywho, habichuela dulce is a sweet and creamy gift with batata and purple taro providing contrast with crunchy mini milk cookies… so good…
Just be careful eating this standing-up; fair warning ok?

Habichuela Dulce: The Dominican Easter Treat

La Casita, QNZ

If you are Dominican, Peeps are for pu$$ies and the candy-ass Easter Bunny is best left unmentioned, but there is one Easter treat we do indulge in and that’s habichuela dulce.

Made on Good Friday and eaten Easter Sunday, this bean dessert is nothing to joke around with because of its “itus-inducing” properties. For those who are new to the blog, “itus” is a bad case of the sleeps where all life means for the moment is laying against your pillow in the fetal position as your delicately fart yourself to sleep; pure bliss.

Anywho, habichuela dulce is a sweet and creamy gift with batata and purple taro providing contrast with crunchy mini milk cookies… so good…

Just be careful eating this standing-up; fair warning ok?

Urban Farming at the Brooklyn Grange
Brooklyn Navy Yard, BK
My 1st semester as a Hospitality Management student at Brooklyn’s City Tech has opened-up a lot of amazing opportunities for me. One of these included the chance to join the Hospitality Garden Club where we plant, grow, and harvest fresh produce for the culinary students of our school.
The coolest thing about our garden is that it is situated atop a rooftop, specifically the Brooklyn Navy Yard where Brooklyn Grange rents out urban acreage to farmers all over the city.
If you’re interested in getting your green-thumb on in Brooklyn, check out the info at Brooklyn Grange’s website: brooklyngrangefarm.com

Urban Farming at the Brooklyn Grange

Brooklyn Navy Yard, BK

My 1st semester as a Hospitality Management student at Brooklyn’s City Tech has opened-up a lot of amazing opportunities for me. One of these included the chance to join the Hospitality Garden Club where we plant, grow, and harvest fresh produce for the culinary students of our school.

The coolest thing about our garden is that it is situated atop a rooftop, specifically the Brooklyn Navy Yard where Brooklyn Grange rents out urban acreage to farmers all over the city.

If you’re interested in getting your green-thumb on in Brooklyn, check out the info at Brooklyn Grange’s website: brooklyngrangefarm.com

Spring is Here!
Hunts Point, BX
1st sign of Spring!
My 1st icy of the Spring and I’m glad it’s here at my hometown… brings back some good childhood memories….

Spring is Here!

Hunts Point, BX

1st sign of Spring!

My 1st icy of the Spring and I’m glad it’s here at my hometown… brings back some good childhood memories….

Sorrel
La Casita, Qnz
I LOVE sorrel and LOVE my friends who make huge mason jars of it for me to take home.
Sorrel is a tart and floral drink made by steeping dried hibiscus flowers, orange peel, ginger, cinnamon, clove, and star anise. Typically made during Christmas time, sorrel is a homemade favorite amongst many West Indian and Carib households.
Mexico makes a similar drink but without all the spices; it’s called “Flor de Jamaica" and its typically found as an agua fresca. 
Drinking hibiscus tea is known for lowering blood pressure as its primary health benefit. Be sure to pick-up the dried hibiscus flowers at an Asian market if you see them.

Sorrel

La Casita, Qnz

I LOVE sorrel and LOVE my friends who make huge mason jars of it for me to take home.

Sorrel is a tart and floral drink made by steeping dried hibiscus flowers, orange peel, ginger, cinnamon, clove, and star anise. Typically made during Christmas time, sorrel is a homemade favorite amongst many West Indian and Carib households.

Mexico makes a similar drink but without all the spices; it’s called “Flor de Jamaica" and its typically found as an agua fresca

Drinking hibiscus tea is known for lowering blood pressure as its primary health benefit. Be sure to pick-up the dried hibiscus flowers at an Asian market if you see them.

Xi’an Famous Foods 
Manhattan’s Chinatown, NY
Delicious lamb dumplings inside the “Xi’an Famous Foods” at Manhattan’s Chinatown. 
These babies are tart, sour, spicy, and funky. Give ‘em a try if your into having something you’ve never had.
Xi’an Famous Foods
67 Bayard StreetNew York, NY 10013

Xi’an Famous Foods

Manhattan’s Chinatown, NY

Delicious lamb dumplings inside the “Xi’an Famous Foods” at Manhattan’s Chinatown. 

These babies are tart, sour, spicy, and funky. Give ‘em a try if your into having something you’ve never had.

Xi’an Famous Foods

67 Bayard Street
New York, NY 10013

Chinatown Ice Cream
Manhattan’s Chinatown, NY
Parades sure do work up an appetite and despite the chilly weather this year’s Chinese New Year, I couldn’t resist satisfying an ice cream craving at the Chinatown fave “Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.” 
This mom and pop shop is famous for having the best ice cream in Manhattan’s Chinatown, but I want to say that it is the best in NYC!
This lychee ice cream (bottom) and this green tea ice cream (top) is vibrant and heavenly! 
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
65 Bayard St 
New York, NY 10013

Chinatown Ice Cream

Manhattan’s Chinatown, NY

Parades sure do work up an appetite and despite the chilly weather this year’s Chinese New Year, I couldn’t resist satisfying an ice cream craving at the Chinatown fave “Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.” 

This mom and pop shop is famous for having the best ice cream in Manhattan’s Chinatown, but I want to say that it is the best in NYC!

This lychee ice cream (bottom) and this green tea ice cream (top) is vibrant and heavenly! 

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

65 Bayard St

New York, NY 10013

Christmas Coquito
South Bronx
So for the past three years, I have been experimenting with different coquito recipes during Christmas time.
I have been trying to recreate the first coquito I ever had and man it’s so hard to get back to that memory…
Anyway, throughout my research I have come to see more and more recipes calling for rum other than Bacardi Superior.
So I want to know, what is your favorite rum to use in your coquito?
In the meantime, check out these recipes calling for Brugal Añejo and Don Q:

Daisy Martinez’s Coquito:
http://phillystylemag.com/the-latest/food-and-drink-news/postings/taste-of-the-tropics-1


Michi Wichi’s Coquito:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yze8gTBFck

Happy Holidays!
Psssst!
Still want more coquito action? Check out my first coquito piece I did about 2 years ago right here on Ay Que Rico NYC! 
http://ayquericonyc.tumblr.com/post/7058978005/christmas-coquito-the-boogie-down-nyc-its

Christmas Coquito

South Bronx

So for the past three years, I have been experimenting with different coquito recipes during Christmas time.

I have been trying to recreate the first coquito I ever had and man it’s so hard to get back to that memory…

Anyway, throughout my research I have come to see more and more recipes calling for rum other than Bacardi Superior.

So I want to know, what is your favorite rum to use in your coquito?

In the meantime, check out these recipes calling for Brugal Añejo and Don Q:

  • Daisy Martinez’s Coquito:

http://phillystylemag.com/the-latest/food-and-drink-news/postings/taste-of-the-tropics-1

  • Michi Wichi’s Coquito:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yze8gTBFck

Happy Holidays!

Psssst!

Still want more coquito action? Check out my first coquito piece I did about 2 years ago right here on Ay Que Rico NYC! 

http://ayquericonyc.tumblr.com/post/7058978005/christmas-coquito-the-boogie-down-nyc-its

NYC Originals
Upper West Side, NYC
What every NYC gal wants after a night of drinking:
a Salty,
Hot,
Tube of Meat.
Ok, maybe that’s erroneous… they want TWO Salty, Hot, Tubes of meat! Hahaha!!!
But seriously, Gray’s Papaya is just one of many NYC institutions you can always count on. What sets it apart from the rest is its price: 2 dogs for $3 on the fly can’t be beat.
…you could even say this meat can’t be beat…
':D
Alright enough d!ck jokes…
:D
Gray’s Papaya
2090 Broadway(between 72nd St & 73rd St) New York, NY 10023

NYC Originals

Upper West Side, NYC

What every NYC gal wants after a night of drinking:

a Salty,

Hot,

Tube of Meat.

Ok, maybe that’s erroneous… they want TWO Salty, Hot, Tubes of meat! Hahaha!!!

But seriously, Gray’s Papaya is just one of many NYC institutions you can always count on. What sets it apart from the rest is its price: 2 dogs for $3 on the fly can’t be beat.

…you could even say this meat can’t be beat…

':D

Alright enough d!ck jokes…

:D

Gray’s Papaya

2090 Broadway
(between 72nd St & 73rd St) 
New YorkNY 10023