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Alyssa Levine

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Growing up, my parents used to make dishes from different place around the world, which came with lessons on that regions culture and history. This greatly attributed to my love for food, travel, history and culture, leading me to share this passion through writing and photos. More over, I'm a strong advocate of supporting local business, as I wouldn't be able to continue to explore the world through food if it weren't for all the incredible restaurants, chefs, and small business owners that make it possible.
For those of you who love pizza so much you want to top your pizza with pizza, this is your moment. The Double Stack at East Village Pizza is basically two pizzas cooked together. The bottom one must be a cheese pizza, and does not include sauce so as to reduce moisture that would prevent the bottom of the top pie from cooking. As for combinations, I ordered the buffalo chicken underneath, and pepperoni on top, but you can get almost any combination you like, so feel free to get creative!
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📷: Photograph by @ totally.forked
📝: Curated by Alyssa Levine
🗓: Published by BestFoodFeed on Thursday, Sep. 17th 2020
The desserts at Brooklyn Chop House in Manhattan (don’t let the name fool you) are a sweet way to finish your meal. The apple cheesecake had a gooey apple mixture on the bottom, drizzled with caramel, and the brownie cheesecake was layered with chocolate cheesecake and regular cheesecake in the middle. And boy was that chocolate chocolatey!
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📷: Photograph by @ totally.forked
📝: Curated by Alyssa Levine
🗓: Published by BestFoodFeed on Saturday, Sep. 5th 2020
Noodlelove is a Korean fusion restaurant in Chinatown, favoring healthy and natural ingredients. While not strictly Vegan, they have created their entire menu to be mostly friendly toward Vegan diners. So not only is the food healthy, and the restaurant accommodating, but the food is wonderful! The Mandu pictured here were no exception - made instead with rice paper, these were definitely unique, and packed with flavor. Plus, the sauce that comes with it...🤤
📍 Found at Noodlelove in New York
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📷: Photograph by @ totally.forked
📝: Curated by Alyssa Levine
🗓: Published by BestFoodFeed on Thursday, Jul. 16th 2020
Loaded with sweet, pickled veggies and a subtly sweet, tangy Sriracha Veganaise (vegan mayonnaise that actually tastes better than the real thing IMO), these Vegan Banh Mi Fries will rock your world.
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📷: Photograph by @ totally.forked
📝: Curated by Alyssa Levine
🗓: Published by BestFoodFeed on Tuesday, Jul. 14th 2020
The Crudo Bowl at Bar Crudo in Brooklyn is similar in concept to a poké bowl, but quite different as well. Fresh Crudo (your choice of shrimp, fish, or a mixture) are lightly dressed in a delicately sweet and acidic vinegar based sauce, served over quinoa, with avocado purée, sweet potato purée, and some different veggie and beans mixed in. It comes with a tangy sauce on the side that, honestly I didn’t use because it was so perfect already. If you love poké you’ve got to try this.
📍 Found at Bar Crudo NY in New York
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📷: Photograph by @ totally.forked
📝: Curated by Alyssa Levine
🗓: Published by BestFoodFeed on Tuesday, Jul. 14th 2020
The piña colada Bing Fen at Jell & Chill is not the traditional mix of flavors. The pineapple is the most prominent ingredient, with some coconut mixed in, and kiwi slices lining the cup.
📍 Found at Jell and Chill in New York
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📷: Photograph by @ totally.forked
📝: Curated by Alyssa Levine
🗓: Published by BestFoodFeed on Tuesday, Jul. 14th 2020
If you’re not familiar with Bing Fen, it’s a popular dessert in many parts of China in the hot weather. Translating to “crystal jelly,” it is delicate, light, cool, and very refreshing during the summer. They also believe in using ingredients that are healthy and easy to digest, so there’s no guilt here!
Carbonara with speck, egg, black pepper, scallions, and pecorino romano.
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📷: Photograph by @ totally.forked
📝: Curated by Alyssa Levine
🗓: Published by BestFoodFeed on Thursday, Jul. 23rd 2020
Sitting at the beautiful, full service, marbled granite counter for a casual dining experience with Dell’anima, you almost forget you’re still in a food hall. Situated in Midtown West, @gwmarket (Gotham West Market) offers a different take on the the typical food hall, with the option for a modified dining experience.

Dell’anima is one of the restaurant-style vendors at Gotham West Market, serving incredible Italian food that’s perfect solo, with a friend, or for a romantic date night in a buzzing atmosphere. Let’s talk about that pasta though! The Tajarin alla Carbonara was beautifully plated. The pasta had a delicate texture, and the richness of the egg in the creamy, peppery sauce, combined with the salty, smokey and savory flavor of the speck, made for an unforgettable carbonara that’s hard to beat.
Burger with avocado, arugula, bacon, cheddar, & chipotle aioli.
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📷: Photograph by @ totally.forked
📝: Curated by Alyssa Levine
🗓: Published by BestFoodFeed on Thursday, Jul. 9th 2020
Stone Street Tavern serves great food year round, with crafted cocktails and a spacious, dimly lit bar and restaurant perfect for vibing. But the summer, that’s what it’s all about. Right by the peer, with common area seating all down historic Stone Street, it’s the perfect way to take in the summer feels with some good food, such as their Tavern Burger, topped with avocado, arugula, bacon, cheddar, and chipotle aioli.
Beef pho with beef balls, beef brisket, in beef broth, with thick rice noodles.
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📷: Photograph by @ totally.forked
📝: Curated by Alyssa Levine
🗓: Published by BestFoodFeed on Tuesday, Jun. 16th 2020
Zen Yai is a fairly new addition to the Williamsburg, Brooklyn scene - but they’ve been around for quite some time, perfecting their incredible menu which ranges from Vietnamese food, to Thai food, and Cajun, not to mention some wonderful beverages.

Chef Mukda Sakulclanwat grew up in Mukdahan, a village in Thailand with a diverse background, culture, and residents, including Vietnamese, Chinese, and Lau. Perfecting many of the foods she grew up with is what made the unique menu at Zen Yai possible, offering the diverse cuisine from her home.

There is absolutely nothing on this menu I didn’t love, but the pho is definitely a must-order when you’re there. The Zen Yai Signature soho pictured here was rich, savory, perfectly seasoned, with tender beef (especially the brisket), and delicate but gigantic rice noodles that are difficult to slurp - but a lot of fun trying to!
with pepperoni on top and buffalo chicken underneath.
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📷: Photograph by @ totally.forked
📝: Curated by Alyssa Levine
🗓: Published by BestFoodFeed on Monday, Apr. 6th 2020
This insane pizza is stacked with a buffalo chicken pizza on bottom, and a pepperoni pizza on top. Stacking the pizzas changed the consistency of the dough, making the top pizza thinner and moister... that may sound weird and we all hate the word “moist,” but trust me, it worked. The cheese also became softer, stretchier, and oozier due to the sheer amount of it. 🤤 I love a pepperoni pizza, and a buffalo chicken pizza, but one on top of the other?! Somehow it’s even better!
Waygu beef, beer cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, and Montreal aioli on a brioche bun.
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📷: Photograph by @ totally.forked
📝: Curated by Alyssa Levine
🗓: Published by BestFoodFeed on Monday, Mar. 23rd 2020
I love beer cheese, and I love burgers... but I never had the two together until now, and now I wish it was an option wherever I go! This juicy burger made with @patlafrieda wagyu beef, beer cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, and Montreal aioli on a brioche bun was definitely a must order if you ever find yourself at the Bowery Beer Garden. And they have an extensive beer menu so you’ll definitely find a handful of pints to compliment this nicely. 😆
An assortment of all the tacos on the menu. Usually there are 8 all together, but this is excluding one of the flavors. The tacos here include the adobo chicken, the beef short rib, and the jack fruit.
📍 Found at Flip Sigi in New York
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📷: Photograph by @ totally.forked
📝: Curated by Alyssa Levine
🗓: Published by BestFoodFeed on Monday, Feb. 17th 2020
If you’re going to have a party, it might as well be a taco party!

The Taco Party at Flip sigi is an assortment of all the tacos on the menu. Usually there are 8 all together, but this is excluding the Longanisa tacos (not my choice, Longanisa is delicious). The tacos here include the adobo chicken, the beef short rib, and the jack fruit, on Ube corn tortillas, with a side of their homemade banana ketchup and vinegars.
Thick Sicilian style square crust pizza, on the left; the pepperoni, and on the right; the vodka.
📍 Found at Mama's Too in New York
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📷: Photograph by @ totally.forked
📝: Curated by Alyssa Levine
🗓: Published by BestFoodFeed on Monday, Feb. 17th 2020
I love Sicilian squares, the crisp texture of the outsides of the crust, and the soft, warm breadiness on the insides, which makes for an incredible mouth-feel. And it just so happens that Mama’s Too on the Upper West Side are well known for their square slices, so of course I had to try them out!

The line was out the door, and the guys behind the counter were whipping out one pizza after another with speed and precision. It was quite impressive, but a part of me wasn’t sure I wanted to deal with the tight space, having become way too physically acquainted with everyone around me. But a las, the pizza was calling my name, and I’m glad I waited - because these were honestly the best square slices I’ve ever had. I am sometimes distrustful of overly hyped places, but this was definitely deserving of it.

The crusts were flavorful on their own, with perfect textures inside and out, the marinara sauce was delicately acidic with a touch of sweetness, the cheese was gooey and amazing, and the pepperonis... oh my gosh those pepperonis. I’m dying to go back, even knowing the claustrophobia that awaits me. 😂
Sweet Italian Sausage personal pie with fresh mozzarella cheese.
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📷: Photograph by @ totally.forked
📝: Curated by Alyssa Levine
🗓: Published by BestFoodFeed on Monday, Feb. 17th 2020
Stone Bridge pizza, aside from having incredibly personal pies, uses locally sourced and farm fresh ingredients, often coming from their own farm Upstate NY. The quality of their ingredients is apparent with each bite, but their crust is equally as delicious. Fermented beforehand for 72 hours, it has a texture and flavor that almost reminds me of a really good German pretzel, but of course much more crisp on the outer-crusts - which I normally never eat, but theirs, I devour!
Original Cheesesteak with provolone and fried onions, Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak with blue cheese sauce and crumbles, and the Broad and Bayou Cheesesteak with crawfish, crab and green onions.
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📷: Photograph by @ totally.forked
📝: Curated by Alyssa Levine
🗓: Published by BestFoodFeed on Monday, Feb. 24th 2020
Hidden treasure is everywhere, but this gem just happens to be a pirate-themed sandwich shop in an old, re-fashioned railroad station hub in Middletown, Delaware.

The restaurant is fairly isolated, with quaint stores scattered nearby in the area, but generally sitting alone off the main road. Once you walk in through the cross-bone-embellished doors, murals of sunsets and octopi surround you both port side and starboard, and skulls and skeletons lurk in the corners. The sound of swashbuckling and enthralling adventure soundtracks in the background from rotating pirate movies playing on the TV helped add to the atmosphere, as I listened to Captain Jack Sparrow while reading their menu with options named affectionately after pop-culture pirate movies such as Hook and PoTC.

While the entire menu looked incredible, they seemed to have a local reputation for their cheesesteaks. So heck, while in Rome! Or... Middletown, DE...

All of the cheesesteaks had a perfect meat to bread ratio. The original cheesesteak was drool-worthy, with sharp provolone and fried onions. The buffalo chicken was also impressive, using a homemade buffalo sauce that had a perfect balance of buttery, tangy, and salty with just a barely noticeable touch of sweetness to balance the flavor. Lastly, the Broad and Bayou, which is their Cajun inspired cheesesteak with crab, crawfish, and green onions, was out of this world - I don’t think I’ve ever had a cheesesteak with seafood but it worked really well.

They also offer appetizers, other specialties and desserts, which all look incredible, and I’ll just have to try them all next time I’m in town.