Join New York Cityâ€™s most intrepid eaterâ€”Robert Sietsema, pioneer of outer-boroughs diningâ€”in an urban adventure like none other. Through essays on the cityâ€™s defining dishes, some familiar, others obscure, Robert paints a portrait of New Yorkâ€™s food landscape past and present, and shares a life spent uncovering the delicious foods of the five boroughs.
Gobble up a century of New York pizza, from the coal-fired pies of a thriving Little Italy to the slice joints of a burgeoning rock â€™nâ€™ roll East Village. Discover Katzâ€™s Delicatessen as Robert did, on a foray into the hardscrabble Lower East Side of the 1970s. Take Robertâ€™s hand and heâ€™ll bring you through the Mexican taquerias of Bushwickâ€”with their papalo leaves and piled-high sandwichesâ€”then visit the underground Senegalese dining scene hidden in plain sight in 1990s Times Square. See the evolution of New York fried chicken from Harlemâ€™s spare, ancient style to the battered-and-brined birds of hipster Brooklyn. Hunt with Robert for Hangtown fry and a vanishing Chinese-American cuisine, and follow him as he ferrets out the cityâ€™s most elusive foods, including the Ecuadorian guinea pig.