The hunt is on!
DOSA HUNT TRAILER
THE GREATEST HUNT FOR SOUTH INDIAN FOOD IN NYC EVER COMMITTED TO FILM!
Starring: Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Vijay Iyer (Vijay Iyer Trio), Ashok Kondabolu (Das Racist), Alan Palomo (Neon Indian), Amrit Singh (Stereogum), Himanshu Suri (Das Racist), Anand Wilder (Yeasayer)
Produced by Amrit Singh.
Created by Amrit Singh & Himanshu Suri.
Co-Produced by Sam Carroll & Zoe Schack.
Directed by Sam Carroll.
Edited by Zoe Schack.
Logo by Anil Gupta.
Director of Photography: Dan Levin.
Sound Mixing: Yoav Attias.
Edited at Edit1.
Title card animation by Erica Jaffin.
Audio mastered at HOBO Audio.
Special Thanks: Pongal restaurant, Dosa Hutt, Patel Brothers, Edit1 (for the film facilities), Anil Gupta (for the logo and dosa advice), Harper Blynn (for the Dosa Van), Sarab Singh (for driving the Dosa Van), Rani Singh (for decorating the Dosa Van), and Scott Lapatine, Nick Sylvester, Mike Zimbard, Mike Donovan, Gabe Delahaye, Greg & Darin Bresnitz, Brandon Dailey, Corban Goble, and Shelley Wright for advice and insight.
The familiar visage of the joyous Il Pagliacci of Cafe Vita in full neon was hoisted above the dirty, exuberantly hip streets of Ludlow last week. New York is this much closer to even better coffee.
Have you ever asked yourself, I wonder if the South East Asian rockstars of the Brooklyn music scene could guide me on my quest for the perfect dosa? Look no further!
DOSA HUNT: An independent documentary short starring Anand Wilder (Yeasayer), Ashok Kondabolu (Das Racist), Amrit Singh (Stereogum), Vijay Iyer, Alan Palomo (Neon Indian, Vega), Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend, Discovery), Himanshu Suri (Das Racist). Set in Manhattan, Queens, and a van decorated like an Indian disco. Presented by Amrit Singh and Himanshu Suri.
What I want to know is what is up in the Bronx that has such a high density of pizza purveyors?
New York Pizza
As New Yorkers, we love to talk pizza. Nearly everyone has a favorite place, and many people claim to know the best slice. To our knowledge, only Colin Hagendorf would know objectively where the best in Manhattan is – because he has now been to every pizza place in the borough.
Whether you prefer coal oven, Sicilian, or a 99 cent slice from 2 Bros, sometimes what matters most is just which place is the closest. So which New York City neighborhoods have the highest number of pizza establishments? Using the latest available data from the Department of Health restaurant inspection results, we know this to be the East Village (zip 10003) with 33 pizza places. In Queens, Ridgewood (11385) has the most, while Williamsburg (11211) is number one in Brooklyn. Williamsbridge (10467) and Oakwood/New Dorp (10306) are top in the Bronx and Staten Island, respectively.
Source: NYCEDC analysis of NYC DOHMH data
Land area and residential population play a big role in the number of pizza places in a particular zip code. On a per capita basis, East Harlem (10029) and the Lower East Side (10002) rise to the top spots, while the East Village falls to number 18.
Hungry now? Favorites of the Economic Analysis & Research team include Sam’s (Cobble Hill), Sac’s (Astoria—pizzas pictured above), the vodka slice at Pomodoro (Nolita), and Franny’s (Prospect Heights).
StatsBee is a column featuring interesting statistics about NYC, written by economists at the Economic Research & Analysis department within NYCEDC’s Center for Economic Transformation. (Photo by Adam Kuban)
Photos from Pig Island on Governor’s Island, Sept. 10th.
There was lots of beer (Six Point never disappoints!) and lots of pork and it was good. They did run out of food relatively quickly but I had my fill. I got to meet Jimmy too! Shout out to Johanna at Print who chatted with me about sourcing for that restaurant and then introduced me to their delicious bacon-sweet roll.
I just came back from a long overdue visit to Seattle. Who cares? you, denizens of Jersey City, ask. Well, not many people but I have only a few things to report:
1) Spoils - came back with some excellent Caffe Vita coffee and 1/2 a sopresatta from Salumi, the original (well it moved a couple times I guess) Batali restaurant. The sopresatta is firm, dry and flavorful. A little goes a long way and I recently tossed in a diced slice to a bowl of pasta to add a meaty, slightly sour and spicy treat for the tastebuds.
2) Coffee update - I have it from a little bird (my Moms) that the homegrown Seattle favorite Caffe Vita, which roasts its own dark rich chocolatey beans (see above) and brews up some of the most ethereal thick foamy lattes with a delicate pour, is planning to open a Lower East Side outpost. Vita already has six locations in Seattle, one in Olympia and an eighth in Portland, Oregon. The new Lower East Side location is set to open October 1st but may open later, depending on the license process.
I have been ordering whole bean, or ground when I’m lazy, from Vita since 2005 with a shipping cost of $10 per pound. When the wallet was slim, I would hold out for a little bird (my Moms) to smuggle coffee in her luggage at the low cost of $0 to me. Freedom, Coffee Drinkers, is upon us! Rejoice! Caffeinate!
Is anyone surprised by this?