If you're a serious eater living in New York City, the Sullivan Street Bakery's Jim Lahey should be one of your gustatory heroes. In recent years, Lahey and his merry band of bakers have greatly expanded beyond the initial trio of dough-based things into sandwiches and other foods that play to Lahey's strengths.
Sullivan Street Bakery
Editor's note: You may know Kathy YL Chan as our longtime Sugar Rush correspondent. She'll be joining us each week with a more in-depth look at New York sweets to sweeten up your Mondays. Please welcome Kathy! Sullivan Street Bakery's...
We'll be spotlighting all of the delicious sandwiches, desserts, and drinks you'll find at the Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival from now until the big day. SE overlord Ed Levine has a theory that everything tastes better with the light, airy, hand-formed flatbread revelation that is pizza bianca. So, of course, it would be represented at the festival. Joining forces with the serious meats from Salumeria Biellese, it will become our exclusive SE sandwich, never before available to the general public. Hungry yet? Obvious next question, have you bought your tickets yet?
Talk about crust. That's the first thing you notice about Sullivan Street Bakery's breads. Here's bakery founder and owner Jim Lahey: "The crust of bread has to do with how bread is cooked. The crust is something that forms during the cooling process. I like cooking things to their highest expression. I like the contrast of soft and crunchy. I like to taste the by-products of lacto-fermentation in dough. That's what gives a unique flavor to the crust."
From moist, spice-scented German gingerbread to elegant French macarons to homely-but-tasty Italian biscotti and more, it's a good year for cookies in the city. And Christmas isn't over yet, so get them while you can.
Since our last High Line guide came out, the popular elevated park and surrounding area have seen some interesting food-related developments. In addition to various restaurant openings in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market has seen some interesting new offerings, and vendors have started selling food on the High Line itself. So where should you eat while walking the High Line? With the Meatpacking District on one end and Chelsea on the other, you've got options. Here are our picks.