As a leadup to tonight’s Village Voice Choice Eats tasting event, Robert Sietsema gives Gothamist a lengthy interview and a barely disguised photo. Sietsema recalls his worst restaurant experience (cockroach), explains how Frank Bruni maligned Katz’s by only giving it one star, and gives (of course) his personal picks:
I love eating breakfast at the incredibly decrepit Bonbonniere on Eighth Avenue, and Malatesta is one of my favorite hangs for Italian food. For wine, I hit D.O.C., a Sardinian wine bar in Williamsburg. Oh, and I get a lot of chicken rotis from a Trinidadian deli at 16th and Sixth Avenue. I’m addicted to the sliders at Pop Burger, and the watermelon and pork belly salad at Fatty Crab. I love the burger at Bar Six, red and juicy with great fries. I eat noodles on Eldridge Street at least once a week, and also love Momofuku. But then who doesn’t?