Mike Colameco's Real Food

Mike Colameco’s Real Food showcases the restaurant scene, taking viewers behind-the-scenes to visit with chefs, bakers, cooks, restaurateurs, stores, artisan producers and farms alike. Shot documentary style, it is not reality TV, but a real backstage look at how some of the most influential people in today’s restaurant scene are transforming the way we think about food. Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Gabrielle Hamilton, Dan Barber, Alice Waters, Eric Ripert, Alain Ducasse, April Bloomfield and countless other industry taste makers have appeared on the series.

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Ny 2014 Deli/Jewish Cooking

Episode #1402H · A brand new youth driven Deli scene is taking hold in NYC. We'll visit Baz bagels on Grand St., Black Seed Bagels on Elizabeth, Montreal Style Mile End Deli, the new Russ & Daughters Cafe on Orchard St., plus we'll meet the team behind Gefilteria that make artisanal gefilte fish and pickles.

Batard

Episode #1403H · 239 W Broadway is hallowed ground in the NYC restaurant world. In 1989 impresario Drew Nieporent opened Montrachet there to great acclaim, that was followed by the 3 Star Corton and now Batard which earned accolade after accolade including the James Beards best new restaurant of 2014 and another 3 stars from the NY Times.

Ny Wine Bars

Episode #1404H · Great food paired with a huge selection of wines by the glass, well what's not to like? Today's episode we visit Ardesia in Hell's Kitchen, Corkbuzz with Master Sommelier and owner Laura Maniac at both locations and Ten Bells a funky LES all bio / organic wine bar down on Broome St.

The Clam/Louro

Episode #1405H · We'll meet up with veteran NYC Chefs Joey Campanero and Mike Price at their homage to their favorite ingredient, the clam located on a lovely corner spot on Hudson St in the far West Village. Then we meet David Santos at his spot Louro on W 10th another W Village gem.

Linton Street

Episode #1406H · The LES is on a roll and nowhere is this more obvious than the frenetic food scene on Clinton St. We'll tour Sushi Ko, Seoul Wings, Ivan ramen, the Black Crescent bar, Azasu Izakaya and Thelma on Clinton.

Ny Ice Cream

Episode #1407H · For lovers of ice cream there has never been a better time. In one action packed day Mike tours Victory Garden frozen yogurt, The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, Dave's, Morgenstern's, A.B. Biagi Gelato, Gelato Ti Amo and Melt Bakery Ice Cream sandwiches.

Keens/Costata

Episode #1408H · America's love for steak houses keeps growing, in this show we visit Keens well over a century old and Mike's Favorite NY Steakhouse and then we're off to Costata downtown run by Michael Whites team where along with great steak they serve artisan hand made pasta, and great fish crudo, a sort of The Palm for the 21st century.

il Buco

Episode #1409H · In 1994 Donna Leonard opened the original il Buco out back of an antique furniture store on Bond Street steps off the Bowery. Self taught with no experience the place was an instant neighborhood hit. A few years back she expanded with il Buco Alimentari a block north on Great Jones St., which earned 3 stars from the NY Times, both of the places are total stand outs.

Battersby/Dover

Episode #1410H · A couple of young talented chefs with great resumes wanted to do their own thing so they took over a narrow tiny bar space with a small open kitchen out back on Smith St, in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn and named it Battersby. A few years later they opened second larger spot a few blocks away called Dover. French inspired they are easily two of the best restaurants in all of Brooklyn.

Tao

Episode #1411H · Set in the heart of uber popular Meatpacking district of Manhattan sits this ambitious sprawling space with a pan-Asian fusion menu. The folks that run this location and the two others are total pros running restaurants with the highest gross revenues in the USA. We'll spend a day with grizzled NY Native chef Ralph Scamardella and his vast team to how this pull off this kind of volume with great quality night after night.

Ny Southern

Episode #1412H · In our first season back in 2000 we covered Well's Famous in Harlem the place where Chicken and Waffles was invented up north. Well chicken and waffles are back big time as we tour three places, all downtown putting out excellent versions of fried chicken, waffles, biscuits doughnuts, pies and other southern specialties.

Philippines

Episode #1413H · With two NYC based Philippine-American chefs, King Phojanakong and Neil Patrick Syham in tow Mike tours Manila and a half dozen other islands sampling Lechon, scissor noodles in Manila's Chinatown, epic Mall food, does a stand-up dorian tasting in the jungle, visits a few markets and tries to figure out exactly what Philippine food is all about.

Aquavit

Episode #1414H · In 2014 Chef Emma Bengtsson talk over the helm as Chef at Aquavit. She had been the pastry chef and the owner thought she was ready for this next phase. A year later with three stars from the NY Times under her belt she became one of a handful of women worldwide to earn two Michelin Stars. She's a chef's chef who loves the craft and we spend a day with her and her staff to see what Emma is all about.

Sicily Part 1

Episode #1415H · Chef Melissa Muller own the Sicilian restaurant Eolo in Chelsea she's also is writing a great new book on Sicilian food for Rizzoli So when Mike wanted a culinary tour of the Island he's tapped Melissa to be his Sherpa. In this episode and the next they'll visit all nine provinces drink wine on Mount Etna, taste the best fresh made cannoli, see cous cous made by hand, drink raw goats milk then the cheese made from it, and the list goes on.

Sicily Part 2

Episode #1416H · Part 2 of the Sicily show.

Alek Stupak

Episode #1417H · What happens when one of the greatest most avant-garde pastry chefs in America who had worked at Alinea and WD-50 decides he's done with pastry and wants instead to do authentic Mexican food in NYC. We'll meet chef Alex Stupak and visit his three downtown restaurants where he may be doing some of the best Mexican inspired ever in Manhattan.

Peru Part 1

Episode #1418H · We'd heard a lot about the amazing new culinary scene in Lima where the vibrant economy plus world class fishing from that Pacific coastline, amazing local ingredients and a lot of native talented chefs pushing the envelope. In these two shows we'll see ceviche in many variations, visit restaurant Central ranked #4 in Pellegrino's Best Restaurants in the World 2015 list, eat some great Peruvian Chicken, tour the city of Cusco at 11,000 feet above seas level and of course have a Pisco sour or three.

Peru Part 2

Episode #1419H · Part 2 of the Peru show.

Fung Tu/Contra

Episode #1420H · We feature 2 new Lower East Side restaurants. At Fung Tu, chef Jonathan Wu is doing a sort of modern Chinese fusion putting out brilliant dishes paired with a well-curated wine courtesy of Jason Wagner. A few blocks north, opened in 2014 Contra was a trailblazer with set $55 dollar five course tasting menu from chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske and in 2015 they opened their new wine bar Wildair next door offering small plates and all natural wines by the glass.

Alsace

Episode #1421H · We spent a week exploring this northwestern region of France touring the vineyards and meeting with the winemakers while visiting restaurants along the way. Often confused with German wines, the wines of Alsace, especially it's bone dry Rieslings are some of the best value under appreciated wines available from anywhere on the planet.

Racines/Wine Disciples

Episode #1422H · Two restaurants that are wine lovers paradise, both affiliated with wine shop. Racine's is linked to Chambers St Wines down the block, spot on French inspired menu and an amazing selection of wines by the glass or bottle. Wine Disciples is a store right next to a restaurant, here the cooking is American / Italian, ingredient driven and the wine list by glass and bottle is wonderful.

Champagne #101

Episode #1501 · What exactly is it? how is it made, what are the different styles? We'll fly to the ancient city of Reims in the center of the region and visit the vineyards to explore the grape varietals and house styles and of course hit a few great restaurants along the way.

East Williamsburg / Bushwick, Brooklyn

Episode #1502 · A decade ago this was the middle of nowhere, today it's the center of the universe for a generation of young foodies. So we'll spend a day and visit a whole grain bread baking lab, an artisan chocolate maker, a new ramen shop and few great new restaurants while we're out there.

Rebelle / Cherche Midi

Episode #1503 · The Bowery, a boulevard that was once better known for the flop-houses and the down and out is now gentrified beyond recognition. Two solid new restaurants speak to this progress, Rebelle, and Cherchi Midi, just a block apart.

Red Hook, Brooklyn

Episode #1504 · Located in one of the most isolated and remote corners of the city, surrounded by water, to get there you either drive or take a bus and as we all remember it was mostly underwater after Hurricane Sandy and many of us thought it would never make a come back. Wrong. It's hotter than ever with the best BBQ spot in NYC, a local winery, great bakeshop and an artisan small batch Vermouth maker featured in this episode.

Dinnertable / Ggs

Episode #1505 · Two local East Village spots just a few blocks apart that speak to the quality vs., price debate going on these days. At both restaurants the food is lovely, the portions generous and the prices are really reasonable.

Ivy Stark / Dos Caminos

Episode #1506 · A veteran of NYC kitchens for well over two decades Chef Ivy Stark is really a talent working under the radar. She runs the sprawling operations of the various Dos Caminos spots here and in Vegas and though known for their volume under her stewardship they do a remarkable amount of quality work from scratch.

Chinatown/ Wilson Tang Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Episode #1507 · Wilson Tang Nom Wah Tea Parlor is the oldest continuously operated Dim Sum restaurant in the country. Located on historic Doyer street the Tang Family has owned it since the 60's and now grandson Wilson has taken into the 21st century. We'll spend a day with him at Nom Wah and take a walk around the hood to see it from his eyes.

Bordeaux Part 1

Episode #1508 · In one of the most revered wine growing regions of the world the big name, ultra luxe first growths may dominate the high end market, but we thought we'd visit the other 97% of Bordeaux, the small family farmer growers during the historic near perfect 2015 harvest in September of that year. Of course we'll hit a bunch of restaurants, a cooperage to see oak barrels assembled, a bakery and a few markets while we're there in both these episodes.

Bordeaux Part 2

Episode #1509 · In one of the most revered wine growing regions of the world the big name, ultra luxe first growths may dominate the high end market, but we thought we'd visit the other 97% of Bordeaux, the small family farmer growers during the historic near perfect 2015 harvest in September of that year. Of course we'll hit a bunch of restaurants, a cooperage to see oak barrels assembled, a bakery and a few markets while we're there in both these episodes.

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