Editor's note: All over the Serious Eats sites, we've been chatting with all our lovely columnists, helping you get to know the folks behind the articles you read every day. Here's Jamie Feldmar, who just kicked off her Cheap Eats column on Serious Eats: NY.
What do you write about on Serious Eats: New York, and why is that of particular interest? I write the Cheap Eats column. I moved to New York as a very broke college student, so cheap was pretty much the only way I could eat. Tracking down cut-rate meals was a way for me to explore the city early on, and now, even though I have slightly more disposable income, I'll still travel pretty much anywhere for a bargain. Cheap eats are an easy, accessible way to be a part of the food world, and are oftentimes a lot more exciting than whatever trend is hot at the moment.
What are your guilty pleasures, foodwise? I'm generally unashamed of my eating habits, but I do feel slightly unladylike when I eat Nutella straight from the jar, with a spoon.
Describe your perfect meal. Noodles, barbecue, and bourbon. Together. With a big group of everyone I love, all at one giant table.
Where in New York are you a "regular"? Why there? I eat around so much that it's hard to really say, but I do wind up downing punch at The Drink in East Williamsburg fairly often.
What food won't you eat? I have some texture issues with smooth and/or gelatinous things, like jellyfish or flan.
What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions? I'd like to think they like having me around to make dining decisions and suss out obscure edible delights. My dad, bless him, just thinks I'm nuts.
Everyone has a go-to person they call for restaurant recommendations. Who's yours? I guess I do more of a crowdsourcing method--I like to get multiple opinions, from Twitter, the blogs, Yelp, and friends, then I narrow it down from there.
And what's the best recommendation they've given you? Too many to name, but I've definitely used some helping hands to find great noodles and dumplings in Flushing.
You're moving out of New York. What do you eat and drink on your last day here? I would basically set up a buffet, with stations including Lam Zhou fried dumplings, Nan Shian soup dumplings, Russ & Daughters smoked sable, Fette Sau pulled pork, Alleva Dairy ricotta, Pirosmani khachapuri, Ippudo akamaru ramen, Ayada Thai Penang duck, Cholula Deli chilaquiles, Saltie shortbread, a Chupacabra from Fatty 'Cue, and an egg cream from Gem Spa.