What a New York Food Minute Looks Like

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[Photographs: James Boo]

When I first approached Max with an idea for a food video series, the one thing I knew was that every episode would be short. My inspiration was the maple documentary I had filmed in 2012, but if I were to produce a series with any regularity, telling the whole story would not be an option.

Instead I settled on a one-minute(-ish) runtime, focused on the moments that make food matter. A year later, as my biweekly series on SE comes to a close (but continues elsewhere on the web), I've understood all the more clearly that as far as food towns go, New York is its own five-borough universe. Everybody loves good food, but for every piece published about the "Gods of Food" there are dozens of stories that rarely make it through the pinhole light of a page view.

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That is unfortunate. In a place like this, food is a rich lens for the experience of living, congregating, adapting, and striving to make it—whatever "it" happens to be.

So if you want to follow where those stories lead,

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Maybe nothing can stop the next rent explosion from decimating another local business, but let's at least put the spotlight on a layer of New York that deserves to be better documented.

Previously on 1 Minute Meal

Einat Admony Wants More Cooks, Not Chefs »
One Woman's Mission to Bring Serious Mexican Food to New York »
New York's Hungriest Buddhist Temple »
The True Tastes of Tea »
The Clay Pot Rice King of Chinatown »
Noodles by Hand in Manhattan's Chinatown »
Doughnuts and Coffee for Past and Present »
Life of a Slice Man and Sal and Carmine »
A Different Kind of Factory at Jomart Chocolates »
Appraising the Perfect Muffin at Blue Sky Bakery »
A League of Tortas at Tortas Neza in Corona »
One More Pupusa at El Olomega in Red Hook »
Lechonera La Piraña in Mott Haven »
The Arepa Lady of Jackson Heights »
The Indonesian Food Bazaar in Astoria, Queens »
The Lemon Ice King of Corona, a Queens Classic »
A Day in the Life of The Baoery, a Pop-Up Restaurant »
Khachapuri, a Georgian Bread Baked into South Brooklyn »
David's Brisket House, the Jewish Deli Run by Muslims in Brooklyn »

About the videographer: James Boo has been a Serious Eats contributor since 2010. Working as a multimedia journalist, he is also the founder of Real Cheap Eats and a documentarian. Check out his food-and-travel blog, The Eaten Path, for more journeys to the real meal.

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