Take the A Train: Two Men Are Finding the Best Food at Every Stop on the Subway Line

By Noah Kaufman |

There are almost too many restaurants to count in New York City. The Department of Health has 24,000 restaurants on their inspection list. So sifting through and finding a good one is tough. But two men are on a mission to do just that, eating their way through three boroughs and looking for the best restaurants at every stop on the A train. For anyone who has not had the pleasure of riding the entire route, the A train makes over 40 stops between the northern tip of Manhattan and Far Rockaway, Queens, cutting through neighborhoods with almost every imaginable type of cuisine. So that’s a lot of restaurant hunting.

Dallas Penn and Rafi Kam are eschewing the usual methods of picking a restaurant—reading Yelp reviews, online research—and going right to the source by yelling for recommendations from people on the subway platforms.

But if you’re looking to unearth hidden gems in the farthest reaches of New York City, that seems like as good a strategy as any.

This week they stopped at Nostrand Avenue, deep in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where they found some shockingly good pastrami, considering the massive West Indian influence of the food scene there. Check out the video to see what else they found.  

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