Crowley’s most recent great meal, from his CHOW 13 profile:
I went to a place in the Lower East Side called The Meatball Shop that was mind-blowingly awesome. I’m a big splitty/splitty fan, so — I went with our GM — we got one pork meatball sandwich and one chicken meatball sandwich and split them down the middle. The atmosphere there was so crowded; it drives me crazy. I went down for lunch one day, and it took us about an hour.
CHOW senior editor Lessley Anderson said:
The CHOW 13 isn’t about creating a list of the hot new chefs, but looking at people whose work is hitting a nerve and becoming part of mainstream culture. We looked at this year’s biggest stories in food — cult wines, unfancy foods, competitive bar hopping — and identified the person or people who we believe help set the movement in motion. The list may include people you’ve heard of and a lot that you will hear about in the year to come.