About the Author

D Pines photoEver since I was younger, I’ve always loved eating and cooking all types of food.

I am a 17 year old living in New York City.

As all good projects begin, this one began one evening on the family dinner table over a good plate of spaghetti and meatballs. I knew I had a very sensitive palate for my age, but I was unaware of where it would eventually take me.

I wondered where I could find the best spaghetti and meatballs in New York City, but there was really no guide organized by best dish, let alone from a kids perspective. What if there was a guide that had all the best dishes and the places to find them?

So it began with finding the best Buffalo Wings. Then, I used my allowance to find the best Mac and Cheese. After getting to ten foods, my friends and family jumped on board, takings turns exploring the Big Apple and going on “food hunts” in which I would try all of the same dishes head to head.

For the next few years, I did hours of research and loved every bite. I thought out how to economically and intelligently find all the best dishes from kid-friendly restaurants in NYC. In 2012, I had finally compiled a list of my top hundred dishes around NYC, and the First Edition of Pines Picks was born.

The first edition of Pines Picks got such a good response that it grew into a platform for an eclectic mix of amazing experiences around the globe. I am very grateful to have had the chance to work with some of the greatest chefs and reviewers. In addition, I learned so much about the all the complexities of the food industry–from the business side to the marketing to the physical cooking.

So, what began as a hobby on the dinner table actually grew into a major responsibility.

As the food landscape of NYC is constantly changing–with restaurants opening and closing virtually every day–new updates of the book and this blog became necessary.

In 2014, I updated the book with a Second Edition. In 2016, I updated the book again with the Third Edition of Pines Picks. Each edition, more dishes were added and many of the winning restaurants were reevaluated.

Currently, I am excited to announce that I am in the process of creating a mobile app with the data that I have collected.

At home, when I am not at a restaurant or researching and writing for this blog, I love to cook, to play tennis, and take photos.

Lastly, I want to thank you again for visiting and if you have any questions or feedback feel free to visit the “Contact Me” tab above.