For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

After every meal, I crave something sweet. It’s a human problem, no doubt. And while I certainly indulge in chocolate and caramel from time to time, I feel less guilty when I get my sugar cravings from fructose, aka fruit. Tart, juicy, and sweet, these five fruit infused dishes require no guilt.

NUMBER 70: CONCORD GRAPE PALETA at LA NEWYORKINA

Concord Grape Paleta at LANEWYORKINA

Fany Gerson has been selling her paletas (Mexican popsicles) around food festivals and markets in NYC since 2010. These frozen blocks of ice contain unique seasonal flavors that are a far cry from the American creamsicle.  For instance, the concord grape paleta showcases the sweet and tart notes of the seasonal fruit. It’s a refreshing, full-flavored treat and when garnished with some bold chili flakes, it becomes a flavor fiesta. Price: $4

LA NEWYORKINA
Multiple Locations,
Twitter: @LaNewyorkina
(917) 669-4591
lanewyorkina.com

NUMBER 69: SMOOTHIE at YOUR HEALTHY KITCHEN

SADLY, YOUR HEALTHY KITCHEN IS NOW CLOSED.

Smoothie at YOUR HEALTHY KITCHEN

Of course Your Healthy Kitchen opened around the corner from my old apartment once I vacated the premises. I wish this cozy little nook was around for me to explore their unique healthy and hearty tasting menu. When I was visiting the neighborhood again, I stopped in to try one of their smoothies. There’s no menu for the juices, but the proprietor will tell you what she has based on the season and will throw as much fruit (mango, watermelon, pineapple, etc.) and ice into a blender as possible. The result is a balanced smoothie that tastes like a frozen tropical fruit cup.

YOUR HEALTHY KITCHEN
44-09 30th Avenue (between 44th and 45th Street),
Astoria, Queens
(917) 547-4541

NUMBER 68: SOUR CREAM APPLE WALNUT PIE at LITTLE PIE COMPANY

Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie at LITTLE PIE COMPANY

Way before all of these hipster pie companies llike Four & Twenty Blackbirds and Baked started opening in Brooklyn, Little Pie Company was turning out classic and beautiful pies at their Hell’s Kitchen storefront. In business since 1985, their classic Sour Cream Walnut Apple Pie still reigns supreme. Loaded with butter, brown sugar, and apples, the pie is laced with sour cream to cut the sweetness and caramlized walnuts bring an extra layer of texture. The recipe hasn’t changed and for good reason. Price: $8/$23/$30

LITTLE PIE COMPANY
424 West 43rd Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenue),
Hell’s Kitchen
(212) 736-4780
littlepiecompany.com

NUMBER 67: MANGO POMELO SAGO SOUP at INDESSERT

SADLY, INDESSERT IS NOW CLOSED.

Mango Pomelo Sago Soup at INDESSERT

Dessert is not usually the time we think about soup. But leave it to InDessert, a new spot in Chinatown, to change our minds. Their speciality is tong sui, a Cantonese dish that translates to “sugar water.” My favorite of their selections is the mango pomelo sago soup. Citrusy slivers of pomelo (a fruit similar to grapefruit) kiss the sweet and cold cream based soup that tastes strongly of mango and sugar. More mango flavor is revealed from fresh slices garnished on top. And tapioca-like sago pearls, giving the soup a chewy and fun texture, are present in every bite – I mean, every slurp. Price: $6.95

INDESSERT
1 East Broadway (between St. James Place and Chatham Square),
Chinatown
(212) 528-3188

NUMBER 66: CARAMLIZED PINEAPPLE at HU KITCHEN

Caramelized Pineapple at HU KITCHEN
And finally, the most amazing fruit discovery this year, came in the form of a savory side served with rotisserie chicken. At Hu Kitchen, a casual restaurant and take-out spot, they focus on “real” food that is wholesome, healthy, and delicious. The side of pineapple chunks are brushed with some coconut oil and caramelized in the rotisserie. Amazingly, the pineapple is even more pronounced as some wedges are browned and kissed with sweet and savory flavors. A side of silky cashew cream is perfect for dipping or dredging. Price: $3.95
HU KITCHEN
78 Fifth Avenue (between West 14th and West 15th Street),
Greenwich Village
(212) 510-8919
hukitchen.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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