I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

Before I discovered it at Middle Eastern restaurants, I had almost no use for cauliflower. But this cuisine is perfect for the often bland white florets. Au Za’atar knows exactly what to do with them by marinating and then frying them to a perfect crisp brown. It comes topped with parsley and plenty of lemon to brighten the dish. Who knew cauliflower of all things could be so addicting? Price: $13

AU ZA’ATAR
188 Avenue A (between East 12th and East 11th Street),
East Village
(212) 254-5660
auzaatar.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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