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

You may have seen cans of Rise Coffee in local grocery stores around New York, but they actually have a little storefront in the Lower East Side. When I say little, I mean it’s basically just a stand that is very easy to miss. But it would be a shame because they serve their nitro cold brew on tap which pours a rich creamy coffee that has less acidity and a smooth sweetness. Price: $4-$5

RISE COFFEE
85 Stanton Street (between Allen and Orchard Street),
Lower East Side
(646) 370-6962
risebrewingco.com

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

Perhaps I fell for the cute, Instagram-friendly shape of these custard buns, but they were really my favorite thing at the dim sum meal I had at Joy Luck Palace. They are stuffed with a not-too-sweet egg custard and the pig faces themselves melt away into a texture somewhere between mochi and white bread. They’re both adorable and delicious.

JOY LUCK PALACE
98 Mott Street (between Canal and Hester Street),
Chinatown
(212) 219-2828
joyluckpalaceny.com/newyork

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

Pasquale Jones is certainly not the first business to put clams on a pizza, but they have done justice to the tradition started at places like Lombardi’s and New Haven’s Frank Pepe. The hipster chefs here run an expert wood-fired oven crisping the sides to a nice charred pillow. This homage is richer than most with heavy cream standing in for mozzarella. Plump tender clams are plentiful playing beautifully with the bright lemon, garlic, parsley, and chopped broccoli rabe. Price: $24

PASQUALE JONES
187 Mulberry Street (at Kenmare Street),
Nolita
(917) 472-7230
pasqualejones.com

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

When people ask me what’s my favorite restaurant in the city, I laugh and roll my eyes responding about how impossible that is to choose. But the truth is I probably should tell them Kyo Ya.

It’s such a humble, under-the-radar place that even I forget about it sometimes. I’ve had my birthday dinner there twice and been by for a few other special meals. For those that don’t know, it’s a Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant with both an a la carte menu and a seasonal tasting kaiseki. The delicacy and inventiveness here often backs up my statement that Japanese food is my favorite cuisine.

Two years ago, the Kyo Ya team opened a slightly less fancy restaurant a few blocks away and called it Autre Kyo Ya (which means “Other Kyo Ya” in French). And here the food is advertised as a fusion between Japanese favors and French cooking techniques. (more…)


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

Dessert is not always on the agenda for me at Indian restaurants, but maybe I should be a bit more open-minded. I’ve tried a few pastries and Indian sweets, but nothing has knocked my socks off like the makhan malai at Indian Accent. This ball of heaven is a light airy saffron milk dessert and they top it with rose petals, almonds, and jaggery (sugarcane brittle) that provide a brilliant crunch. If I had known this was so good, I might have skipped all the savory stuff. Price: $15 (or part of prix-fixe)

INDIAN ACCENT
123 West 56th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenue),
Midtown West
(212) 842-8070
indianaccent.com/newyork

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

This is one of the dishes on my list that is no longer available in New York. But you could try it if you visit Johnny Noodle King in Detroit. Back in May, they were the featured ramen chefs at the constantly changing Ramen Lab. It’s too bad if you missed it because the springy noodles were gently mixed with an addicting smoked butter and brightened up with funky mustard greens and Korean chili pepper. This one might be worth flying to Detroit of all places. Price: $12

RAMEN LAB
70 Kenmare Street (between Mulberry and Mott Street),
Nolita
(646) 613-7522
ramen-lab.com

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