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

BIEN CUIT, 120 Smith Street (between Dean and Pacific Street), Cobble Hill, BrooklynI always wished there were more than 8 nights to Hanukkah. By the eighth crazy night of receiving presents, displaying plastic menorahs in the window, and feasting on latkes, you’ve gotten into a routine. You’ve grown accustomed to this celebratory Jewish festival. And then it all ends and you’re back where you started. With a few more pairs of socks.

And while last night might have been the official finale of Jewish gift giving, at least potato latkes never fully go out of season. I tasted an extraordinary version of this Hanukkah speciality at Bien Cuit over the weekend and am exicted to hear they will be offering it at least for another few days.

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Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.

NUMBER 5: ICE CREAM CAKE at PARM

Here we go. After a really solid year of eating, I’ve managed to pick the five best dishes I put in my mouth. These are not necessarily from the hottest restaurants or my most memorable dining experiences. But these are the five individual dishes that I’ll be thinking about long after 2012 comes to an end.

Harkening back to a simpler time when Carvel reigned supreme, Parm’s ode to the ice cream cake is both nostalgic and fulfilling. The generous slice is layered with chocolate, strawberry, and pistachio ice creams separated with chocolate ganache and cookie crunchies. Whipped cream, sprinkles, and a maraschino cherry top it off. It’s a completely irresistible treat that’s worth every single calorie. Price: $12

PARM
248 Mulberry Street (between Spring and Prince Street),
Nolita
(212) 993-7189
parmnyc.com

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Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.

NUMBER 90: THE YETI at BIEN CUIT

Bread has never gone out of style, but some food artisans are doing it major justice this year. While most of these are dressed up with exemplary toppings, it was often the dough itself that made all the difference.

The ever changing roster of pastries at Bien Cuit could make my head spin with indecision (and it often does). Thankfully, the intriguing Yeti helped me choose.

A flat and glazed croissant-like pastry is baked until browned and crisp while a dollop of the most extraordinary topping combination sits in the center: a sweet tangy mascarpone mixed with bright aleppo pepper and studded with crunchy cacao nibs. It’s a mind-bending sweet/savory, buttery/crunchy pastry that is truly well done. Price: $3.75

BIEN CUIT
120 Smith Street (between Dean Street and Pacific Street),
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
(718) 852-0200
biencuit.com

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