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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

This unique combination had been on my radar for a few years and I finally got to taste the Jamaican-Japanese mash-up. Miss Lily’s switches out the Japanese pork bone broths for a spicy jerk broth. Alongside the springy noodles is jerk chicken, ackee, jerk pork belly, and a soft boiled egg. It’s warming, firey, and a very cool mash-up. Price: $16
MISS LILY’S 7A
109 Avenue A (at East 7th Street),
East Village
(212) 812-1482
misslilys.com/locations/east-village-7a/

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

I really loved my meals at Fish Cheeks this year. Surprisingly there are not one or two dishes that made this list but three, The Coconut Crab Curry is probably the one that has gotten the most attention for its fieriness. I thought it was rather spicy but it was the complex bitter, herbal notes (from betel leaves) and the plentiful delicate sweet crab meat that really made this dish sing. It’s balanced with some creamy coconut milk and a boatload of other exotic spices. Price: $22

FISH CHEEKS
55 Bond Street (between Bowery and Lafayette Street),
Noho
(212) 677-2223
fishcheeksnyc.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

The thought of an avocado margarita might not be the most appetizing, but when its made with smoky mezcal, lime juice, cucumbers, and a spicy chile bitters, you get a complex sweet/tart/spicy/refreshing cocktail that is a real game-changer. The avocado adds a rich creaminess that ensures this balanced quaff fires on all cylinders. Price: $15
SWEETWATER SOCIAL
643 Broadway (at Bleecker Street),
Noho
(212) 253-0477
http://www.drinksweetwater.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

You may hear saganaki and think a showy flaming plate of cheese complete with shouts of “Opa!” There is not quite as much of a visual show at Pylos, but the version here is about as good as it gets. Three tangy Greek cheeses are cooked in a clay pot until melted and rich. Squeeze some lemon and scoop some pita. Or just eat it with a fork! Price: $12
PYLOS
128 East 7th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A),
East Village
(212) 473-0220
pylosrestaurant.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

There’s a lot to discover about Filipino food. It’s lesser known in this country and it is great. First thing you need to know is that Filipino cuisine has their own bacon. You like this already, don’t you? It’s not smoked like its Western counterpart, but tocino is cured pork with wine, sugar, and salt before it is roasted. The crispy sweet version at Grill 21 is a true revelation. You can get it as part of a platter or with eggs, but you may as well just order it all by itself. Price: $14

 

GRILL 21
346 East 21st Street (between First and Second Avenue),
Stuyvesant Town
(212) 473-5950
facebook.com/thegrill21/

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

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Sometimes all you want is just a simple, greasy. cheesy slice of pizza. Just like the old days. Scarr’s not only provides a nostalgic 70’s atmosphere, but it has great pizza. The regular slice is slicked with grease and a sauce that only slightly resembles fresh tomatoes. It glistens and soaks the paper plate it’s served on. It’s dirty and quick but mighty tasty. Price: $3
SCARR’S PIZZA
22 Orchard Street (between Hester and Canal Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 334-3481
scarrspizza.com

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