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I’ve devoured Time Out’s 100 Best dishes and now, once again, I’ve been inspired to create my own list. These are the 100 dishes I have continued to think about since tasting them at some point in 2011. Look for another five dishes every few days. These are in no particular order. 

25. TRES HOMBRES at DINOSAUR BARBEQUE

It’s quite a statement that we took this barbecue platter to go from the ultra-busy BBQ joint up in Harlem and by the time we found our picnic area on a holiday weekend, the meat was still so tender and full of flavor.

I can never decide what to eat at a BBQ joint (or anywhere for that matter) because I want a little taste of everything. The Tres Hombres combines my favorite smoked meat staples: pulled pork, beef brisket, and 1/4 rack of ribs. There’s more than enough food and all of the meat is incredibly tender and loaded with sweet, charred flavors. Served with sweet cornbread and a choice of sides, it’s a testament as to why Dinosaur BBQ is my favorite in the city. Price: $19.50

DINOSAUR BARBEQUE
700 West 125th Street (between 12th Avenue and West Riverside Drive)
Harlem
(212) 694-1777
dinosaurbarbeque.com

24. PORK CHOP at APIARY

SADLY, APIARY IS NOW CLOSED.

I’ve been working as a server at Apiary for about a year now and in that time, I’ve had the honor to learn of the culinary genius of Chef Scott Bryan. Many in the food industry know him (there’s even an entire chapter about him in one of Anthony Bourdain’s books), but he tends to fly under the radar. His food is simple, but with powerful, rich flavors that make you question whether something as plain as chicken should be allowed to taste this good.

This year I’ve been pretty obsessed with his pork chop. It’s a thick cut of Berkshire pork that’s pan roasted to a soft, tender texture. On its own, it’s full of deep, moist flavors but the chef pairs it with a rotating group of accompaniments. Currently, the hearty mascarpone polenta, sweet braised escarole. Price: $26

APIARY
60 Third Avenue (between 10th and 11th Street)
East Village
(212) 254-0888
apiarynyc.com

23. STEAK TARTARE at BRINDLE ROOM

Our first trip to Brindle Room was sort of lackluster. Nothing was bad, but nothing blew me away. That changed on the second visit when I got some tastes of amazingly flavorful dishes and was taken care of like I was part of the family.

The dishes this time around, including a nice kale salad and a thick juicy pork chop, were much more memorable, but it was their version of steak tartare that really got me excited. It’s served with housemade potato chip crisps which are much preferable to a limp baguette. Chef Jeremy Spector’s raw chopped meat is fresh, flavorful, and kissed with some special hot sauce that gives it a surprisingly tangy, mustardy kick. Price: $9

BRINDLE ROOM
277 East 10th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A)
East Village
(212) 529-9702
brindleroom.com

22. OXTAIL TERRINE at SALT & FAT

I was frightened about eating at Salt & Fat. All the reviews, while raves, talked about how rich and fatty the dishes were. The “Crack and Cheese” (which was no longer on the menu when I finally made it out to Sunnyside) sounded like a heart attack. But I am pleased to announce I did not suffer a heart attack at Salt & Fat and I discovered dish after dish of deliciousness.

The Oxtail Terrine was my favorite dish. The presentation is rather dark and rough – it looks like a big, black brick. If this was dessert, I might have been more eager to dig into what looked like a brownie. Once I touched my fork to the terrine, it generously fell apart and revealed itself to be a meaty, umami delight. It’s been braised in a dashi and shiitake mushroom broth before being assembled and perched on some exotic mushrooms with a spread of  sweet, rich caramelized onion puree. Price: $10

SALT & FAT
41-16 Queens Boulevard (between 41st and 42nd Street)
Sunnyside, Queens
(718) 433-3702
saltandfatny.com

21. LECHON ASADO at EL NUEVO BOHIO

“Lechon asado” simply translates to roasted pig, but the version at old-time Puerto Rican restaurant El Nuevo Bohio is so much more than that. And the always crowded dining room is proof. I don’t know if I ever would have discovered this place if not for a summertime visit to the Bronx Zoo.

The chopped pork is a moist, meaty mess of flavors with crispy pork skin shards for texture. A wonderfully intense mojo sauce gives the meat an extra garlicky kick, while the side of tostones (fried green plantains) provide a sweet. starchiness that complements the meat. And even though it’s simply roasted pork, this dish makes the trip to the Bronx worthwhile. Price: $7

EL NUEVO BOHIO
791 East Tremont Avenue (between Prospect Avenue and Mapes Avenue)
East Tremont, Bronx
(718) 294-3905

Once again Time Out New York released their Top 100 Dishes of the year and once again, I’m going to eat my way through every one. And no price point or subway delay will stop me. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100.

What an adventure it was trying to get a taste of the famous, elusive duck confit poutine at The Brindle Room!

We stopped by here a month or so ago and before we sat down, noticed it was not listed on the menu. Upon inquiry, the hostess told us it is only offered as a special from time to time. I guess the dish is rather labor intensive and they can only make a limited batch at once. She suggested we call again before coming.

So I made a phone call another week and spoke to a man (who sounded like the Chef) who said he was planning on making it for the coming weekend. We headed down to the East Village again, but no poutine.

Then I met co-owner Tiffany Dorman (who is ironically also usually the “door man”) at the Time Out Food and Drink Awards a while back. I spoke to her about it and she said to follow them on Twitter and they would be making it again soon. So, like a good student, I followed her instructions and after a tweet announcing the poutine, we showed up only to discover they had sold out of it the night before. I think Tiffany was just as frustrated as we were because we were not the first group to leave when we learned they were poutine-less.

Then on this fateful Friday afternoon I received a tweet that said they made the poutine, but to come early since there were only 10 orders available. They tweeted and we listened. We arrived just after 6:00 and were the second table in the restaurant. If we didn’t conquer the poutine this time, I think we may have had to surrender. The waitress listed it as a special, along with an off-the menu burger. And we rejoiced. Whew!

And so that’s how we finally got to taste the Duck Confit Poutine, which TONY listed as their Number Two dish of the year. Poutine is a traditional Canadian dish of french fries, topped with cheese curds and gravy. If that weren’t gut busting enough, The Brindle Room takes it over the top by adding pieces of confited duck (cooked in its own fat!)

The gravy was a bit thinner than I expected and more closely resembled a broth. It was full of salty meaty flavors, but I found myself shying away from it since it felt like just another unnecessary fat source. The cheese curds were squeaky and funky, the hand-cut potato sticks had a nice crunchy exterior and tender bite, and then that duck imparted savory spices like cloves and cinnamon. This was the ultimate comfort food.

But it struck me all as a bit unnecessary. I think the idea is pretty ingenuous, but it might be a little too much. As a rich tasty dish, it makes sense but this is not something I want to eat very often. You may as well add pork belly and foie gras to the mix. It’s almost the kitchen sink of cholesterol.

We also had their famous burger which was thankfully a modest portion next to the poutine and quite tasty. Along with a delicious and fresh radish salad, some rich baked oysters, a comfortable atmosphere, and spot-on service, I would absolutely come back to The Brindle Room. I just don’t think I’ll order the poutine. Odds are it won’t be available anyway.

Would The Brindle Room’s Duck Confit Poutine make my Top 100 of the Year? The flavors are warming and the textures rich and varied, but it overwhelmed me with one too many decadent ingredients earning it a 7 out of 10.

BRINDLE ROOM
227 East 10th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A)
East Village
(212) 529-9702
brindleroom.com

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