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

Li-Lac makes some incredible chocolate from peanut butter cups to mint bars, but the most addicting thing I tried at this chocolatier from 1923 were the butter crunch bits. Not as overly chocolatey as other offerings, these are by far the most addicting. The milk chocolate hugs buttery almond toffee and then is covered with a dusting of almond. I seriously dare you to eat just one… or two.

LI-LAC CHOCOLATES
40 Eighth Avenue (at Jane Street),
West Village
(212) 924-2280
162 Bleecker Street (between Sullivan and Thompson Street),
Greenwich Village
(212) 924-2280
Inside Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue (at 15th Street),
Chelsea
(212) 924-2280
Inside Grand Central Market
43rd Street and Lexington Avenue,
Midtown East
(212) 924-2280
68 35th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue),
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
(212) 924-2280
li-lacchocolates.com

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

I’ve often sang the praises of the yeast bombs made by Dough – always slathered with a perfectly balanced flavored glaze (blood orange is king). But this year was the first time I had tried one of their stuffed doughnuts. and I don’t think I’ll ever go back. The inconspicuous cinnamon covered orb opens up to reveal a sweet, sticky chocolatey nutella interior that’s a perfect complement to all that dough. Price: $2.75
DOUGH
448 Lafayette Avenue (at Franklin Avenue),
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
(347) 5333-7544
14 West 19th Street (at Fifth Avenue),
Chelsea
(212) 243-6844
Inside UrbanSpace at Vanderbilt Hall,
230 Park Avenue (at 45th Street),
Midtown East
(646) 747-0806
Inside City Kitchen,
700 Eighth Avenue (between 44th and 45th Street),
Midtown West
doughdoughnuts.com

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

2016 was a pretty sad year for the New York restaurant world. It seemed like every week another announcement revealed that an old standby or well-regarded food spot was closing – victims of astronomical rents or high labor costs or just plain bored chefs.

Carnegie Deli, Soto, Montmarte, Betony, Fritzl’s Lunch Box, and Pork Slope were just some of the great dining establishments we lost. But the saddest for me by far was Victory Garden.

I didn’t write enough about this goat milk ice cream business in the West Village. I think that’s probably because I was so busy enjoying it and always forgot to sit down and reflect. It was definitely the place I visited the most – after dinner, after work, on the way home. Whenever I could. The soft serve was simply divine and the flavors were healthy and surprising.

But unlike most of those other businesses, we haven’t completely lost Victory Garden. Thank the good Lord!! They will still be packaging their ice cream in pints at local grocery stores, summertime will bring an ice cream wagon, and their incredible soft serve is available (albeit in one flavor only) at a cool little stand at Chelsea Market.

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

This year the best taco purveyor in Manhattan (Los Tacos No. 1) opened a secret little side bar making the best fish tacos in the city. These guys are called No. 1 for a reason. Seafood reigns supreme here and their ceviche is top notch. Served on a crisp tortille and topped with fresh avocado, the bass mixture is bright, fresh, and completely satisfying. Price: $4
LOS MARISCOS
409 West 15th Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenue),
Inside Chelsea Market
Chelsea
(212) 920-4986
http://www.losmariscos1.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Doughnuts at DOUGHNUTTERYFor years, Doughnuttery has been quietly frying mini-doghnuts to order and tossing them with innovative flavored sugars (like lavendar/pistachio or coffee/banana/coconut). It’s all been happening in a corner of Chelsea Market and at a few food markets around town. I had no idea how amazingly these little hot, fresh balls of dough were until they got nominated (and won) for the Vendy Awards this year. MY visits to Chelsea Market will never be the same again (and neither will my waistline).

DOUGHNUTTERY
425 West 15th Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenue),
Inside Chelsea Market,
Chelsea
(212) 633-4359
doughnuttery.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Roasted Chicken 'Chimi' Salad at NUM PANG

Num Pang is known for their meat-heavy Cambodian-style sandwiches. And they’re great with cilantro and pickled vegetables on a buttery baguette, but I discovered that the flavors are just as bold and unique in salad form. I’ve been addicted to their chimchurri-glazed chicken salad this entire year. On top of bean sprouts, peppers, peanuts, and cabbage, the moist thigh meat is hearty and delicious and only enhanced by the sweet tangy dressing. Price: $10.95

NUM PANG
21 East 12th Street (between Fifth Avenue and University Place),
Greenwich Village
(212) 255-3271
140 East 41st Street (between Lexington and Third Avenue),
Midtown East
(212) 867-8889
148 West 48th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenue),
Midtown West
(212) 421-0743
119 Broadway (between 25th and 26th Street),
Flatiron District
(212) 647-8889
75 Ninth Avenue (at 16th Street),
Inside Chelsea Market,
Chelsea
(212) 390-8851
225 Liberty Street (at West Street),
Inside Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place
Battery Park City
(212) 227-1957
75 Broad Street (at South William Street),
Financial District
(646) 964-4150
numpangnyc.com

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