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

Spice comes in all forms and while the fried chicken at Carla Hall’s Brooklyn restauarant may look harmless enough – it has a serious burn. This is especially true as you get higher in numbers on the sampler plate of her hot fried chicken tenders. They range from a bold honey and hot paprika marinate (Number 2) to a fiery pineapple and habañero (Number 4) all the way up to a hellish trio of banana, carolina reaper, and ghost chili peppers (Number 6). I couldn’t get through the last one, but it was a fun paleate-challenging journey to take. Price: $14.25
CARLA HALL’S SOUTHERN KITCHEN
115 Columbia Street (between Baltic and Kane Street),
Columbia Waterfront, Brooklyn
(718) 855-4668
carlahallssouthernkitchen.com

For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

In the last few years, a brand new cuisine has been created that I (and most of NYC) like to refer to as “hipster Asian.” There’s a definite kitschy, hipster vibe to these restaurants that are all located in trendy neighborhoods like Soho or Red Hook – unlike the no frills Asian joints located in ethnic enclaves in the outer boroughs. Also, many of these chefs are white Americans who have spent some time in Asia falling in love with the cuisine. Now they’ve brought it to us and these five dishes are an argument for why this city is better for it.

NUMBER 20: TOFU RIBBON SALAD at YUNNAN KITCHEN

Tofu Ribbon Salad at YUNNAN KITCHEN

Somewhere between a spicy pasta dish and a cooling herb-loaded salad, is this plate of tofu ribbons. Inspired by the Yunnan region of China, the food at this Lower East Side restaurant is hip, authentic, and delicious. The long strands of tofu in the salad have a nice toothsome chew and sop up the bright dressing of spicy chilies, sweet tangy red onions, and loads of fresh mint and cilantro. If you can’t decide between pasta, salad, or vegetarian food, this is the dish for you. Price: $11

YUNNAN KITCHEN
79 Clinton Street (between Rivington and Delancey Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 253-2527
yunnankitchen.com

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For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

That poor little chicken has gotten a bad reputation for so long. Most of us know chicken in this country from overly processed, dry, bland preparations. But if done right, the clucker can take on lots of flavor and be a nice source of protein. There are chicken dishes in this city that change the game on what we know about poultry. Here are five from this year.

NUMBER 40: SHREDDED HUDSON VALLEY CHICKEN at NIGHTINGALE 9

Hudson Valley Shredded Chicken Salad at NIGHTINGALE 9

My childhood lunch box often contained a lackluster sandwich of egg, tuna, or chicken salad. Mom was good enough to mix some crunchy celery with the mayonnaise from time to time, but she forgot the mint leaves, shredded cabbage, fried onions, and peanuts. Chef Robert Newton, however, adds those things and more to his Vietnamese-inspired chicken salad which features tender poached chicken shreds along with the previous ingredients and a shower of spicy red chiles. The dressing was bright and tangy, but had a sweet herbal finish. If only my Mom was Robert Newton! Sure, that would have been strange, but I would have had the best lunch box in school, Price: $12

NIGHTINGALE 9
345 Smith Street (between Carroll Street and 1st Place),
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
(347) 689-4699
nightingale9.com

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

POK POK, 127 Columbia Street (between Kane and Degraw Street), Columbia Waterfront, Brooklyn

When we visited the original Pok Pok in Portland, Oregon a few years back, we ordered terribly. While we liked the food, we chose all the heavier meat dishes. We must have been ravenous because there was no lightness in our choices of steak salad, followed by pork ribs, followed by chicken wings, followed by stewed duck leg. A meat coma was induced and we left thinking of Pok Pok as an Asian steakhouse. We messed up!

Chef Andy Ricker opened an almost identical New York branch last year and the foodie masses have descended. I had heard about game-changing hipster Asian food (yes, that’s a cuisine now) worth the hour long waits. It was time for us to fix the damage.

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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 45: SORACHI ACE from BROOKLYN BREWERY

Ok, so this is not a drinking blog, but I’ve spent much time searching for the best beer in the city (come on, it’s liquid bread) and what do you do while you eat? Drink! And I’ve found some deliciously quaffable concoctions along my journeys.

Named for the rare Sorachi Ace hops that was developed in Japan, Brooklyn Brewery initially released this unique saison beer as a 750 ml bottle feremented beer and this year started offering it as a draft option. It stretches the imagination of what beer can be with a spicy citrus/lemongrass flavor followed by  a clean champagne yeast finish. It’s endlessly drinkable and pairs brilliantly with all types of food. Sparkling wine better watch its back. Price Varies

BROOKLYN BREWERY
79 North 11th Street (between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 486-7422
brooklynbrewery.com

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