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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

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

It’s the holiday season, which means most of the local bakeries and dessert spots roll out holiday-themed specials. Thankfully we’ve moved on from the pumpkin spice everything and now you’ll see egg nog cookies, peppermint ice cream, and gingerbread cakes.

Some bakeries also give a nod to Hanukkah. One of the traditional treats for the Festival of Lights are jelly doughnuts called Sufganiyot. So you can find special homemade jam dough bombs at Dough and unique interpretations like the Honey Tahini and Halva doughnut at Taïm. But I found the most surprising of all in marshmallow form. (more…)


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

I have yet to do my official search for the city’s best cannoli (one day – just you wait) but I think I may have already found them. And they are not from any of the bakeries that make all the other food publication’s lists. These traditional cannoli come from a newer vendor in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market which might be the most authentic Sicilian stop in the entire neighborhood. Italians sip espresso from the counter, every pastry is served with a cold glass of water, and the cannoli are comprised of a browned fried shell and the most luxurious sheep’s milk ricotta filling you can imagine. Price: $1.75/$3.50

CAFFÉ & GELATO
2344 Arthur Avenue (between East 186th Street and Crescent Avenue),
Inside Arthur Avenue Retail Market
Belmont, Bronx
(718) 684-3102
caffeandgelato.com

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

Perhaps I fell for the cute, Instagram-friendly shape of these custard buns, but they were really my favorite thing at the dim sum meal I had at Joy Luck Palace. They are stuffed with a not-too-sweet egg custard and the pig faces themselves melt away into a texture somewhere between mochi and white bread. They’re both adorable and delicious.

JOY LUCK PALACE
98 Mott Street (between Canal and Hester Street),
Chinatown
(212) 219-2828
joyluckpalaceny.com/newyork

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

Dessert is not always on the agenda for me at Indian restaurants, but maybe I should be a bit more open-minded. I’ve tried a few pastries and Indian sweets, but nothing has knocked my socks off like the makhan malai at Indian Accent. This ball of heaven is a light airy saffron milk dessert and they top it with rose petals, almonds, and jaggery (sugarcane brittle) that provide a brilliant crunch. If I had known this was so good, I might have skipped all the savory stuff. Price: $15 (or part of prix-fixe)

INDIAN ACCENT
123 West 56th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenue),
Midtown West
(212) 842-8070
indianaccent.com/newyork

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

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