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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 90: THE YETI at BIEN CUIT

Bread has never gone out of style, but some food artisans are doing it major justice this year. While most of these are dressed up with exemplary toppings, it was often the dough itself that made all the difference.

The ever changing roster of pastries at Bien Cuit could make my head spin with indecision (and it often does). Thankfully, the intriguing Yeti helped me choose.

A flat and glazed croissant-like pastry is baked until browned and crisp while a dollop of the most extraordinary topping combination sits in the center: a sweet tangy mascarpone mixed with bright aleppo pepper and studded with crunchy cacao nibs. It’s a mind-bending sweet/savory, buttery/crunchy pastry that is truly well done. Price: $3.75

BIEN CUIT
120 Smith Street (between Dean Street and Pacific Street),
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
(718) 852-0200
biencuit.com

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My search for the best pizza in New York continues….

It’s funny to me how there are celebrities in every field that nobody else really cares about. For instance, I’m sure there’s the top dog real estate guru that all realtors would know by name, but I would treat like anybody else on the street. So, of course the same holds true for the food world. And more specifically, the pizza world.

Any pizza fanatic or serious food writer would know the name Antonio Starita, the owner of the oldest pizzeria in Naples. And if they didn’t, they most certainly do know that he’s opened a New York branch of his Naples pizzeria with his well-established protege Roberto Caporuscio. Roberto, of course, is the pizzaiolo and co-owner of one of my favorite pizza restaurants in the city, Kesté.

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