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

I have such fond memories of eating some wonderful dishes in 2015. But these five were so surprising and hugely delicious, that they stand above all the rest. While I still can taste their flavors in my mind’s palate, I can’t wait to truly try them again.

NUMBER 5: KASHK BADEMJAN at TASTE OF PERSIA

Kashk Bedemjan at A TASTE OF PERSIA

In the coming weeks, I will be releasing a video all about Persian food in the city and it will feature Saeed Pourkay talking about his incredible dishes. My favorite at his hidden counter inside a non-descript pizzeria is the kasha bademjan. For those unfamiliar with Persian food (or Farsi), this is a delicate, richly flavor eggplant dish. The browned eggplant is sweet and nutty; its flavors enhanced by lots of garlic, onions, and an amazing thing called kashk (drained sour yogurt whey).

TASTE OF PERSIA
12 West 18th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue),
Flatiron District
(917) 592-3467
facebook.com/TasteOfPersiaNYC

NUMBER 4: FEDORA BURGER at BAR SARDINE

Fedora Burger at BAR SARDINE

I had some really great burgers this year, but the one that I crown as the best was the modest little creation available at Bar Sardine in the West Village. I even send tourists to this local spot to get a taste of the flattened potato roll filled with an excellent chuck and brisket patty. It’s topped with smoked cheddar, frizzled potato strings, and a sweet/smoky barbecue mayo. Crisp, crunchy textures shine alongside the complex juicy flavors. And it’s rightfully named king of the burgers. Price: $13

BAR SARDINE
183 West 10th Street (between Seventh Avenue South and West 4th Street),
West Village
(646) 360-3705
barsardinenyc.com

NUMBER 3: CANELÉ at BOSIE TEA PARLOR

Canelé at BOISE TEA PARLOR

Food tour groups go up and down Bleecker to the usual spots, like Murray’s Cheese and Amy’s Bread. But they never wander down Morton Street to try the best French pastry in the neighborhood. Unassuming Bosie Tea Parlor offers a full-on tea service and pastries to go. However you get it, make sure to try the canelé – with a dark caramelized crust that breaks open to reveal a soft, eggy vanilla-scented cake. Price: $3

BOSIE TEA PARLOR
10 Morton Street (between Bleecker Street and Seventh Avenue South),
West Village
(212) 352-9900
bosienyc.com

NUMBER 2: POP’S PASTRAMI at HARRY & IDA’S MEAT AND SUPPLY CO.

Pop's Pastrami at HARRY & IDA'S MEAT AND SUPPLY CO.

It’s rare that a chef re-invents and reinvigorates the classic pastrami sandwich. But Will Horowitz has gone above and beyond at his new butcher and sandwich shop. The place specializes in smoked sandwiches and nothing is better than the pastrami. It’s as tender as anything from Katz’s with layers of smoke, pepper, and meaty goodness in each bite. The brilliant combination of pickled cucumbers, tangy mustard, and fresh dill separates the sandwich from the usual Jewish deli construction. Price: $17.50

HARRY & IDA’S MEAT AND SUPPLY CO.
189 Avenue A (between East 11th and East 12th Street),
East Village
(646) 864-0967
meatandsupplyco.com

NUMBER 1: HONEY BUTTER CHIPS at OIJI

Honey Butter Chips at OIJI

The most exciting meal I had all year (at Oiji) was capped off by a plate of potato chips!?! These incredible, unique bites are listed as a side but are served as a dessert. The freshly fried potato slices are glazed with, yes, butter and honey. There’s also a surprising dusting of cayenne pepper to give the dusg a slightly, smoky, savory note. No question, though, they are an indulgent sweet, rich capper to an exquisit meal. And I literally could not stop popping them in my mouth. They are something I will think about long after 2015 has come to an end. Price: $6

OIJI
119 First Avenue (between East 7th and East 8th Street),
East Village
(646) 767-9050
oijinyc.com

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

Ash Reshteh at TASTE OF PERSIA

I have been completely seduced by Persian food this year. Keep your eyes peeled for a video all about my adventures discovering this aromatic cuisine. My favorite place to eat it is at Taste of Persia where every dish is intoxicating. Always on the menu is the deeply flavored ash reshteh, a bean stew with noodles, spinach, and lots of unique spices. It’s topped with kashk (similar to a yogurt) and lots of crispy garlic and fried shallots. Once you taste it, there’s no going back.

TASTE OF PERSIA
12 West 18th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue),
Flatiron District
(917) 592-3467
facebook.com/TasteOfPersiaNYC

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

Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

The greatest day in mobile food vending is back. On September 12, the Vendy Awards will take place on Governor’s Island honoring the greatest in New York’s food vending community. Tickets are still available for purchase here. For the next few weeks, I’ll be documenting all of the nominees in three categories.

Rookie of the Year: Old Traditional Polish Cuisine

There’s dozens of taco trucks, plenty of pizza vehicles, and a myriad of lobster roll wagons in this city. But there’s only one truck selling the hearty, traditional food from Poland. Pierogies and kielbasa make for excellent street food and Old Traditional Polish Cuisine is cooking them up with authentic flavors and straight from the heart.

Old Traditional Polish Cuisine

Dessert of the Year: Doughnuttery

Evan Feldman had a brilliant new idea about doughnuts. At Doughnuttery in Chelsea Market or at Broadway Bites, he fries all his mini-doughnuts to order (on an invenive machine) and then shakes them up with uniquely flavored sugars infused with surprising ingredients like coffee, bacon, or purple potato chips. This makes for a magical, fresh, and addicting take on the usually ordinary fried dough.Doughnuttery

Market Vendor of the Year: Gumbo Bros.

At Madison Square Eats, you can find a range of food vendors, but the one to check out as the weather gets colder and you start craving hearty, spicy stews is Gumbo Bros. Started by friends and LSU alum Adam and Clay as a way to fill their gumbo craving, it’s one of the few spots in the city to get authentic, full-flavored Cajun food.

Gumbo Bros.


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

A TASTE OF PERSIA, 12 West 18th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue), Flatiron DistrictIf you follow the address for Taste of Persia you might be momentarily confused because you will arrive at a divey pizza joint called Pizza Paradise. Where is this amazing Persian food I’m about to tell you about? Well, it’s actually in a little nook just near the window of the pizza place and it’s at this tiny rented space that Saeed Pourkay is introducing passersby to one of the greatest cuisines in the world.

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

HANJAN, 36 West 26th Street (between Broadway and 6th Avenue), Flatiron DistrictDdukbokki is not a recognizable dish to most Americans. Even if you’re vaguely familiar with Korean food, you probably know the kimchis and the bibimbaps. But you should open yourself to the world of ddukbokkis (not sure if that’s the correct plural, but why not?)

In my mind, Ddukbokki is the perfect Korean dish. It combines both contrasting textures with lots of bright, balanced flavors. They look like glazed carrots, but the tubular rice cakes tossed with mixed bits of fish cake are soft and chewy with bold sweet and spicy flavors

I’ve had this addictive snack a handful of times before, but the richer and slightly more refined version I tasted at Hanjan, has turned me into a ddukbokki junkie.

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