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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…

Fried Chicken at BARABara is a fun, hip new restaurant that brings the flavor of France, Japan, and the US together. In their well-regarded fried chicken, buttermilk soaked chicken is battered and fried. The juicy meat and salty, crisp skin would be memorable on its own, but the chili garlic dipping sauce and tangy kohlrabi slaw make it that much more unique and interesting. Price: $18

BARA
58 East 1st Street (between Second and First Avenue),
East Village
(917) 639-3197
bararestaurantnyc.com

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

Quiche at MAMAN

Last year, I couldn’t get enough of Maman’s game-changing chocolate chip cookie. This year, I found myself at the trendy French café a bit earlier in the day. So instead of indulging on a cookie at 10am, I became slightly addicted to their housemade quiche. They offer quite a variety of fillings, but I always enjoyed the fresh mozzarella and prosciutto or the roasted leeks and Dijon mustard. The tops are always nicely caramelized and the pastry shell is absolute perfection. Price: $6

MAMAN
239 Centre Street
(between Broome and Grand Street),
Soho
(212) 226-0770
mamannyc.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…
Smoked Trout Scramble at FRENCH LOUIE

It’s hard to wow me at brunch, but I quite enjoyed my early afternoon weekend meal at French Louie. This clean, classy French bistro served soft scrambled eggs in a bowl (a unique preparation) and they were mixed beautifully with smoked trout, some créme fraiche, and herbs. It was a simple and light brunch, but expertly prepared and truly delicious. Price: $11

FRENCH LOUIE
320 Atlantic Avenue (between Smith and Hoyt Street),
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
(718) 935-1200
frenchlouienyc.com

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

JEAN-GEORGES, 1 Central Park West (between West 61st Street and Columbus Circle), Upper West Side

My birthday, as it does every year, just came around. And while it means I get another year older, it also means I get to have a blow out meal and hit one of the high-end restaurants I wouldn’t dream of going to the rest of the year.

This year, it was Jean-Georges, which recently received a second round of four stars from the New York Times. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of the city’s most lauded restaurateurs with a range of restaurants around town. His namesake (and one of the few I have not been to) is in the Trump Tower just across from Central Park.

It’s a little different from most haughty French fine dining restaurants since the chef adds some international (mostly Asian) twists to the refined food. Also, service at these types of restaurants often strike me as stuffy, but the young lady who took care of us was genuinely helpful, considerate, and without any pretense. Along with the food, it made for an excellent birthday meal.

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

JEAN DANET PASTRY, 7526 5th Avenue (at 76th Street), Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Bay Ridge must be the bakery district. In a matter of a few blocks in this diverse Brooklyn neighborhood, you have a Greek pastry shop, a French one, an iconic Scandinavian one, and one hailing from the Middle East. That’s a lot of eclectic and delicious treats in a small radius.

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