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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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Category: Cheesecake

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

BOISE TEA PARLOR, 10 Morton Street (between Bleecker Street and Seventh Avenue South), West Village

I certainly do not need an excuse to sing the praises of French pastries. And the truth is it’s a complete coincidence that Bastille Day was this week.

Bosie Tea Parlor has been on my list for a while and I found myself wandering around the West Village early one Saturday morning before a tour. I realized this was the perfect opportunity to pick up a small little sweet for breakfast. And what a sweet little breakfast it was!

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

DIRTY FRENCH, 180 Ludlow Street (between Houston and Stanton Street), Inside Ludlow Hotel, Lower East SidePrices at New York restaurants are getting out of control. I understand there a lot of factors to this (rent hikes, food costs, aggressive PR), but it’s getting to the point where I laugh in shock every time I open a menu.

At Dirty French, it’s so hip and expensive that the prices aren’t even posted on their online menu. This is one of the more recent openings in the Torrisi-Carbone powerhouse and they focus on classic French brasserie food. I haven’t made it to Santina yet and have not been able to save up enough to check out Carbone. But I am a fan of the food at the more affordable Parm, so I thought a lunch excursion to Dirty French was in order.

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