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For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

People in the food world always love to claim each year as being the “year of the cupcake” or the “year of fried chicken” or the “year of something.” While many people might decalre 2013 the year of BBQ or the year of Nordic food in NYC, I became smitten with that old American favorite: the burger. I kept biting into one delicious meat bomb after another and here are five of my favorites (some old, some new, and one very unusual).

NUMBER 65: THE ORIGINAL at UMAMI BURGER

The Original at UMAMI BURGER

I’d heard about the legend of the Umami Burger long before they opened their first NYC location this year. Even my non food-obssessed friends on the West Coast were calling to tell me about this new burger joint that highlighted the mysterious undiscovered taste: umami. Used to describe savory, meaty notes, the word umami is thrown around a lot these days. But every component of the original Umami Burger showcases the often misunderstood word. The already-meaty beef blend is brushed with a special umami sauce (containing umami-rich ingredients like seaweed and miso), then seared and sandwiched together on a toasty Portuguese bun, along with caramelized onions, oven-roasted tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, and a parmesan crisp. If you want to know what umami is, this burger will show you. Price: $12

UMAMI BURGER
432 Sixth Avenue (between 9th and 10th Street),
Greenwich Village
(212) 677-8626
umami.com

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

SADLY, FRITZL’S LUNCH BOX IS NOW CLOSED.

FRITZL'S LUNCH BOX, 173 Irving Avenue (between Stockholm and Stanhope Street), Bushwick, Brooklyn

When I first arrived in New York, all of my friends were moving to cheap apartments in this artsy, gritty neighborhood of Brooklyn called Williamsburg. Well, we all know how that story ended. Today, my just-out-of-college friends would not be able to afford to live in Williamsburg. They would manage to find a cheap apartment a little further out on the L train in Bushwick.

I hate to sound cliché, but Bushwick really is the new Williamsburg. That’s where some of the most exciting new restaurants, bars, and art gallerys are popping up. Everybody knows about Roberta’s by now, but it’s worth it to explore a little deeper into the neighborhood.

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