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

When people ask me what’s my favorite restaurant in the city, I laugh and roll my eyes responding about how impossible that is to choose. But the truth is I probably should tell them Kyo Ya.

It’s such a humble, under-the-radar place that even I forget about it sometimes. I’ve had my birthday dinner there twice and been by for a few other special meals. For those that don’t know, it’s a Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant with both an a la carte menu and a seasonal tasting kaiseki. The delicacy and inventiveness here often backs up my statement that Japanese food is my favorite cuisine.

Two years ago, the Kyo Ya team opened a slightly less fancy restaurant a few blocks away and called it Autre Kyo Ya (which means “Other Kyo Ya” in French). And here the food is advertised as a fusion between Japanese favors and French cooking techniques. (more…)


I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

I really felt like I stumbled upon the next great food find when I saw a modest special on the menu at Takashi. I’ve heard of ramen bowls and ramen burgers but this was the first ramen quesadilla I had seen. And it was great – also a riff on a Japanese okonomiyaki pancake, it was comprised of crisp ramen noodles packed with chewy beef tendon, bold shiso leaf, and aged manchego cheese. And instead of guacamole and salsa, it was topped with the usual okonomayaki garnishes: bonito flakes, Japanese mayo, and seaweed.
TAKASHI
456 Hudson Street (between Morton Street and Barrow Street)
West Village
(212) 414-2929
takashinyc.com

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

GOA TACO, 79 Delancey Street (between Allen and Orchard Street), Lower East Side

You’d think by now we’ve seen every possible iteration of tacos. I can’t imagine Goa Taco is the first to re-imagine the Mexican wraps with Indian paratha bread and I can’t imagine they will be the last.

But in the New York food world, they get the credit. For now at least. Until someone else comes up with a better idea.

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

CHEZ SARDINE, 183 West 10th Street (between West 4th Street and Seventh Avenue South), West Village

Nose-to-tail dining is the practice of serving all parts of the animal. There’s no waste and some of the more delicious pieces are actually the ones that usually get thrown away. Things like crispy skin or fried pig tails. They sound strange and perhaps scary to your typical American, but serving these dishes is a good way to practice responsible carnivorism.

Chez Sardine is operating on a different level. They’re doing head-to-head eating. You can really get up close and personal with your dinner through their popular miso maple salmon head.

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