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

Fried calamari usually conjures images of heavily breaded tentacles with a chewy sometimes rubber texture. Not so at Rasa, which specializes in Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine. The crispy squid appetizer is sweet and spicy, slicked with a smabal chili sauce. But the squid is fried sans breading to a crisp, crunchy texture. There is certainly no rubberiness here. It reminds me of the crispy Thai noodle appetier Mi krop. But it’s squid! Price: $15
RASA
25 West 8th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Macdougal Street),
Greenwich Village
(212) 253-9888
rasanyc.com

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

NIX, 72 University Place (between East 11th and East 12th Street), Greenwich Village

Around the holidays, I try to gear my Dish of the Week to be appropriate for the season. Somehow on Thanksgiving, I always manage to find some interesting turkey dish and Christmas flavors are usually a home run come December 25.

For those that didn’t notice all the cheesy decorations around town, we are now fast approaching Halloween. And here I am without any recent great candy or pumpkin dishes to speak of. But I realized that the dish I recently tasted at the great vegetarian restaurant Nix is absolutely appropriate for Halloween. This is a mushroom dish that is somehow disguised as pasta. (more…)


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

ANTON'S DUMPLINGS, 320-338 Avenue of the Americas (at West 4th Street), Greenwich Village

One night after a Cocktail Tour, I was walking back to my train on 6th Avenue, searching for a quick bite to eat when I discovered a little cart I had never seen before. It was selling Russian dumplings. Yes, Russian dumplings! Now there’s a food cart option you don’t see every day in New York.

I got all excited that I had just made the newest food discovery in the city and everybody would be singing my praises for uncovering this hidden gem. Except once I did some research it turns out everybody and their mom’s food blog had already written about them.

Oh, well! That doesn’t mean that I can’t write about them too. (more…)


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

RASA, 25 West 8th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Macdougal Street), Greenwich Village

When I finally dined at Rasa, I was hoping to find a dish that would make its way to these pages, but I didn’t think beef rendang would be it. Rendang is one of the more common Malaysian dishes and it seems like a cliché to choose it as the one to write about. I almost think of it as the Pad Thai of Malaysian food. If there’s one dish you expect on the menu, it’s this one.

But this restaurant, which has been serving the changing crowds of 8th Street for three years now, serves a killer version. I’m happy to see a cute, homey Malaysian restaurant thriving on this strange restaurant street. All the other businesses seem to come and go so fast, but I hope this one sticks around for a long time. Especially because the food is so good. (more…)


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

HORMAN'S BEST PICKLES, Sixth Avenue (between Carmine Street and West 3rd Street), West Village

Even if you’ve never stopped there, odds are if you are a New Yorker you are familiar with the pickle stand right outside the West 4th Street subway station. In many ways, it’s in the center of the Village – just steps from the iconic basketball courts, very close to the food tour magent of Bleecker Street, and outside all the tattoo parlors lining Sixth Avenue. Pickle tattoos, anyone??

The name of the stand is Horman’s Best Pickles and it’s worth stoping by for a container of pickles or even one pickle on a stick to walk with down the block. (more…)


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

KIIN THAI EATERY, 36 East 8th Street (between Greene Street and University Place), Greenwich Village

I have walked by Kiin in Greenwich Village so many times and have always written it off as an  extension of some NYU cafeteria. I say that in jest, of course, but I never did think it was a legitimate destination for authentic Thai food.

When I recently learned it was owned by the team behind East Village’s Somtum Der, I realized a potential hidden gem awaited. So we checked it out one night. There were many college-aged diners, but we weren’t the only ones over 21. It seems the word is out that there is some legitimate homecooked Thai food here.

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