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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

Dessert is not always on the agenda for me at Indian restaurants, but maybe I should be a bit more open-minded. I’ve tried a few pastries and Indian sweets, but nothing has knocked my socks off like the makhan malai at Indian Accent. This ball of heaven is a light airy saffron milk dessert and they top it with rose petals, almonds, and jaggery (sugarcane brittle) that provide a brilliant crunch. If I had known this was so good, I might have skipped all the savory stuff. Price: $15 (or part of prix-fixe)

INDIAN ACCENT
123 West 56th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenue),
Midtown West
(212) 842-8070
indianaccent.com/newyork

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

A special occasion birthday dinner brought me to the new NYC location of a critically acclaimed Indian restaurant from New Delhi. It was among the inventive $75 prix fixe dinner that I discovered this week’s Dish of the Week, an Indian-New York mash-up.

Price: part of $75 prix fixe/$9 a la carte

INDIAN ACCENT
123 West 56th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenue),
Midtown West
(212) 842-8070
indianaccent.com/newyork

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

SADLY, BABU JI IS NOW CLOSED.

BABU JI, 175 Avenue B (at East 11th Street), East VillageOne of the things that fascinates me about international food is how it evolves in a new place. You know that they are not eating pizza with ham and pineapple in the small villages of rural Italy. General Tso Chicken is also nowhere to be found in China (unless Americans brought it there).

But what’s even more fascinating is how the same cuisines have evolved differently in other countries. The new Babu Ji showcases Indian food, the way it is served in Australia. Owners Jessi and Jennifer Singh have three Indian restaurants in Australia and have brought one of their concepts to the East Village.

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

MOTI MAHAL DELUX, 1149 First Avenue (at East 63rd Street), Upper East Side

Indian food is generally thought of as healthy. All those vegetables, herbs, and spices are actually good for you. But how then do you explain a dish called butter chicken?

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Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.

NUMBER 20: HAZELNUT SOUFFLE at MEHTAPHOR

Just in time for the biggest consumer holiday of them all, I thought it would be appropriate to examine five of the sweetest dough-based bites I consumed this year. Christmas time is for cookies and cakes, but most of us are happy to eat them all year long. When done right, the warm doughy concoctions are transcendent.

Chef Jenghar Mehta certainly knows from cakes and cookies, having been the pastry chef at Jean Georges. Most familiar for his appearance on the Next Iron Chef, this man seems to be able to do it all. At the end of a very nice and affordable savory meal of unique global flavors at his restaurant Mehtaphor, we stumbled upon his masterful hazelnut souffle. Light and airy, while also being buttery and rich, it paired nicely with a scoop of rum raisin ice cream. Price: $7

MEHTAPHOR
130 Duane Street (at Church Street),
Inside Duane Street Hotel
Tribeca
(212) 542-9440
mehtaphornyc.com

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