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

It was New Year’s Eve and according to the meteorologists, it was the coldest it has ever been on this day. But that didn’t stop us from going out and exploring some bars and restaurants in the East Village. After all, we’d be inside most of the time.

Joke was on us when we walked through the doors of Angel’s Share, a Japanese cocktail bar and the first modern speakeasy in New York, and the waiter told us that their heat was not working. We decided to stay anyway with the hope of warming up from the expert boozy drinks. Heat or not, when you visit Angel’s Share and there is a table available (normally there are long lines), you take it.

It’s been a while since I had been here and so I had forgotten just how good their drinks are. We got two – a savory umami number called Into the Woods featuring wild mushrooms, walnut liqueur, and bourbon. And a surprising play on a piña colada.

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

The East Village is the center for good Japanese food in the city and now we can add one more stop to the list. DokoDemo opened this year selling more Japanese street food – the usual okonomiyaki, takoyaki, and yakisoba. The yakisoba was greaseless and flavorful with a sweet sauce clinging to the stir-fried wheat noodles. It was loaded with vegetables, protein (I got the small sweet shrimp, and topped with lively bonito flakes. Price: $8.95

DOKODEMO
89 East 4th Street (between Bowery and Second Avenue),
East Village
(917) 261-5228
dokodemonyc.com

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

Japanese-inspired cocktails are all the rage these days in NYC. Bar Moga specializes in them in a refined, traditional setting. I was really surprised by their Sleepwalk, which combined some refreshing complex flavors together – lemongrass shochu, a Yuzu saké, coconut, ginger, lime, and some rose water. It was a refreshing take on that was strong and a little too easy to drink. Price: $14

BAR MOGA
128 West Houston Street (at Sullivan Street),
Greenwich Village
(929) 399-5853
barmoga.com

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

We were not lacking for poke this year in New York. Everywhere you turned you saw advertisements for this Hawaiian bowl of raw fish on salad. It was so ubiquitous that it became rather annoying and the quality no doubt suffered since you could find it at any corner bodega. But the one that stood above the rest for me this year was Kome Waza. The quality was high, their ingredients were unique (hamachi, mango anchovy sauce, cold kale noodles, pumpkin seeds), and the flavors popped. In a sea of poke, this one stood out as the best this year.

EL ATORADERO BROOKLYN
708 Washington Avenue (between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue),
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
(718) 399-8226
elatoraderobrooklyn.com

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

Much like the Shark Eye at Mother of Pearl and a Bloody Mary (or Red Snapper) at Old King Cole Bar, the Sakagura Martini has become the stuff of NYC cocktail legend and in just a matter of a year. While it is very visual and Instagram-ready (if you can find the right light and angle), the drink is simplicity itself. Except you might not have thought of combining gin, sake, and maraschino liqueur for a smooth subtle martini twist. And garnished with a preserved cherry blossom, you’ll completely forget olives ever existed. Price: $16

BAR GOTO
245 Eldridge Street (between East Houston and Stanton Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 475-4411
bargoto.com

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…)


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