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

FUKU, 163 First Avenue (between East 10th and East 11th Street), East Village

Listen, I’m just as excited about the latest trend as everybody else. I’m super stoked to see the new Star Wars movie and I’ve been dying to try David Chang’s super hyped fried chicken sandwich since it debuted earlier this year. But I’m late to the game and that’s ok with me. I won’t see Star Wars on the first weekend with all the crowds that bought tickets weeks in advance. And I didn’t wait in the crazy lines this summer to have a taste of this spicy sandwich.

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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. 

Christmas cookies can sometimes be a waste of calories. Boring, bland, predictable. That’s what I’ve always thought, but one night I was visited by three spirits who showed me the way and taught me the true meaning of Christmas cookies.

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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 75: THANKSGIVING CROISSANT at MILK BAR

There are some dishes that get lots of press, but if you don’t hurry up and taste them, they’ll be gone before you know it. With a great focus on seasonal ingredients, the high mortality rate of restaurants in this city, and the popularity of special promotional creations, there is no hesitating allowed when it comes to New York food.

Here’s a dish you can get right this minute (but not much longer). While I’m not a big fan of Momofuku Milk Bar’s desserts, this savory creation is the best Thanksgiving meal you’ll ever have inside a hot pocket. A browned and flaky croissant is flavored with herb (sage, thyme, etc.) butter and holds a treasure trove of Thanksgiving flavors: roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, and peppery gravy. Stop what you’re doing and go grab one before it’s too late. Price: $4.50

MOMOFUKU MILK BAR
251 East 13th Street (between Second and Third Avenue),
East Village
15 West 56th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue),
Inside Chambers Hotel
Midtown West
15 West 56th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue),
Inside Chambers Hotel
Midtown West
382 Metropolitan Avenue (between Havemeyer and Marcy Avenue),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(347) 577-9504
561 Columbus Avenue (between 87th and 88th Street),
Upper West Side
(347) 577-9504
360 Smith Street (at 2nd Place),
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
(347) 577-9504
milkbarstore.com

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For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

Am I the only one with a sweet tooth who does not like Momofuku Milk Bar? I keep trying their bizarre soft serve flavors (like Cereal Milk, Salted Cucumber, or BBQ) in hopes that maybe this time I’ll “get it.” I can never finish the ice cream due to the cloyingly sweet flavors and the artificial taste. Yet they keep opening these dessert spots all over the city and people keep coming. I guess I just don’t get it.

I did finally “get” one of their other desserts. I’ve had some of their cake truffles in the past and again found them too sweet, rich, and borderline nauseating. I think the concept is great, but the execution has always left me unimpressed. So I wasn’t terribly excited when Time Out included the pretzel cake balls on their list.

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For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

The lunch menu at Momofuku’s Ssäm Bar is most definitely duck-centric. At dinner, the wild card in David Chang’s Asian food empire does a whole rotisserie duck meal (which requires reservations and a lot of money), in addition to a variety of other large format meals and entrees. But at lunch, it’s pretty much all duck.

Sure you could get some sides or a few slices of ham, but if you want anything verging on substantial, you better like the quacker.

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I’ve devoured Time Out’s 100 Best dishes and now, once again, I’ve been inspired to create my own list. These are the 100 dishes I have continued to think about since tasting them at some point in 2011. Look for another five dishes every few days. These are in no particular order. 

NUMBER 100: THE WATER MILL at QUALITY GREENS

I started last year’s list with a grilled chicken salad and I’ve found an even better one this year.

Quality Greens opened this summer inside FoodParc, an eclectic food court owned by Jeffrey Chodorow. Their salad kiosk has lots of customizable options and also a list of salad creations to choose from, including The Water Mill.

The salad itself is quite simple, with mixed greens, avocado, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, and tender organic chicken. But it’s the quality of those ingredients along with the sweet and zingy apple cider vinaigrette dressing that make this salad stand out from all the other tiresome grilled chicken salads out there. Price: $9.75

QUALITY GREENS
839 Sixth Avenue (between West 29th and West 30th Street),
Inside Food Parc in the Eventii Hotel,
Flatiron District
(646) 600-7140
foodparc.com

NUMBER 99: MISO COLE SLAW at COCORON

When I think cole slaw, I think sweet, mayonnaise laden bowls on the table at Jewish delis. Cocoron may be in the Lower East Side, but that’s about all it has in common with Katz’s.

This excellent new soba joint offers a few extra appetizers and side dishes to accompany their noodles and this was by far my favorite. It’s just a few bites, but the vibrant red cabbage tossed with a smoky earthy miso vinaigrette and topped with sesame seeds and scallions, has loads of flavor, crunch, and creativity. Price: $2.50

COCORON
61 Delancey Street (between Eldridge and Allen Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 925-5220
cocoron-soba.com

NUMBER 98: ROASTED BEETS AND HOMEMADE BURRATA at BELL, BOOK, & CANDLE

It seems every new restaurant is required to have a roasted beet on the menu. At Bell, Book, and Candle, a new-ish haunt in the West Village, they take it up a notch.

I had no doubt the beets (which came in both beautiful deep red and cantaloupe orange hues) were going to be fresh since the restaurant has a hydroponic garden on their roof where they grow many of their vegetables and herbs.

But it was the addition of an earthy olive oil, a pistachio pesto, and dots of mint that brought the rich, sweet flavors to life. And it never hurts when you have a creamy, homemade burrata cheese to accompany it and keep it from becoming too wholesome. Turns out they’ve been serving the burrata now with blistered tomatoes instead of those delicious beets. Price: $12

BELL, BOOK, & CANDLE
141 West 10th Street (between Greenwich Avenue and Waverly Place),
West Village
(212) 414-2355
bbandcnyc.com

NUMBER 97: SUMMER BEAN SALAD at MÁ PÊCHE

We came to Má Pêche to experience their Beef Seven Ways meal, but we couldn’t leave without sampling some of the other dishes they had on offer.
My favorite was surprisingly this beautiful salad of green and wax beans firmly tossed with a beautiful soy vinaigrette, radishes, and dramatic sesame seeds. It had a wonderful fresh crunch with spicy, smoky, sweet notes. And I haven’t even mentioned my favorite ingredient yet: puffy little balls that turned out to be brilliant tofu croutons that melted in my mouth.
Unfortunately this is no longer available on their seasonally changing menu, but their new Broccoli Salad sounds great and perhaps this will return next summer.
MOMOFUKU MÁ PÊCHE
15 West 56th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue)
Inside the Chambers Hotel
Midtown West
(212) 757-5878
momofuku.com/restaurants/ma-peche/

NUMBER 96: SMOKED CUCUMBERS at REDFARM

There seems to be a theme here, doesn’t there? I guess I really like Asian-influenced salads with sesame seeds. So sue me.

These were a play on pickles with rich sweet smoke flavors that gave way to a refreshing bit of heat from specks of red chilies that hid throughout the cucumbers. This was a great way to start the meal at this new upscale, market driven take on Chinese food.

And while the rest of the food was great here, I’d be just as happy to munch on these addictive and flavorful cucumbers all night long. How often do you hear that? Price: $6

REDFARM
529 Hudson Street (between 10th Street and Charles Street)
West Village
(212) 792-9700
redfarmnyc.com

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