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For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

In the last few years, a brand new cuisine has been created that I (and most of NYC) like to refer to as “hipster Asian.” There’s a definite kitschy, hipster vibe to these restaurants that are all located in trendy neighborhoods like Soho or Red Hook – unlike the no frills Asian joints located in ethnic enclaves in the outer boroughs. Also, many of these chefs are white Americans who have spent some time in Asia falling in love with the cuisine. Now they’ve brought it to us and these five dishes are an argument for why this city is better for it.

NUMBER 20: TOFU RIBBON SALAD at YUNNAN KITCHEN

Tofu Ribbon Salad at YUNNAN KITCHEN

Somewhere between a spicy pasta dish and a cooling herb-loaded salad, is this plate of tofu ribbons. Inspired by the Yunnan region of China, the food at this Lower East Side restaurant is hip, authentic, and delicious. The long strands of tofu in the salad have a nice toothsome chew and sop up the bright dressing of spicy chilies, sweet tangy red onions, and loads of fresh mint and cilantro. If you can’t decide between pasta, salad, or vegetarian food, this is the dish for you. Price: $11

YUNNAN KITCHEN
79 Clinton Street (between Rivington and Delancey Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 253-2527
yunnankitchen.com

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For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

While an occupation as a fisherman is not in my future, I owe much of my enjoyment to those hard workers. I’ll devour seafood in just about any form – raw, poached, smoked, fried, etc. The variety of flavors and textures from the ocean is immense and these five fish dishes just skims the surface.

NUMBER 75: SMOKED TROUT & WILD MUSHROOM SALAD at VAN HORN SANDWICH SHOP

Smoked Trout & Wild Mushroom Salad at VAN HORN SANDWICH SHOPWho’d have guessed that a Brooklyn restaurant known for their fried chicken and pulled pork sandwiches would make a healthy and flavorful salad? Amidst frisée and red cress lettuce are chunks of smoky, salty trout and warm marinated wild mushrooms. Some toasted hazelnuts are added for texture and a sweet ginger molasses dressing tops things off. This is the pescatarian’s version of surf and turf and it’s every bit as meaty and umami-loaded as one would hope. Price: $11

VAN HORN SANDWICH SHOP
231 Court Street (between Baltic and Warren Street),
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
(718) 596-9707
vanhornbrooklyn.com

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

PIG AND KHAO, 68 Clinton Street (between Stanton and Rivington Street), Lower East Side

I must admit my expectations for Pig and Khao were pretty low. This Top Chef-driven restaurant (Leah Cohen was a troublemaker on Season Five) is co-owned by the Fatty Crew restaurant group. These are the brainchildren behind hipster hangouts like Fatty ‘Cue and Fatty Crab. These are some of my least favorite restaurants in the city. And after three disappointing meals of overpriced overhyped hipster Asian food with frustratingly bad service, I’ve vowed to never return to Fatty ‘Cue.

So you can imagine my hesitation in entering the narrow, super-hot new restaurant in the Lower East Side. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment (I’m certainly a glutton), but the hype has been good so far and it’s hard to resist a restaurant with pig in the name.

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