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

When a dish comes out of the kitchen glowing red and spiked with peppercorns, I’m expecting some heat. The only thing that hinted at the spice level for this clear green fish soup was the name “spicy” and the two pepper symbols on the menu. It was a unique floral, numbing spice and was one of the most exciting dishes I’ve tasted at a Chinese restaurant.

Price: $25

HAO NOODLE AND TEA BY MADAM ZHU
401 Sixth Avenue (between Waverly Place and Greenwich Avenue)
Greenwich Village
(212) 633-8900
madamzhu.com

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

I’ve been to Lisbon three times now. Really not sure how that happened. A few years ago, Portugal wasn’t even on my radar as a destination. Now it’s the place I’ve visited the most in Europe.

And I love it – it’s a beautiful city, with heartfelt people, and an amazing undiscovered culinary culture. Each time I visit, I drink lots of Vinho Verde, eat a ton of incredible seafood (I’ve visited the legendary Ramiro all three times), and consumed my weight in pastries. One thing I’ve never been able to do (but always wanted to) was explore the African and Indian cuisines available in Portugal.

Mozambique, Goa, and Angola are all former colonies of Portugal, so due to many immigrants in Lisbon, the food is pretty authentic (at least that’s what they tell me). All three of these cuisines are rather underepresented in New York so since I was here, I wanted to explore it.

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

I really loved my meals at Fish Cheeks this year. Surprisingly there are not one or two dishes that made this list but three, The Coconut Crab Curry is probably the one that has gotten the most attention for its fieriness. I thought it was rather spicy but it was the complex bitter, herbal notes (from betel leaves) and the plentiful delicate sweet crab meat that really made this dish sing. It’s balanced with some creamy coconut milk and a boatload of other exotic spices. Price: $22

FISH CHEEKS
55 Bond Street (between Bowery and Lafayette Street),
Noho
(212) 677-2223
fishcheeksnyc.com

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

This year the best taco purveyor in Manhattan (Los Tacos No. 1) opened a secret little side bar making the best fish tacos in the city. These guys are called No. 1 for a reason. Seafood reigns supreme here and their ceviche is top notch. Served on a crisp tortille and topped with fresh avocado, the bass mixture is bright, fresh, and completely satisfying. Price: $4
LOS MARISCOS
409 West 15th Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenue),
Inside Chelsea Market
Chelsea
(212) 920-4986
http://www.losmariscos1.com

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

Ho Mok was definitely one of the most unique and interesting dishes I have tried in a long time. This is rather obscure Southereast Asian dish that is essentially a steamed fish custard. It’s much better than it sounds. The two pots of rich, creamy mousse are comprised of striped bass and a coconut based red curry. Maximum flavor is revealed through herbal kaffir lime and sweet Thai basil. Its unique texture and rich complex flavor make this a must try.   Price: $4

KIIN THAI EATERY
36 East 8th Street (between Greene Street and University Place),
Greenwich Village
(212) 529-2363
kiinthaieatery.com

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

Cikarashi is the underdog in the new poke movement sweeping the city. The bowls are a bit more refined with a chef’s eye rather than just a mess of raw fish and Asian toppings. The composed raw fish bowls are quite interesting, but I found myself craving their salmon collar Salt, meat and fat cling to the collar bone, while a bright acidic ponzu sauce cuts the richness and soaks into the warm rice, cucumbers, and soy-kissed daikon radishes/ Price: $15.49

CHIKARASHI
227 Canal Street (between Centre and Baxter Street),
Chinatown
(646) 649-5965
chikarashi.com

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