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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

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

It’s fitting for my last Dish of the Year for 2016 to be a surprising and bold dish. All the food at Fish Cheeks is full-on. The new and ultra-trendy Thai restaurant is much more than it seems. The food is from a young Thai chef who is focusing on seafood dishes from around Thailand.

A specials board also lists a promise: “No Pad Thai Zone.” This means you can be assured that the food is authentic and quite spicy. (more…)


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

New Yorkers just could not get enough poke this year. It was hand’s down the hottest food trend in the city with laughable queues at lunch for same chopped raw fish over rice. Pokeworks might have the longest lines but when I found an off-hour sweet spot, I understood why. The fish is fresh and the abundance of sauces and textured mix-ins is generous. Not to mention the taste. Price: $10.50/$12.95
POKEWORKS
63 West 37th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue),
Midtown West
(212) 575-8881
pokeworks.com

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

What used to be a little wine bar called Terroir has transformed into a temple for oysters, oysters, and more oysters. The bivalves are available in all forms – I really loved the baked oysters with seaweed butter, prosciutto pieces, and shaved eggs. Take that Oysters Rockefeller! But if raw, fried, or pickled is your thing, those are available here and all with fresh curated varieties. Oh and there’s still plenty of wine. Price: $9.75
ZADIE’S OYSTER ROOM
413 East 12th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A),
East Village
(646) 602-1300
zadiesoysterroom.com

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

The two times I’ve been to Greece, I could not get enough of the tiny little fish that were breaded and fried with a hint of salt. I haven’t found smelt on most Greek menus in the city but was excited when I uncovered them at a modest little Carroll Gardens taverna. These were briny and crunchy with a nice squeeze of lemon. The only thing missing is a glass of ouzo. Price: $12
AVLEE GREEK KITCHEN
349 Smith Street (between Carroll and 2nd Street),
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
(718) 243-2641
avleegreekkitchen.com

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

TITO RAD'S GRILL, 49-10 Queens Boulevard (between 49th and 50th Street), Woodside, Queens

Tuna is a fish I usually associate with Japanese nigiri, packed and canned, or lightly seared at a cheesy Pan-Asian restaurant. But I recently discovered that when the belly is marinated and grilled, it is a popular Filipino dish.

This was my first visit to Tito Rad’s Grill, a slightly hidden restaurant in Woodside, a number of blocks away from the congregation of Pinoy businesses known as Little Manila.

Despite its out-of-the-way location (or perhaps because of it), this is a popular spot for large gatherings and for people to try out some Filipino delicacies they have never experienced before.

This is where I tried fresh lumpia (the fried version is quite different) and the fresh wrapped crepe stuffed with vegetables was surprisingly light and tasty. It’s also where I discovered the Filipino use for the chicken of the sea.

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