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

img_0681 I’m doing something I’ve never done before on this blog. And that’s because I just came back from an adventure that was unlike anything I’ve ever done before in my life. For six weeks of the summer, I was travelling around Europe meeting wonderful locals and eating amazing food. And I got paid for it!!

The real reason I was there was to make videos on some Urban Adventure tours. Stay tuned for 14 new episodes of Locals Know. But until then, to whet your appetite (and for me to re-live my incredible dream-come-true journey), I’ve decided to document the food I ate in each city.

So instead of picking just one dish of the week this week, I’m going to pick 14 – one for each city I visited.

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

GREAT NORTHERN FOOD HALL, inside Grand Central Terminal, 89 Vanderbilt Avenue (between 42nd and 45th Street), Midtown East

There have been a lot of fancy, trendy food halls that have opened in New York in the last few years. Most are just big spaces with a diverse option of over-priced gourmet local fast food. I’m mostly a fan of them and I understand this economy’s need for something like that. But Great Northern Food Hall is a little bit different.

This is one of a few ways that famous Danish chef Claus Mayer has practically taken over the culinary side of Grand Central Terminal. In addition to the new Nordic food hall, he has opened a high-end restaurant, a take-away grocer, and a hot dog stand – all within one of the world’s most famous transportation hubs.

I have to admit I was not anticipcating that the newest food hall in this town would be dedicated to Nordic food, but I’m glad to see this under-represented cuisine finally getting its due.

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