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

EL COLMADO, Inside Gotham West Market, 600 Eleventh Avenue (between West 44th and 45th Street), Hell's Kitchen

I’m taking a much needed vacation this week to Portugal and Spain. Having never been to the Iberian peninsula, I’m super excited. This means a chance to try lots of tapas and to practice my Spanish (and Portuguese).

Recently, I visited the hip food court Gotham West Market before a show and I got a dish from the always-crowded tapas bar El Colmado. It was so good and I’m just hoping all my meals in Spain are as memorable.

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As we put 2014 to bed, I one more time dream about the ten best dishes I tasted throughout the year. You can read more about each dish here or you can just watch this video and revel in my gluttony.

Top 10 Dishes of 2014


Looking back on 2014, I present the most memorable and greatest dishes of my year.

In years past, I’ve done a full two month countdown of all 100 of my favorite dishes. This year, I decided to just focus on and give praise to the ten most memorable dishes of the year. I’ll still put out a complete 100 Best list, but for now, I’m going to cut right to the chase. So here are the ten best dishes I consumed in 2014.

NUMBER 10: SCRAMBLED EGGS at GATO

Scrambled Eggs at GATO

You might think anybody can scramble some eggs, but celebrity chef Bobby Flay shows us how it’s really done. This year, he proved he was more than just a pretty face with his hit Spanish restaurant Gato. The food is actually quite good and the most impressive is a seemingly simple plate of fluffy breakfast food. The eggs are tossed with butter, creme fraiche, and goat cheese and drizzled with chives and hot sauce. They seduce you atop some grilled toast smeared with tomato confit oil and spicy almond romesco sauce. I’ll admit these are a far cry from what ends up on my homecooked breakfast plate. Price: $14

GATO
324 Lafayette Street (between Bleecker and East Houston Street),
Noho
(212) 334-6400
gatonyc.com

NUMBER 9: THICK-CUT SMOKED BACON at KEENS STEAKHOUSE

Thick-Cut Smoked Bacon at KEENS STEAKHOUSE

I just wrote about this dish last week, but I’m sure it will never leave my memory. This classic steakhouse cooks up a legendary and memorable mutton chop, but nothing is as good as their thickly sliced pork belly fat. It has a perfect layer of both caramelized fat and flavorful meat that is blessed with a lick of sweetness and a subtle smokiness. This is one to eat with a knife and fork. It’s like a giant and juicy bacon steak. Price: $14

KEENS STEAKHOUSE
72 West 36th Street (between Sixth and Fifth Avenue),
Midtown West
(212) 947-3636
keens.com

NUMBER 8: CARROTS WELLINGTON at NARCISSA

Carrots Wellington at NARCISSA

Vegetables have been front and center this year and nobody has used them better than Chef John Fraser at Narcissa. The hip restaurant turns out exceptional vegetable dishes that are disguised as meat. Case in point: there is no beef in this wellington. A golden buttery puff pastry hugs glazed and roasted carrots in addition to a sprinkling of a surprisingly umami-laden espresso and walnut crumble. It’s decadent and tender ensuring that the phrase “Where’s the Beef?” never comes to mind. Price: $24

NARCISSA
21 Cooper Square
(corner of 5th Street and Bowery),
Inside The Standard Hotel
East Village
(212) 228-3344
narcissarestaurant.com

NUMBER 7: CHEESECAKE at EILEEN’S SPECIAL CHEESECAKE

Plain Cheesecake at EILEEN'S SPECIAL CHEESECAKE

The cheesecake debate in New York continues. Rich, concrete-like NY-style cheesecake or creamy, fluffy Italian-style cheesecake. I know where I stand – right in the center with Eileen’s. At this old-school Soho joint, Eileen Avezzano bakes cheesecakes in all sorts of traditional and interesting (like chocolate bourbon) flavors, but you get a true sense of her brilliance in the plain version. With a smattering of graham crackers around the edges, the center effortlessly walks that difficult line between sweet and tangy, rich and light, delicious and more delicious. Price: Full Cakes range between $12.50-$40/Mini-Tarts are $3.50

EILEEN’S SPECIAL CHEESECAKE
17 Cleveland Place (at Kenmare Street),
Nolita
(212) 966-5585
eileenscheesecake.com

NUMBER 6: FALAFEL SANDWICH at MURRAY’S FALAFEL 

Loaded!!!

I never would have guessed that my favorite falafel in NYC would belong to a tiny, modest little place in Stuyvesant Town that nobody seems to have heard of. Murray’s Falafel has the best falafel I’ve tasted in the city The greaseless, crunchy orbs give way to a light, tender interior that has all the flavors of herbs and chickpeas you want from this Middle Eastern specialty. Pita bread is loaded with one crunch bomb after another, while tahini and a bright, spicy green hot sauce bring the sandwich to life. I urge you to check this place out right now. It’s a true undiscovered gem. Price: $6.95

MURRAY’S FALAFEL
261 First Avenue (between 15th and 16th Street),
Stuyvesant Town
(212) 533-1956
murraysfalafel.com

Roasted Octopus at GATO

Bobby Flay is not just a pretty TV personality, he also can cook! At Gato, his smoky and crisp octopus is brought to life by the addition of a tangerine vinaigrette, salty bacon, and plump shishito peppers. Price: $18

GATO
324 Lafayette Street (between Bleecker and East Houston Street),
Noho
(212) 334-6400
gatonyc.com

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

GATO, 324 Lafayette (between Bleecker Street and East Houston Street), NohoThe first thing that every chef must learn how to cook are eggs. If you can’t master the art of scrambling a perfect set of eggs or folding over a beautifully cooked omlette, you’re going to have a rough time ahead of you. So when celebrity chef Bobby Flay announced he was opening a brand new restaurant in New York City, everybody figured he’d be able to at least scramble some eggs – even the naysayers that complained he was more of a TV personality than an actual chef.

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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.

I purposefully don’t put out a list of the 10 best restaurants because it would be totally unfair for me to judge. Unlike a well-paid (and reimbursed) critic, I’m not able to go to all the major restaurant openings. And if I do find myself at one of the hot spots, it’s unlikely I’ll be able to order the entire menu or visit more than once to check for consistency. So instead I think I can fairly choose specific dishes that made my eyes open, my stomach growl, and my tastebuds very very happy. Here are the ten best dishes I tasted in 2013.

NUMBER 10: PIZZA at JULIANA’S

Pizza at JULIANA'S

Everybody has heard of Grimaldi’s. Every travel book tells you to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and then get in line for some classic NY pizza. But the travel books need to be re-written. This was the year that the original Patsy Grimaldi came back to the pizza world and opened up Juliana’s in the original Grimaldi’s location (the new owner of the namesake was forced to move up the block due to a dispute with the landlord). And the pizza at Juliana’s puts Grimaldi’s (and most other NY pizzerias) to shame. Here you can truly taste the trinity of flavors of coal-oven pizza: the sweet imported Italian tomatoes (not a sauce, mind you), the creamy homemade mozzarella, and that magical blistered dough. The name that everybody should be speaking from now on is Juliana. Price: $16/$19

JULIANA’S
19 Old Fulton Street (between Elizabeth Place and Front Street),
Dumbo, Brooklyn
(718) 596-6700
julianaspizza.com

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