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

Steakhouses are tough in this city. And they should be medium rare. What I mean is, they are so expensive that it’s only possible for a special occasion (unless you are one of the lucky elite). Quality Eats is one of the few places I can regularly visit for steak and their food is actually really good. I’ve been three times now and my favorite is the charred hanger steak which comes with interesting pickled and grilled onions and a delicious bowl of corn brulée. Price: $27
QUALITY EATS
19 Greenwich Avenue (between West 10th and Christopher Street),
West Village
(212) 337-9988)
qualityeats.com

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

One of the most anticipated openings this year was from Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield, the chef and brains behind such hits as The Spotted Pig and The Breslin. White Gold Butchers is something different. It’s a neighborhood butcher shop that supplies meat to the duo’s other restaurants and also offers fresh quality cuts to the local residents.

It’s also a restaurant itself with an array of meaty sandwiches and a dinner service. And the exciting part is you can eat your food while watching the butchers break down whole animals. If that’s your thing.

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

AMADA, 250 Vesey Street (between North End Avenue and West Street), Inside Brookfield Place, Battery Park City

There is one dish on the menu at the brand-spanking new Amada that is super super exciting. In fairness, many of the dishes are super exciting. There is an arugula salad wrapped in serrano ham, a gourmet artichoke empanada, and all sorts of grilled chorizo and sausages. But we have those dishes in one form or another at other Spanish tapas bars around the city. I’ve yet to encounter anything quite like the Ibérico Presa. (more…)


I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Steak Sandwich at LOBEL'S AT YANKEE STADIUM

I’m not a sports guy, so when I find myself at a sporting event, I immediately do research to find the best possible food option at the stadium. It’s not always easy. At Yankee Stadium, there are a handful of decent options (among the usual overpriced hot dogs and nachos). I was actually blown away by Lobel’s, which has a small carving station at the stadium. They serve up an excellent hand-carved steak sandwich doused in rich and tasty au jus with horseradish cream on the side. While everyone else was cheering for the game, I was cheering for this sandwich. Price: $15

LOBEL’S AT YANKEE STADIUM
1 East 161st Street (between River Avenue and Macombs Dam Bridge),
Inside Yankee Stadium,
Section 134 and 322
Concourse Village, Bronx
(877) 783-4512
lobels.com

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

Mutton Chop at KEENS STEAKHOUSE

One of New York’s most iconic restaurants is the historic Keens Steakhouse. They’re known for filets and T-bone steaks, of course, but even more so for their preparation of the rarely seen mutton chop. The mature sheeps yields huge amounts of tender and delicate meat. And don’t be scared of the classic mint jelly accompaniment. It’s a rite of passage in the New York dining scene. Price: $51

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

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