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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

MÁLÀ PROJECT, 122 First Avenue (between East 7th Street and St. Marks Place), East Village

The issue of spice can get a bit frustrating at restaurants where spice reigns supreme. I suppose some people might end up with a dish that burns their mouth off and then others might be expecting lots of fire and then end up with less than a spark.

So when the waitress at MáLà Project asked how spicy I wanted my order, I wasn’t quite sure how to respond. I wanted it the way that they make it best. This was a Szechuan restaurant and I know that means the heat is a big part of the cuisine.

My options were Non-Spicy, Mild Spicy, Spicy, and Super Spicy. I didn’t want either extreme, but I was confused as to whether mild spicy was a “mild spicy” for timid Americans or for Szechuan eaters who just wanted to take it easier than usual.

In the end I went with Spicy, and surprisingly, it wasn’t nearly as spicy as I had expected. But I still got to taste how full-flavored and numbingly bold the food at this establishment can be.

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

CAFÉ CHINA, 13 Est 37th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenue), Midtown EastThanks to the response from my recent Christmas video, I got a request to make dumplings for Christmas Eve this year. That’s right, this year we didn’t go out for Chinese food, I cooked it.

I can give myself a big pat on the back because those dumplings came out spectacularly. It was a lot of work (I even made the dough from scratch) and not something that I’ll be making weekly. But for when I’m craving pork dumplings and am feeling too lazy (that’s most of the time), I can rely on the quality of dumpling choices around the city, like the mouth numbing version at Café China.

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On Christmas Eve, there’s only one thing for a good Jewish boy to do. Go find some amazing Chinese food. This year at Café China, I find more than just a plate of noodles. I find a very familiar face.

Special thanks:

midtownlunch.com
cafechinanyc.com
ultraclay.com


Category: Dumplings, Video

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.

Whether you slurp them, chew them, or bite them, whether they’re filled with cheese, floating in a soup, or tossed with a sauce, pasta is certainly a universal food. They appear in just about every cuisine in many different shapes, sizes, and flavors. This year, these three noodle dishes won my heart.
NUMBER 60: TABATA RAMEN at TABATA NOODLE

Tabata Ramen at TABATA RAMEN

Lately New York has experienced ramen joints that are really stretching the imagination of what we understand as ramen. We’ve long surpassed the days of college ramen with horrifying flavor packets and now ramen is moving away from the traditional Japanese flavors. Tabata Noodle in Midtown specializes in ramen noodles with a Burmese touch (thanks to the heritage of the owner and most of his staff). Nowhere is that more obvious than in the coconut milk based namesake ramen. The Tabata has a milky broth that is thickened with soybean powder and a hint of spicy curry. Floating inside are springy noodles that soak up every last flavor of the slightly sweet, tropical broth, along with spicy chicken, the usual hard boiled egg, tangy red onions, and a kick of fresh cilantro. Unlike any ramen dish I’ve stumbled upon before. Price: $10

TABATA NOODLE
540 Ninth Avenue (between West 40th and West 41st Street),
Hell’s Kitchen

(212) 290-7691
tabataramen.com

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Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.

NUMBER 40: GNOCCHI at I TRE MERLI

SADLY, I TRE MERLI IS NOW CLOSED.

Years ago, I used to avoid going out and spending money on Italian food since I thought I could easily cook pasta at home. If you could taste the limp soggy spaghetti I used to make, you’d understand just how wrong I was. I thought the term al dente related to a dentist’s office.

The potato pasta known as gnocchi are some of the hardest to get right. I’ve tasted enlightening versions at places like Union Square Café, but the modest and rustic fare at I Tre Merli truly surprised me. These had a tender bite which gave way to a soft, plump interior. They soaked up a nice pesto sauce and made a surprising first course at this Italian restaurant. Sadly, the location I tasted them at in the West Village has now closed (and reopened as Chez Sardine), but they are still on the menu at the Soho location. And still so much better than anything I could do at home. Price: $16

I TRE MERLI
463 West Broadway (between West Houston and Prince Street),
Soho
(212) 254-8699
itremerli.com

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