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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

What’s more addicting than popcorn? Thai tofu popcorn which I didn’t even know was a thing until I came to this pretty authentic joint steps away from Queens’ most famous Thai restaurant. At this more unassuming spot, the Thai community seems to hang out, drink, watch sports, and eat great food. I couldn’t stop eating the breaded and fried puffy nubs of tofu. It didn’t help that they were slicked with a sweet tamarind butter sauce and crunchy peanuts.  Price: $7.95

THAILAND’S CENTER POINT
63-19 39th Avenue (between 63rd and 64th Street),
Woodside, Queens
(718) 651-6888
thailandscenterpointny.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

The Thai food scene in Queens continues to heat up and it’s been hard for me to keep up with it since I moved out of the borough. Thankfully, the 7 train will get me there. That’s how I got to try these beautiful little appetizers at Kitchen 79. I usually skip over curry puffs because they tend to be greasy and one note. Not here. They’re also livened up by a side of sweet vinegary cucumber salad.  Price: $5.95

KITCHEN 79
37-70 79th Street (between Roosevelt Avenue and 37th Avenue),
Jackson Heights, Queens
(718) 803-6227
kitchen79nyc.com

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

I really loved my meals at Fish Cheeks this year. Surprisingly there are not one or two dishes that made this list but three, The Coconut Crab Curry is probably the one that has gotten the most attention for its fieriness. I thought it was rather spicy but it was the complex bitter, herbal notes (from betel leaves) and the plentiful delicate sweet crab meat that really made this dish sing. It’s balanced with some creamy coconut milk and a boatload of other exotic spices. Price: $22

FISH CHEEKS
55 Bond Street (between Bowery and Lafayette Street),
Noho
(212) 677-2223
fishcheeksnyc.com

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

Ho Mok was definitely one of the most unique and interesting dishes I have tried in a long time. This is rather obscure Southereast Asian dish that is essentially a steamed fish custard. It’s much better than it sounds. The two pots of rich, creamy mousse are comprised of striped bass and a coconut based red curry. Maximum flavor is revealed through herbal kaffir lime and sweet Thai basil. Its unique texture and rich complex flavor make this a must try.   Price: $4

KIIN THAI EATERY
36 East 8th Street (between Greene Street and University Place),
Greenwich Village
(212) 529-2363
kiinthaieatery.com

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

When I am feeling under the weather, I run to the nearest Thai restaurant and order their spicy and sour tom yum gong soup. Clears things right up. The trendy Fish Cheeks is far from a take-out joint and their communal soup is one of the best versions I’ve ever tasted. The milky shrimp broth is loaded with delicate flavors from mushrooms, chiles, galangal, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves. It’s quite spicy, nicely funky, and completely restorative.. Price: $22

FISH CHEEKS
55 Bond Street (between Bowery and Lafayette Street),
Noho
(212) 677-2223
fishcheeksnyc.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…)


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