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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…)


My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

10 BELOW ICE CREAM, 10 Mott Street (between Worth Street and Pell Street), Chinatown

The face of ice cream (and food in general) is changing in this city. Sadly, dishes are now being created not because the choice of ingredients makes a delicious combination, but rather because the enormity or uniqueness of a dish makes for a great Instagram photo.

The Very Small Crowd

That’s actually why 10Below was opened. The Chinatown ice cream shop, which usually hosts an hour-long wait, is the brainchild of someone who saw the popular ice cream rolls in Thailand on Instagram and decided to introduce it to New York. Needless to say, it’s been a big hit. Because ice cream tastes better when rolled to look like a flower? No, of course not, but because the dish looks great on Instagram. (more…)


Category: Ice Cream

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

KIIN THAI EATERY, 36 East 8th Street (between Greene Street and University Place), Greenwich Village

I have walked by Kiin in Greenwich Village so many times and have always written it off as an  extension of some NYU cafeteria. I say that in jest, of course, but I never did think it was a legitimate destination for authentic Thai food.

When I recently learned it was owned by the team behind East Village’s Somtum Der, I realized a potential hidden gem awaited. So we checked it out one night. There were many college-aged diners, but we weren’t the only ones over 21. It seems the word is out that there is some legitimate homecooked Thai food here.

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