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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…)


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

"No Carb" Pad Thai at SKYICE SWEET & SAVORY

How could a noodle dish be good without the noodles? Brilliantly, SkyIce (who are also known for their unique Thai ice creams) swaps out noodles for strips of papaya. They retain the same crunch and tenderness as the traditional noodles and with the rest of the sweet/sour flavors of pad thai, you’d never know the difference. This is a perfect option for people who are gluten-free, watching their weight, or prefer fruit to noodles. Price: $8.95

SKYICE SWEET & SAVORY
63 5th Avenue (at St. Marks Avenue),
Park Slope, Brooklyn
(718) 230-0910
facebook.com/SkyIceNYC

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

KAO SOY, 283 Van Brunt Street (between Pioneer Street and Visitation Place), Red Hook, BrooklynAny notable (and lucky) restaurant will get their fair share of press in the New York food universe. It’s rare that I’m ahead of the game and visit a restaurant before the major food reviewers publish their take. So I was happy to get to Kao Soy before too much excitement had been built up.

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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.

In the last few years, a brand new cuisine has been created that I (and most of NYC) like to refer to as “hipster Asian.” There’s a definite kitschy, hipster vibe to these restaurants that are all located in trendy neighborhoods like Soho or Red Hook – unlike the no frills Asian joints located in ethnic enclaves in the outer boroughs. Also, many of these chefs are white Americans who have spent some time in Asia falling in love with the cuisine. Now they’ve brought it to us and these five dishes are an argument for why this city is better for it.

NUMBER 20: TOFU RIBBON SALAD at YUNNAN KITCHEN

Tofu Ribbon Salad at YUNNAN KITCHEN

Somewhere between a spicy pasta dish and a cooling herb-loaded salad, is this plate of tofu ribbons. Inspired by the Yunnan region of China, the food at this Lower East Side restaurant is hip, authentic, and delicious. The long strands of tofu in the salad have a nice toothsome chew and sop up the bright dressing of spicy chilies, sweet tangy red onions, and loads of fresh mint and cilantro. If you can’t decide between pasta, salad, or vegetarian food, this is the dish for you. Price: $11

YUNNAN KITCHEN
79 Clinton Street (between Rivington and Delancey Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 253-2527
yunnankitchen.com

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