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My search for the best cheesecake in New York continues….

FAIRWAY MARKET, 2127 Broadway (at West 74th Street), Upper West Side

I never thought it would come to this, but I’m about to review a supermarket on this blog. Albeit the supermarket in question is a New York born company that is dedicated to the community and still a family-run business. In a way Fairway is truly iconic to New York. And it’s still only in the metro area with no more than 15 locations (at the moment).

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Category: Cheesecake

Dibi at KEUR SOKHNALamb is the thing to get at Keur Sokhna, especially the grilled lamb chops served at dinner. Loaded with expertly seasoned, charred meat and topped with sweet mustard-laced onions, the dibi are a must have. And I can’t resist the plantain sides, fried in red palm oil. Price: $12

KEUR SOKHNA
2249 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard
(between West 132nd and West 133rd Street),
West Harlem
(212) 368-5005
keursokhnaplus.com

Mafe at KEUR SOKHNA

Only available as a lunch-time special, this classic Senegalese dish features cubes of gamey, tender lamb in a rich, distinct peanut butter stew with potatoes, carrots, and onions. Price: $11

KEUR SOKHNA
2249 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard
(between West 132nd and West 133rd Street),
West Harlem
(212) 368-5005
keursokhnaplus.com

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.

That poor little chicken has gotten a bad reputation for so long. Most of us know chicken in this country from overly processed, dry, bland preparations. But if done right, the clucker can take on lots of flavor and be a nice source of protein. There are chicken dishes in this city that change the game on what we know about poultry. Here are five from this year.

NUMBER 40: SHREDDED HUDSON VALLEY CHICKEN at NIGHTINGALE 9

Hudson Valley Shredded Chicken Salad at NIGHTINGALE 9

My childhood lunch box often contained a lackluster sandwich of egg, tuna, or chicken salad. Mom was good enough to mix some crunchy celery with the mayonnaise from time to time, but she forgot the mint leaves, shredded cabbage, fried onions, and peanuts. Chef Robert Newton, however, adds those things and more to his Vietnamese-inspired chicken salad which features tender poached chicken shreds along with the previous ingredients and a shower of spicy red chiles. The dressing was bright and tangy, but had a sweet herbal finish. If only my Mom was Robert Newton! Sure, that would have been strange, but I would have had the best lunch box in school, Price: $12

NIGHTINGALE 9
345 Smith Street (between Carroll Street and 1st Place),
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
(347) 689-4699
nightingale9.com

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

AMY RUTH'S, 113 West 116th Street (between Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd and Malcolm X Blvd), Harlem

Photo by Donny Tsang

I don’t get up to Harlem nearly as often as I should, which is a shame since there’s a whole world of food options up there. I did some exploring recently with my friend and food photographer extraordinaire Donny Tsang in preparation for an upcoming video. And we got a taste of some of NY’s best chicken and waffles.

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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 20: HAZELNUT SOUFFLE at MEHTAPHOR

Just in time for the biggest consumer holiday of them all, I thought it would be appropriate to examine five of the sweetest dough-based bites I consumed this year. Christmas time is for cookies and cakes, but most of us are happy to eat them all year long. When done right, the warm doughy concoctions are transcendent.

Chef Jenghar Mehta certainly knows from cakes and cookies, having been the pastry chef at Jean Georges. Most familiar for his appearance on the Next Iron Chef, this man seems to be able to do it all. At the end of a very nice and affordable savory meal of unique global flavors at his restaurant Mehtaphor, we stumbled upon his masterful hazelnut souffle. Light and airy, while also being buttery and rich, it paired nicely with a scoop of rum raisin ice cream. Price: $7

MEHTAPHOR
130 Duane Street (at Church Street),
Inside Duane Street Hotel
Tribeca
(212) 542-9440
mehtaphornyc.com

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