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

She’s a favorite of both Oprah and Tom Colicchio, but now pastry chef Umber Ahmad is going to be a favorite of all New Yorkers. She opened her first official bakery this year in thbe West Village and it’s full of fantastic goodies. My favorite was the addicting namesake bars, which is sort of like an oatmeal cookie bar on crack – with pecans, chocolate chips, baked together with an unstoppable brown butter salted caramel sauce. It’s soft, rich, and impossible to stop eating. Price: $3.50
MAH ZE DAHR BAKERY
28 Greenwich Avenue (between West 10th Street and Charles Street),
West Village
(212) 498-9810
mahzedahrbakery.com

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

Steakhouses are tough in this city. And they should be medium rare. What I mean is, they are so expensive that it’s only possible for a special occasion (unless you are one of the lucky elite). Quality Eats is one of the few places I can regularly visit for steak and their food is actually really good. I’ve been three times now and my favorite is the charred hanger steak which comes with interesting pickled and grilled onions and a delicious bowl of corn brulée. Price: $27
QUALITY EATS
19 Greenwich Avenue (between West 10th and Christopher Street),
West Village
(212) 337-9988)
qualityeats.com

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

I really felt like I stumbled upon the next great food find when I saw a modest special on the menu at Takashi. I’ve heard of ramen bowls and ramen burgers but this was the first ramen quesadilla I had seen. And it was great – also a riff on a Japanese okonomiyaki pancake, it was comprised of crisp ramen noodles packed with chewy beef tendon, bold shiso leaf, and aged manchego cheese. And instead of guacamole and salsa, it was topped with the usual okonomayaki garnishes: bonito flakes, Japanese mayo, and seaweed.
TAKASHI
456 Hudson Street (between Morton Street and Barrow Street)
West Village
(212) 414-2929
takashinyc.com

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

A thickly sliced bacon appetizer is pretty standard at American steakhouses. But Quality Eats turns that on its head. The smoked cured meaty pork belly is fantastic but its what’s around it that really causes a stir. The meat sits on a rich sauce of crunchy peanut butter sauce and is topped with a sweet and peppery jalapeño jelly. It’s a twist on both the steakhouse specialty and our childhood lunches. Price: $17

QUALITY EATS
19 Greenwich Avenue (between West 10th and Christopher Street),
West Village
(212) 337-9988)
qualityeats.com

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

Hah Zheung Gai at CHOMP CHOMP

For all the diversity in NYC, we had been lacking a dedicated Singaporean restaurant for years. Chomp Chomp came along and saved us from psuedo-Thai/Malaysian/Singaporean meals with authentic takes on hawker food. These crispy and funky fried chicken wings are great. They are tossed in shrimp paste and coated with garlic and chiles. Crispy, spicy, funky, delicious. Finally! Price: $11.50

CHOMP CHOMP
7 Cornelia Street (between West 4th and Bleecker Street),
West Village

(212) 929-2888
chompchompnyctest.squarespace.com

My search for the best corned beef/pastrami in New York continues….

HIGH STREET ON HUDSON, 637 Hudson Street (at Horatio Street), West Village

High Street on Hudson is one of the hottest new restaurant openings of the year. It’s the work of Chef Eli Kulp, who has had success with High Street on Market in Philadelphia. He has brought his bakery and restaurant concept to the West Village and the crowds have cheered.

I’ve now stopped by twice for a late lunch and have been seduced by the open kitchen, the bowls of seasonal vegetable dishes, and a very tempting pastry counter. (more…)


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