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

2016 was a tough year. From a whirlwind political circus to the loss of many beloved celebrities to worldwide tragedies, the news was full of sad things. But there was still joy out there and as usual, I found a lot of that joy through food. And here in New York, these are the 10 dishes that gave me the most joy….

NUMBER 10: HOT DOG at FELTMAN’S OF CONEY ISLAND

A Coney Island historian named Michael Quinn bought the Feltman’s brand this year. For those that don’t know, Charles Feltman was the originally creator of the hot dog in 1867 and was the employer of the more famous Nathan’s. Pepper and garlic flavors explode with each snap of the lamb casing. The warm grilled sauerkraut and homemade apple cider vinegar mustard plus the addition of no nitrates or chemicals help put this in the running for best hot dog in the city. Price: $4

FELTMAN’S OF CONEY ISLAND
80 St. Marks Place (between First and Second Avenue),
Inside William Barnacle Tavern,
East Village
https://www.facebook.com/Feltmans-of-Coney-Island

NUMBER 9: PUEBLA DRINK WITH NO NAME at MAYAHUEL

It’s no secret that I love Mayahuel. It’s become one of my favorite bars, visiting it often on the Craft Cocktail tour but also bringing friends who are in town by for a drink. I was looking for a smooth, chocolatey drink to pair with their excellent churros and one of the servers suggested this classic. It has no name (well, sort of) but lots of intense flavors – spicy and smoky mezcal infused with chile de arbol, a moscatel sherry infused with ancho cili, some aged rum, cacao, and mole bitters. It’s modeled after a Oaxacan mole sauce, but it’s also the perfect final sipper to a night out. Price: $15

MAYAHUEL
304 East 6th Street (between First and Second Avenue),
East Village
(212) 253-58888
mayahuelny.com

NUMBER 8: KUBANEH BREAD at TIMNA

It’s hard for me to justify paying for a basket of bread. But this is not just any basket of bread. It’s called kubaneh and is a traditional Yemenite breakfast bread with a yeasty, steamy center. It arrives in a flowerpot with accompaniments of jalapeño salsa, crushed tomatoes, and a dollop of yogurt. Each piece rips apart easily and releases aroma and steam that adds to the experience. This slightly sweet, soft and tender bread disappeared too quickly. It had the sweetness of a brioche, the softness of a popover, and the brownness of a pretzel. Imagine that lovechild. Price: $12

TIMNA
109 St. Marks Place (between First Avenue and Avenue A),
East Village
(646) 964-5181
timna.nyc

NUMBER 7: CLASSIC BURGER at SALVATION BURGER

After Salvation Burger finally re-opened following a debilitating fire, I finally made it up to check out April Bloomfield’s hip, swanky burger palace. I was hesitant to spend so much money for a burger and even more doubtful that it would be worth it. It well-exceeded my highest expectations. The classic burger is modelled after thin-patty fast food burgers but it’s full of meaty char and topped with a secret cheesy sauce, sweet caramlized onions, and bold tangy pickles. If McDonald’s burgers tasted this good, I would have a serious problem. Price: $17

SALVATION BURGER
230 East 51st Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue),
Inside the Pod 51 Hotel
Midtown East
(646) 277-2900
salvationburger.com

NUMBER 6: PANDI-ICE CREAM at HOUSE OF INASAL

We’ve all probably had an ice cream sandwich, but not necessarily one quite like this. The popular Filipino street food is composed of sweet eggy pandesal bread that is toasted and liberally painted with thick halaya, which is ube (purple sweet potato) jam. Then it’s topped with a scoop of the same deep purple-colored ice cream. And finally, it’s garnished with some pinipig (crunchy rice) and young coconut. It’s sweet, warm, cold, crunchy, and absolutely luxurious.  Price: $5.50

HOUSE OF INASAL
65-14 Roosevelt Avenue (between 67th Street and 65th Place),
Woodside, Queens
(718) 429-0709
houseofinasal.com

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

Filipino newcomer House of Inasal had the end and the beginning of the meal figured out. You must start your feast with these Filipino street food staples. Tiny quail eggs are battered and fried and served with a vinegar dipping sauce that cuts the richness. They pop in your mouth to reveal a tender eggy exterior. So addicting. Price: $3.50
HOUSE OF INASAL
65-14 Roosevelt Avenue (between 65th Place and 67th Street),
Woodside, Queens
(718) 429-0709
houseofinasal.com

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

HOUSE OF INASAL, 65-14 Roosevelt Avenue (between 67th Street and 65th Place), Woodside, Queens

For most of us in this country, this has been a tough week. Half of the country is completely destroyed by the election results and all the anxiety leading up to it. This is not a political blog so I am not going to talk about all the ways to get involved and work on making changes – but those ideas are out there.

When I feel miserable, the first thing I do is indulge in food or drink. Makes me feel better. And I imagine that’s true for most people.

So this week, I recommend heading out to Queens for one of the most decadent and delcious desserts I’ve had in a long time.

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

TITO RAD'S GRILL, 49-10 Queens Boulevard (between 49th and 50th Street), Woodside, Queens

Tuna is a fish I usually associate with Japanese nigiri, packed and canned, or lightly seared at a cheesy Pan-Asian restaurant. But I recently discovered that when the belly is marinated and grilled, it is a popular Filipino dish.

This was my first visit to Tito Rad’s Grill, a slightly hidden restaurant in Woodside, a number of blocks away from the congregation of Pinoy businesses known as Little Manila.

Despite its out-of-the-way location (or perhaps because of it), this is a popular spot for large gatherings and for people to try out some Filipino delicacies they have never experienced before.

This is where I tried fresh lumpia (the fried version is quite different) and the fresh wrapped crepe stuffed with vegetables was surprisingly light and tasty. It’s also where I discovered the Filipino use for the chicken of the sea.

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

LETY BAKERY & CAFE, 77-07 37th Avenue (between 77th and 78th Street), Jackson Heights, QueensJackson Heights is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the entire world. So why was I so surprised to find a legitimate Italian bakery in its heart?

I guess I think of it more as a neighborhood of Latin American and diverse Asian cultures. No question this is the best place for Indian, Himalayan, and Peruvian food. But Italian food? It just struck me as a surprise.

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Category: Cheesecake

For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

I know one way of getting kids to eat their green vegetables: fry them! I can’t believe McDonald’s hasn’t thought of that yet. Well, the Thai certainly have. Fried watercress is a staple of Thai street food. And while other restaurants in the city serve the dish, SriPraPhai in Woodside, Queens is known for having the best version.

I had been here a few years back when I first heard them referred to as the best Thai restaurant in New York. I’ve had some great meals and even one or two take out orders. But my latest trip was probably the best.

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