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50 Best Dishes in New York

Haisoodewa Sep 21, 2007 03:16 PM

So I've just begun a video project that will attempt to pick out the 50 best dishes in New York City. As you can imagine, it's an impossible feat-5,000 Best Dishes would be a little easier. I've only been in the city for a few months now and the contributors to these threads seem to have great perspective on the food here, whether it's from per se or はぎ さき Bar. Can you help me compile a (short) list of the foods that everyone in New York knows about but few from outside the city( aka me) have discovered? I'm looking across the whole price spectrum, but I'm most interested in the harder to come by amazing yet cheap food. Thanks everyone

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    JessicaMadeline Jul 12, 2011 06:58 PM

    Scarpetta - Spaghetti Pomodoro

    Pastis - Croque Monsieur

    Jacques Torres - Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookie

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    Scarpetta
    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    Pomodoro
    51 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

    1. Pedr0 Nov 25, 2010 06:26 AM

      Jackfish Ceviche - Desnuda
      Sea Urchin Sandwich - El Quinto Pino
      Pulpo - Txikito
      Margherita Pizza - Keste
      Saganaki - Molyvos
      Beet/Red Onion/Olive/Caper Salad - Franny's
      White Bean/Tomato/Basil Bruschetta - 'ino
      Labne - ilili
      Raheb Batinjaan - ilili

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      Molyvos
      871 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

      El Quinto Pino
      401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

      'ino
      21 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

      Desnuda
      122 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

      Txikito
      240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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        flwmoveover Nov 23, 2010 05:47 PM

        I feel like playing... btw... I've hjit most of the outer boroughs besides just nyc

        Best Pizza
        1. Regular & Square- Difara's no reason to not try both, but I looove their regular
        2. Square - L&B Spumoni Gardens
        3. Thin - Joe n Pats on Staten Island is tied with John's up in Westchester for me
        4. Manhattan - L'Asso although Artichoke is deelish. btw they're from Staten to those who don't know.
        5. Banh Mi - Saigon/Banh Mi So 1 on Broome
        6. Sushi - Yasuda but bang for your buck I vote Matsu on the UES/70th st
        7. Steak - Peter Lugers is a no brainer
        8. Hole in the wall - Kati Roll (seriously Delish) preferably the one on Macdougal
        9. Sandwich - I'll go with Katz although Torrisi on Spring St. is delish for something different
        10. Turkish - Sip Sak in midtown for taste and bang for the buck/Peri Ela on the UES if you want really nice atmosphere/date spot
        11. Wonton Soup - Can't beat Wonton Garden on Mott
        12. Burger - So tough but Lugers is delish and priced right/ runner up I'm a fan of pop burger for something a lil different.
        13. Hot Dog - Pure taste I'll go with Katz again, but I do looove Grays - crif Dogs is a must try tho
        14. Lox - I'd go with Sables on the UES, I like it a lil more then Russ & Daughters
        15. Korean Fried Chicken - Bon Chon is good. But I've never had anything like Boom Boom in Ft. Lee soooo much better. But if you're already in Ft. Lee lol
        16. Bagels - Honestly I think the bagels on Staten Island at Bagel Bistro destroys anything in the city. H&H is ok though.
        17. Brussel Sprouts - Alta (they're ridiculously good)
        18. Salads - Metropolitan Museum of Art (Near the European Sculpture Garden)
        19. Corn on the Cob - Cafe Habana wins
        20. Arepa's - Caracas if you want it as a meal, or the arepa lady in jackson heights for something simple.
        21. Indian - Jackson Diner
        22. Samosa's - Lil indian shop right across from Katz where all the cabbies go
        23. Cart Food - Dosa Guy in Washington Square
        24. Thai - I love Won Dee Siam II, but Sripraphai in Queens is better.
        25. Italian Hero - Parisi Bakery is very good, But Royal Crown Bakery on Staten Island will take it down, try their Prosciutto with Fried Eggplant, Roasted Red Peppers, Fresh Mozz,Basil & balsamic vinegar then talk to me about faicco's or any of your favs in manhattan or bk
        26. Sicilian Riceball - Once again gotta go to Staten Island, A&C Salumeria on Manor Rd., haven't found anything in the city that beats it, but I also wouldn't say it's worth going to Staten for. But if you know someone there, have them bring some to you lol.
        27. Dumplings - I love me some ghetto dumplings from Tasty Dumplings, for 1.25 can't be beat.
        28. Italian Ices - Tie between Ralph's on staten and Lemon King in Queens
        29. Donut's - donut Plant
        30. Cupcakes - Billy's Bakery

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        Russ & Daughters
        179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

        Cafe Habana
        229 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

        Tasty Dumpling
        54 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

        Sip Sak
        928 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

        Parisi Bakery
        198 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

        L'Asso
        192 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

        Billy's Bakery
        75 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013

        Jackson Diner
        72 University Pl, New York, NY 10003

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          Pan Nov 23, 2010 09:36 PM

          "4. Manhattan - L'Asso although Artichoke is deelish. btw they're from Staten to those who don't know."

          Who's from Staten Island? The folks at L'Asso or/and Artichoke?

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            squid kun Nov 23, 2010 10:57 PM

            Artichoke.

          2. re: flwmoveover
            daffyduck Nov 25, 2010 05:55 AM

            i live in westchester, which john's pizza are you talking about?

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              flwmoveover Jan 11, 2011 07:03 AM

              Johnny's in Mt. Vernon

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            jsaf237 Nov 1, 2010 11:56 AM

            I couldnt; read through the thoudands of replies to see if any of mine were mentioned but here goes:
            1. Pastrami sandwich at Katz' - combo that with a knish at Yonah Schimmels
            2. New York Strip at The Strip House
            3. Rock Shrimp at Nobu
            4. Stewed chicken burrito at The Enchilada
            5. Simple sphaghetti and tomato sauce at Convivio

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            Nobu
            105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

            Convivio
            45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

            Strip House
            13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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              nasilemak Oct 18, 2010 05:33 AM

              Assam Fish Head at Sanur

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              Sanur
              18 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

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                The Food Buster Sep 28, 2010 10:09 AM

                My picks:

                Popcorn and Peanuts--Per Se

                Tres Leches Doughnut--Doughnut Plant

                Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake--Standburger

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                  hitpas Apr 5, 2010 06:31 AM

                  For cheap:
                  Stir-fried fresh Pork Belly w/chili leeks
                  Crispy Lamb with cumin ---Szechuan Gourmet (39th, 5/6)

                  Roast Chicken ($9.00 for whole one with amazing spices and fantastic green sauce on side) - Chicken Festival - E. 80's

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                  Chicken Festival
                  1584 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                    gastrognome Nov 17, 2009 10:44 AM

                    -Salt baked sea bass chunks at NY noodle town

                    -Chicken Oysters at Tori Shin

                    -Pizza with Sausage and Basil at Grimaldi's

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                      theAVE Apr 4, 2010 08:34 PM

                      gnudi at spotted pig
                      slice at di faras
                      ramen at ippudo
                      crab soup dumplings at new green bo
                      chocolate chip cookie at levain
                      nutter butter at bouchon

                    2. guttergourmet Oct 17, 2009 08:14 AM

                      For anyone who doesn't like any of the enumerated dishes, my daughter says "Don't yuch my yum."

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                        bubbleandsqueak Nov 17, 2009 03:56 AM

                        try the $5 Pupusa platter from Red Hook Vendors at Brooklyn Flea - incredible!

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                          NAtiveNewYorker Nov 17, 2009 06:31 AM

                          Are the "Red Hook Vendors at Brooklyn Flea " different from the Brooklyn ballfield vendors?

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                            kathryn Nov 17, 2009 06:48 AM

                            Red Hook vendors at Brooklyn Flea are a subset of the ones who show up at the ball fields. Same people, but not all of the stands.

                      2. pdpredtide Oct 6, 2009 08:35 AM

                        my favorites
                        lox/bagel/cream cheese - russ and daughters
                        pastrami sandwich - katz deli
                        banh mi saigon - banh mi saigon
                        crack pie - momofuku milk bar
                        assorted pastries - veneiro's

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/637008

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                          gnocchicroissant Oct 17, 2009 05:56 AM

                          Two of my all time favorites are no more: Porcini Gnocchi at Union Square Cafe, and Claudia Fleming's floating island dessert at Gramercy Tavern.

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                            Delucacheesemonger Oct 17, 2009 06:00 AM

                            Suspect Claudia still making it at Northfork Inn and Table

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                              gnocchicroissant Oct 17, 2009 07:06 AM

                              Yes, I hope to get there soon. There is no menu on their website.

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                                synergy Oct 17, 2009 08:49 AM

                                Have been to NFT&I 3 times-each time the entire meal was wonderful. Go, you won't be sorry.

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                              Pan Nov 10, 2009 03:30 PM

                              Is that in Manhattan?

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                            ramwramw Oct 4, 2009 01:24 PM

                            Pizza Bianca, Pizza con schiacciata d'uva (with wine grapes and fennel seeds), Pizza with cauliflower - Grand Daisy Bakery/Sullivan St. Bakery
                            Cornetti (not croissant) - Tarallucci e vino
                            Tacos - El Idolo Taco Truck
                            Dim Sum - Dim Sum Go Go
                            Wonton Noodle Soup - Noodle Village
                            Fried Spicy Squid - Ngonya
                            Sauteed Spinach, Puntarelle Salad and Pasta with Black Truffles (when they have it) - Bar Pitti
                            Neopolitan Pizza - Una Pizza Napoletana (RIP) :(
                            Soba - Sobaya
                            Hakata Buns - Ippudo
                            Greek Yogurt w/ fruit compote and sliced almonds - Yogurt Place
                            Blueberry Scones and Spinakopita (Spinach Pie) - Paradis
                            Garlic Chicken - Congee Village
                            Creme Fraiche and Marscapone Gelato - Il Laboratorio del Gelato
                            Empanadas - Mama's Empanadas
                            Vietnamese Deserts - Paris
                            Rad Nar Rice Noodles - Chealsea Thai

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                              steakrules85 Oct 4, 2009 07:56 AM

                              My latest addition is the mushroom lasagna at Gramercy Tavern.

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                                Gerty Langoustine Sep 28, 2009 11:38 AM

                                Ramen w. chicken at Rai Rai Ken in the East Village (best way to beat a winter cold !)

                                1. NAtiveNewYorker Sep 25, 2009 05:08 PM

                                  Burger at Westville
                                  Rice Balls at Faicco's
                                  53rd Street Halal Cart
                                  Pastrami at Katz'
                                  Ribs at R.U.B.
                                  Cheese fries at Shake Shack

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                                    steakrules85 Aug 31, 2009 11:00 PM

                                    More additions

                                    EMP- Duck, Bone marrow crusted beef tenderloin, lamb chop, lemon verbana poached lobster, cornbread pudding with blueberries, ANYTHING.

                                    Modern Bar Room- Lamb chop, pork belly, coffee-vanilla sundae, beignets

                                    Jane- Creme brulee French toast

                                    Sarabeth's Lemon Ricotta pancakes and four flowers juice

                                    Shopsin's slutty cakes

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                                      Pan Aug 31, 2009 11:32 PM

                                      "Sarabeth's Lemon Ricotta pancakes and four flowers juice"

                                      What is four flowers juice made from?

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                                        windycity Sep 1, 2009 08:45 AM

                                        Excellent question. If someone has really good tastebuds or the inside scoop, let us know!

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                                          kathryn Sep 1, 2009 08:55 AM

                                          A blend of Orange Juice, Bananas, Pineapple and Pomegranate Juice

                                          http://www.sarabeth.com/RestaurantMen...

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                                            steakrules85 Sep 1, 2009 10:01 AM

                                            You can always count on Kathryn for such answers.

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                                              windycity Sep 28, 2009 02:12 PM

                                              thanks Kathryn :)

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                                          FiveDanFive Sep 1, 2009 02:27 AM

                                          Some of my favorites from when I lived in New York 4-5 years ago:

                                          Lupa -- bucatini (pound-for-pound, my favorite dish in NY)

                                          Fiamma (R.I.P.) -- garganelli, triangoli for dessert (I distinctly remember the extra layer of chocolate sauce the waiter spooned over this at the table, as if there wasn't enough chocolate in the dessert already. So freakin good.)

                                          Cafe Habana -- spicy corn on the cob w/ cheese

                                          Java Girl coffee (tiny cafe in Upper East Side)

                                          John's pizza

                                          J.G. Melon -- burger w/ tots

                                          Alfanoose -- chicken shwarma w/ hummus

                                          Mamoun's -- falafel sandwich

                                          Old Homestead -- ribeye steak

                                          Gahm Mi Oak -- sul lung tang w/ kim chi

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                                          fm1963 Jul 23, 2009 07:22 AM

                                          Ribeye - Palm
                                          Surf and Turf - Le Bernardin
                                          Steak tartare - Raoul's
                                          Creamed spinach - Bar Boulud
                                          Caccio e pepe - Bellavitae (Lupa is a close second)
                                          Roast chicken with garlic sauce - Amazing 66
                                          Oeufs a la Neige - La Grenouille
                                          Hot chocolate - Jacques Torres (Chocolate Room in Park Slope also)
                                          Concord chocolate cake (chocolate dacquois with chocolate mousse) - Soutine
                                          Chocolate chip cookie - Silver Moon Bakery
                                          Banana pudding - Sugar Sweet Sunshine

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                                            smartpalate77 Apr 29, 2009 09:17 AM

                                            Frisee au lardons, steak frites, creme brulee - Balthazar
                                            This morning's farm egg, chocolate bread pudding - Blue Hill
                                            Nova lox - murray's sturgeon shop, UWS

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                                              Ottojr Apr 29, 2009 08:17 AM

                                              Mango Cheesecake - Negril Village. You have to try this
                                              Spicy Coleslaw - Devi
                                              Halal Cart - 56th & 6th
                                              Bar-B-Que Chicken - Pink Tea Cup
                                              Mussaman Curry - Montien
                                              Any Soup at Cafe Edison

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                                                bradyjkim Apr 22, 2009 10:33 AM

                                                Pretzel Croissants - City Bakery - (Like to buy them there and take em to another deli and have them whip up a breakfast sandwich)

                                                Sesame Beef - Mr. K's - My favorite dish at my favorite Chinese restaurant

                                                Kimchi Dumplings - Mandoo Bar - underrated and underappreciated dumpling spot in K Town.

                                                Chocolate Stuffed French Toast - Dizzy's Diner (BKN) - an entire hershey's chocolate bar liquified in challah bread french toast. simply divine.

                                                Bacon - Peter Luger's - It's like a pork candy bar.

                                                Pastrami - 2nd Ave Deli - I thought it was a touch better at the old location, but still delicious.

                                                BBQ Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Dip - My favorite side from Blue Smoke, one of many.

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                                                  Wursthof Apr 22, 2009 05:05 PM

                                                  Whenever I visit I always head for the Takoyaki at Otafuko. $5 for six of the most delicous bites. Make sure they put the mayo/okonomayaki (sp?) sauce, ground nori and bonito flakes on them.

                                                  I also try to make it to Casa Mono for the Mono Sundae with the sherry poured over the top.

                                                2. shaogo Mar 8, 2009 06:24 PM

                                                  Chicken Hash at "21"
                                                  A Sabrett natural casing hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut from any cart
                                                  Oyster Pan Roast at Grand Central's Oyster Bar
                                                  Pastrami Sandwich at Katz's Deli
                                                  Escarole and Beans at Rao's Restaurant
                                                  The Smoked Fish Sampler at Barney Greengrass
                                                  Lobster at The Water Club
                                                  Frites and Sweetbreads at Bruxelles
                                                  Short Ribs, mashed potatoes and greens at Sylvia's in Harlem

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                                                    dec111 Apr 21, 2009 01:56 PM

                                                    I cannot believe that someone recommended the beef ribs at Hill Country. I had the worst beef ribs ever at Hill Country. They charge by the pound and we spent a fortune on a bunch of charred bones, with (I am not exaggerating) two burnt strips of "meat" on the sides of each bone, which went down maybe only one fourth of the size of the bone. the "meat" tasted like charcoal. One of the sides I got tasted sour.
                                                    The other barbecue we got was not memorable either. The waitress was nice. That was about the only redeeming thing about the place.Worst bbq in NYC by far. Might as well just get some charcoal delivered from the supermarket. It might taste better than Hill Country.
                                                    Bahn Mi at Paris Bakery.
                                                    Stir fried crabs with black beans and pork at Hop Kee.
                                                    Snails in black beans at Hop Kee.
                                                    Preserved veggies and pork belly casserole at Amazing 66.
                                                    Spicy Whole Tilapia fish at Spicy and Tasty

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                                                      Pan Apr 21, 2009 06:27 PM

                                                      The name that stands out in your list is Paris. You prefer them to Banh Mi Saigon Bakery, I take it? Could you please elaborate on why?

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                                                        neil Apr 21, 2009 08:19 PM

                                                        Boston CH visiting needs some addresses

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                                                        Barney Greengrass
                                                        541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                                                        Russ & Daughters
                                                        179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                                                        Katz's Delicatessen
                                                        205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                                                        Itzocan Bistro
                                                        1575 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

                                                        Molly's
                                                        287 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

                                                        Taim
                                                        222 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10014

                                                        Sullivan Street Bakery
                                                        533 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

                                                        Apizz
                                                        217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

                                                        Alta
                                                        64 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011

                                                        Grandaisy Bakery
                                                        73 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

                                                        SriPraPhai
                                                        64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

                                                        Itzocan Cafe
                                                        438 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

                                                        Jacques
                                                        20 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

                                                        Red Egg
                                                        202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

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                                                          Pan Apr 21, 2009 09:51 PM

                                                          That last one should be Molly's Pub & Shebeen.

                                                      2. re: dec111
                                                        LeahBaila Apr 22, 2009 05:08 AM

                                                        Agreed with your comments re: Hill Country.

                                                        www.thelunchbelle.com

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                                                          planetjess May 1, 2009 02:51 PM

                                                          Disagree with comments re: Hill Country, but do think beef ribs are near lowest priority for ordering. Brisket lean at Hill Country definitely makes my "top 50" list (and the brisket moist might squeeze in there too, some days). A pound of that brisket, a jar of sweet tea and me at a table might make my top 10 list of favorite meals in NYC.

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                                                            foodwhisperer Sep 1, 2009 11:30 PM

                                                            WHat do you think of RUB compared to Hill country ,,, i love Fette Sao but thats a different boro

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                                                              guttergourmet Sep 3, 2009 07:14 AM

                                                              Hill Country beats hell out of RUB or Fette Sau http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/639311

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                                                                ginsbera Nov 16, 2009 06:02 PM

                                                                have you had Hill Country's short ribs? Best item on the menu and a MUST

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                                                                Hill Country
                                                                30 W 26th St Frnt 1, New York, NY 10010

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                                                        Gotham1 Dec 12, 2008 03:04 AM

                                                        Do not forget Nobu where the food lives up to the hype. The miso cod is there is excellent and should definately be on your list of the 50 best dishes in New York.

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                                                          foodwhisperer Oct 12, 2008 09:49 AM

                                                          baked clams: don peppes(queens),, ennio and michael
                                                          Pinels (chick pea italian fritters) Fernando's
                                                          corn beef pastrami: katz's
                                                          edamame dumplings: buddakan
                                                          caviar purses: quilted giraffe (oops theyre out of business)
                                                          egg barley: 2nd ave deli
                                                          potato pizza: grand daisy
                                                          laab kai (thai issan chicken): toon's
                                                          veal parmigiana: ennio and michaels
                                                          cheesecake: eileen's
                                                          hot dog: katz's, papaya king, nathan's
                                                          lo mein: 17 mott wo hop downstairs
                                                          char shu bo(pork bun) golden carriage
                                                          scallop dish : bouley upstairs
                                                          foie gras: jean georges
                                                          chawanmushi: kyo ya
                                                          foie gras sushi: sushi gari
                                                          soba uni: 15 east
                                                          jalapeno yellowtail: nobu
                                                          lobster ceviche: sushi samba
                                                          angry lobster: fille ponti
                                                          ramen: ippudo
                                                          passage to india sushi roll: takahachi tribeca
                                                          eel in broth kaiseki: bouley upstairs
                                                          dim sum: golden unicorn
                                                          porterhouse: peter luger

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                                                            martyl9 Oct 12, 2008 08:16 AM

                                                            cold duck with spicy hunan sauce from Shun Lee Palace. eating right now for breakfast the left over from yesterday's lunch. just wonderful.(just in case not on the above lists)

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                                                              PAULSCOHEN Oct 2, 2008 02:55 PM

                                                              THE FROZEN BANANNA IN COCONUT MILK AND TAPIOCA IS INCREDIBLE AT YAKITORI TOTO.

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                                                                chocolatebirthdaycake Oct 4, 2008 10:05 AM

                                                                Best Italian Sandwich (Sub/Hero/Hogie) ANYWHERE...Crosby Connection at Parisi Bakery (NOT to be confused with the other more pedestrian deli called Parisi on Mott Street!!)

                                                                This one is at 290 Elizabeth Street btween Bleecker & Mott and is only open M-F until 4PM.

                                                                Best proscuitto, fresh herbs, FRESH ingredients and BEST Italian hero rolls (whole wheat and regular). No place to sit so get it to go...it will change your sandwich experience forevah!!!!

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                                                                  El Tigre Oct 19, 2009 09:44 AM

                                                                  hey chocolatebirthdaycake,
                                                                  you do know that both the "pedestrian" Parisi and the more, uh, "vehicular" Parisi are one and the same right? in fact the pedestrian location at 198 Mott Street is the original and the more "mobile" one on Elizabeth St was opened for their wholesale business.

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                                                                chowgirlnyc Sep 27, 2008 04:26 PM

                                                                Mmmm...

                                                                Buccatini at Lupa
                                                                Orechietti with pork ragu at Lupa
                                                                Watermelon and crispy pork salad at Fatty Crab
                                                                Fluke with buttermilk, yuzu, and Sriracha at Momofuku Ko
                                                                Brussels sprouts at Alta
                                                                Soft-boiled egg with hackleback caviar at Momofuku Ko
                                                                Crispy watercress salad at Sripraphai (Queens)
                                                                Mutton chop at Keen's
                                                                Red Mango original with mochi, chocolate chips, and strawberries
                                                                Banh Mi at Banh Mi So #1 (Broome between Mott and Elizabeth)
                                                                Pork buns at Fatty Crab

                                                                1. Delucacheesemonger Sep 27, 2008 02:20 PM

                                                                  While many of mine were mentioned, some many times, here are some not seen
                                                                  Tripe at Pastis
                                                                  Italian sub at Faicco's
                                                                  Licorice gelato at Grom
                                                                  Hamachi Bim Bop at Morimoto
                                                                  Lamb's Tongue at Spotted Pig
                                                                  Veal Liver at Wallsye
                                                                  Sturgeon at Barney Greengrass
                                                                  Honeyed pork shoulder at New Yeah Shanghai

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                                                                    serious Sep 27, 2008 07:55 AM

                                                                    Peking Duck @ Peking Duck House, 53rd between 2nd and 3rd

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                                                                      serious Sep 27, 2008 04:37 AM

                                                                      The fried artichoke at Cafe Fiorella (63-64, Broadway) is outstanding.

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                                                                        douglas525 Sep 27, 2008 04:17 AM

                                                                        The sliders at Momofuku Ssam...melt in your mouth. Grilled octopus at EU...side of fries, and you've got yourself a meal. Ham sandwich at Gramercy Tavern...yes, a ham sandwich of all things trumped everything else we got for lunch there one day.

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                                                                          douglas525 Sep 27, 2008 04:27 AM

                                                                          For cheaper, the roast chicken at La Isla on 14th near B, anything at Puebla on 1st Ave near 3rd, and the crispy fried squid at Nha Trang (sp?) on Baxter near Canal.

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                                                                            Desidero Sep 27, 2008 07:13 AM

                                                                            Funny you mention the ham sandwich at Gramercy Tavern. I had the best roast beef sandwich of my life at Gramercy Tavern at a recent lunch.

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                                                                              kathryn Sep 27, 2008 10:16 AM

                                                                              Sliders? At Momofuku Ssam? Since when do they serve burgers?

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                                                                                douglas525 Sep 27, 2008 10:48 AM

                                                                                the pork belly sliders, on the bun...i thought they called them sliders, but maybe not. anyway, they're like two bites each, like a burger slider, and awesome

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                                                                                  Lucia Sep 27, 2008 01:42 PM

                                                                                  I've never heard them called sliders--they're pork buns

                                                                            2. santorinii Jul 28, 2008 02:09 PM

                                                                              I'm not sure if these would be considered "The Best" but they have certainly become my most memorable in the city thus far...

                                                                              -Babbo: Veal Loin wrapped in Pancetta
                                                                              -Bouchon Bakery: Cheese and Bacon Scones
                                                                              -Craft: Roasted Quail, Hen of the Wood Mushrooms
                                                                              -David Burke & Donatella: Pretzel Coated Crab Cake
                                                                              -Degustation: Seared Scallops in a Mussel Broth w/ Sea Beans, Grapes and
                                                                              Dehydrated Cherry Tomatoes
                                                                              -Jean Georges: Squab "à l'Orange" with Crystallized Tamarind
                                                                              -Momofuku Noodle Bar: Berkshire Pork Buns
                                                                              -Morimoto: Kakuni, Banana Chocolate Mousse w/ Toasted Coconut Meringue and Rum Raisin Ice Cream
                                                                              -Thor: Crispy Gnocchi w/ Wild Mushrooms
                                                                              -Veselka: Stuffed Cabbage and Pierogis
                                                                              -Yakitori Totto: Totto Chicken Soup, Seaweed Salad

                                                                              Here's to hoping to many more great eats when I return to the city!

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                                                                                tm76 Jul 24, 2008 05:31 PM

                                                                                Bread pudding from Negril
                                                                                Oxtail and coconut-scented rice and peas from the Islands
                                                                                Lobster burger from Ed's Lobster Bar
                                                                                Foie gras from Jean Georges
                                                                                Cheese fries from Shake Shack
                                                                                Mexican style Corn on the cob from Cafe Habana
                                                                                Moroccan meatballs and hummus platter from Cafe Gitane
                                                                                Tuna tataki salad at Coffee Shop
                                                                                Slice from Joe's Pizza on Carmine St.
                                                                                Lasagna and chicken parm/ziti from Tuscany in W 50's

                                                                                1. David A. Goldfarb Jun 29, 2008 09:02 PM

                                                                                  One more--best creme brulee is at Sarabeth's.

                                                                                  1. uhockey Jun 29, 2008 06:46 AM

                                                                                    I'm not from NYC, but having been there a number of times I can definitely say that the following are not only "NYC best" but amongst the 50-best dishes I've had anywhere in my life:

                                                                                    #1) Grilled Octopus with “Borlotti Marinati” and Spicy Limoncello Vinaigrette at Babbo
                                                                                    #2) Foie Gras Terrine with Cherries Lemon Balm and Sicilian Pistachios at EMP
                                                                                    #3) Tiramisu at Il Mulino
                                                                                    #4) Goose Liver Ravioli with Balsamic Vinegar and Brown Butter at Babbo
                                                                                    #5) Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding Cacao Nib Ice Cream at Gramercy Tavern
                                                                                    #6) Pumpkin“Lune” with Sage and Amaretti at Babbo
                                                                                    #7) Roasted rice cakes with shrimp, tamago, cashews at Momofuku Noodle
                                                                                    #8) Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Creme Anglaise at Dessert Truck
                                                                                    #9) Nutter Butter at Bouchon Bakery
                                                                                    #10) Red Velvet Cupcake at Amy's Bread
                                                                                    #11) Banana Bread at Norma's

                                                                                    1. guttergourmet Jun 29, 2008 05:14 AM

                                                                                      How about the uni ika sugomori zukuri at Soto? Or the tako yawarakani at 15 East?

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                                                                                      1. re: guttergourmet
                                                                                        guttergourmet Jun 29, 2008 11:50 AM

                                                                                        Oh yeah and the scallops with pickled cherries, seaweed and lemon puree at Momofuku ssam bar.

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                                                                                          guttergourmet Jun 30, 2008 01:20 PM

                                                                                          Not to mention the foie gras ganache at Aquavit.

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                                                                                        Taylor.Watson Jun 28, 2008 02:14 PM

                                                                                        The two that have to be on the list are Katz's pastrami sandwich and also a regular (or square, or whatever) pie from Difara's. Also, given that you are looking for cheap eats, I think the arroz con pollo at La Fonda Boricua should be on that list.

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                                                                                          GooGoo Jun 28, 2008 11:01 AM

                                                                                          What about the Cinghiale Wild boar with chocolate over pappardelle at Maremma
                                                                                          Sweet Corn Ravioli at Jean Georges
                                                                                          Veal Tenderloin with Liquid Parmesan at JG also
                                                                                          Eel avocado roll at Mottsu
                                                                                          Grandma's Ravioli at avoce
                                                                                          Sloppy Giuseppe at Maremma
                                                                                          Arugula Prosciutto Parmesan pizza at Luzzo's
                                                                                          Crema di Grom at Grom

                                                                                          1. David A. Goldfarb Jun 27, 2008 08:50 AM

                                                                                            A few in no particular order--

                                                                                            Chicken Adobo at Cendrillon
                                                                                            Pastrami at Katz's
                                                                                            Corned beef at the Carnegie Deli
                                                                                            The Nova Special from Zabar's (Nova, cream cheese, olive, orange juice and a coffee for about $6)
                                                                                            Scallion pancakes from Ollie's
                                                                                            Hot chocolate at City Bakery
                                                                                            Saag paneer from Curry and Curry
                                                                                            Porterhouse from Peter Luger
                                                                                            Lobster roll from The Oyster Bar (Grand Central)

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                                                                                              Laren Jun 6, 2008 03:11 PM

                                                                                              One thing I'd add that I'm not sure I saw here that's certainly in the realm of cheap -- arepas at Caracas. I'm partial to the De Pabellon. In addition to the lobster roll at Pearl, I'd add the fried oysters. And I actually prefer the goose liver ravioli to the beef cheek at Babbo. Maybe also the gnudi at Mia Dona.

                                                                                              http://www.sweetblogomine.com

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                                                                                              Caracas Arepa Bar
                                                                                              93 1/2 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                                                                                              1. misnatalie Jun 6, 2008 11:46 AM

                                                                                                blueberry bagel from H&H
                                                                                                slice from Joe's on Carmine
                                                                                                chocolate cupcake from P*Ong
                                                                                                black cod from Nobu
                                                                                                lime cake from Teany
                                                                                                spicy rizak sandwich from Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop
                                                                                                Pastrami sandwich at Katz's
                                                                                                Matzoh Ball soup from Ben's
                                                                                                Chocolate Chili gelato from Il Lab
                                                                                                chocolate chip cookie from Jaques Torres
                                                                                                French toast pudding at Rice to Riches

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                                                                                                1. re: misnatalie
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                                                                                                  FuDee Jun 6, 2008 12:52 PM

                                                                                                  I have scanned the responses, and here is my feedback: I absolutely agree with MisNataie re: Katz's Pastrami and Black Cod from Nobu (but Joe's has absolutely lost a step if that pie is not FRESH out of the oven and not a reheat job).

                                                                                                  I'm fully on board with Steakrules on the Blueberry Pancakes at Clinton St. Bakery (but I strongly disagree with the suggestion that RUB's pastrami is better than Katz's, let alone very good at all).

                                                                                                  I agree with Corsica on Gramercy Tavern's Cheese plate- really impressive selection.

                                                                                                  I'm with Pan on votes for Patsy's in E Harlem and Banh Mi at Saigon Bakery.

                                                                                                  100% agree with Namreb that Joe's Shanghai Soup Dumplings must be on the list.

                                                                                                  I love Dkstar1's inclusion of the Beef Ribs at Hill Country BBQ- they're awesome.

                                                                                                  CDB is right on point with the Beef Cheek Ravioli at Babbo.

                                                                                                  And lastly, my own favorite recommendation for place still unknown to most people, but has two of the greatest dishes in NYC. The place is Sanur Indonesion/Malaysian Restaurant at 18 Doyers (downstairs). The two INSANE dishes are the Crab Curry Soup with Transparent Noodles, and the greatest Chicken Satay you will ever have. If they are out of Crab, then get any curry soup and ask for transparent noodles. Simply un..believable.

                                                                                                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/fudee

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                                                                                                  Hugh DeMann Jun 6, 2008 11:44 AM

                                                                                                  I don't have time to read all the replies, so this may be a duplication:

                                                                                                  Salt & Pepper Shrimp at Phoenix Garden

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                                                                                                    steakrules85 Jun 6, 2008 11:24 AM

                                                                                                    I'll throw some out there

                                                                                                    Porterhouse, french fries, holy cow hot fudge sundae, bacon from Peter Luger
                                                                                                    Porterhouse- Keens
                                                                                                    Ribeye- Uncle Jack's
                                                                                                    Mac and cheese- Del Frisco's
                                                                                                    Gnocchi, braised short ribsblue cheese tater tots, chocolate chestnut sundae- BLT Prime
                                                                                                    Pumpkin Lune, Duck, Hazelnut chocolate cake- Babbo
                                                                                                    Ricotta Gnudi- Del Posto
                                                                                                    Clinton Street Bakery- Blueberry Pancakes

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                                                                                                      steakrules85 Sep 26, 2008 09:38 PM

                                                                                                      I am going to add in....

                                                                                                      Strip House- Porterhouse, Goose fat potatoes, chocolate cake, creamed corn, potatoes romanoff

                                                                                                      Old Homestead- Prime Rib

                                                                                                      Prime House- Pistachio Souffle, Truffle Asiago Fries

                                                                                                      Porter House- Baked Alaska, Hash browns

                                                                                                      Craft- Porterhouse, Short Rib, Lobster, Gnocchi, Corn and Bacon Risotto, Crispy Bacon

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                                                                                                        steakrules85 Jul 23, 2009 08:07 AM

                                                                                                        Here are some more that I have recently sampled that I will add..

                                                                                                        Lobster, Soft Shell Crabs, Chocolate Cake, Smores- Gotham Bar and Grill
                                                                                                        Chicken and Waffles- Amy Ruth's
                                                                                                        Red Velvet Cupcake- Make me a cake

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                                                                                                      jsmitty Jun 6, 2008 11:06 AM

                                                                                                      duck meatballs-a voce

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                                                                                                        martin levine Jun 6, 2008 10:45 AM

                                                                                                        Very interested in your project. Have been compiling my own list of inexpensive great meals and restaurants for several years. Love to help out if you need any. I treasure my finds, however your people have made some great suggestions. I love,
                                                                                                        Prosperity Dumpling, a meals worth of food for 1.00.
                                                                                                        Grimaldi's Pizza is the gold standard for me.
                                                                                                        The Pastrami from RUB is better than Katz's.
                                                                                                        Thats it for now. Let me know if you want some help.

                                                                                                        1. minkdreads Apr 12, 2008 10:27 AM

                                                                                                          Crispy Soul 'Chicken' at VP2 (Vegetarian Paradise 2) is pretty much "famous" amongst vegetarians here. It's hands-down their most popular menu item, and VP2 is absolutely one of the most well-known and popular veggie restaurants in the city.

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                                                                                                            moh Apr 12, 2008 09:40 AM

                                                                                                            Based on the replies, I certainly hope you have a big budget and appetite! I agree with a previous poster that it is going to be hard to define "best" and even harder to limit the number of dishes to 50.

                                                                                                            For example: Per Se is considered one of the finer restaurants in NYC, and it could be argued that several of their dishes could be included in the list. I would nominate the "Oysters and Pearls" "Beef Charollais" and "Fois Gras au Torchon", just to name a few. BUT:
                                                                                                            1. These are not cheap.
                                                                                                            2. Per Se is well-known to people outside New York, and does not need to be discovered.
                                                                                                            3. Per Se is part of the Keller enpire, and one could argue that these dishes are not representative of NYC cuisine, but rather are an expression of California market-driven cuisine.
                                                                                                            So although they are in NYC and are one of the top restaurants, one could argue none of their dishes should be on your list.

                                                                                                            You may have to limit your list a bit. The diversity of the responses already shows how difficult (but delicious!) your task will be. Eventually, as creator of your list, I think it will be most interesting to know your personal take on the whole affair. Why did you chose your list of 50? What makes the dishes on your list worthy of inclusion? How are these dishes iconic of NYC? Are your choices motivated by general popularity? Artistic/culinary achievement? Do your choices have to be unique to NYC? Who is your intended audience for this list? These questions will guide you criteria for "Best 50 dishes".

                                                                                                            A few items to add for consideration: None of these are expensive, but for me, they are iconic examples of NYC food. Are they the best dishes? Very debatable.
                                                                                                            Agree with LES pickles (Pickle Guys)
                                                                                                            Chocolate cream cheese strudel from Zabar's
                                                                                                            Hot dog (Gray's Papaya)
                                                                                                            Fried Chicken from Charles Southern Kitchen in Harlem (but many soul food dishes could be included here)
                                                                                                            Roasted Chestnuts from street vendors: a NYC tradition
                                                                                                            Deli Pastrami sandwiches
                                                                                                            Burger and milkshake at The Burger Joint, Parker Meridien (Iconic American food stuck in the corner of a fancy hotel. Very NYC. I love it.)

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                                                                                                              Pan Apr 11, 2008 04:06 PM

                                                                                                              When are you beginning videotaping?

                                                                                                              I haven't seen a mention of Saravanaas yet. Get one of the masala dosai or utthapams. I haven't been there enough times to choose which type is best, but their sambhars and chutneys are wonderful, in any case.

                                                                                                              But not everyone in New York knows the place. If you want places that everyone in New York knows about (some have been mentioned already):

                                                                                                              Katz's pastrami sandwich
                                                                                                              Patsy's (East Harlem) plain (margherita) pizza (or go to Di Fara's in Brooklyn and get a calzone with pepperoni and porcini or an artichoke square slice)

                                                                                                              Slightly less well-known:

                                                                                                              Any of the better flavors at Il Laboratorio di Gelato (have them give you a few samples)
                                                                                                              Any number of dishes at Great NY Noodletown (I recommend the Ginger-Scallion Lo Mein, the Beef Muscle Shrimp Wonton Soup, and any of the dishes with flowering chives)
                                                                                                              I agree with felafel at Azuri (but I haven't been to Taim yet). Fantastic!
                                                                                                              Mujadara at Kalustyan's (2nd floor)
                                                                                                              Roti Telur or any number of noodle soups at Skyway
                                                                                                              A Vietnamese sandwich at Banh Mi Saigon Bakery in Manhattan or the consensus best place in New York, Ba Xuyen in Brooklyn, which I haven't been to yet

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                                                                                                              1. re: Pan
                                                                                                                alwayscooking May 1, 2009 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                I just went to Saravanaas this week visiting from Boston - and it was terrible! I thought we had lousy (with the exception of one place) south Indian food but . . .

                                                                                                                My full review http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/616404

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                                                                                                                ginsbera Apr 9, 2008 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                Pizza (all)- DiFara
                                                                                                                Steamed Vegetable Dumplings - Dumpling House
                                                                                                                Three Cheese or Bresola, Asparagus and Pecorino Panini - 'ino
                                                                                                                Turkey Club - Market Table
                                                                                                                Fried Chicken - Blue Ribbon
                                                                                                                Strudel - Bar Room @ The Modern
                                                                                                                Cheeseburger - Shake Shack
                                                                                                                Black and White Shake - Island Burgers and Shakes
                                                                                                                French Fries - Market Table
                                                                                                                Cheesesteak - Carl's
                                                                                                                Falafel - Taim
                                                                                                                Duck Meatballs - Perilla
                                                                                                                French Onion Soup Dumplings - Stanton Social
                                                                                                                Charred Piquito Peppers - Tia Pol
                                                                                                                Croquettes - Tia Pol
                                                                                                                Roasted Potatoes - Blue Hill
                                                                                                                Creamy Polenta with Blue Cheese - Beast in Brooklyn

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                                                                                                                  namreb Apr 9, 2008 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                  joe shanghai - pork and crab soup dumpling
                                                                                                                  knickerbocker- steak for two
                                                                                                                  knickerbocker- onion soup
                                                                                                                  glasers- black and whites
                                                                                                                  assenzio's polenta w truffles
                                                                                                                  aquagrill- potenta laced with truffles

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                                                                                                                  sara73 Apr 9, 2008 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                  * steamed pork buns at Momofuku Noodle or Ssam
                                                                                                                  * chocolate chip cookies from Levain bakery on UWS
                                                                                                                  * French fries from Cafe de Bruxelles in GV
                                                                                                                  * whole cheese pizza at DiFara's
                                                                                                                  * chocolate ice cream at Blue Marble in B-lyn

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                                                                                                                    royalbev Apr 9, 2008 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                    Deconstructed pork buns at Buddakhan
                                                                                                                    Lobster Roll at Ed's Lobster Bar
                                                                                                                    Peanut Butter and Chocolate Parfait at Allen&Delancey
                                                                                                                    Butterscotch Panna Cotta at davidburke&donatella
                                                                                                                    Roasted Razor Clams at Casa Mono
                                                                                                                    Roasted Oysters at Beacon
                                                                                                                    White Pizza with Spinach at Apizz
                                                                                                                    Macaroni & Cheese side dish at Blue Smoke
                                                                                                                    Bone Marrow with oxtail marmalade at Blue Ribbon
                                                                                                                    Skate with bacon and potatoes at Blue Ribbon
                                                                                                                    Free Range Chicken Pot Pie from Waverly Inn
                                                                                                                    Pulled Pork Sandwich at Dinosaur BBQ
                                                                                                                    Pork Chop with Roasted Corn at Blue Hill
                                                                                                                    Corner Bistro Burger
                                                                                                                    Fried Chicken & Waffles at Sylvia's
                                                                                                                    Roasted Quail with Cheese Grits at Irving Mill

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                                                                                                                      chipcuento Feb 5, 2008 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                      A dirty water hotdog? Or maybe grays?

                                                                                                                      1. Corsica Feb 5, 2008 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                        Great idea for a thread! I love all the suggestions on here. So far, I've got...

                                                                                                                        Prosciuitto at Lupa
                                                                                                                        Pastrami in rye at Katz's
                                                                                                                        Super Heeb at Russ & Daughters
                                                                                                                        Corn on the cob at Cafe Habana
                                                                                                                        Chopped liver at Eisenberg's
                                                                                                                        Pepperoni pizza at Grimaldi's
                                                                                                                        BLT and frrrozen hot chocolate at Serendipity (screaming children be damned)
                                                                                                                        Pork dumplings and beef sesame pancake at Dumpling House
                                                                                                                        Sticky toffee pudding at Tea and Sympathy
                                                                                                                        Velvety cream of tomato soup at Sarabeth's
                                                                                                                        Banana pudding at Magnolia
                                                                                                                        Bistro Burger at Corner Bistro
                                                                                                                        Filet with mustard sauce at Buddakan
                                                                                                                        Chocolate bento box at Brasserie 8 1/2
                                                                                                                        Salmon Sampler at Aquavit
                                                                                                                        Chicken tagine with lemon and olives at Cafe Mogador
                                                                                                                        Chopped salad w/ grilled chicken at Citrus
                                                                                                                        Soy burger at DoJo
                                                                                                                        Cheese selection at Gramercy Tavern
                                                                                                                        Frites w/ rosemary mayo at Pommes Frites
                                                                                                                        Salmon caviar platter at Russian Vodka Room
                                                                                                                        Carne frita at Sofrito
                                                                                                                        Gnocchi verde w/ tomato cream sauce at Petaluma
                                                                                                                        Octopus salad at Aquagrill

                                                                                                                        Jesus, I'm starving.

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                                                                                                                          Brooklyn Enthusiast Jan 9, 2008 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                          -Chef's Tasting menu from Sushi of Gari
                                                                                                                          -hamburger from J.G. Melon's
                                                                                                                          -French fries from Coffee Shop
                                                                                                                          -Baja Fish Tacos/guacamole from Mercadito
                                                                                                                          -Ribs from El Parador
                                                                                                                          -bagel & cc from H&H
                                                                                                                          -chocolate chip cookie from City Bakery
                                                                                                                          -hot cocoa from Jaques Torres
                                                                                                                          -steak frites from Balthazar
                                                                                                                          -meat lasagna from Noodle Pudding
                                                                                                                          -taglietelle w/ ragu al di la
                                                                                                                          -pumpkin corn bisque soup from Cafe Medina
                                                                                                                          -sweet potato fries from Galaxy Burger
                                                                                                                          -rock shrimp from Nobu
                                                                                                                          -tuna ceviche from Sushi Samba
                                                                                                                          -coconut rice from Esperanto
                                                                                                                          -veal piccata & gigi salad from The Palm

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                                                                                                                            Aiceegray Jan 9, 2008 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                            Wow--what a .list this could become...maybe you'd need to narrow it to 50 best dishes by cuisine!!!! But I'll play:

                                                                                                                            Prune's eggs en cocotte for brunch - A slowly baked runny egg topped with chicken and natural chicken juices served with Brioche to soak up the goodness alongside a butter lettuce salad with the perfect mustard vinaigrette
                                                                                                                            Degustation croquetas - so light and airy, crispy on the outside creamy on the inside and perfectly fried
                                                                                                                            Pizza from Una Pizza Neapoletana
                                                                                                                            Beef Cheek Ravioli at Babbo
                                                                                                                            Love Letters with Mint & Lamb Ragu at Babbo
                                                                                                                            Gravy Meatball Sliders at Little Owl
                                                                                                                            From the Omakase Menu at Sushi of Gari - Salmon topped with Hot Tomato Nigiri Sushi
                                                                                                                            From the Omakase Menu at Jewel Bako - O Toro Nigiri Sushi bruleed with a torch and topped with rock salt (and maybe a squeeze of yuzu)
                                                                                                                            The Sheep's Milk Ricotta Gnudi with Brown Butter and Fried Sage leaves at Spotted Pig
                                                                                                                            Clinton Street Baking Company - A brunch special: Poached eggs over homemade corn beef hash cakes and biscuits. Add a side of cheese grits...mmm
                                                                                                                            THe Chawan-mushi at Sakegaru
                                                                                                                            The Ka Jang Tang (Spicy Pork bone and Potato soup) at Kunjip
                                                                                                                            An H&H bagel with lox from Zabar's and Ben's real cream cheese from Murray's cheese.

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                                                                                                                              dkstar1 Jan 9, 2008 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                              Here are some of my faves in a random order:

                                                                                                                              1. Crispy Watercress Salad - Sripraphai
                                                                                                                              2. Lamb Nanini - Tabla Bread Bar
                                                                                                                              3. Warm Lamb's Tongue Vinaigrette - Babbo
                                                                                                                              4. Soup Dumplings - Joe's Shanghai
                                                                                                                              5. Onion Soup Dumplings - Stanton Social
                                                                                                                              6. Anguille - Eel and Foie Terrine - L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
                                                                                                                              7. Mint Love Letters - Babbo
                                                                                                                              8. Sheep's Milk Ricotta Gnudi with Brown Butter and Fried Sage - Spotted Pig
                                                                                                                              9. Rabbit and Spaetzle - Wallse
                                                                                                                              10. Scottish Partrige - Wallse
                                                                                                                              11. Pastrami on Rye with Mustard - Katz
                                                                                                                              12. Grilled Chicken Club - Penelope
                                                                                                                              13. Bagel with plain cream cheese and Baltic Lox (champagne color) - Russ & Daughters
                                                                                                                              14. Pork Belly dish - WD~50
                                                                                                                              15. Chicken Tikka Roll - Roomali
                                                                                                                              16. Uni - Sushi Yasuda
                                                                                                                              17. Bone Marrow with oxtail marmalade - Blue Ribbon
                                                                                                                              18. Beef ribs - Hill Country
                                                                                                                              19. Shirred Eggs - Deborah
                                                                                                                              20. Ssam - Momofuku Ssam Bar
                                                                                                                              21. Double Shack Burger - Shake Shack
                                                                                                                              22. Tuna Tartare - Jean Georges
                                                                                                                              23. Penang Curry - Sripraphai
                                                                                                                              24. Olive Oil Gelato - Otto
                                                                                                                              25. Lobster Shepherd's Pie - Union Square Cafe
                                                                                                                              26. Trout and Spinach - Telepan
                                                                                                                              27. Garden Salad - Blue Hill at Stone Barns (I assume they serve it at Blue Hill too)
                                                                                                                              28. Foie Gras Creme Brulee - Eleven Madison Park
                                                                                                                              29. Foie Gras Terrine with Cocoa - Eleven Madison Park
                                                                                                                              30. Steak Frites - Artisanal
                                                                                                                              31. Eggs Meurette - Balthazar
                                                                                                                              32. Tempura Green Beans - Red Cat
                                                                                                                              33. Uni Panini - El Quinto Pino
                                                                                                                              34. Chicken Liver Pate & Crostini - (tie) BLT Prime/Irving Mill
                                                                                                                              35. Mac and Cheese - Blue Smoke
                                                                                                                              36. Prosciuto Panini - tie (Bread, 'inoteca)
                                                                                                                              37. Taro Puff Lollipops (with minced pork) - Buddakan
                                                                                                                              38. Whole Hog - Daisy May BBQ
                                                                                                                              39. Sirloin Chili - Daisy May BBQ
                                                                                                                              40. Any sausage from the cart - Hallo Berlin
                                                                                                                              41. Honey Lavender or Rice Gelato - il laboratorio del gelato
                                                                                                                              42. Jack and Coke dessert drink - Room 4 Dessert (now closed)
                                                                                                                              43. The bread - Country
                                                                                                                              44. Pithivier with vanilla ice cream and whisky sauce - Country
                                                                                                                              45. Spicy Redneck (deep fried bacon wrapped hot dog with chile and cole slaw - Crif Dogs
                                                                                                                              46. Chicken 65 - Copper Chimney
                                                                                                                              47. Mujidderah Sandwich - Kalustyans
                                                                                                                              48. Bacon Cheeseburger - Molly's Shebeen
                                                                                                                              49. Pepporoni Pizza - Adrienne's Pizzabar
                                                                                                                              50. Veal Osso Buco - The Orchard

                                                                                                                              1. re: dkstar1
                                                                                                                                financialdistrictresident Jan 9, 2008 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                Didn't OP request amazing yet cheap? Where do these land on the $$$$$ scale?

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                                                                                                                                  dkstar1 Jan 9, 2008 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                  oh - I didn't see the word "cheap". But, many of those dishes are fairly cheap. I've broken it down...

                                                                                                                                  Inexpensive

                                                                                                                                  1. Crispy Watercress Salad - Sripraphai
                                                                                                                                  3. Warm Lamb's Tongue Vinaigrette - Babbo
                                                                                                                                  4. Soup Dumplings - Joe's Shanghai
                                                                                                                                  5. Onion Soup Dumplings - Stanton Social
                                                                                                                                  7. Mint Love Letters - Babbo
                                                                                                                                  8. Sheep's Milk Ricotta Gnudi with Brown Butter and Fried Sage - Spotted Pig
                                                                                                                                  11. Pastrami on Rye with Mustard - Katz
                                                                                                                                  12. Grilled Chicken Club - Penelope
                                                                                                                                  13. Bagel with plain cream cheese and Baltic Lox (champagne color) - Russ & Daughters
                                                                                                                                  15. Chicken Tikka Roll - Roomali
                                                                                                                                  17. Bone Marrow with oxtail marmalade - Blue Ribbon
                                                                                                                                  18. Beef ribs - Hill Country
                                                                                                                                  19. Shirred Eggs - Deborah
                                                                                                                                  20. Ssam - Momofuku Ssam Bar
                                                                                                                                  21. Double Shack Burger - Shake Shack
                                                                                                                                  23. Penang Curry - Sripraphai
                                                                                                                                  24. Olive Oil Gelato - Otto
                                                                                                                                  27. Garden Salad - Blue Hill at Stone Barns (I assume they serve it at Blue Hill too)
                                                                                                                                  31. Eggs Meurette - Balthazar
                                                                                                                                  32. Tempura Green Beans - Red Cat
                                                                                                                                  33. Uni Panini - El Quinto Pino
                                                                                                                                  34. Chicken Liver Pate & Crostini - (tie) BLT Prime/Irving Mill (the one at BLT Prime is free)
                                                                                                                                  35. Mac and Cheese - Blue Smoke
                                                                                                                                  36. Prosciuto Panini - tie (Bread, 'inoteca)
                                                                                                                                  37. Taro Puff Lollipops (with minced pork) - Buddakan
                                                                                                                                  38. Whole Hog - Daisy May BBQ
                                                                                                                                  39. Sirloin Chili - Daisy May BBQ
                                                                                                                                  40. Any sausage from the cart - Hallo Berlin
                                                                                                                                  41. Honey Lavender or Rice Gelato - il laboratorio del gelato
                                                                                                                                  42. Jack and Coke dessert drink - Room 4 Dessert (now closed)
                                                                                                                                  43. The bread - Country
                                                                                                                                  45. Spicy Redneck (deep fried bacon wrapped hot dog with chile and cole slaw - Crif Dogs
                                                                                                                                  46. Chicken 65 - Copper Chimney
                                                                                                                                  47. Mujidderah Sandwich - Kalustyans
                                                                                                                                  48. Bacon Cheeseburger - Molly's Shebeen
                                                                                                                                  49. Pepporoni Pizza - Adrienne's Pizzabar

                                                                                                                                  Pricier

                                                                                                                                  2. Lamb Nanini - Tabla Bread Bar
                                                                                                                                  6. Anguille - Eel and Foie Terrine - L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
                                                                                                                                  9. Rabbit and Spaetzle - Wallse
                                                                                                                                  10. Scottish Partrige - Wallse
                                                                                                                                  14. Pork Belly dish - WD~50
                                                                                                                                  16. Uni - Sushi Yasuda
                                                                                                                                  22. Tuna Tartare - Jean Georges
                                                                                                                                  25. Lobster Shepherd's Pie - Union Square Cafe
                                                                                                                                  26. Trout and Spinach - Telepan
                                                                                                                                  28. Foie Gras Creme Brulee - Eleven Madison Park
                                                                                                                                  29. Foie Gras Terrine with Cocoa - Eleven Madison Park
                                                                                                                                  30. Steak Frites - Artisanal
                                                                                                                                  44. Pithivier with vanilla ice cream and whisky sauce - Country
                                                                                                                                  50. Veal Osso Buco - The Orchard

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                                                                                                                                    dec111 Oct 9, 2008 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                    stay away from beef ribs at hill country. what a rip-off. it is only bone with one strip of burned, chacoal-like "beef" on one side, and one on the other side. Chewing charcoal would be tastier. and it is not cheap, considering quantity of beef for price paid. will never, ever go back there.

                                                                                                                                    I would add cumin lamb sandwich from flushing but need to get name of mall it is located.- 2.50

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                                                                                                                                      serious Oct 10, 2008 04:14 AM

                                                                                                                                      Have you had the beef rib from Daisy Mays? A great delicious bargain.

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                                                                                                                                        ZaZa Jan 29, 2010 12:00 AM

                                                                                                                                        The Oklahoma beef rib from Daisy Mays is delicious. I agree, and so are their mashed potatoes. Oh yes, it's good!

                                                                                                                                        I agree with the above comment about Hill Country. I've tried just about everything there. I won't go back.

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                                                                                                                                        tpigeon Oct 10, 2008 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                        Totally the opposite from my experience. But that was a while ago...

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                                                                                                                                          ginsbera Apr 22, 2009 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                          I am a fan of Hill Country, but generally opt for the brisket, pork chop, pork ribs or short ribs. The latter is my favorite thing on their menu by far, amazing.

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                                                                                                                                          MWinston Nov 28, 2010 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                          This sounds like Xi'an Famous Foods which now has an East Village location on St. Marks.

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                                                                                                                                  kpsquared Jan 9, 2008 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                  I LOVE the fries at Coffee Shop! I always talk about them, but either people disagree or they found them unmemorable.

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                                                                                                                                  windycity Jan 7, 2008 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                  This is a fun project. I am going to have to break this up into desserts and others though:

                                                                                                                                  Lychee ice cream - Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
                                                                                                                                  Beaux Arts tart- Payard Patisserie
                                                                                                                                  Olive oil gelato - Otto
                                                                                                                                  Tres caramel rice pudding - Rice to riches
                                                                                                                                  Chocolate cupcake - Two Little Red Hens
                                                                                                                                  Flurt frozen yogurt

                                                                                                                                  Non-desserts:
                                                                                                                                  Green Mango salad - Sripraphai
                                                                                                                                  Soup dumplings - New Yeah Shanghai Deluxe
                                                                                                                                  Soft Shell Crab - NY Noodletown
                                                                                                                                  Tonkatsu ramen - Menkuitei (at least until Ippudo opens up)
                                                                                                                                  Spicy pork sandwiches - Ren Ren Cafe
                                                                                                                                  Chicken wings and drumsticks - Bon Chon
                                                                                                                                  Guava and cheese empanada - Mama's Empanadas

                                                                                                                                  So in conclusion, I eat a lot of cheap junk food. Which doesn't mean it's not special, right?

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                                                                                                                                    chocokitty Jan 7, 2008 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                    I second Otto's olive oil gelato.

                                                                                                                                    Others I recommend that isn't mentioned yet:
                                                                                                                                    -The humongous and gooey, chocolate chip cookie from Levain Bakery
                                                                                                                                    -The foie gras, mole lentils, and quince yogurt from WD-50
                                                                                                                                    -Crispy brussels sprouts from Alta
                                                                                                                                    -Pizza Bianca from Grandaisy or Sullivan Street Bakery (a large slice for $1)
                                                                                                                                    -Jacques Torres' ice cream sandwich (it's seasonal)
                                                                                                                                    -Parisian macarons from La Maison du Chocolat (I've searched everywhere in Manhattan with my friend last spring and this is the closest to Pierre Herme's)
                                                                                                                                    -The Fatty Tea Sandwiches, Watermelon Pickle and Crispy Pork Salad, and Chili Crab from Fatty Crab (lusciously fatty and delicious for all but the chili crab's sauce is so tasty that I would eat it by the bucket with lots of bread)
                                                                                                                                    -Falafel sandwich from Taim (it's transcendent)
                                                                                                                                    -The Bo Ssam from Momofuku Ssam (sure it's $180, but it's meant to be shared with a large group and it comes with a dozen oysters to boot)

                                                                                                                                    http://thewanderingeater.wordpress.com

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                                                                                                                                      piccola Jan 7, 2008 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                      I'd say the sabich from Taim rather than the regular falafel.

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                                                                                                                                        zbs Jan 8, 2008 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                        They are both terrific. I'd add:

                                                                                                                                        • Steamed pork bun from Mai Lai Wah (in part for some of the most delicious atmospherics in Chinatown)
                                                                                                                                        • Marrow toast from Marlowe & Sons
                                                                                                                                        • Panna cotta with saba from Franny's
                                                                                                                                        • Roast pork banh mi from Ba Xuyen
                                                                                                                                        • Anything al pastor from Rico's Tacos
                                                                                                                                        • Upside-down tuna tarte from the Modern
                                                                                                                                        • Kyotofu's mini miso chocolate cakes
                                                                                                                                        • The effect of the wine pairings at Fleur de Sel (does that count?)
                                                                                                                                        • Cheeseburger at Burger joint / Le Parker Meridien
                                                                                                                                        • Gyro from Spartan Souvlaki
                                                                                                                                        • Una pizza napoletana
                                                                                                                                        • Small plates from Momofuku Ssam

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                                                                                                                                          ZaZa Jan 28, 2010 11:44 PM

                                                                                                                                          The babaganoush is really good at Taim, along with their Moroccan carrots. The Harissa falafel is a good side order with this combo. Taim's spicy sauce (it has a name that sounds like "schkool") is really good with Taim falafels.

                                                                                                                                          For a regular delicious falafel, enjoy Rainbow falafel on 17th Street, off of Union Square.

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                                                                                                                                          kathryn Feb 5, 2008 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                          It's $200 now. :(

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                                                                                                                                        kbnyca Jan 7, 2008 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                        tarte flambé from the modern
                                                                                                                                        the omakase at sushi of gari
                                                                                                                                        uni in lobster gelée at joel robuchon
                                                                                                                                        seabass carpaccio at the mercer kitchen
                                                                                                                                        soup dumplings at joe's shanghai
                                                                                                                                        the black sea bass main course at Town
                                                                                                                                        any pizza from grimaldi's (brooklyn, i know!)

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                                                                                                                                          bladerobbins Sep 28, 2007 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                          These posts are making me hungry...

                                                                                                                                          To add a few things
                                                                                                                                          -bagel pudding at Russ and Daughters (also as has been said whitefish sal
                                                                                                                                          -pickles at Gus's Pickles
                                                                                                                                          -chocolate chip cookie from City Bakery
                                                                                                                                          -falafel at Azuri
                                                                                                                                          -miso black cod at Nobu

                                                                                                                                          I would also highly recommend expanding your list to include the outer boroughs

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                                                                                                                                            feast Sep 27, 2007 11:51 PM

                                                                                                                                            I agree with post of L Schnetzer on 9/22.
                                                                                                                                            The Super Heeb at Russ and Daughter's is amazing!.
                                                                                                                                            This summer, the Super Heeb received a Sandwich of the Week award, from Time Out. I first learned of this amazing yet cheap food, in Heeb magazine and on heebmagazine.com.

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                                                                                                                                              kam0424 Sep 27, 2007 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                              Pork at Five Points
                                                                                                                                              Filet Mignon with balsamic onions at Gramercy Tavern
                                                                                                                                              Pork Steamed buns at Excellent Dumpling House
                                                                                                                                              Parpadelle at Lil Frankie's
                                                                                                                                              Apple Pie at Lil Pie Co.
                                                                                                                                              Double Chocolate Cookie at Levain Bakery
                                                                                                                                              Scallop App at Crema
                                                                                                                                              String Beans at Moon House
                                                                                                                                              Brownie Sundae at Serendipity
                                                                                                                                              Pizza at Lucali's
                                                                                                                                              Poached Halibut at Le Bernardin

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                                                                                                                                                Peter Cherches Sep 28, 2007 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                Xiaolongbao (steamed tiny buns/ soup dumplings) seems to be a favorite item for many, but there's no agreement on restaurant. I might give the edge to Shanghai Cafe.

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                                                                                                                                                  hatred Oct 2, 2009 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I went to this place because people talk about it here ... don't make the same mistake i did. The soup in the soup dumplings was extraordinarily thick -- more like a stew -- and had a reek like gefilte fish. The skins were so thick and so uniform I couldn't help but wonder if they were machine processed. I had a plate of kau fu that was poorly prepared as well -- under marinated and overburdened with bamboo shoots.

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                                                                                                                                                    Pan Oct 3, 2009 11:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I haven't loved any xiaolong bao anywhere in New York, but I part company with you on Shanghai Cafe's kao fu. I like it very much. I also enjoy their spicy cabbage.

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                                                                                                                                                houston Sep 27, 2007 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                Square at DiFara's
                                                                                                                                                Dumplings at Dumpling House
                                                                                                                                                Crispy watercress salad at Sripraphai
                                                                                                                                                Corned beef at Katz's
                                                                                                                                                Everything bagel (well done) from Ess-a-bagel with lox from Russ & Daughters
                                                                                                                                                Double Shack
                                                                                                                                                Mutton meatballs at Tasting Room (but obviously that's rarely on the menu)
                                                                                                                                                Pinkberry with mochi, white chocolate chips and strawberry
                                                                                                                                                Cubano at Margon
                                                                                                                                                53rd and 6th
                                                                                                                                                Char shu over rice at Great NY Noodletown
                                                                                                                                                Peking duck at PDH
                                                                                                                                                Fried tiny buns (when they make them) at New Green Bo

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                                                                                                                                                  NAtiveNewYorker Aug 31, 2009 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Sorry, Cubano at Margon is overrated. Bread is too hard. And the slice of salami doesn't fit, IMHO. Rest of their food is great, though.

                                                                                                                                                2. ChefJune Sep 23, 2007 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                  What would I include in a list of the 50 Best dishes in New York?

                                                                                                                                                  The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the thread topic was the scallop and foie gras at Tocqueville. It's positively ethereal.

                                                                                                                                                  and Waldy Malouf's Essence of Lobster Soup and Potato Gratin (at Beacon).

                                                                                                                                                  cheap eats? the crab soup dumplings at Shanghai Cuisine (Bayard & Mulberry).

                                                                                                                                                  oops! forgot the raviolo with egg and white truffle at San Domenico!

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                                                                                                                                                    DoctortedNYC Sep 23, 2007 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Square Slice from Spumoni Gardens[L&B Pizzeria]

                                                                                                                                                    Oyster Pan Roast at Grand Central Oyster Bar

                                                                                                                                                    Roast Beef Sandwich at Brennan and Carr

                                                                                                                                                    Juniors Strawberry Cheese Cake

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                                                                                                                                                      CDB Sep 27, 2007 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                      falafel from Azuri Cafe

                                                                                                                                                      bucatini from lupa

                                                                                                                                                      beef cheek ravioli from babbo

                                                                                                                                                      patatas bravas from tia pol

                                                                                                                                                      Cheese slice from Sal and Carmine's

                                                                                                                                                      hot Onion Bagel from David's Bagels

                                                                                                                                                      lobster roll from marys/pob

                                                                                                                                                      fondue from artisinal

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                                                                                                                                                    addictedtolunch Sep 23, 2007 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Pizza from Patsy's
                                                                                                                                                    Porterhouse from Lugers
                                                                                                                                                    Pastrami from Katz's
                                                                                                                                                    Bialy from Kossars
                                                                                                                                                    Blintz from B & H Dairy
                                                                                                                                                    Banh Mi from Saigon Bakery, A Chou Deli,, So. 1, , Sau voi- whatever
                                                                                                                                                    Fried Chicken- Bon Bon
                                                                                                                                                    Knish from Knish Nosh
                                                                                                                                                    Brownie from Fatwitch or Balthazar
                                                                                                                                                    Nova from Zabars (prefer to Russ et al)

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                                                                                                                                                      Peter Cherches Sep 23, 2007 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                      A Kossar's bialy is essential.

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                                                                                                                                                        fdb Apr 21, 2009 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Fatwitch brownies are addictive.

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                                                                                                                                                        LSchnetzer Sep 22, 2007 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                        The pastrami at Katz's is key.
                                                                                                                                                        From Grad Sichuan Ma Po To Fu - or Chili tofu. My husband and I feel very strongly that this is the best in the US.
                                                                                                                                                        At Russ and Daughter's I recommend the super heeb - I know it is less traditional than the lox, but it is amazing.
                                                                                                                                                        And knish - but not sure where to get the best one.

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                                                                                                                                                          Renguin Jan 9, 2008 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                          try the mapo dofu at wuliangye. i've had it at a million different places (most of which are in china) and everywhere does it a little different. i think wuliangye's is a little better than Grand Sichuan (not sure which grand sichuan you're talking about, but this goes for any of them). the tofu has more integrity and the sauce is a little less watery.

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                                                                                                                                                          Peter Cherches Sep 22, 2007 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I don't know if everyone in NY knows about it, but I'll nominate the huitlacoche corn souffle cake at Itzocan Cafe as one of the great appetizers in NYC. Unique, delicious & sensual.

                                                                                                                                                          http://petercherches.blogspot.com

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                                                                                                                                                            MMRuth Sep 22, 2007 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I've only had it at the Bistro Itzocan location - but agree - it is wonderful and innovative, as is much of their food.

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                                                                                                                                                              Hugh DeMann Jun 6, 2008 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I couldn't agree more with Peter. Itzocan's corn souffle is so good I'm sometimes order two as my main course.

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                                                                                                                                                              orthorunner Sep 22, 2007 01:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Just have a few thus far as I'm relatively new to the city:
                                                                                                                                                              Pumpkin cupcake from SSS bakery, I'm not usually much for cupcakes but it's a winner
                                                                                                                                                              "Stuffed cabbage" at Kefi (appetizer, a new take on a dolmade)
                                                                                                                                                              Fennel and Golden raisin bread at Amy's bread
                                                                                                                                                              Sullivan Street Bakery-Mushroom pizza slice
                                                                                                                                                              Luzzo's for a neapolitan pizza slice
                                                                                                                                                              Ino-panini with prosciutto, spicy relish, and grana
                                                                                                                                                              Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                              1. vvvindaloo Sep 21, 2007 08:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Bratwurst on a roll with the works, Hallo Berlin Cart in Midtown
                                                                                                                                                                Crispy Pork or Drunken Noodles with Beef, Sripraphai (Woodside, Queens)
                                                                                                                                                                Pastrami on rye, Katz's
                                                                                                                                                                Potato & cheese pierogi, Veselka
                                                                                                                                                                Cannoli or Cassata, Villabate Pasticceria (Bensonhurst, Bklyn)
                                                                                                                                                                Patsy's pizza for classic NY Italian-style pie
                                                                                                                                                                Joe's for a NY-style pizza slice
                                                                                                                                                                Cheese and salumi platters with condiments, Otto
                                                                                                                                                                Fruits-du-mer tower, Balthazar
                                                                                                                                                                Circus-themed dessert, Le Cirque
                                                                                                                                                                Shack Burger, Shake Shack
                                                                                                                                                                Rugelach, Zabar's
                                                                                                                                                                Sliced nova lox, Zabar's
                                                                                                                                                                Carnitas tacos, El Coatzingo, (Jackson Heights, Queens)
                                                                                                                                                                Frosted Flower Cupcake, Cupcake Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                Chocolate Challah breadsticks, Amy's Bread
                                                                                                                                                                Beef Cheek Ravioli, Babbo
                                                                                                                                                                Truffled egg toast, 'ino
                                                                                                                                                                Porterhouse with creamed spinach, Peter Luger
                                                                                                                                                                Fried Pork Dumplings, Dumpling House
                                                                                                                                                                Orecchiette with sausage and broccoli di rape, Roberto's (Belmont, Bronx)
                                                                                                                                                                Ribs, Dinosaur BBQ
                                                                                                                                                                Sashimi, uni and eel, Sushi Yasuda
                                                                                                                                                                Lobster roll, Pearl Oyster Bar

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                                                                                                                                                                  coconutgoddess Sep 22, 2007 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  ok.. where is the dumpling house. the name alone sounds like my kid of place!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                    vvvindaloo Sep 22, 2007 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    careful, they're addictive!

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                                                                                                                                                                    Vanessa's Dumpling House
                                                                                                                                                                    118 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

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                                                                                                                                                                      foodluvngal Sep 29, 2007 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      I cannot be anywhere near Dumpling House without stopping in. Last Sunday, I was on my way to meet some friends for dinner in Chinatown and I STILL couldn't resist. I DID, however, limit myself to a single order of 5 succulent dumplings and a small Hot & Sour Soup ($2.00 total) - talk about self-control! Somehow, I still managed to enjoy a nice, big dinner at Kam Chueh on the Bowery. Oink.

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                                                                                                                                                                    big o Sep 21, 2007 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Some recent and some long-running favorites:

                                                                                                                                                                    Beef marrow with oxtail marmalade at Blue Ribbon
                                                                                                                                                                    Banh mi sandwich at Bahn Mi So 1, Saigon, Momofuku Ssam Bar
                                                                                                                                                                    Truffled egg toast and eggplant lasagnette at 'inoteca
                                                                                                                                                                    Fried pork dumplings at New Green Bo
                                                                                                                                                                    Salt baked crabs/squid/shrimp at NY Noodletown
                                                                                                                                                                    Bagel with whitefish salad and tomato at Russ & Daughters
                                                                                                                                                                    Pastrami sandwich at Katz's
                                                                                                                                                                    Carne asada burrito from the Calexico cart
                                                                                                                                                                    Lobster mac n' cheese at Nolita House
                                                                                                                                                                    Tampiquena at Mercadito
                                                                                                                                                                    Skate at Ed's Lobster Bar
                                                                                                                                                                    Cheeseburgers at Wolfgang's and Walker's
                                                                                                                                                                    Shrimp tacos at Cafe el Portal
                                                                                                                                                                    Seafood pasta at Bianca
                                                                                                                                                                    Cuban sandwich at El Castillo de Jagua
                                                                                                                                                                    The little empanadas at Industria Argentina
                                                                                                                                                                    Pho at Cong Ly
                                                                                                                                                                    Huevos Rancheros at Cafe Habana
                                                                                                                                                                    Radiator pasta with lamb meatballs at Jacques
                                                                                                                                                                    Soup and challah at B&H Dairy

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                                                                                                                                                                      piccola Sep 22, 2007 06:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Add my vote for the truffled egg toast.

                                                                                                                                                                      More for my short-list:

                                                                                                                                                                      Veggie congee from Congee Village
                                                                                                                                                                      Taro bun or veggie bing from Roll & Dough (now closed, I think)
                                                                                                                                                                      Grilled veggie arepa from Caracas Arepa Bar
                                                                                                                                                                      Crispy soul chicken sandwich from Red Bamboo
                                                                                                                                                                      Sabich from Taim
                                                                                                                                                                      Chocolate-cheese muffin from Samad Gourmet
                                                                                                                                                                      Mushroom pierogi from Ukrainian National Home
                                                                                                                                                                      (to be continued)

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                                                                                                                                                                        kathryn Sep 22, 2007 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Yup, Roll & Dough is gone now. Alas!

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                                                                                                                                                                        tpigeon Oct 4, 2008 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        If you are going to put cafe habana on the list you can't forget the corn on the cob :).

                                                                                                                                                                      3. Silverjay Sep 21, 2007 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        FYI, it's not "はぎ さき Bar" but "居酒屋 萩". Also "さき" transliterates as "saki", rather than "sake" "さけ" which would anyway, mean salmon. It's always written as "酒". Anywho, you're referring to "Sake Bar Hagi" on 49th st., where I've never encountered anything particularly memorable, though I'm definitely a fan.

                                                                                                                                                                        My few Japanese dishes on such a best dish list might be the shio tama (salt egg) from Ramen Setagaya , the lamb chops at Yakitori Totto, and the mirugai from Sushi Yasuda.

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                                                                                                                                                                          E Eto Sep 21, 2007 10:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Or sometimes Hagi is written はぎっ (not sure if it's a play on words) like on the back of the t-shirts worn by the servers.

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                                                                                                                                                                          cimui Sep 21, 2007 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I just went to WD 50 last night, so the beef tongue from the tasting menu is fresh on my mind. (The menu describes it as "beef tongue, fried mayo, tomato molasses".) Fantastic. And pretty.

                                                                                                                                                                          For the cheap, but harder to come by food, the first thing that comes to mind is the halal cart on 53rd near 6th. It's inexpensive and tasty (though I don't know if it's really the best halal cart in midtown like everyone says)--and hard to come by b/c you have to have a surfeit of time on your hands to stand in line so long.

                                                                                                                                                                          There might be a bit of internal tension to your project insofar as the best dishes in NYC may not be the same thing as what "everyone in New York" knows about. At least that is one of the conceits of this board. =) A lot of Hounds like to eat where no Hound has eaten before.

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                                                                                                                                                                            Aloo0628 Sep 21, 2007 09:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Oh man I TOTALLY second the cart at 53rd and 6th (aka "chicken and rice" or "platters"). Get extra white sauce, no salad, and a mix of chicken and gyro meat (the beef is a new addition that I have yet to try). Also, make sure you get the food from the cart that sets up after 7pm...I think there may be another cart there earlier in the day - imposter! This cart has quite a following: http://www.53rdand6th.com/

                                                                                                                                                                            Another favorite, though not quite as high up on my list, is Kati Roll. Sort of an Indian Burrito, I suppose - spiced meat or potato (or both!), grilled onions, and chutney rolled up inside a paratha (a flaky Indian flatbread, sort of a cross between a croissant and a tortilla). My favorite is the Chicken Tikka variety.

                                                                                                                                                                            Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                          2. coconutgoddess Sep 21, 2007 03:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            St. Alps Tea House
                                                                                                                                                                            Some of the BEST Dumplings.. and by far the best pearl drinks I have had in a long time. My little sister is a NYC girl.. I am a cali girl. This is one place frequent EVERYTIME I am there. Best part.. dumplings are about $3.00 a plate.

                                                                                                                                                                            Another place is a Yakitori place in St. Marks Sq. I am sorry that I dont know the name. I will try to find it. Again, great food.. very inexpensive.

                                                                                                                                                                            For more expensive food.. I really love Craft. I know, probably a little cliche, but very yummy. I would say the best Foie Gras in the city. For sure the best Sweetbreads.

                                                                                                                                                                            Dessert.. my pick is ANYTHING at Max Brennar's.

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                                                                                                                                                                              tpigeon Sep 22, 2007 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Ones I did not see on the list yet...

                                                                                                                                                                              Wyagu Beef - Per Se (Yes it cost 10 times more than PL but is better)
                                                                                                                                                                              Tripe Marinara - Babbo
                                                                                                                                                                              Square Slice - DiFara (do outer bouroughs count?)
                                                                                                                                                                              Eggs Nova & Onions (soft scrambled with 2 plain untoasted bagels) -Barney Greengrass
                                                                                                                                                                              Rice flavored gelatto - Il Lab
                                                                                                                                                                              Bagel cream cheese & lox - Russ & daughters
                                                                                                                                                                              Pain Chocolat & Eclairs - Patisserie Claude
                                                                                                                                                                              Corn on the Cob - Cafe Habana

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                                                                                                                                                                                erikka Jan 7, 2008 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                similiar idea but different execution: Slowly Poached egg, Jamón serrano, chorizo, Smoked Cheese and Rice Cracker Crusted Asparagus from Degustation and the onsen tamago soup at Sakagura (poached egg, sea urchin roe, salmon roe in dashi broth) - I think of both dishes and drool.

                                                                                                                                                                                Prune's burger, as well as their sweetbreads
                                                                                                                                                                                spicy lobster at Morimoto
                                                                                                                                                                                Balthazar's french fries
                                                                                                                                                                                Sripraphai roast duck salad, whole red snapper

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                                                                                                                                                                                  erikka Jan 7, 2008 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  oops, not sure why my reply ended up on your post, sorry!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    fdb Apr 21, 2009 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    On my last visit to NY a few weeks ago, I had the chance to taste the onsen tamago at Sakagura. It was SOOOO delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Elyssa Jan 9, 2008 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I 2nd the Barney Greengrass recommendation but would also add the nova and whitefish salad platter w/ untoasted bagels. As a DC Hound with nothing like that around here I dream about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I would also have to add the chopped liver from 2nd Avenue Bakery.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Btw this seems like a very cool project. Just out of curiosity what format is it going to take and will it be online, open to the public in a museum, a documentry etc? I would be very interested in seeing the end result. Thanks

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                                                                                                                                                                                      elkaynyc Feb 6, 2010 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I third the Barney Greengrass recommendation - their Sable and Whitefish salad is a total hit with my family every Christmas morning. I also love the whitefish salad at Russ and Daughters which I think has some baked salmon mixed in with it. Delicious!

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