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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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  1. 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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    1. re: coconutgoddess

      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

      1. re: tpigeon

        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

        1. re: erikka

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

          1. re: erikka

            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!

          2. re: tpigeon

            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

            1. re: Elyssa

              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!

        2. 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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          1. re: cimui

            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.


          2. 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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            1. re: Silverjay

              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.

            2. 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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              1. re: big o

                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)

                1. re: piccola

                  Yup, Roll & Dough is gone now. Alas!

                2. re: big o

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

                3. 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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                  1. re: vvvindaloo

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

                    1. re: coconutgoddess

                      careful, they're addictive!

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

                      1. re: coconutgoddess

                        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.

                    2. 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

                      1. 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.


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                        1. re: Peter Cherches

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

                          1. re: Peter Cherches

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

                          2. 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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                            1. re: LSchnetzer

                              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.

                            2. 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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                              1. re: addictedtolunch

                                A Kossar's bialy is essential.

                                1. re: addictedtolunch

                                  Fatwitch brownies are addictive.

                                2. 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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                                  1. re: ChefJune

                                    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

                                    1. re: DoctortedNYC

                                      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

                                  2. 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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                                    1. re: houston

                                      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. 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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                                      1. re: kam0424

                                        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.

                                        1. re: Peter Cherches

                                          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.

                                          1. re: hatred

                                            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.

                                      2. 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.

                                        1. 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

                                          1. 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!)

                                            1. 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

                                              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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                                              1. re: windycity

                                                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)


                                                1. re: chocokitty

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

                                                  1. re: piccola

                                                    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

                                                    1. re: piccola

                                                      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.

                                                    2. re: chocokitty

                                                      It's $200 now. :(

                                                  2. -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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                                                    1. re: Brooklyn Enthusiast

                                                      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.

                                                      1. re: Aiceegray

                                                        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

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

                                                          1. re: financialdistrictresident

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


                                                            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


                                                            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

                                                            1. re: dkstar1

                                                              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

                                                              1. re: dec111

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

                                                                1. re: serious

                                                                  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.

                                                                2. re: dec111

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

                                                                  1. re: tpigeon

                                                                    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.

                                                                  2. re: dec111

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

                                                          2. re: Brooklyn Enthusiast

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

                                                          3. 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.

                                                            1. A dirty water hotdog? Or maybe grays?

                                                              1. 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

                                                                1. * 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

                                                                  1. 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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                                                                    1. re: ginsbera

                                                                      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

                                                                    2. 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

                                                                        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

                                                                      2. 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.)

                                                                        1. 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.

                                                                          1. 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. duck meatballs-a voce

                                                                              1. 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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                                                                                1. re: steakrules85

                                                                                  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

                                                                                  1. re: steakrules85

                                                                                    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

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

                                                                                  Salt & Pepper Shrimp at Phoenix Garden

                                                                                  1. 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

                                                                                      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.


                                                                                    2. 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.


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

                                                                                      1. 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)

                                                                                        1. 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. 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.

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

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                                                                                              1. re: guttergourmet

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

                                                                                                1. re: guttergourmet

                                                                                                  Not to mention the foie gras ganache at Aquavit.

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

                                                                                                  1. 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. 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!

                                                                                                      1. 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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                                                                                                        1. re: douglas525

                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                          1. re: douglas525

                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                            1. re: douglas525

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

                                                                                                              1. re: kathryn

                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                1. re: douglas525

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

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

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

                                                                                                                1. 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

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

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                                                                                                                      1. re: PAULSCOHEN

                                                                                                                        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!!!!

                                                                                                                        1. re: chocolatebirthdaycake

                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                      2. 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)

                                                                                                                        1. 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

                                                                                                                          1. 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.

                                                                                                                            1. 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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                                                                                                                              1. re: shaogo

                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                1. re: dec111

                                                                                                                                  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?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Pan

                                                                                                                                    Boston CH visiting needs some addresses

                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                    287 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

                                                                                                                                    222 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10014

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

                                                                                                                                    217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

                                                                                                                                    64 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011

                                                                                                                                    Grandaisy Bakery
                                                                                                                                    73 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

                                                                                                                                    64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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

                                                                                                                                    20 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

                                                                                                                                    Red Egg
                                                                                                                                    202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

                                                                                                                                    1. re: neil

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

                                                                                                                                  2. re: dec111

                                                                                                                                    Agreed with your comments re: Hill Country.


                                                                                                                                    1. re: dec111

                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: planetjess

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

                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodwhisperer

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

                                                                                                                                          1. re: guttergourmet

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

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

                                                                                                                                  3. 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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                                                                                                                                    1. re: bradyjkim

                                                                                                                                      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. 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

                                                                                                                                      1. 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

                                                                                                                                        1. 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

                                                                                                                                          1. 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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                                                                                                                                            1. re: steakrules85

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

                                                                                                                                              What is four flowers juice made from?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Pan

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

                                                                                                                                                1. re: windycity

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


                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kathryn

                                                                                                                                                    You can always count on Kathryn for such answers.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kathryn

                                                                                                                                                      thanks Kathryn :)

                                                                                                                                                2. re: steakrules85

                                                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                                                3. 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

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

                                                                                                                                                    1. My latest addition is the mushroom lasagna at Gramercy Tavern.

                                                                                                                                                      1. 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

                                                                                                                                                        1. 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


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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pdpredtide

                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gnocchicroissant

                                                                                                                                                              Suspect Claudia still making it at Northfork Inn and Table

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

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

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gnocchicroissant

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

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Hall of Burton

                                                                                                                                                                Is that in Manhattan?

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

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: guttergourmet

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

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: bubbleandsqueak

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

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                                                                                                                                                                    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. -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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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gastrognome

                                                                                                                                                                  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. 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

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

                                                                                                                                                                  1. My picks:

                                                                                                                                                                    Popcorn and Peanuts--Per Se

                                                                                                                                                                    Tres Leches Doughnut--Doughnut Plant

                                                                                                                                                                    Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake--Standburger

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Assam Fish Head at Sanur

                                                                                                                                                                      18 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

                                                                                                                                                                      1. 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

                                                                                                                                                                        105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

                                                                                                                                                                        45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

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

                                                                                                                                                                        1. 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

                                                                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: flwmoveover

                                                                                                                                                                            "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?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Pan


                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: flwmoveover

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

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: daffyduck

                                                                                                                                                                                Johnny's in Mt. Vernon

                                                                                                                                                                            3. 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

                                                                                                                                                                              871 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

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

                                                                                                                                                                              21 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

                                                                                                                                                                              122 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                                                                                                                                                                              240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Scarpetta - Spaghetti Pomodoro

                                                                                                                                                                                Pastis - Croque Monsieur

                                                                                                                                                                                Jacques Torres - Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookie

                                                                                                                                                                                355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                                                                                                                                                                                51 Spring St, New York, NY 10012