50 Best Dishes in New York
- Haisoodewa Sep 21, 2007 03:16 PM
So I've just begun a video project that will attempt to pick out the 50 best dishes in New York City. As you can imagine, it's an impossible feat-5,000 Best Dishes would be a little easier. I've only been in the city for a few months now and the contributors to these threads seem to have great perspective on the food here, whether it's from per se or はぎ さき Bar. Can you help me compile a (short) list of the foods that everyone in New York knows about but few from outside the city( aka me) have discovered? I'm looking across the whole price spectrum, but I'm most interested in the harder to come by amazing yet cheap food. Thanks everyone
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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
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
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.