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Top 10 dishes in Manhattan?

What have you've eaten recently (or not so recently) that stood out to you, for any reason? For example, a friend will not stop talking about the Redhead's bacon brittle; I was taken by surprise (in the best way) by Locanda Verde's sheep's milk ricotta. I've been gone for a while- please get me back in the loop! Thanks in advance.

This post was inspired by another post for top 10 restaurants...thanks steakrules85! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/627486)

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  1. I can't say top ten ... but I've really liked the BBQ rib sandwich at Momofuku Ssam. And the porchetta sandwich at Salumeria Rosi was porky deliciousness at its best.

    1. 3 dishes at Gotham Bar &Grill:
      - yellowfin tuna tartare
      - grilled octopus
      - meyer lemon pudding

      all outstanding. the tartare and octopus were just about the best i've ever had of either preparation. a truly memorable meal.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        We keep trying to get to their prix fixe lunch - maybe some Friday when my husband can get out early from work.

        1. re: MMRuth

          do you mean the "Anniversary Lunch?" unfortunately the menu is completely different so none of the dishes i mentioned are available for it, but both the roasted black plum salad and the asparagus salad sound wonderful! if you do go, & you try the trio of sorbets for dessert, see if they have the kaffir lime sorbet. we had some with the meyer lemon pudding and it was excellent.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Hmm - it's been a while since I've looked at the menu - we've checked it a couple of times on our way the USQ for the farmer's market and just noticed a well priced lunch prix fixe.

      2. Big Booty Bread Co's peanut butter cookie
        Matsugen's shrimp tempura
        Pork bun, C&L Dumpling House
        Pan-fried pork & chive dumplings, Prosperity Dumpling
        Insalata di Pesce, Novita
        Butter-pecan ice cream cone, Ronnybrook Milk Bar
        Chili (homemade) cheese fries with an extra side of 'Whiz, Carl's Steaks

        www.thelunchbelle.com

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        1. re: LeahBaila

          i'm surprised to hear the Matsugen shrimp tempura on the list...i went there for the first time last week...i liked the restaurant a lot and loved my inaka soba and i will definitely return there, but the shrimp tempura was mediocre that night...off night?

          1. re: Simon

            Hi Simon, glad to hear you went last week. Did you order the prix-fixe menu?
            Perhaps it's because we went on the earlier side of dinner service (think 6pm) that the tempura shrimp arrived crisp and piping hot from the fryer. I was pleased by the size of the shellfish, as well. I feel like other places tend to skimp on quality.

            www.thelunchbelle.com

        2. WD-50 = Eggs Benedict, Momofuko Ko = Fluke in buttermilk (too bad you cant order that at one of Changs other places), El Faro = seafood paella...for dessert go with WD-50 = hazelnut tart

          1. Standouts I've had recently:
            --oyster pan roast, the John Dory
            --agree with the eggs Benedict, WD-50
            --Momofuku Milk Bar's candy bar pie
            --Minetta Black Label Burger
            --kale Caesar salad, Back Forty
            Wasn't wildly impressed with the bacon brittle at the Redhead, although I like the place a lot.

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            1. re: chowbie

              oh man...that minetta burger and the candy bar pie are pretty amazing.

              1. re: chowbie

                kale caesar?...interesting...

                what is the dressing like?...i've found that most NY restaurants serve up ranch-style glop (w/ none of the crucial ingredients like Worcestire, garlic, raw egg, and anchovy)...