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)
- Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern
- Lobster Roll at Pearl
- Pasta Bolognese at Babbo
- Chicken and Rice -Shendy's Halal Cart (52nd and 6th)
- Schwarma pita - Azuri Cafe
- Steak for x - Wolfgang's
- Margherita pizza - Una Pizza Napoletana
- Omakase - Sushi Yasuda
- Lox and Whitefish Combo - Barney Greengrass
- Fried oysters - Pearl
these are not all-time favs (nor are they necessarily endorsements of the restaurants as a whole), but recently, i've enjoyed:
-- pub-size mutton chop (Keens)
-- inaka soba (Matsugen)
-- guizhou spicy chicken (GS Chelsea)
-- Balthazar salad (Balthazar)
-- anago and shrimp tempura (Soba Koh)
-- lobster sauteed in XO sauce (Cantoon Garden)
-- oyster casserole (Amazing 66)
-- asparagus soup w/ mussels (Scarpetta)
-- marinated seafood salad (West Branch)
-- cilantro dumplings (Red Egg)
some crave-worthy items off the top of my head...
-warm octopus salad at da andrea
-bucatini a la carbanara at barbuto
-peace passage oyster at yasuda
-double shack burger at shake shack
-cold soba with duck broth at matsugen
-eggplant lasagna at inoteca
-porterhouse for two at keens
-chocolate bread pudding at blue ribbon bakery
-dark chocolate molasses sponges at lilac chocolatier
-hirata buns at ippudo
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.
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
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.
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.