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Best Thing I Ever Ate (Well some of them)

I love the Culinary adventures that New York offers the Palate. Here are some of mine and yes they are also the favorites of some Celebrity Chefs.

1. Mirchi Ka Salan: Very Hot and Spicy but every bite so 'moorish' - A must-try for heat seekers.
2. Tandoor-Grilled Lamb Chops: Every bite was Heaven

Fatty Crab
1. Watermelon Pickle and Crispy Pork: Incredible
2. Watermelon Drink with Kiffir Lime: I ordered three of these as they were so addictive

These are some of my favorites and there are many more.

Share what some of your favorites are.

Good Eating to you.

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  1. 15 East
    ---bluefin tuna tail sashimi
    Kyo Ya
    --ebi shinjo
    - garlic wurst
    Greenwhich Grill
    - pasta with thai crab sauce
    - fried pork cheeks
    - potatoes with crispy pork
    Cafe Sita
    - Veal Shank (cuban style)
    Viet Cafe
    - vegetarian crab cakes
    Cercle Rouge
    - foie gras with grilled watermelon
    Nam Peng
    - roasted corn
    - jalapeno yellowtail ( others have tried no one comes close)

    1. Bar Room at the Modern
      Alsatian Buckwheat Späetzle with Yellowfin tuna paillard crudo, roasted foie gras, pine nuts and black pepper gastrique

      The Spotted Pig
      Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Gnudi with Brown Butter & Sage

      I also enjoy the fish tacos at Mercadito and Toloache. Although NYC fish tacos probably can't compete with the best fish tacos in San Diego, Santa Barbara or Baja, the Toloache & Mercadito versions still make it on to my list of my favourite things to eat when I visit NYC. I also like the refrescos at Mercadito.

      1. Bo Ssam -- Momofuku Ssam Bar
        Pork carnitas cemita -- Cafe Ollin
        Crispy shredded beef tacos -- Florencia 13
        Vodka pizza -- Rubirosa
        Pork Dumplings In Chili Oil -- Cafe China
        Mozzarella -- Bar Veloce (believe it or not)
        Salted Cajeta Ice Cream Sundae -- Goat Town

        1. Whilst not the highest end foods, certainly made for the best meals/foods I've ever had in my life. Plenty more, but they seem to escape me for the time being.

          Cote de beouf - Minetta Tavern
          Lox, Eggs, Onions - Barney Greengrass
          Seared foie gras - Four seasons
          Porchetta sandwich - Di Palos
          Lamb face salad - Xi'an famous foods
          Pastrami - Katz's
          Lambs tongue appetizer - Babbo
          Pig's head at the Whole Hog Feast - DBGB

            1. Razor Clams a la plancha - Casa Mono
              Cacciucco ( Italian seafood stew ) - Lincoln
              Linguine with Crabmeat, Sea urchins and Basil - Marea

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              1. re: Charles Yu

                I agree with your list Charles Yu. Here are some of mine:

                Egg, truffle custard, black truffles, sauce perigourdine - Per Se

                Comte souffle - Benoit

                Tuna with foie gras - Le Bernardin

                Shaved foie gras, lychees, pine nut brittle - Momofuku Ko

                Sea urchin on truffled brioche - Brooklyn Fare

                Quail with farro and bacon - Lincoln

                Parmesan crusted chicken - Jean Georges

                Braised goat - Kin Shop

                Roasted pork loin with chickpeas and chorizo - Boulud Sud

                Guinea hen - Perla

                Braised chicken, chicken sausage, polenta - Monument Lane

                Lobster, poached egg, hen of woods, pumpernickel - Seasonal

                Chorizo crusted cod - The Modern Dining Room

                Beignets filled with warm lemon curd - Alison Eighteen

                Lemon crepe - Junoon

                1. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

                  ...speaking of Alison Eighteen, how was your meal there? Going later this week -

                  1. re: LeahBaila

                    I liked the grilled octopus, the duck breast with sauteed vegetables, and the above mentioned beignets filled with warm lemon curd and served with chocolate sauce. The french fries were good but not as good as The Breslin. The bread pudding was a bit dry and the cookie plate was average.

                    My friends enjoyed the polenta with foraged mushrooms, the grilled 35 day aged sirloin with bordelaise, and the spit roasted chicken.

                    I liked Alison Eighteen a lot - simply prepared food in a sedate and relaxing setting. Here is the New York Times review in case you haven't seen it.


                    1. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

                      Great feedback - the beignets sound incredible. I LOVE lemon curd. Yep, read the TImes review! Looking forward to my visit.
                      Thanks LG -

                      1. re: LeahBaila

                        We had dinner at Alison Eighteen a few weeks ago. The food was very good, and we liked the atmospherics. Service could have been better as our waiter, though well-meaning, was a bit scatterbrained. I don't think the beignets were on the menu because if they had been, I would have ordered them.

                        Alison Eighteen photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...


                        1. re: RGR

                          Wow, thank you, RGR! The lamb looks especially delicious. Looking forward to my meal tomorrow!

              2. I am grateful to all of you who have contributed so far. I live in Bermuda so I do not get to try the many restaurants as the residents do.

                1. Best 'single' dish I have eaten in New York is still the Daniel Boulud's ' Black sea bass in a crispy potato shell, served on a bed of leeks in a red wine sauce' That was years ago when Boulud was still using whole bottles of Barolo for the wine reduction! Sooooo good!!

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                  1. re: Charles Yu

                    It is no longer on the menu at the flagship, but that Boulud signature dish was revived last year at Cafe Boulud, and it is still on the "La Tradition" section of the menu.

                    Photo of Striped Bass en Paupiette at Cafe Boulud: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...


                    1. re: RGR

                      I re-tried that dish at Daniel when it was at the Cafe Boulud address. Understandably, the sauce has gone done hill!!

                      1. re: Charles Yu

                        The last time we were at Daniel in 2008, our daughter ordered that dish. I tasted it and, frankly, found it disappointing. I was, however, bowled over by the Cafe Boulud version.


                  2. WD-50:
                    Scallops in Spice Bread Consomme with Cranberry Fruit Leather
                    Pork Belly in Swiss Cheese Consomme with Rye Spaetzle
                    Ricotta, Capers, Frozen Honey (pre-dessert)
                    "Blueberry Cheesecake"

                    Duck Liver Crusted Tuna with Coconut Curry sauce (Samuellson era)
                    Dry-aged Red Deer Carpaccio with Black Truffles (Jernmark era)

                    Henry's End:
                    Duckling w/ Seasonal Fruit
                    Elk Chops

                    Various brunch options: Venison Burger, Tea-smoked Salmon w/ Yuzu Hollandaise, Blood Pudding Waffles w/ Foie Gras Butter

                    Pastas - Beef Cheek Ravioli, Goose Liver Ravioli, Goat Cheese Tortellini
                    Other - Octopus w/ Limoncello Vinaigrette, Lamb's Tongue Vinaigrette w/ 3-minute egg

                    Fusilli w/ Octopus & Bone Marrow
                    Lobster w/ Burrata

                    Falai (RIP):
                    Deconstructed Rabbit
                    Pici w/ Wild Boar Ragu
                    Raspberry Souffle w/ Black Truffle Gelato

                    Oysters Foie Gras
                    Yellowtail Pastrami
                    Seafood Toban Yaki

                    Marc Forgione:
                    Chili Lobster
                    BBQ Oysters
                    Halibut w/ Sauce Proposal

                    Pork Buns
                    Duck Over Rice (Ssam Bar)
                    Uni with Whipped Tofu (Ssam Bar)
                    Frozen Foie Gras (Ko)

                    Ping's Seafood:
                    Jicama Siu-Chow

                    Oriental Garden:
                    Oysters w/ Ginger and Scallion
                    Country-Style Lobster

                    Geoduck Two Ways
                    Spinach w/ Preserved Bean Curd
                    Salted Fish & Diced Chicken w/ Eggplant
                    Preserved Duck w/ Taro Casserole

                    Xi'an Famous Foods:
                    Mt. Qi Pork Noodles
                    Pork and Lamb Burgers

                    Zabb Elee:
                    Som Tom Muazuar
                    Any Larb - Duck and Catfish are probably my favorites, though

                    Anything w/ Uni @ Soto
                    Bone Marrow w/ Oxtail Marmalade @ Blue RIbbon
                    Clambake @ EMP
                    Smoked/Pickled Onion Rings @ Brooklyn Star
                    Grapefruit Sorbet @ Cones
                    Pizza @ Totonno's, Grimaldi's, Patsy's East Harlem, John's
                    Lox, Herring, etc @ Russ & Daughters
                    Pastrami, Corned Beef and/or Tongue @ Katz's
                    Sylteflesk @ Nordic Delicacies
                    Cubanos, Mofungo @ Cibao

                    etc, etc etc... I could be here all day...