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
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.
Scallops in Spice Bread Consomme with Cranberry Fruit Leather
Pork Belly in Swiss Cheese Consomme with Rye Spaetzle
Ricotta, Capers, Frozen Honey (pre-dessert)
Duck Liver Crusted Tuna with Coconut Curry sauce (Samuellson era)
Dry-aged Red Deer Carpaccio with Black Truffles (Jernmark era)
Duckling w/ Seasonal Fruit
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
Pici w/ Wild Boar Ragu
Raspberry Souffle w/ Black Truffle Gelato
Oysters Foie Gras
Seafood Toban Yaki
Halibut w/ Sauce Proposal
Duck Over Rice (Ssam Bar)
Uni with Whipped Tofu (Ssam Bar)
Frozen Foie Gras (Ko)
Oysters w/ Ginger and Scallion
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
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...
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!!
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@N03/5579571963/in/set-72157626281943793
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
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.
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@N03/sets/72157629948214115/
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
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.
---bluefin tuna tail sashimi
- garlic wurst
- pasta with thai crab sauce
- fried pork cheeks
- potatoes with crispy pork
- Veal Shank (cuban style)
- vegetarian crab cakes
- foie gras with grilled watermelon
- roasted corn
- jalapeno yellowtail ( others have tried no one comes close)