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Best Thing I Ever Ate (Well some of them)

Ottojr May 19, 2012 06:43 AM

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.

  1. sgordon May 22, 2012 01:57 PM

    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...

    1. Charles Yu May 21, 2012 04:23 PM

      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
        RGR May 21, 2012 05:36 PM

        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


        1. re: RGR
          Charles Yu May 21, 2012 05:40 PM

          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
            RGR May 22, 2012 05:37 AM

            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.


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        Ottojr May 21, 2012 01:38 PM

        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. Charles Yu May 21, 2012 12:02 PM

          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
            Lacrosse_Gastronomic May 21, 2012 12:17 PM

            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
              LeahBaila May 21, 2012 01:13 PM

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

              1. re: LeahBaila
                Lacrosse_Gastronomic May 21, 2012 01:31 PM

                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
                  LeahBaila May 21, 2012 01:38 PM

                  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
                    RGR May 21, 2012 03:12 PM

                    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/


                    1. re: RGR
                      LeahBaila May 22, 2012 05:23 AM

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

                      1. re: LeahBaila
                        RGR May 22, 2012 05:29 AM

                        Enjoy! :)


                        1. re: RGR
                          LeahBaila May 22, 2012 05:30 AM

                          Merci beaucoup!

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            knucklesandwich May 21, 2012 11:50 AM

            Yum Kai Dao - Zabb Elee

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              r32nissan May 21, 2012 11:10 AM

              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. LeahBaila May 21, 2012 10:59 AM

                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. prima May 21, 2012 10:24 AM

                  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.

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                    foodwhisperer May 21, 2012 08:59 AM

                    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)

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