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Best Dishes 2012

Marea - shortrib ravioli
A Voce Columbus - crispy pork belly with figs, balsamic and pistachios
Picholine - bacon and eggs
Lincoln - linguine alle vongole
Minetta Tavern - bone in New York strip steak

What were your favorite dishes of 2012?

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  1. Louro - gnocchi romana with truffle cream, cipollinis and
    crispy onions

    1. Mission Chinese Food - salt cod fried rice

      Louro - duck egg with polenta, brown butter and sage

      The NoMad - tagliatelle with crab, lemon and black pepper

      Lincoln - gnocchi with shaved black truffle

      1. Louro -- mackerel escabeche (a special, unfortunately)

        Land of Plenty-- Braised fish with mustard greens

        and two mainstays:
        Pearl Oyster Bar-- pan fried fish sandwich (lunch only). I
        pine for when grouper was in the rotation, but have grown to live with cod and skate.

        Ciano- Cortecce with Baby Octopus, Pancetta, Fennel and Garlic Bread Crumbs

        1. The Vellutata and the Bouillabaisse at Ai Fiori were probably the most delicious dishes I tried this past year. Unless that was 2011.

          1. Jungsik - Bossam
            Jean-Georges - Parsnip soup with coconut, lime and mint
            Annisa - Foie gras soup dumplings
            Toqueville - Sea urchin and angel hair carbonara
            Mas (la grillade) - Grilled duck confit
            Per Se (salon) - Yam agnolotti

            Dominique Ansel Barkery - Kouign Amman
            Ba'al - Falafel sandwich
            Michael's Genuine Food (Miami) - Pork Belly (I know it's not NY, but it was sooooo good....)

            1. Rosticcheria@Eataly - pork braciole sandwich
              Zabb Elee - yum kai dao
              Rao's - lemon chicken
              Szechuan Gourmet 39 - smoky wok-tossed green chili
              R.U.B. - hamburger, rare
              Anjappar - mutton bone soup
              Takashi - premium super thick tongue

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              1. re: knucklesandwich

                Anjappar is a seriously delicious restaurant. I haven't had the mutton bone soup and will consider your post a recommendation.

              2. Benoit - cassoulet followed by the chocolate souffle

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                1. re: Riverman500

                  Delicious. Their coq au vin is also excellent (though not on the menu right now). I think Benoit is underrated.

                    1. re: Tubulus

                      Interesting, I haven't tried the coq au vin at Benoit but hope Bertineau will bring it back soon.

                  1. -Recette: branzino, stuffed with a stuffed langouustine ,and calamari. in a mildly spicy tomato puree,black garlic aioli, lemon curd.
                    -Recette: Roasted Foie Gras topped with a grated frozen uni bottarga
                    -Jungsik: Smoked pork jowl
                    -Pig and Khao: Fried Oyster with white pepper calamansi sauce
                    -Blue Ribbon Izakaya: Beef Tongue
                    -Ichimura at Brushstroke: Ika Shiokara with squid ink
                    -Kyo Ya- Chawanmushi
                    -15 East: blue fin tuna tail sushi
                    -Blau Gans: Jaeger Schnitzel
                    -Katz's: Pastrami sandwich (juicy)
                    -Porchetta: potatoes with crispy pork
                    Tito Rad's: Sizzling sisig
                    Don Peppe's: baked clams; linguini white clam sauce
                    Fernando's: Pannelle Sandwich
                    France: Chèvre D'or: pheasant;
                    Anguilla: Blanchard's: grilled lobster

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                    1. re: foodwhisperer

                      That chawanmushi at Kyo Ya is really great, and categorically different from other chawanmushi I had had before. The only reason it isn't on my list is that it's been more than a year since my last visit to Kyo Ya.

                      1. re: Pan

                        To me Kyo Ya's chawanmushi is the most authentic and perfectly made and almost as good as the one I made :). Definitely better than any other Japanese restaurant that I've had chawanmushi at, in New York.

                        1. re: foodwhisperer

                          You should open your own restaurant!

                          1. re: Pan

                            Haha . I'd eat all the profits up.

                    2. Il Buco Alimentari e Vinerio - spaghetti with bottarga
                      Jean Georges - toasted egg yolk with caviar and fresh herbs
                      Yerba Buena Perry - lechon
                      Louro - seafood fritters with smoked parika aioli
                      Cafe Boulud - arancini with black truffle and fontina
                      Junoon - seared scallops with vadouvan butter sauce
                      Le Bernardin - bread crusted red snapper, saffron fideos, chorizo, smoked paprika

                      1. Louro- gnocchi with onion
                        NoMad- crispy quinoa
                        Momofuku Ssam- tristar strawberry sorbet
                        Yakitori Totto- chicken meatball with sauce
                        Legend- pickled turnip

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                        1. re: rose water

                          Has everyone on CH gone to Louro already? I want to go to there (30 Rock reference).

                        2. Boulud Sud - roasted pork loin with chickpeas and chorizo

                          Lincoln - roast duck breast with duck leg confit, peaches, cracklings and watercress

                          Perla - garganelli with tripe, guanciale, tomato and chili

                          Modern Bar Room - buckwheat spaetzle with yellowfin tuna paillard crudo, roasted foie gras and pine nuts

                          Bar Boulud - boudin blanc

                          Benoit - comte souffle

                          Don Antonio - montanara starita pizza

                          RedFarm - lobster dumplings

                          Epicerie Boulud - chestnut and pear buche de noel

                          1. Bar Room at the Modern: the sauerbraten and the veal/ricotta ravioli with sweetbreads from last winter's menu.

                            Toloache: the fish tacos and the shrimp tacos.

                            1. Great thread, but how come I never heard of Louro? I feel shame.

                              Marea - Astice
                              Zabb Elee - Pad Ped Moo Krob
                              Aldea - Shrimp Alhinho (loved the dish, not the meal)
                              Alta - bacon wrapped dates
                              Scarpetta - Rabbit Agnolotti
                              Roberta’s - Bee sting pizza
                              Sanrasa - Lamprie
                              Minetta Tavern - Black Label burger
                              Gazala Place - Hummus with lamb and pine nuts
                              Ta'im - S’rug (ok, not really. but still trying to figure out what it is.. http://eatingwithziggy.com/2012/12/18...)

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                              1. re: Ziggy41

                                I've never been there, heard about it after reading this thread. Everyone seems to love Louro. I was going there tonite but I called and asked if they had seats for two , they said they were booked. I guess the word is out on Louro. I'll try again during the week.

                                1. re: foodwhisperer

                                  Looks like Louro take reservations through Opentable up to a month in advance.

                                  1. re: prima

                                    If Open Table doesn't have reservations, it's definitely worth calling the restaurant. For some reason, on many nights I've tried OT lists 5:30 as the only available time; when I call, they have no idea why this is so, and I've been able to get later reservations.

                                  2. re: foodwhisperer

                                    I've been to Louro twice since this post. I agree with all those who listed the gnocchi, as a "best" dish. It is a fantastic dish.

                                    1. re: foodwhisperer

                                      Agreed! I went to Louro because of the many recommendations on this thread and loved the gnocchi and everything else.

                                      1. re: MrGrumpy

                                        +2 Everything we ordered was terrific, including the gnocchi. Well, ok, desserts were merely very good...Can't wait to return!

                                2. Picholine: venison with parsnip pain perdu and huckleberry sauce
                                  Jean Georges: charred corn ravioli
                                  Le Bernardin: fluke sashimi with olive oil and avocado
                                  Kin Shop: massaman braised goat
                                  Rouge et Blanc: charred octopus, whipped chickpeas, shishito
                                  Louro: gnocchi romana with truffle cream and fried onions (yes, it's good), pineapple upside down cake
                                  Le Verdure (Eataly): cannelloni with ricotta and spinach
                                  Leopard: lasagna with veal and smoked cheese
                                  Manzo: fusilli with duck ragu and foie gras

                                  1. ABC Kitchen - Roasted Carrot & Avocado Salad

                                    RedFarm - Okra and Thai Eggplant Curry

                                    Cinnamon Snail - Korean BBQ Seitan

                                    Empellon Cocina - Guacamole

                                    Lady M - Green Tea Crepe Cake

                                    EMP - Bread Course

                                    Coolhaus - Salted Caramel Ice Cream btwn Double Chocolate Cookies w/ Sea Salt

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                                    1. re: downtownchica

                                      Nice to see a vegetarian list. Here's mine:

                                      Jean-Georges- sesame crab toast
                                      Del Posto- tortelli di zucca with black truffle
                                      The Modern Dining Room- sturgeon and sauerkraut tart
                                      Picholine- rib eye with bearnaise
                                      Perla- fazzoletti with chanterelles
                                      Lincoln- rigatoni with lobster, mascarpone and chives

                                      1. re: downtownchica

                                        The Green Tea Crepe Cake sounds interesting.

                                        1. re: prima

                                          Lady M is famous for this cake:

                                          Some restaurants (usually Japanese) also carry it for dessert.

                                      2. The Modern - King Crab Cannelloni w/sea urchin coulis
                                        Momofuku Ko - Celeriac tortellini w/black truffle & tandoori spice
                                        Corton - Partridge & Pear Pie
                                        Le Bernardin - Octopus a la plancha
                                        ABC Kitchen - Kabocha squash toast
                                        Acme - Beer & Bread Porridge
                                        Robataya - Cod steeped in Saikyo Miso
                                        Perla - Pappardelle w/cockscombs & foie gras
                                        The NoMad - tagliatelle w/crab

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                                        1. re: deprofundis

                                          Yes, the beer and bread porridge at Acme was surprisingly good.

                                        2. Haandi (28th and lexington)-beef hoof soup w/bones
                                          Mi Tio on Queens Boulevard- Sweetbread grill with chimichurri
                                          Hakkasan-Pipa duck

                                          1. Razor clams a la plancha at Casa Mono
                                            Sauteed scallops at Cafe Boulud

                                            1. Annisa - Miso Marinated Sable with Crispy Silken Tofu in a Bonito Broth.
                                              Barbuto – Roast Chicken with Salsa Verde
                                              Chef’s Table – Brioche with Uni and Black Truffle
                                              Chef’s Table – Japanese Rice with Bonito Butter and White Truffle
                                              Fette Sau – Burnt Ends Baked Beans
                                              Fette Sau – Pork Belly
                                              Il Buco Alimentari – Slow-Roasted Short Ribs
                                              Ko - Celery Root Tortellini with Black Truffle
                                              Ssam Bar - Fuji apple kimchi - maple labne, jowl bacon, arugula

                                              1. Those short rib raviolis at Marea are yum yum yum.

                                                Hakkasan - Pipa duck

                                                USC - Stuffed zucchini blossoms

                                                RedFarm - Pac man dim sum - probably the most whimsical thing I've eaten all year

                                                M. Wells - Pork chop with shisito peppers and smoked sour cream

                                                1. Landmarc - eggs en meurette (on breakfast menu). Not only is this yummy but I haven't seen it (or anything similar) on other menus.

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                                                  1. re: plf515

                                                    Can you please describe the preparation for eggs en meurette?

                                                    1. re: darren425

                                                      Sure. It is poached eggs in a sauce of red wine with bacon, onions and tomato.

                                                      1. re: plf515

                                                        Sounds great. I've never heard of that prep before but plan to try it soon. Thanks!