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Best Dishes 2013

foodwhisperer Feb 6, 2013 06:14 PM

I liked the 2012 best of thread, so I figured, it;s time for a 2013, or perhaps do one a month. So far here are my best dishes of 2013:
Louro: Gnocchi Romana
Rockmeisha: Pork Jowl grilled
Aqua Grill: falafel crusted salmon
Nish Nush: tomato harissa hummus
Mary's Fish Camp: Seared scallops with chickpea tagine, fayeh yogurt and harissa
Pepolino: Tuscan Osso Bucco
Sheng: Peel Noodle( knife cut)
Fukurou: fried baby aji ( i think the name is jinto in japanese but not sure)
Yunnan Kitchen: ribbon tofu
Quality Meats: Corn Creme Brûlée
Tito Rad's ( Queens) sizzling sisig
Katz's: Garlic Wurst ( aka Knockwurst, knobblewurst)

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    Simon Jan 13, 2014 05:40 PM

    fennel soup - Bar Pitti
    shrimp fra diavolo - Il Mulino
    various nigiri - Ushiwakamaru
    lamb shoulder - St Anselm
    lobster w/ XO sauce - Cafe Hong Kong
    kung pao chicken when ordered right - Legend
    spigola - Bar Pitti
    papardelle w/ duck - Bar Pitti
    roasted chicken - Casa Adela
    inaka soba - Sobakoh

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      kathryn Jan 13, 2014 03:54 PM

      Sea scallop with yuzu kosho, Sushi Nakazawa
      Roasted chanterelles with purslane, egg yolk, bone marrow, Momofuku Ssam Bar
      Lahmajeen, Ilili
      Txipirones cooked a la plancha, Tertulia
      Raw porcinis and grilled matsutake mushrooms with Parmesan vinaigrette, Esca
      Traditional stewed honeycomb tripe with Italian tomatoes and Parmigiano Reggiano, Salumeria Rosi
      French fries, Montmartre (under Tien Ho, no longer on menu)
      Long beans with uni cream, Pearl & Ash
      Hard body burger (two Meat Hook patties, two slices of cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, pickles, special sauce), Rippers, Rockaway Beach
      Scallop skewer with miso butter, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
      Bone marrow & brisket burger, tarentaise cheese, caramelized onions, Swine
      Shortrib pastrami tacos with pickled cabbage and mustard seed salsa, Empellon Cocina

      Outside NYC:
      Lilikoi butter from the farmers market, Kihei, Maui
      Squid luau on the Hawaiian foods plate, Mama's Fish House, Paia, Maui
      Oshinogi course: medium rare steak, raw kampachi, uni, rice, shiso, Nanzan GiroGiro, Honolulu, Oahu
      Seared chu toro tataki, Sushi Izakaya Gaku, Honolulu, Oahu
      Lilikoi malasadasm lilikoi ice cream, lilikoi custard, lilikoi whipped cream, yogurt whipped cream, candied pistachios, lilikoi sauce, Chef Mavro, Honolulu, Oahu
      Crispy pork carnitas, caramelized orange, pickled jalapeno, tomatillo fresca, Tortilla Republic, Poipu Kauai
      Continuously Pappy barrel aged Negroni at Berkshire Room, Chicago
      Binchotan course served on fire (seared tuna, pork belly, wagyu, shrimp head), Alinea, Chicago
      "Cocktail" with ambergris, Billy Sunday, Chicago
      5 hr cold smoked ribeye, Out of the Fire Cafe, Donegal, PA
      Blueberry bourbon basil doughnut at Blue Star Donuts, Portland
      Apizza Margherita at Apizza Scholls, Portland
      Onsen egg, dashi sauce, truffle salt, homemade pickled garlic, O Ya, Boston
      Foie gras with balsamic chocolate kabayaki and a sip of aged sake, O Ya, Boston
      Deviled eggs with fresh tuna, olives, tomato, and herbs, Oleana, Cambridge, MA

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        DeanMoriarty Jan 9, 2014 03:10 PM

        scallion pancake - the cottage
        crispy orange beef - shun lee cafe
        fried chicken - blue ribbon
        fried rice - red farm
        szechuacn chicken - grand sichuan
        mushroom pizza - serafina
        chicken parm with fried salami - tratteria dellartiste
        smores in a jar - the smith

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          downtownchica Jan 9, 2014 09:42 AM

          I'm leaving off the 2012 favorites that I repeated in 2013.

          These are the ones I still remember:

          Murray's Cheese Bar: Funkmaster cheese plate
          WD-50: Edamame gazpacho
          Hearth: Pasta dish I whose name I don't recall but I still long for
          Dirt Candy: Tomato tart
          Beyond Sushi: Sweet angel wrap

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            MrGrumpy Jan 8, 2014 03:11 AM

            From Pete Wells: The Best Restaurant Dishes of 2013

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            1. re: MrGrumpy
              Ziggy41 Jan 8, 2014 05:42 AM

              Interesting list. I had the Piora carrots last week and I agree they are exceptional

            2. Ziggy41 Jan 7, 2014 07:21 AM

              foodwhisperer, does this mean you havent eaten anything good since Feb 6th? ;)

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              1. re: Ziggy41
                foodwhisperer Jan 8, 2014 02:58 PM

                Ziggy, I have to admit I ate quite a bit since Feb 6.
                More bests of 2013:
                Uni Canvas at Recette
                Tonsoku at Hakata ton ton
                Jaeger Schnitzel at Blau Gans
                Fried Oysters in Viet lemon pepper sauce at Pig and Khao
                Tongue at Blue Ribbon Izakaya
                Thai Crab pasta at Greenwich Grill
                Garlic Wurst at katz's

              2. chompchomp Jan 7, 2014 06:27 AM

                Hanjan: ddukbokki (rice cakes) in spicy pork fat
                Zabb Elee (elmhurst/woodside, I know, I know): the grilled pork neck
                Bunker: banh xeo

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                1. re: chompchomp
                  Ziggy41 Jan 7, 2014 07:18 AM

                  Keep hearing about Bunker. Worth the schlep from Staten Island? ;)

                  1. re: Ziggy41
                    chompchomp Jan 7, 2014 07:39 AM

                    I wouldn't say it's mind-blowing, but it's pretty good. You also might keep hearing about it because there are almost no decent Vietnamese restaurants in NYC, making this legions better than anything around. I really like the banh xeo and the carmelized shrimp.

                2. princeofpork3 Jan 3, 2014 09:28 AM

                  My favorite dish of 2013 was the Prime Rib Hash at S&W grill. Sitting at the bar and eating the hash with the poached egg on top and that hollandaise sauce it awesome.

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                  1. re: princeofpork3
                    Dave Feldman Jan 3, 2014 10:56 AM

                    Just to be clear, is this hash different from the roast beef hash?

                    1. re: Dave Feldman
                      princeofpork3 Jan 3, 2014 11:03 AM

                      I believe there is only one.

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                    Riverman500 Jan 2, 2014 09:34 AM

                    Le Bernardin: pan roasted monkfish with black trumpets, black peppercorn sauce, brandy

                    Per Se: lamb with onion farci and chanterelles

                    Picholine: agnolotti with apple, celery root and mascarpone, served with game bolognese and white truffle

                    Lincoln: rigatoni with cocoa, boar sausage, dried cherries and walnuts

                    Betony: sauteed duck breast with glazed cabbage and quince

                    Carbone: linguine vongole

                    Ma Peche: another vote for the fried chicken. I tried it based on the recs here and loved it.

                    Momofuku Ssam Bar: I finally tried the bo ssam which lived to the hype. Also liked the popcorn cake with white chocolate, caramel and strawberry sauce.

                    Le Philosophe: tournedos rossini

                    Bistro La Promenade: pork chop with mashed potatoes and onion confit

                    Lambs Club: quark cheese spaetzle with applewood smoked bacon

                    Moti Mahal Delux: lobster masala

                    Mission Cantina: carnitas taco with crispy jowl and pork crackling

                    Mighty Quinn: spare ribs, broccoli salad with bacon

                    Hot Kitchen: fried little buns with condensed milk

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                    1. re: Riverman500
                      MarieLuncheonette Jan 3, 2014 12:40 PM

                      bistro la promenade just closed. rip.

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                      Dave Feldman Jan 1, 2014 06:36 PM

                      I didn't eat out in Manhattan as much as usual in 2013, and although I had many wonderful meals, two dishes stand out for me:

                      Louro -- truffled pork and clams with Anson Mills polenta cake, tete de cochon, and summer truffle was my dish of the year. I hope the chef brings this back again in 2014.

                      Lao Dong Bei -- cumin sliced fish (flounder)

                      1. Ziggy41 Dec 31, 2013 09:38 AM

                        okey doke, now that I'm pretty sure I will not have any more candidates...

                        Ma Peche - Fried Chicken, Brussels sprouts ;)
                        Ivan Ramen - Smoked Whitefish Donburi
                        Betony - Short Ribs
                        Ssam Bar - Spicy Sausages & Rice Cakes
                        Maialino - Cacio e pepe (simple but addictive)
                        Ippudo - Akamaru Modern (with egg)
                        Nish Nush - Falafel
                        Malai Marke - Chicken Xacuti (and Bindi Sasuralwali)
                        Sakagura - Maguro Tartar
                        Pure Thai - Wok Curry Paste with Pork
                        Mercato - Trenette
                        The NoMad - The Chicken
                        Jungsik - The rice dish that comes for free for b-day boy ;)
                        Costata - The Costata
                        Louro - Octopus Bolognese (tie with monkfish)
                        Mission Chinese - Kung Pao Pastrami

                        Brooklyn special mention...
                        Moldova - Mamaliga

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                          VaPaula Dec 27, 2013 08:42 AM

                          My husband and I ate and drank so well (not that this is unusual for one of our many NYC trips) on our 4-day trip over Thanksgiving. Here's where we went: Ssäm bar, Txikito, Le Zie, Cafe Tallulah, Barawine, Marshall Stack, Motorino, Ushiwakamaru, Dominique Ansel, Le Bernardin, Lantern's Keep, and Yunnan Kitchen.

                          But the dish I have been craving for the past 4 weeks is the spicy pork sausage and rice cakes at Ssäm. Wow. It was freezing the day we were there, which I think made the dish all the more amazing.

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                          1. re: VaPaula
                            Ziggy41 Dec 27, 2013 08:53 AM

                            I dont blame you. That dish easily makes my list

                          2. princeofpork3 Dec 26, 2013 01:30 PM

                            I used to play golf with my father in law and his buddy. 2 old jewish dudes. His buddy would bring knoblewurst in a bag and hand it out during the round. It was delicious but made you hands so gressey. coincidentally they never had any extra napkins. I lost many $$ to those guys.

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                              silencespeak Dec 26, 2013 12:25 PM

                              Khao soi from Uncle Boons -- Wow'd so hardcore by this dish.

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                                MarieLuncheonette Dec 26, 2013 10:56 AM

                                benoit: pied de cochon, cassoulet

                                villard michel richard: mushroom feulliete

                                ma peche: fried chicken (especially with the fried rice with lobster and coconut curry)

                                bar boulud: pate grand pere with foie gras, truffle, and port

                                pig & khao: sizzling sisig

                                payard: buche de noel with chestnut mousse and poached pears

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                                  Pookipichu Dec 26, 2013 10:18 AM

                                  These posts are all ridiculously mouth-watering.

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                                  1. re: Pookipichu
                                    ipsedixit Dec 26, 2013 10:34 AM

                                    C'mon, let's hear yours.

                                    Dollars to donuts you've got at least one dish from Hakkasan, right? :-)

                                    1. re: ipsedixit
                                      Pookipichu Dec 26, 2013 11:25 AM

                                      lol a list to rake over the coals? ;) ok

                                      There were many wonderful dishes this year, but these I'm craving (NYC only):

                                      China Blue: dong po pork wtih lotus buns
                                      Aquagrill: St. Simon oysters
                                      Wong: Stuffed squash blossom
                                      Ilili: Garlic whip (actually a condiment)
                                      M. Wells Steakhouse: onion soup with bone marrow
                                      Tori Shin: torisashi wtih fresh wasabi
                                      Mission Chinese: cumin lamb
                                      4 and 20 Blackbirds: salted caramel apple pie
                                      Malai Marke: lamb madras
                                      Cha An : green tea mochi
                                      Hakkasan: Peking duck (with the fantastic coconut panna cotta.)

                                      PS- The salt and pepper squid at Hakkasan is delish, better than Sea Harbour. :)

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                                    Tommy D. Dec 26, 2013 07:33 AM

                                    Acme - morels with pork sausage and parmesan
                                    Babbo - tripe alla Parmigiana
                                    Ma Peche - fried chicken
                                    Perla - crispy testa with pig's ear and cannellini beans
                                    Jeepney - pinakbet salad
                                    Maharlika - crispy pata
                                    RedFarm - duck and crab dumplings

                                    1. ellenost Dec 25, 2013 07:09 PM

                                      Ma Peche: fried chicken; fried Brussels sprouts

                                      Betony: foie gras bonbons; chicken liver mousse; lobster

                                      Jungsik: Thai lobster

                                      American Cut: pastrami spice coated rib eye; potato latkes; Cracker Jack sundae

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                                      1. re: ellenost
                                        Ziggy41 Dec 26, 2013 08:09 AM

                                        Question re Ma Peche: fried chicken

                                        Can I have it solo for lunch? Its listed under large / share plates. Thinking about going in an hour

                                        1. re: Ziggy41
                                          Tommy D. Dec 26, 2013 08:19 AM

                                          You can have it solo but you'll have to take home leftovers (not a bad thing). The dish big enough for three people.

                                          1. re: Ziggy41
                                            deepfry7 Dec 26, 2013 10:15 AM

                                            Momofuku restaurants don't list prices, but approximately how much does the fried chicken large/shared plate dish cost?

                                            1. re: deepfry7
                                              ellenost Dec 26, 2013 10:21 AM

                                              The whole fried chicken (about 10 pieces) is $48.

                                              1. re: deepfry7
                                                MarieLuncheonette Dec 26, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                half chiicken - $24 (available only during lunch)
                                                whole chicken - $48 (availabe during lunch and dinner)

                                                1. re: MarieLuncheonette
                                                  Riverman500 Dec 26, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                  Is the fried chicken at Ma Peche similar to the versions at Momofuku Noodle Bar?

                                                  1. re: Riverman500
                                                    ellenost Dec 26, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                    No, it's quite different. The fried chicken at Noodle Bar is served 2 styles: 1) Korean style with a sweet glaze and 2) Old Bay spice with no glaze.

                                                    The fried chicken at Ma Peche has no glaze and is somewhat spicy with habanero, coriander and black pepper; it's delicious! Love that I can order this without having to find 3 people that want to share the Noodle Bar fried chicken.

                                                    1. re: ellenost
                                                      Ziggy41 Dec 26, 2013 12:03 PM

                                                      Well, the plan today was to have a $5 soup for lunch, instead it was the half chicken and Brussels sprouts ($50 with tip) you all made me have. Awesomeness and awesomer.

                                                      But I really should stop reading the board

                                                      1. re: Ziggy41
                                                        ellenost Dec 26, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                        Glad to read that you enjoyed.

                                                        1. re: ellenost
                                                          Ziggy41 Dec 27, 2013 08:58 AM

                                                          Not only that but its actually great value IMO. $24 chicken can easily feed 2 (but not enough for hungry 3). Same goes for the $14 sprouts. I'm a big eater and brought half of each home for the happy wife. She loved it but thought a tad too spicy for her. Still finished it.

                                                          I should stop reading this thread before I start looking where to eat near the bankruptcy lawyer office. 2014 was a busy eating year

                                                          1. re: Ziggy41
                                                            Scott_C Dec 27, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                            You might want to try the roasted pork chop at Ma Peche. It's even better than the fried chicken.

                                                            Uncle Boons - crab fried rice

                                                            Jeepney - longga dog

                                                            Hakkasan - XO scallop dumpling

                                                            Momofuku Ssam Bar - fried duck dumplings

                                                            Blue Ribbon Bakery - bone marrow with bacon bread & onion marmalade

                                                            Cafe Hong Kong - salt & pepper squid

                                                            Atlantic Grill - warm brussels sprouts caesar salad

                                                            Applewood (Brooklyn) - seared scallops with caramelized apple & bacon

                                                            Olea (Brooklyn) - Spanish pizza with manchego cheese, quince paste, & toasted garlic

                                                            1. re: Scott_C
                                                              ellenost Dec 27, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                              That's another dish that I've been longing to try at Ma Peche(knowing that I'll be taking home 1/2 the dish too).

                                                        2. re: Ziggy41
                                                          Lacrosse_Gastronomic Jan 6, 2014 08:05 AM

                                                          We really liked the fried chicken at Ma Peche. Thanks for the recommendation.

                                                          Another memorable dish was the veal brains grenobloise at M. Wells at MoMA PS1 though I forgot to take a picture.

                                              2. re: ellenost
                                                princeofpork3 Dec 26, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                That Pastrami rib eye is insane

                                              3. ipsedixit Dec 25, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                Alder - chilled egg drop soup

                                                Cha-An - black sesame creme brûlée

                                                JungSik - Arctic char

                                                15 East - shrimp tempura

                                                Masa - Ohmi beef

                                                1. loratliff Dec 25, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                  Miller's Near & Far: Szechuan chicken wings
                                                  Pig & Khao: Fish ball tom yum soup
                                                  Malai Marke: chicken tikka masala
                                                  The Breslin: crispy octopus with tomato jam
                                                  Zabb Elee: som tum Thai
                                                  El Rey: ginger-plum Danish

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                                                    MrGrumpy Dec 25, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                    Le Bernardin - surf and turf (roasted bone marrow, sea urchin, bacon bits)

                                                    Per Se - carnaroli risotto with castelmagno cheese and white Alba truffle

                                                    Picholine - roasted grouse with game jus and chocolate

                                                    Jean-Georges - crispy confit of suckling pig, rutabaga pudding, smoked bacon marmalade

                                                    Lincoln - lasagna with bechamel and beef and mushroom ragu

                                                    Esca - grilled squid with risotto nero

                                                    Perla - agnolotti with beef cheek and brown beech mushroom butter

                                                    Junoon - octopus tandoori

                                                    Ma Peche - fried chicken

                                                    What were your favorite dishes in 2013?

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                                                      craft21 Feb 8, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                      Calliope - Uni Toast, Scallop Crudo
                                                      Mighty Quinn's - Brisket
                                                      Rockmeisha -
                                                      Crave Fishbar - Paprika Spiked Tuna
                                                      Kanoyama - Spicy Miso Octopus

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                                                        darren425 Feb 7, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                        gnocchi @Louro

                                                        pastrami egg roll @RedFarm

                                                        bottarga spaghetti @Il Buco Alimentari

                                                        tarte flambee w/ hen of woods & monkster cheese @Modern Bar Room

                                                        crispy pied de cochon @Benoit

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                                                          PorkyBelly Feb 7, 2013 06:12 AM

                                                          Minetta Tavern: cote de boeuf
                                                          Hakkasan: dim sum

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                                                            PorkyBelly Feb 6, 2013 08:35 PM

                                                            Jungsik: foie gras
                                                            Jungsik: octopus
                                                            Blanca: uni, yogurt, brussels sprouts
                                                            Blanca: pica
                                                            Blacna: 85 day aged wagyu beef
                                                            per se: sweet bread with black truffles
                                                            masa: toro tartare with caviar
                                                            wd-50: wagyu flat iron, mushroom jerky, grape, verjus
                                                            wd-50: s'mores, bitter cocoa, meringue, black currant

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                                                              deprofundis Feb 6, 2013 06:28 PM

                                                              The dishes that really wowed me so far this year (only 4 since it's February):

                                                              Eleven Madison Park: Lobster poached with citrus, tarragon, pickled daikon, and edamame
                                                              NoMad: Tagliatelle with butter, lemon, pepper, and king crab.
                                                              Jungsik: Smoked clam chowder
                                                              Perla: Orecchiette w/broccoli rabe pesto & sausage

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