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Best Dishes 2014

foodwhisperer Jan 9, 2014 07:21 PM

Since I started the 2013 Best earlier last year. I figured I'd start the 2014 even earlier. Let's keep it going.
Nha Trang Centre: Pho Bo Satee
China Blue: 3 Cup Chicken
Po: Gnocchi w/ Pork Belly Ragu
Pig and Khao: Crispy Pata
Terroir: Veal Meatball Sandwich
Kori Tribeca: Japchae
Takahachi: Buu Pork Taco

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    Scott_C Jan 10, 2014 06:58 AM

    We're only ten days into 2014 but so far I've enjoyed:

    Betony - sunchoke veloute with hazelnuts and granny smith apple

    Benoit - roast chicken with pommes puree

    Mission Cantina - chicken wings

    M. Wells Dinette - rabbit and foie terrine

    Moti Mahal - scallops appetizer with mango and celery puree

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    1. re: Scott_C
      foodwhisperer Jan 10, 2014 02:15 PM

      I like the sound of that scallop dish and Ive never been to Moti Manal, so, i'm glad you posted.
      Doesn't matter if it's only ten days in, this way we can all get ideas of where to go in the future. Thanks again.

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      foodwhisperer Jan 10, 2014 09:37 PM

      I'll amuse myself by adding 2 more dishes.
      Fried Iwashi ( sardine) at Blue Ribbon Izakaya
      Tempura uni and scallop together w/side shishito pepper also at Blue Ribbon Izakaya ( photos)

      1. ellenost Jan 11, 2014 05:38 AM

        I've dined out only twice this year (so far), but the following dishes were outstanding:

        Atera: Matsutaki mushroom consommé with pine nut miso and foie gras; aged wagyu beef with shaved white truffle

        Heidelberg: potato latkes (not kidding).

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        1. re: ellenost
          foodwhisperer Jan 11, 2014 07:15 PM

          Both dishes sound great. Ive never been to Atera, Also, I love potato latkes. I made some Trader Joe's latkes the other day and they were decent, but I'm sure Heidelberg's were much better. Thanks for New places for me to try.
          Today : Viet Cafe's vegetarian crabcakes, really crispy and delicious.

          1. re: ellenost
            ellenost Jan 21, 2014 10:39 AM

            Adding to my list:

            EMP: new hot pastrami with mustard on rye.

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              ellenost Apr 2, 2014 04:01 AM

              The NoMad: chicken liver mousse.

              Betony: chicken liver mousse; lobster.

              Ma Peche: habanero fried chicken.

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              Ffromsaopaulo Jan 22, 2014 04:07 AM

              Agreed on the aged wagyu beef with truffles, we had it a few days ago and we adored. It was my second time there and definitely want to go again. Here is a picture of the dish, but I also have a video on instagram @foodemotion

              1. re: Ffromsaopaulo
                ellenost Jan 22, 2014 04:12 AM

                Thanks for posting the photo; I had forgotten to take a photo until 1/4 way through the dish. Atera has become one of my favorite restaurants.

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                  Ffromsaopaulo Jan 22, 2014 04:22 AM

                  I loved going there again! A winner.

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              MrGrumpy Jan 12, 2014 05:23 PM

              The Dutch - fried chicken with honey butter biscuits

              Dominique Ansel - apple tarte tatin

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                LucidInterval Jan 12, 2014 06:17 PM

                The foie dish at the NoMad was very good, different from every other foie gras terrine being served around town.

                It's marinated in cognac, and then apple wood smoked. It was incredible, almost cheese-like.

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                1. re: LucidInterval
                  foodwhisperer Jan 13, 2014 09:42 PM

                  That sounds like an interesting version of foie terrine. I recommend you try it at Paradou, they have 5 or 6 versions there.

                2. Ziggy41 Jan 14, 2014 06:17 AM

                  Here are my favorite dishes of 2014:

                  Carrots at Piora


                  P.S. Love the fried chicken at the Dutch. Is it still available for lunch only

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                  1. re: Ziggy41
                    MrGrumpy Jan 14, 2014 07:00 AM

                    I had the fried chicken at The Dutch during Sunday brunch. I don't think it's available for dinner.

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                    Pookipichu Jan 21, 2014 10:27 AM

                    The year is still young, but so far:

                    Chikalicious Dessert Club - Tiramisu mochi
                    Hakkasan - Sesame tong yuan dumplings in yuzu soup.

                    1. Ziggy41 Jan 22, 2014 04:24 AM

                      Elk Chops at Henry's End. Get there before winter ends for the Game Festival.

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                      1. re: Ziggy41
                        foodwhisperer Jan 22, 2014 04:40 PM

                        Henry's End has been serving that dish since they opened many years ago. I've had the Elk Chops probably 15 years ago, and they were really good.

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                        silencespeak Jan 22, 2014 06:52 AM

                        Breads Bakery's chocolate babka ((when fresh from the oven.. amazing))
                        Uncle Boons.. many dishes from here are amazing..

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                          Riverman500 Jan 31, 2014 01:04 PM

                          Best dishes for January:

                          Lincoln - lughetti con sanguinaccio

                          Boulud Sud - short ribs with bone marrow

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                          1. re: Riverman500
                            foodwhisperer Jan 31, 2014 03:42 PM

                            I've never been to the Lincoln. I haven't been to Boulud Sud either been to DBGB, not sure if that is similar.
                            What is lughetti con sanguinaccio? I like the name, so I want to try it.

                            My latest top dish was at-
                            Telepan Local : Nantucket Bay Scallops black trumpet puree & garlic

                            1. re: foodwhisperer
                              Riverman500 Feb 2, 2014 08:23 AM

                              The lughetti is hand cut spaghetti with blood sausage and a bit of grape and parmigiano in the sauce. Very unusual but I thought it was delicious. Lincoln is one of my favorite restaurants in part because the chef introduces new dishes on a regular basis.

                              Boulud Sud has a Mediterranean emphasis so it's not really comparable to DBGB. Higher price point too.

                              1. re: Riverman500
                                Ttrockwood Feb 2, 2014 02:10 PM

                                Boulud Sud isn't quite as loud/energetic, the food feels more precious with elegant plating- more emphasis on wines than beers. And pricier. Great when its nice enough to sit outside

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                            BrickPM Feb 2, 2014 01:32 PM

                            January roundup

                            1. Louro - Preserved Sweet Red Pepper Ragu w/ Rigatoni
                            2. Aamans-Copenhagen - Whole Grain Porridge
                            3. Acme - Scallops
                            4. Toloache - Lechon Prensado
                            5. Cata - Deviled Eggs
                            6. Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Turnip Cake w/ XO Sauce
                            7. Bo Ky - Shrimp Roll
                            8. Bonne Saison (Queens) - Pad Prik Khing Moo
                            9. DBGB - Boudin Basque
                            10. Umami Burger - The Original
                            11. Alta - Bacon-Infused Trout Roe
                            12. Williamsburg Pizza (Brooklyn) - Calabrese Slice
                            13. Yemen Cafe (Brooklyn) - Fatah w/ Galabeh
                            14. Jeepney - Fried Rice w/ Crab Fat, Spam, Dried Shrimp
                            15. Ceetay (Bronx) - Tuna Bruschetta

                            1. coasts Feb 2, 2014 01:53 PM

                              Redfarm's Korean Rice Cakes with BBQ Pork and Chinese Sausage.

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                                TitoSofrito Feb 2, 2014 09:14 PM

                                had the grilled mushrooms with manchego curds and brown butter vinaigrette at Casa Mono last week. the curds melted, and it basically became mushrooms in butter and cheese sauce. delicious.

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                                  peter j Feb 3, 2014 05:02 AM

                                  Chocolate mousse at Benoit

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                                    foodwhisperer Feb 3, 2014 06:49 PM

                                    Blau Gans: Jaeger Schnitzel
                                    Blau Gans: Apple Strudel
                                    Telepan Local: Quail

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                                    1. re: foodwhisperer
                                      ellenost Feb 3, 2014 07:28 PM

                                      Need to schedule a return visit to Blaue Gans for their delicious Jaeger Schnitzel and Salzburger Nockerl.

                                      1. re: ellenost
                                        foodwhisperer Feb 3, 2014 08:47 PM

                                        I had both the Jaeger Schnitzel and the Nocker tonite. I always seem to get the same thing there. The weissbier was delicious too :)

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                                      DeanMoriarty Feb 7, 2014 10:04 AM

                                      Carnegie Deli-
                                      -hot pastrami sandwich
                                      -Hershey's chocolate and peanut butter cream pie

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                                        BrickPM Mar 3, 2014 09:47 AM

                                        February roundup:

                                        1. Motorino - Cherry Stone Clam Pizza
                                        2. Torrisi Italian Specialties - Clams Casino
                                        3. Jin Ramen - Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen
                                        4. Bamboo Garden (Brooklyn) - Garlic Crispy Bean Curd "Bay Phoon Town" Style
                                        5. Pig and Khao - Sizzling Sisig
                                        6. Henry's End (Brooklyn) - Herb Crusted Elk Chops
                                        7. Hot Kitchen - Assorted Spicy Wok
                                        8. L'Ecole - Sauteed Arctic Char with Curried Greek Yogurt Sauce
                                        9. New Malaysia - Fried Belacan Lady Finger
                                        10. Shanghai Heping - Bean Curd Skin with Preserved Vegetable and Green Bean
                                        11. Shake Shack - ShackBurger
                                        12. Txikito - Arroz w/ Chorizo & Snails

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                                          Riverman500 Mar 3, 2014 10:04 AM

                                          February roundup:

                                          Ristorante Morini - tagliatelle with wild mushroom trifolati
                                          Boulud Sud - lamb burger
                                          RedFarm - lamb dumplings with miso shots
                                          Carnegie Deli - pastrami sandwich
                                          Benares - banarsi katchori
                                          Maison Kayser - chocolate caramel tart

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                                            Bkeats Mar 3, 2014 01:30 PM

                                            The pastrami on rye course at EMP for their interpretation of NY deli. I wish I could get that as a real sandwich.

                                            1. c oliver Mar 3, 2014 02:40 PM

                                              Jean-Georges lunch: Nishiki Risotto with Peekytoe Crab, Nori and Key Lime (actually the best risotto I've had in my life!)

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                                                kathryn Mar 3, 2014 07:16 PM

                                                Deep fried short ribs (braised in XO sauce), glazed with apricots, served on the bone with carrots, scallions, and peanuts. Momofuku Ssam Bar.

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                                                1. re: kathryn
                                                  foodwhisperer Mar 3, 2014 08:11 PM

                                                  Both yours and C Oliver's dishes look fantastic.

                                                  1. re: foodwhisperer
                                                    c oliver Mar 3, 2014 08:15 PM

                                                    The new photo feature is GREAT!

                                                  2. re: kathryn
                                                    Monica Apr 3, 2014 07:17 AM

                                                    deep fried short ribs?? oh my....

                                                  3. Ziggy41 Mar 4, 2014 06:03 AM

                                                    Uni Tagliatelle at Cull and Pistol

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                                                    1. re: Ziggy41
                                                      foodwhisperer Mar 25, 2014 01:25 PM

                                                      I almost tried that dish last night . I guess next time I will.
                                                      I did try the lobster roll ( cold not hot) just to compare to other places. I would say for the purists, you get a good portion of lobster meat. But the problem I had was it was lacking flavor. Although I do not like Pearl Oyster bar's lobster rolls because they are too runny with the "mayo or liquid" they have plenty of flavor. Cull and Pistol's were tasteless. Also, I didn't like that the pieces of lobster in the lobster roll were very big. Others might enjoy that , for me it was too much chewing.
                                                      The service was excellent, the oysters were excellent. So were the little necks.

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                                                        Ffromsaopaulo Mar 26, 2014 01:47 PM

                                                        Squab, guajillo and fennel earlier this month (it replaced the rabbit sausage I had in january which was good, but the squab was perfect) at Pearl and Ash

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                                                      Scott_C Mar 31, 2014 10:29 AM

                                                      Roasted pork belly with beets - M. Wells at MoMA PS1.

                                                      1. ipsedixit Apr 1, 2014 07:47 PM

                                                        Palta del Inti @ Inti

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                                                          BrickPM Apr 1, 2014 11:08 PM

                                                          March roundup:

                                                          1. SakaMai - Chicken Kara-age
                                                          2. Pearl & Ash - Fluke, Razor Clam, Beet, Dill
                                                          3. Mermaid Oyster Bar - Fried Clam & Coleslaw Slider
                                                          4. Bassanova Ramen - Tondaku Green Curry Ramen
                                                          5. Skal - Atlantic Cod Cheeks
                                                          6. Yuji Ramen - Salmon & Cheese Mazemen
                                                          7. Shopsin's - Mac 'n' Cheese Pancakes
                                                          8. Craftbar - Marinated Beet Salad
                                                          9. Erawan (Queens) - Khee Mao
                                                          10. A-Wah - House Special Chinese Sausage and Minced Pork Casserole

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                                                            Riverman500 Apr 2, 2014 06:55 AM

                                                            March roundup:

                                                            Lincoln - Tuscan fried chicken
                                                            Perla - fettuccine with oxtail ragu, porcini mushrooms, parmigiano reggiano
                                                            Cafe Boulud - artichoke agnolotti, nicoise olives, herbed breadcrumbs
                                                            M. Wells Dinette - chicken liver mousse with sliced apple, walnuts
                                                            Berlyn - cheese dumplings with sunchokes, watercress and mushroom goulash

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                                                            1. re: Riverman500
                                                              deepfry7 Apr 2, 2014 06:51 PM

                                                              Can you describe the Tuscan fried chicken at Lincoln?

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                                                                Ziggy41 Apr 2, 2014 06:57 PM

                                                                It wasnt on the menu today. Get the Strozzapreti

                                                                1. re: deepfry7
                                                                  Riverman500 Apr 3, 2014 07:28 AM

                                                                  It's a lightly breaded fried chicken filet served with a salad. Simple but good.

                                                                  See lunch menu (sorry for the caps):

                                                                  POLLO FRITTO CON INSALATA MISTA
                                                                  TUSCAN FRIED CHICKEN, CHICORIES

                                                              2. Ziggy41 Apr 2, 2014 06:53 PM

                                                                Brontosaurus Rib @ Mighty Quinns
                                                                Scrambled Eggs @ Gato
                                                                Rice Cakes @ Ma Peche

                                                                Its not quite April roundup time yet but I have to share this strong dish of the year nominee I had today

                                                                Strozzapreti (invented I suppose when someone witnessed a priest being choked). Lobster Coral Pasta, Lobster Scallop Sausage (OMG!), Tarragon, Peas @ Lincoln

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                                                                  fm1963 Apr 3, 2014 09:33 AM

                                                                  Empellon Cocina's guacamole with pistachios. Also loved the wagyu brisket with bone marrow tamal.

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