No. 1: Burrata with sauteed wild mushrooms on toast from the Spotted Pig (314 West 11th Street, 212-620-0393) We end our countdown of dishes with an oldie but a goodie: a simple bite from an iconic New York spot.
No. 2: Fried clam roll from Sea Witch (703 5th Avenue, Brooklyn; 347-227-7166) A nautical-themed bar doles out crisp, clam-shaped New England justice.
No. 3: Smoked brisket burrito from Tres Carnes (688 Avenue of the Americas, 212-989-8737) Serious barbecue meets Chipotle-style burrito production for a hybrid cuisine so good we can only describe it as "Tex-Mexcellent".
No. 4: Caramelized onion galette from Dovetail (103 West 77th Street, 212-362-3800) Michelin-starred chef Jon Fraser channels his French training for this edible ode to autumn.
No. 5: Belly goat burger from Louro (142 West 10th Street, 212-206-0606) Goat is the most popular meat in the world. Let David Santos show you why.
No. 6: Sea anemone in soft scrambled eggs from El Comedor at El Quinto Pino (401 West 24th Street, 212-206-6900) Uncommon seafood and a breakfast comfort staple make surprisingly tasty bedfellows.
No. 7: Smoked fish platters from Barney Greengrass (541 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-724-4707) Smoked fish is Greengrass's calling card--and the platter price is worth every penny.
No. 8: Stone cut oat porridge from Northeast Kingdom (18 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-386-3864) Porridge might be a breakfast basic, but on the dinner menu at Northeast Kingdom, it gets special treatment--and it should not be missed.
No. 9: Ma po tofu from Mission Chinese Food (154 Orchard Street, 212-529-8800) Mission Chinese boasts a number of wacky hits, but we order the ma po tofu every time we sit down.
No. 10: Cassoulet from Buvette (42 Grove Street, 212-255-3590) As temperatures dip, cozy up with this cold weather staple--and a glass of red wine--from Buvette.
No. 11: Tum poo-plara from Somtum Der (85 Avenue A, 212-260-8570). At an Isan restaurant that specializes in papaya salad, this one rises to the very top.
No. 12: Dim sum samplers from Nom Wah Tea Parlor (13 Doyers Street, 212-962-6047) Call it "Dim Sum For Dummies".
No. 13: Pot-au-pho for two from Montmartre (158 Eighth Avenue, 646-596-8838) Tien Ho flirts with showmanship for this breathtaking share plate that easily feeds three.
No. 14: Barbacoa tacos from Taqueria Rancho Escondido (257 West 231st Street, Bronx, 347-640-5050) Spit-roasted goat is only part of the reason why this Kingsbridge hole-in-the-wall makes some of the best tacos in town.
No. 16: Pastrami sandwich from Loeser's Deli (214 West 231st Street, Bronx, 718-548-9735) Come for the cultural time travel, stay for one of the city's timeless classics.
No. 18: Spicy pork quesadilla from La Pasadita (Myrtle Avenue and Broadway, Brooklyn) A taco, sope, or torta might be the natural order from this Bushwick taco truck, but the quesadilla is a surprise hit.
No. 19: Clam chowder and half lobster roll combo from Luke's Lobster (multiple locations) This New England seafood combo straddles summer and fall.
No. 20: Beef noodle soup from Lan Zhou A sparse shop on the LES-Chinatown border turns out soul-fortifying beef noodle soup.
No. 21: Espardeñas from Toro Don't be put off by the price tag or the presentation here--if you can spare the cash, you'll be thinking about the sea cucumber for days.
No. 22: Biscuits and gravy from Cafe Ghia Cafe Ghia offers an impressive roster of brunch fare, but you'll want to eat this version of a classic southern staple until you're about to be sick.
No. 22: Meatballs Alsatian from Cafe Cluny Phillip Kirschen-Clark channels northeastern France for this refined take on a hearty, homestyle European classic.
No. 23: Lam'bretta from Xe May This is a fusion banh mi of the highest order.
No. 24: Fried California cherries from Hospoda One of the best dishes on chef Rene Stein's beer-centric menu is also one of the most straightforward.
No. 25: Bread basket from The Mermaid Inn The hybrid bread combines sweet and savory for the perfect brunch accoutrement. Best of all? It's free.
No. 26: Bone Marrow from Atera Matthew Lightner's multi-course ode to foraging plays carnivorous mind tricks with surprising and tasty results.
No. 27: Calzone from Di Fara Midwood's pizza mecca gets infinite praise for its perfect pies, but the monster calzone deserves its own following.
No. 28: Nutella arancini from Arancini Bros. Of all the experimental balls at Arancini Bros., it's the Nutella version that keeps us coming back.
No. 29: Pistachio macaron from Financier From a case of worthy sweets, these macarons rise to the top--particularly when we're talking about the pistachio variety.
No. 30: Szechuan pork dumplings from Land of Plenty A lake of chili oil and the addictive mouth-numbing heat of Szechuan peppercorns make these dumplings--along with the rest of the dishes at Land of Plenty--worth a trip to Midtown East.
No. 31: Papaya pok pok from Pok Pok NY The simple papaya salad is a good measuring stick for the quality of a Thai restaurant--and at Pok Pok NY, the dish is a standout on the menu.
No. 32: Mabo ramen from Shinobi Ramen In a sea of similarity among bowls of noodle soup, this ramen distinguishes itself for incorporating the Szechuan flavor profile of mapo tofu.
No. 33: Alehouse nachos from Bronx Ale House These nachos torpedo the tortilla chip and cheese boilerplate--and are a good reason to spend a day drinking beers in the north Bronx.
No. 34: Brisket from BrisketTown
No. 35: Lotus Root Salad from Biang!
No. 36: Burger from Fritzl's Lunch Box
No. 37: Pho ga from Bunker
No. 38: Strawberry-balsamic magpie from Magpies
No. 39: Sausage sampler from Katja
No. 40: Toasted couscous and farro salad at The Harrison
No. 41: Wontons from White Bear