Dish No. 74: Cornish Pasty at Myers of Keswick
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily.
Today's pick: Cornish pasty at Myers of Keswick.
The pasty ("paah-stee") is a pocket pastry that has been carried by Cornish miners into the tin mines of Cornwall at least since the 16th century, when the first written record of it originated. The quintessential Celtic pastry, it is thought to be related to the empanada, which was invented in Celtic areas of northwest Spain, specificially Galicia, where bagpipes are still played.
The pastry has a flaky crust, fashioned so there's a wobbly ridge on the top. Supposedly, miners with filthy hands would grab the pasty by the spine to eat it, then throw away the spine. The stuffing is potatoes mixed with ground lamb, peas, and other vegetables, though spuds often predominate. The flavor is mellow and satisfying.
The pastry is available at Myers of Keswick, a store that specializes in U.K. sausages, pastries, canned goods, and other food items. Sometimes if you get there on Saturday afternoons, you can snag one hot out of the oven.
Myers of Keswick 634 Hudson Street 212-691-4194
Next: The entire countdown so far in reverse numerical order!
Previously in the countdown: Dish No. 100: Zaragoza Grocery's Flor de Calabaza Quesadilla Dish No. 99: No. 7 Sub Shop's General Tso's Tofu Sandwich Dish No. 98: Nigerian Goat Stew From Baku Dish No. 97: The Captain's Daughter From Saltie Dish No. 96: Bun Bo Hue From Thanh Da Dish No. 95: The Beauty From Mile End Dish No. 94: Potato, Egg, and Provolone on a Roll at Torrisi Italian Specialties Dish No. 93: The Terrine Board at the Breslin Bar and Dining Room Dish No. 92: Sausage and Egg Breakfast at La Bonbonniere Dish No. 91: Roasted Carrots at Porchettta Dish No. 90: Spicy Miso Ramen at Ramen Setagaya Dish No. 89: Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie From First Prize Pies Dish No. 88: Brown Butter, Corn, and Mushroom Linguine at Buttermilk Channel Dish No. 87: Katsudon at Ennju Dish No. 86: Fried Chicken With Two Sides at Soul Fixins Dish No. 85: Fried Lamb Intestines at El Quinto Pino Dish No. 84: Kunafa From Nablus Sweets Dish No. 83: Potato Flatbread at Sahadi's Dish No. 82: Chicken-Fried Chicken Livers at Cornbread Diner Dish No. 81: Taleggio, Broccoli Rabe, and Sausage Panini at Bocca Lupo Dish No. 80: Hamburger at M. Wells in Long Island City Dish No. 79: Vanilla Malted at Brooklyn Farmacy Dish No. 78: Seafood Combo With Hot Sauce From Randazzo's Clam Bar Dish No. 77: Fried Ipswich Clams at Ed's Lobster Bar Dish No. 76: Banh Uot Thit Nuong (Grilled Pork and Noodles) at Co Ba Dish No. 75: Schiacciata con l'Uva at Sullivan Street Bakery
Get the Food & Drink Newsletter
Our weekly guide to New York dining includes food news and reviews, as well as dining events and interviews with chefs and restaurant owners.