Happy Thanksgiving! 50 Things We're Thankful For
Happy Thanksgiving...and Thanksgivukkah. Sometime today, amid the cooking, feasting, and napping, you'll likely reflect, if only for a moment, on the things that you're thankful for. Here at Fork, we're thankful every day for New York City restaurants, without which we'd have very little to cover. But in honor of the holiday, we've compiled a list of specific things for which we have extra gratitude this year.
Without further ado, we are thankful for...
...Dominique Ansel, a real-life Willy Wonka, even if you need monk-like patience to brave the line for his treats...but we're also thankful that the next cronut or ramen burger has yet to rear its diabolical mug.
...the fact that we can still order an extra large soda.
...fast casual locations dedicated to side dishes like biscuits, potatoes, nuggets, and mac-n-cheese.
...Brooklyn restaurants that continue help light a fire under Manhattan's ass.
...the dinner and a movie series at Nitehawk Cinema for recreating epic cinematic feasts.
...taco joints open at 3 a.m.
...1 dollar pizza...and 4 a.m. pizza that is good enough to eat at 4 p.m.
...quality bagels with lox and a heafty shmear.
...experimental chefs like Wylie Dufresne, Anita Lo, and David Chang...and all the chefs and line cooks working tirelessly to become the next Wylie Dusfresne, Anita Lo, or David Chang.
...Halal food carts.
...awesome local beers like Blue Point White IPA, Brooklyn Brewery Lager, and Bronx Brewery Pale Ale.
...Mud Truck coffee.
...stellar craft cocktail bars and enterprising bartenders...coexisting with firmly rooted legendary dives.
...Katz's pastrami sandwich.
...the fried chicken renaissance.
...New York farmers and their delicious produce...and the year-round farmers' markets.
...cheap produce (avocados, mostly) in Chinatown.
...hipsters who make delicious pickles.
...Flushing and Elmhurst.
...endless hole-in-the-wall finds.
...the proliferation of Szechuan joints.
...super-skilled latte artists...and pourover coffee.
...people who keep chickens in Brooklyn.
...late-night lamb gyros at Bushwick Mexican-Halal Pita Palace.
...the excellent bartenders at Dynaco in Bed-Stuy.
...Shalom Japan's bread pudding.
...Toro's Deconstructed caramel apple dessert and mushrooms with farm egg.
...Piora's crispy caramelized sunchokes.
...spots that serve Champagne in the bathroom.
...the Manhattan cocktail.
...the continuing proliferation of the local craft movement.
...the fact that there's always a vegetarian option on the menu.
...the many places to get a juice.
...the giant bowl of vegetarian pho with crispy tofu at V-Nam Cafe.
...Sherry and those that still persist in making this time-consuming, money-losing, singular wine...and the sommeliers in this city who stock it on their lists.
...bubbles (the wine kind).
...Malaysian restaurants, Georgian restaurants, Senegalese restaurants, and the rest of the awe-inspiring edible diversity in the five boroughs.
...Cafe Katja...and Cafe Katja's expansion.
...the 4 a.m. bar closing time...and the limitless variety of hangover-curing brunches.
...the restaurants that bounced back from Superstorm Sandy...and the ones that continue to rebuild.
...$2 peanut noodles at Shu Jiao Fu Zhou.
...ramen noodles everywhere.
...Glasserie's fresh take on Middle Eastern fare.
...beer bar-beer shop combos.
...La Boîte à Epices and Kalustyans, a pair of venerable -- and totally distinct -- spice shops.
...the fact that we get to eat most of our meals in New York City, the best food city in the world.
Tell us what you're thankful for in the comments.
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