Melt Bakery's Morticia, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes
Later this year, we'll pen our Best of New York issue, our annual love letter to what's great in this town. When that paper hits the streets, you'll find our picks for the very best this city has to offer when it comes to dozens of cuisines, restaurants, dishes and drinks. Until then, you can get a taste of our contenders as we count down, in no particular order, our 100 favorite dishes from around the boroughs, a list of laudable eats worth tracking down right now.
No. 73: The Morticia ice cream sandwich from Melt Bakery
The first time we stopped by the Lower East Side outpost of Melt Bakery, we asked the guy behind the counter to name his favorite ice cream sandwich on offer that day. "I don't pick favorites," he said slowly. "But if I could only send one of my kids to college, well ..." And then he nodded toward the Morticia. After countless return trips, we agree: The other ice cream sammies at Melt are totally solid, but only the Morticia invokes in us rabid fits of craving (usually at inconvenient times, like the middle of the night). Two dense, sugar-speckled dark chocolate cookies frame a thick layer of malted rum ice cream that tastes not so much of alcohol as chocolate malt, which sends us on a trip right down memory lane to drinking icy malted shakes fast enough to get a headache. That taste plays well with the bittersweet richness of the cookie, the creamy texture ideally matched by the crackly texture of that sugar. If we could fill our freezers with hundreds of these, we would do it. Especially since the Melt menu changes daily, so there's no guarantee we'll find this when we pop by.
No. 100: Taqueria Lower East Side's carnitas No. 99: Tartine's steamed mussels No. 98: Malu's Cookie Monster ice cream No. 97: Coppelia's Havana salad No. 96: Falansai's clay pot catfish No. 95: Uncle Boons' Khao Soi Kaa Kai No. 94: ABC Cocina's salted caramel "impossible" flan No. 93: Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine's peanut noodles No. 92: Distilled's country-fried duck and waffles No. 91: Calliope's octopus salad No. 90: Charlie Bird's diver scallop crudo No. 89: Silver Moon Bakery's fig and pepper bread No. 88: Stage Restaurant's egg, cheese, and sausage on a roll No. 87: Manzanilla's Marbella's Full Moon No. 86: Bia's Cary Ga No. 85: La Newyorkina's pineapple jalapeño paleta No. 84: Empellón Taqueria's skirt steak tacos No. 83: Sugar Sweet Sunshine's pistachio cupcake No. 82: El Chivito d'Oro's skirt steak No. 81: Saro Bistro's satarash No. 80: Oda House's adjaruli khatchapuri No. 79: Hill Country Chicken's pie milkshake No. 78: Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue's chili mac No. 77: The Musket Room's steak and cheese pie No. 76: Battery Harris' Baked Patties No. 75: Legend's Dan Dan Noodles No. 74: Pure Thai's Nakorn-Patom duck noodles soup
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