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Today’s pick: Baklava at Güllüoglu.
While the city doesn’t lack for baklava, it doesn’t necessarily abound with good baklava. Fortunately, the two outposts of Güllüoglu are doing their part to elevate the pastry to the ambrosial realm befitting a dessert that can trace its origins to the imperial kitchens of the Ottoman Empire.
Güllüoglu’s baklava come in a mind-boggling variety — possibly the most difficult thing about consuming them is deciding which ones to order. Pictured above, clockwise from bottom, are double-decker pistachio, cherry, and chestnut baklava. All are distinguished by crackly layers of phyllo dough that taste of good butter and honey, the latter applied with a liberal but not excessive hand. The fruit in the cherry baklava is juicy and vibrant, the chestnut is creamy and mellow, and the double pistachio bursts at the seams with bright green nuts that have been ground up and rest upon a pleasantly gooey foundation.
Güllüoglu’s baklava can be ordered by the pound; together, these three cost around $5.
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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
Dish No. 74: Cornish Pasty at Myers of Keswick
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 16, 2010
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