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 dish: Fish ‘n’ chips at Sel de Mer (374 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-387-4181).
The requirements for good fish ‘n’ chips are relatively few: crunchy, golden-brown crust; moist, flaky fish; generously salted, crispy-tender chips. Accompanying paintings of ancient mariners optional.
At Sel de Mer, the fish ‘n’ chips ($15) meet all of the requirements, and then some. The fish comes encased in a beer-battered, deeply tanned crust that’s salty and thick, and answers each bite with a lusty crunch. The fish itself is buttery and pliant, and makes a happy bedfellow to the house-made tartar sauce and big bottle of malt vinegar. The chips come bearing evidence of their original potato skins and are fat, salty, and a model of crispy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside perfection.
It’s all served in a generous enough portion to fool you into thinking you’re in a Long John Silver’s rather than Williamsburg, eating under the watchful eyes of those crusty old mariners, captured in oil paint and gazing impassively at the enthusiastic displays of consumption.
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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
Dish No. 74: Cornish Pasty at Myers of Keswick
Dish No. 73: Baklava at Güllüoglu
Dish No. 72: Sauerkraut Noodles at 8th Avenue Noodles
Dish No. 71: The Super Heebster at Russ & Daughters
Dish No. 70: Grilled Octopus at Thistle Hill Tavern
Dish No. 69: Firefly Squid at Momokawa
Dish No. 68: Chicken Mole Enchiladas at Tulcingo Del Valle
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