ABC Cocina’s Salted Caramel “Impossible” Flan, 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. 94: Salted caramel “impossible” flan from ABC Cocina

We’ve traversed through several notable dishes at ABC Cocina, the pan-Latin restaurant Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Dan Kluger opened in Flatiron just over a month ago, and while we’re appreciative of the intense care and seasonal produce that goes into each bright, fresh item on the dinner menu, it was a dessert that really stole our hearts. The salted caramel “impossible” flan has none of the gelatinous, rubbery texture that often plagues this Mexican dessert. Rather, the custard is, as the name suggests, impossibly smooth, nearly as velvety as mousse. It’s imbued with a healthy shot of real vanilla, which is matched to the flavor of salted caramel, instilled in the body of the dessert and pooled seductively on the plate, adding sultry depth to the sweet. Actual salt crystals sprinkled over the top impart a subtly crunchy texture, too. And it eats lightly, which means that you’ll definitely have room for it in your dessert stomach, even after you’ve enjoyed a multi-course feast.

Hungry for more? The rest of the dishes in our countdown:

No. 100: Carnitas from Taqueria Lower East Side
No. 99: Steamed mussels from Tartine
No. 98: Cookie Monster ice cream from Malu
No. 97: Havana salad from Coppelia
No. 96: Clay Pot Catfish from Falansai
No. 95: Khao Soi Kaa Kai from Uncle Boons

Know a dish we shouldn’t miss? E-mail us.


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