Later this year, we’ll pen our Best of NYC 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. 91: Octopus salad from Calliope
You’ll likely traipse through the pâtés, terrines, and egg mayonnaise at this charming East Village French bistro run by Eric Korsh and Ginevra Iverson, but don’t skip ahead to your roasted chicken or lamb neck (and, eventually, your baba au rhum) before trying the octopus salad. Supple cuts of octopus both taut and tender mix with disks of soft fingerling potatoes and long, snappy green beans in a bright, thick vinaigrette imbued with lemon and lifted with a faint hit of Dijon mustard. A filleted silver anchovy finishes the plating and adds flavors of brine and sea to the first few bites.
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
No. 94: Salted caramel “impossible” flan from ABC Cocina
No. 93: Peanut noodles from Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine
No. 92: Country-fried duck and waffles from Distilled