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. 90: Diver scallop crudo from Charlie Bird
This week-old Soho spot is already making an impression on its neighbors: The last time we were in, Jane Krakowski sat behind us, and we’ve heard rumors that other celebs have popped in for a meal, too. Perhaps. like us, they were lured in by the tight wine list and bumping hip-hop. Perhaps like us they were happily impressed by the simple Italian fare that’s coming out of chef Ryan Hardy’s kitchen, most exemplified by the diver scallop crudo. The profoundly fresh mollusks, sliced thin and sprinkled with chives, are so tender they’re silky. They’re served with a tableside drizzle of brown butter, a deep, rich, caramel-tinged accent that brings the the bright bite of seafood into sharp focus.
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
No. 91: Octopus salad from Calliope