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. 89: Fig and pepper bread from Silver Moon Bakery
A line twisted out the door and beyond the patio at this 13-year-old Upper West Side bakery when we stopped by last Saturday, and no, the people in it weren’t waiting for an imitation cronut. Most of them, like us, ordered a couple of cookies and croissants from the pastry case. But most of them, like us, were also there to pick up a loaf of bread. Silver Moon turns out stunning crusty (though never hard) baguettes with warm, chewy, tightly crumbed but still-light centers, available in everything from classic white–which will please die-hard traditionalists–to inventive special varieties like chocolate-orange and date-nut. We’re partial to the fig and pepper version, which complements the fresh-baked flavor with bits of sweet, earthy fig and a back palate tickling hit of cracked black pepper. Pair it to a cup of coffee, and it’s all we need for a morning meal.
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
No. 90: Diver scallop crudo from Charlie Bird
More:100 Favorite Dishes