Bia’s Cary Ga, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes


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. 86: Cary Ga from Bia

The promise of the rooftop garden first lured us into this Vietnamese roadhouse under the Williamsburg bridge, and since summer isn’t exactly hot soup season, we were initially content to just eat a dumpling or two and drink beer. But after a couple of bowls of hot broth and noodles passed by our table, we relented–after all, the Vietnamese eat pho year-round, and the summers there are hotter and stickier than they are here. We don’t regret our choice, especially since we discovered the cary ga is not only a good representative of Vietnamese cooking, but also a worthy noodle soup option in a town afloat with hundreds of versions from all over the world. Hunks of chicken, leaves of bok choy, and thin white noodles swim in a broth deeply layered with onion, garlic, fresh ginger, a sweet hit of coconut milk, and a curry spiked with just enough chile that the heat slowly builds until the only way to put out the fire in your mouth is to take another bite. You’ll want to slurp up every last drop and then order another round of beers to cool down.

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
No. 89: Fig and pepper bread from Silver Moon Bakery
No. 88: Egg, cheese, and sausage on a roll from Stage Restaurant
No. 87: Marbella’s Full Moon from Manzanilla

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