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. 85: Pineapple jalapeño paleta from La Newyorkina
We’ve loved Fany Gerson’s ice pops since she first appeared at the Hester Street Fair three years ago, and we’re glad to see she’s back in action after Hurricane Sandy destroyed her commissary kitchen and much of her equipment, a serious setback for a business she’s grown to a number of carts all around the city. (A Kickstarter campaign funded by her fans helped her rebuild.) While we adore many of her paleta flavors, we’re not sure there’s a better way to ring in the summer than with her pineapple jalapeño variety, an icy blend of sweet-tart fruit matched to tongue- and lip-tickling spikes of pepper-induced heat. The pop comes laden with real chunks of both ingredients, too, and a dislodged bit of pineapple makes for a pleasant, extra-juicy bite.
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
No. 86: Bia’s Cary Ga
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