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. 82: Skirt steak from El Chivito d’Oro
This Uruguayan spot in the heart of Jackson Heights deals in traditional meat-centric parrillada fare, and on its sizeable menu, you’ll find chorizo, veal steaks, and sweetbreads, which come piled by the half-dozen, in every imaginable combination. (Unless you’re looking for a combination that comes with sides–salad and french fries are afterthoughts and cost extra.) And while all of the carnivorous options are worthy of your attention, we’ll pit the skirt steak against any in the city, even those that come with a significantly heftier price tag. Seasoned simply with salt and pepper and infused with the tang of a grill that’s possibly never been cleaned (that’s why the char tastes so good–meat memories), the thin, tender cut drools juice from a ruby interior, dislodging bits of the savory, heat-formed, iron-tinged crust. This is meat in its quintessential form, and it’ll feed your primal instinct to store protein for winter. While you don’t need any accoutrements, not even the pickled peppers on the side, to distract you from this steak, you’re going to want something starchy–like Chivito’s fluffy, bland white bread–to soak up the drippings, as well as a light Quilmes beer to wash it all 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
No. 86: Bia’s Cary Ga
No. 85: La Newyorkina’s pineapple jalapeño paleta
No. 84: Empellón Taqueria’s skirt steak tacos
No. 83: Sugar Sweet Sunshine’s Pistachio Cupcake
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