Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue’s Chili Mac, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes


Later this year, we’ll pen our Best of New York 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. 78: Chili Mac from Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue

We’re all about to cut loose and celebrate our fair nation’s birth, so it seems only appropriate that we highlight an all-American dish for the occasion. Fletcher’s boasts several solid barbecue options and accoutrements that would do the patriotic trick–including some wacky choices, like Kool-Aid-imbued pickled watermelon rinds–but the chili mac rises to the top of the heap. Elbow macaroni are coated in creamy orange cheese sauce, a throwback to a childhood treat our moms rarely let us order. It’s elevated to align with adult standards by a healthy shot of hearty beef chili, the tender cubes of meat and earthy, lightly-spiced stew adding nutrition and substance in addition to flavor. Make it a dish no kid would touch by adding as much racy green chile, which the restaurant serves on the side, as your sinuses can handle. And speaking of Fletcher’s, check out our interview with pitmaster Matt Fisher.

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
No. 82: El Chivito d’Oro’s skirt steak
No. 81: Saro Bistro’s satarash
No. 80: Oda House’s adjaruli khatchapuri
No. 79: Hill Country Chicken’s pie milkshake