Battery Harris’ Baked Patties, 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. 76: Baked patties from Battery Harris

The large, breezy patio at this new Williamsburg eatery is an immensely pleasant place to spend a weekend afternoon, especially if you’re nursing frozen dark ‘n’ stormies and selections from the sizable draft beer list. We doubt we’d need further reason to return to this joint, but the Caribbean-tinged menu from chef Richard Gibbs further installs the spot in our hearts. The jerk chicken, plantain chips, and jerk-seasoned fries are all worthy of attention, but we’ll be tempted to forgo (or at least forestall) even those items next time for a massive platter of baked patties, Jamaican pastry pockets that are stuffed and fried. The half-moon-shaped treats come in three varieties at Battery Harris: traditional ground beef, piquant chicken, or a blend of turmeric-imbued vegetables, all encased in a flaky golden shell. At $3 a pop or three for $5, they make for excellent drinking snacks as well as solid starters to full meals.

No. 100: Taqueria Lower East Side’s carnitas
No. 99: Tartine’s steamed mussels
No. 98: Malu’s Cookie Monster ice cream
No. 97: Coppelia’s Havana salad
No. 96: Falansai’s clay pot catfish
No. 95: Uncle Boons’ Khao Soi Kaa Kai
No. 94: ABC Cocina’s salted caramel “impossible” flan
No. 93: Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine’s peanut noodles
No. 92: Distilled’s country-fried duck and waffles
No. 91: Calliope’s octopus salad
No. 90: Charlie Bird’s diver scallop crudo
No. 89: Silver Moon Bakery’s fig and pepper bread
No. 88: Stage Restaurant’s egg, cheese, and sausage on a roll
No. 87: Manzanilla’s Marbella’s Full Moon
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
No. 78: Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue’s chili mac
No. 77: The Musket Room’s steak and cheese pie