Quality Meats’ Grasshopper Ice Cream Cake, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes


Dish no. 69: Grasshopper ice cream cake at Quality Meats (57 West 58th Street, 212-371-7777)

Halfway between the five-course dessert tasting at Per Se and pie-bottomed sundae goblets at Serendipity 3, the most compact exercise in decadence lurks steps beneath West 58th Street, behind the marble ice cream-and-lemonade counter at Quality Meats. Here, you can ask for a pint of the chocolate, pretzel, and banana-infused Take 5 or Coffee & Doughnuts, or, better yet, witness the creation of a candle-worthy ice cream cake for one. Choose the Grasshopper, a creme de menthe-frosted mint Oreo ice cream and Devil’s food cake combo. You needn’t survive another year to earn one, just until the bar opens at 4 p.m.

See all of our 100 favorite dishes.

In advance of our 2014 Best of NYC issue, we’re traipsing through the boroughs and divulging our favorite dishes of the year. They’re presented here as a countdown, but we’re listing them in no particular order. Consider this a guide to what’s good to eat in this town right this very second.