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Dish no. 22: Chicken pot pie from the NoMad Bar (10 West 28th Street, 347-472-566)
Daniel Humm and Will Guidara conjured up poultry perfection with their spectacular chicken-for-two at the NoMad, and the avian offerings at their grand new barroom around the corner likewise appear in finest feather. A buttoned-up, nouveau tavern, the NoMad Bar boasts an impressive spectacle of a chicken potpie. Baked in a deep cast-iron cauldron, it arrives alongside a skewer of seared foie gras and a quenelle of chilled truffle cream, which is added to help bring the filling down to eating temperature. The crust is cracked open soufflé-style, a crosshatched sea of puffy, golden-brown diamonds. If the $36 price tag seems aggressive, take comfort in knowing that the highbrow blue plate special is heavy enough to share and just as indulgent as the ornamental fowl next door.
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.