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Favorite Dishes #59: Uncle Jesse Bao at Baohaus

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What Baohaus (238 East 14th Street; 646-684-3835) lacks in space (the Taiwanese eatery is small and easily crowded), it more than makes up for in its signature bao dishes — snack sandwiches served on mantou bread, a steamed bread native to China. Though baos aren’t usually vegetarian, owners and brothers Eddie and Evan Huang took it upon themselves to create a meat-free bao as a nod to their vegetarian patrons. The Uncle Jesse bao, which features organic fried tofu, crushed peanuts, and Haus sauce, is simultaneously crunchy, soft, sweet, savory, and spicy.

In addition to making damn good bao, Baohaus offers much in the way of pleasant atmosphere: The Huangs have created a chic, laid-back space. It’s a perfect place to hang out and shoot the shit; tables are stacked with stickers, and a far-back wall is plastered with Polaroids, art pieces, and newspaper clippings — a millennial’s dream.

Fork in the Road is counting down to our Best of New York City issue in October. We’re combing the city every day, one dish at a time, to guide you to the most delicious food in NYC. These are our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2015, in no particular order, save for the top 10.

Here’s our countdown up to now:

#100: Laminated Blueberry Brioche at Dominique Ansel Kitchen

#99: Egg Shop’s Golden Bucket Fried Chicken

#98: Ramen Lab’s Torigara Shoyu

#97: Cannoli at Ferdinando’s

#96: Breakfast Sandwich at Dimes

#95: Banana Royal at Eddie’s Sweet Shop

#94: Fletcher’s Burnt Ends

#93: Almayass’s Mante

#92: Empellon Taqueria’s Fish Taco

#91: El Rey’s Sardine Tostada

#90: General Tso’s Pig’s Head at the Cannibal

#89: The Vegetarian at Meat Hook Sandwich Shop

#88: The 21 Club’s Creamy Chicken Hash

#87: Deep-Fried Olives at Via Carota

#86: Pougi at Loi Estiatorio

#85: Shelsky’s Hot Pastrami Sandwich

#85: Pearl & Ash’s Smoked Bread with Chicken Butter

#84: Gluten-Free Pizza at Rossopomodoro

#83: Perry St’s Chocolate Pudding With Candied Violets

#82: Whit’s End’s ‘Fuckin’ Bluefish Dip’

#81: Morgenstern’s Salt and Pepper Pine Nut Ice Cream

#80: Levain Bakery’s Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie

#79: Delmar Pizzeria’s Pizza

#78: Cafe Cluny’s Avocado Toast

#77: Brooklyn Star’s Cinnamon Bun

#76: Pork Belly Cotton Candy at Carnem

#75: Ippudo’s Pork Buns

#74: Mission Chinese Food’s Oil-Cured Anchovies

#73: Johnnycakes at LoLo’s Seafood Shack

#72: The Starving Artists Steak at Belle Reve

#71: The Spotted Pig’s Gnudi

#70: Xi’an Famous Foods’ Tiger Vegetable Salad

#69: Crème Brûlée Truffle at Kee’s Chocolates

#68: Pok Pok’s Muu Paa Kham Wong

#67: Cacio e Pepe at Upland

#66: Pulpo at Toro

#65: Junior’s Something Different

#64: Duck Carnitas at Cosme

#63: Banana Miso Ice Cream Sandwich at Neta

#62: Breads Bakery’s Chocolate Babka

#61: Braised Lamb Neck at the Gorbals

#60: Dough’s Passionfruit Doughnut

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