If you can’t keep your mouth shut at the theater, begin your evening opposite Lincoln Center at Bar Boulud(1900 Broadway, 212-595-0303), with Daniel Boulud’s classic French bistro staple, escargots persillade, a/k/a eight garlic-sopped Burgundy snails, which arrive sunken deep in the cast-iron trenches they were baked in. A topping of tomato, parsley, and chives swaddles the inside of your cheeks with a warming earthy perfume best kept to yourself as the night goes on.
But as long as it’s still appropriate to open your mouth, while making small talk between big bites at the front dining room’s communal table, continue depleting those aromatic butter cups with four accompanying fried potato croquettes, creamy as gougères, which can be halved to wedge in and sop the remaining sauce, assuming you can resist popping them whole; but they don’t need more butter to melt in your mouth. Just remember afterward, unless you’re asking for more, to then pop a mint.
The Village Voice 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. To read about previous dishes, browse our 100 Favorite Dishes page.