My Favorite Dishes in NYC, So Far

Despite my love for food, I’ve avoided turning [jenNYdreams] into a food blog, mainly because every New Yorker already has their own food blog, but also because I don’t actually enjoy writing about food. I learned that after years of keeping a handful of food blogs while living in Portland and Honolulu. However, enough of my friends have asked me for restaurant recommendations, so I figured I’d dedicate just this one post to some of the best dishes I’ve eaten around the city. Bon appétit!

Beef Combo from Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong (K-town): thinly-sliced brisket, seasoned prime short rib, and prime boneless short rib; served with ban chan (including dongchimi noodles, steamed egg, corn cheese, kimchi, scallion salad, romaine salad, silken tofu, pickled radish, and steamed pumpkin); beef brisket soybean paste stew and kimchi stew
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Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake from Spot Dessert Bar (East Village): warm chocolate lava cake with green tea ganache, green tea ice cream, dark chocolate pearls, and cookie crumble13939556_10209643303295937_4402025248932480880_n.jpg

Morning Bun from Quality Eats (West Village): croissant dough baked with chocolate chips, glazed with almond paste, and served with cream cheese14054106_10209714971127588_1262389531407416365_n.jpg

Gramigna from Osteria Morini (Soho): fresh gramigna macaroni with sweet pork sausage, tomato and cream (see top left dish)
My advice: Come to Morini on Monday nights after 9pm, when each pasta is only $1014570360_10210079324036183_777129682199764102_n.jpg

Azuki Taiyaki from Mama (K-town): Japanese fish-shaped cake filled with azuki paste15894480_10211132414722792_7321299474441535001_n

Spicy Cumin Lamb Hand-Ripped Noodles from Xi’an Famous Foods (various): wide, hand-ripped noodles mixed with sauteed spicy cumin lamb13221112_10208776982998471_742559960102989875_n.jpg

Shakshuka from Zizi Limona (Bushwick): two poached eggs, matbucha sauce, chickpeas, and harissa12141491_10207205200984903_9166693501526984790_n

Early Bird Dinner Special at Sobaya (East Village): fresh soba served with dipping broth, wasabi, and scallions, with a side of shrimp tempura and inari sushi
My Advice: This Early Bird Dinner Special, which also includes a tray of assorted appetizers and ends with vanilla ice cream, is available Monday through Thursday, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.12249984_10207391678206717_1137193234292079700_n

Husk Meringue from Cosme (Gramery): corn husk leaves roasted and blended into a fine powder that is then whipped into egg whites and sugar until stiff to create a delicately crackly texture; inside is a smooth, earthy mousse made of sweet corn purée mixed with heavy cream and mascarpone16003000_10211190643578477_3283342340554047375_n

Egg Custard from New Flushing Bakery (Flushing): flaky Hong Kong-style baked custard tart13174003_10208784490066143_1223089344610894144_n.jpg

Giant Pretzel from Werkstatt (Ditmas Park): freshly-baked soft pretzel served with liptauer cheese and mustard12662416_10207872299941960_8879340520291307315_n.jpg

Fish Tacos from Rockaway Beach Surf Club (Rockaway Beach)11863472_10206768170379411_1412701867121416921_n

Pancit Bihon from Papa’s Kitchen (Woodside): thin Filipino rice noodles fried with soy sauce, patis, and sliced meat and chopped vegetables14591660_10210291807388134_8028924703629088017_n

Brisket Burger au Poivre from Lafayette (Noho): brisket burger cooked medium-rare, with mushroom duxelles, comté, served with pommes frites14484734_10210070434693955_8310556958356774903_n.jpg

Mille-Feuille Cake from TsuruTonTan (Flatiron): green tea mille crêpes served with azuki, motchi, matcha, and cream14853239_10210349119540902_2301289565309135044_o.jpg

Sesame BingBox from BingBox (East Village): Milk bing, sesame powder, azuki, mochi, almond flakes, condensed milk drizzle, and a wafer15109507_10210578746401430_5992639792075537121_n (1).jpg

Pumpkin Whoopie Pie and Red Velvet Cupcake from One Girl Cookies (DUMBO)11149317_10205812674292606_7991441289910519109_n.jpg

Classic Hawaiian Shoyu at Sweetcatch Poke (Midtown East): tuna poke marinated in Hawaiian shoyu sauce, topped with sweet and green onions, ogo seaweed, sesame seeds, sea salt, and inamona15241885_10210641062959305_4100148147853617837_n.jpg

Pandesal from Manila Social Club (Williamsburg): fresh pandesal rolls with ube butter12241486_10208364829374888_6296135573955902635_n.jpg

Old-Fashioned Macarons from Bakeshop by WOOPS! (Williamsburg)15241791_10210649622493288_2216848785952670052_n.jpg

Dim sum from Pacificana (Sunset Park): char siu bao, jian dui, beef cheong fun roll, shrimp cheong fun roll, etc.10568983_10203973400271905_6568380214516974020_n.jpg

Basic B and Milk Money from Ice & Vice (Lower East Side): one scoop of Mexican vanilla and black lava sea salt, and one scoop of toasted milk, sea salt, and chocolate ganache, served in a blue corn & honey cone13880274_10209520391023207_3404427304803820462_n

Baby Bok Choy and Enoki Mushrooms from Biang! (East Village): skewers of baby bok choy and enoki mushrooms with spicy bean sauce, sesame paste, and chili oil13076877_10208693202184003_37112646570359653_n.jpg

And the other dishes for which I merely don’t have proper photos:

  • Speckenwolf from Roberta’s (Bushwick): pizza with mozzarella, speck, crimini, onions, oregano, and black pepper
  • Babka from Breads Bakery (Flatiron, UWS): spongy, brioche-like yeast cake twisted with chocolate chips and cinnamon
  • Kitsune Udon from TsuroTonTan (Flatiron): freshly-made udon with simmered fried tofu
  • Challah French Toast from The Castello Plan (Ditmas Park): served with sour cream and plum jam
  • Tiramisu from Via Quadronno (UES)
  • Karaka-Men from Ippudo West (Hell’s Kitchen): tonkotsu pork broth ramen with a special blend of hot spices, pork chashu, cabbage, sesame kikurage mushrooms, scallions, and fragrant garlic oil
  • Maine Lobster Roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound (various): Maine lobster tossed with a touch of homemade mayo, piled on to a buttery split-top bun and topped with paprika and scallions
  • Madeleines, Cookie Shot, and Cannele from Dominique Ansel (Soho)
  • Lunch Pack from Bengal Tiger Indian Cuisine (Midtown West)
  • The Bronx from The Doughnut Project (West Village): glazed doughnut with a hint of olive oil and black pepper
  • Sauteed Swamp Cabbage with Crispy Pork from Zabb Elee (East Village)
  • Honey Ricotta Gelato from Osteria Morini (Soho)
  • Snap Mallow Pop from Ample Hills (Gowanus, Prospect Heights, Meatpacking District): marshmallow ice cream and buttery rice krispie clusters
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