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The Best Things We Ate This Week

A running list of the best dishes we’ve had recently.

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Updated October 23rd, 2020

New York City is open for outdoor and partial indoor dining, which means there are thousands of restaurants where you can eat today. But if you can’t decide where to start, or you’d rather order something great for takeout, we totally understand. That’s why we’re highlighting the best dishes we’ve had recently, all of which are available for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining right now. From a giant veal chop to the best donut we’ve ever had, here’s a look into our personal food journals.

If you’ve had a great dish that you want to share with our team, send us an email at nyc@theinfatuation.com. Now, on to the dishes.


THE DISHES

Katherine Lewin

King

$$$$
FrenchItalian  in  SoHo
$$$$ 18 King St.

Ricotta And Chanterelle Ravioli

“Sometimes, when a server drops a dish off at your table, it feels like time stops. The world around you fades away. Whatever conversation you were having is irrelevant. The food is somehow glowing, and you’re pretty sure you’re not imagining it. I mean, just look at these ravioli. Hand-cut and stuffed with chanterelle and ricotta, they’re lightly covered in a simple thyme butter sauce that only further proves how spectacular this pasta is on its own. I would tell you to come to King just for this dish - but every other thing I ate on a recent dinner there was (almost) just as good.”

-Katherine Lewin, Editorial Director, Restaurants

Jongro BBQ

$$$$
Korean  in  KoreatownMidtown
$$$$ 22 W 32nd St Fl 2

Spicy Rice Cake

“Like almost every spot in K-Town right now, Jongro has tent-covered outdoor seating, which means even on rainy nights, you’ll find lots of socially-distanced group hangs. The Korean BBQ here is some of the best in the city, but it was the tender, chewy rice cakes that stole the show when I visited. More accurately, it was the deep pool of sweet and spicy gochujang-based sauce, which combatted the disgusting weather that caused us to use a kimchi pancake as a sponge about halfway through. After dinner, I ended up having the best thing I’ve drank recently as well, when I ladled soju out of a watermelon at Pocha 32 across the street.”

-Matt Tervooren, Staff Writer

Mel

$$$$ 1 Ludlow Street

Sunflower Sorghum Bread

“As much as I try, I can’t sleep in on weekends. This quality frustrated me until I realized that I’m an ideal patron of this new, weekend-only bakery on the LES. Mel specializes in (incredible) sourdough breads, and usually runs out of loaves within a few hours of its 8am opening. While you could easily annoy the sh*t out of someone by talking about Mel’s artisanally milled flours and heirloom rye grain, all you need to know is this: any bread you try at Mel will be springy to the touch, crusty on the outside, and about a thousand times better than carbs you make at home. Chronically-early risers, go try some.”

-Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Nikko Duren

Sariling Atin

$$$$ 89-12 Queens Blvd

Adobo Kambing (Goat Adobo)

“Back when we were all in an office together, Hannah used to bring everyone Filipino snacks from some spot in Queens. Recently, I visited that spot - a Filipino grocery store in Elmhurst - for the very first time, and quickly realized that they do so much more than sell delightful fish crackers. Sariling Atin has a cafeteria-style counter in the back, and the goat adobo they serve has some of the most tender meat I’ve ever had. It’s cooked in this creamy adobo sauce that’s sweet, then vinegary. This goat adobo is the perfect rainy day meat dish and if I could go back in time, I’d have asked Hannah to bring me back several orders to be stored in my freezer.”

-Nikko Duren, Editorial Assistant

Joomak

$$$$ 5 W 35th St

Chocolate Mandoo

You know what’s honestly, always good? When a restaurant turns a non-dessert item into a dessert item. Nutella pizza, for example. At Joomak, a pop-up run by a pastry chef from The Modern, they’re serving chocolate filled Korean dumplings in an Earl Grey-flavored broth that caused my friend and I to both go, “Whoa.” Joomak is operating out of a karaoke bar’s sidewalk space on 35th and 5th for a few more days, and you can DM the chef for a reservation.

-Hillary Reinsberg, Editor In Chief

Hannah Albertine

Gena's Grill

$$$$ 210 1st Ave

Pollo Guisado

“The question is not whether you want this Puerto Rican stewed chicken from Gena’s by the 1st Avenue L train in the East Village (because you obviously do - each piece of tender chicken tastes like garlic, potatoes, and sofrito inviting you to a party). Instead, the real question is which sides will you request to eat with your pollo guisado? I went with yellow rice, red beans, and a side of extra caramelized, crunchy-sweet maduros. It was a highlight of my week.”

-Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Hannah Albertine

Szechuan House

$$$$
Chinese  in  Flushing
$$$$ 133-47 Roosevelt Ave

Wontons In Chili Oil

“I’ve recently taken boats, trains, and bicycles to eat Szechuan food - all in preparation for a guide to the best mapo tofu in the city. But little does my editor know that I’ve also been conducting personal research on the city’s best wontons in chili oil. So far, the version I had at Szechuan House in Flushing has been my favorite. Each wonton has extra-long sheets hanging off of their plump, pork-filled centers, sort of like silky veils. There’s enough wonton chew to counterbalance the meat and bright red, spicy sesame oil.”

-Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Katherine Lewin

Emilio's Ballato

$$$$
Italian  in  SoHo
$$$$ 55 E Houston

Veal Parmesan

“Look at that dreamboat,” is the response I got from our Editorial Operations Manager when I texted her a photo of this veal parmesan at Emilio’s Ballato. She’s certainly not wrong - but this thing isn’t all looks. The veal is perfectly tender, the breading-to-sauce ratio is ideal, and there’s plenty of mozzarella to go around. My group of three split this dish, and still had some to take home for luxury leftovers. Oh, and while I’d like to keep it a secret, it’s my job to tell you: this iconic Soho spot now has a secret back patio. Come here when you want to be reminded of one of the many reasons you live in NYC.”

-Katherine Lewin, Editorial Director

Rangoon

Rangoon

$$$$ 500 Prospect Pl

Mohinga

“Regardless of my crippling indecision, I actually like making important life decisions. And at Rangoon, I made the right one for once: ordering the lemongrass fish noodle soup. It has lots of chewy rice noodles, two halves of one runny egg, and a giant onion fritter that tastes like it’s been soaking in a jacuzzi full of spicy broth for days. When it came, I sealed the deal by pouring the generous side of fish sauce into my noodle soup. If you’re looking for a warm noodle bowl that has just the right balance of salty, sweet, bitter, and acid, I suggest you do the same.”

-Nikko Duren, Editorial Assistant

Noah Devereaux

Daily Provisions

$$$$ 103 East 19th Street

Maple Cruller

“On a recent aimless morning walk, I found myself in Flatiron when it suddenly started to rain. Far from my apartment, I had two options. First, I could hop the fence into Gramercy Park, and hope a benefactor took pity on me, or second, I could pick up food from Daily Provisions, and ride it out with a BEC. That BEC was fantastic, but what made me forget about the rain (and pretty much everything else) was the maple cruller. The lightly fried, glazed outside cracks when you bite into it, and the dough inside is as airy as brioche. And yet, somehow, each bite tastes like butter cake infused with maple syrup. It was the best donut I’ve ever had.”

-Matt Tervooren, Staff Writer

Carlo Mantuano

Domodomo

$$$$
$$$$ 138 W. Houston St.

Sushi & Handroll Deluxe Set + Handroll Set

“This week I was planning a big night in filled with lots of sushi from Domodomo. Long story short, the driver of what will remain an unnamed delivery app never showed up at the restaurant to pick up my order. But my anniversary wasn’t ruined. The owner of Domodomo showed up in the rain and delivered it himself. It was at that moment that I officially decided this dude will be the best man at my wedding, and that was even before I dug into the excellent four-piece handroll set and 12-piece sushi and handroll combo. I got so much quality fish, like seared salmon, smokey eel, and tuna along with some delicious scallop and crab handrolls, that all held up really well in transit. Next time you’re thinking of getting sushi takeout, hit up Domodomo. I can’t, however, guarantee the owner will show up with your order.”

-Carlo Mantuano, Staff Editor

Hannah Albertine

Leo

$$$$
$$$$ 318 Grand Street

Concord Grape & Caramel Swirl Soft Serve

“Some New Yorkers may think that the seasonal window for soft serve has closed, but I firmly believe there is, actually, no window at all. Soft serve’s eternal flame cannot be blown out by us mere mortals. Leo in Williamsburg seems to be on the same page as me, since they’re currently making some excellent concord grape and caramel swirl. It comes topped with a few flakes of sea salt and a little drizzle of high-quality olive oil (so it’s not too sweet), and the concord flavor tastes intensely like real grapes, and not scary purple Jolly Rancher syrup. I hope Leo sells soft serve in February, because my parka and I will be back for it.”

-Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Arden Shore

For All Things Good

$$$$ 343 Franklin Ave

Mushroom Mezcal Tlayudita

“I hate to break it to you, but Mexico’s native corn varieties are going extinct in the face of genetically modified yellow sweet corn (which I absolutely bought from Foodtown this summer). For All Things Good, a very lovable new Mexican cafe on a corner in Bed-Stuy, uses only heirloom corn that they nixtamalize themselves to make masa. The result is the best tortillas I’ve had in NYC. I tried the colorful tetela trio and the squash blossom quesadilla, but the absolute standout was the mezcal mushroom tlayudita. I hope to start another day soon with the very same crispy tortilla layered with beans, cheese, and a pleasantly chaotic fistful of hen of the woods mushrooms.”

-Arden Shore, Senior Editor

Adam Friedlander

El Riconcito

$$$$
$$$$ 408 E 10th Street

Chicken Pastelito

“When I ordered a chicken pastelito from El Riconcito on East 10th Street the other night, the person on the other side of the counter asked me how many I wanted. I could tell by the question that only ordering one of these fried, crimped pockets of pulled chicken would be a grave mistake. So I got two, and ate them on the way home wishing I had a third. They’re filled to the brim with piping hot chicken, like a blow-up mattress right after you inflate it.”

-Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Matt Tervooren

Thai Son

$$$$
$$$$ 89 Baxter St

Cha Gio

“I’m on the hunt for the best banh mi in NYC. Needless to say, I’ve been eating at a bunch of Vietnamese spots around the city. And while you’ll hear from me about sandwiches soon, one dish that needs an immediate shoutout is the cha gio at Thai Son in Chinatown. These Vietnamese spring rolls are filled with ground pork that’s somehow as rich and intense as pâté despite being wrapped in very thick and crunchy deep-fried rice paper. Dip them in the nuoc cham, and the sweet, tangy sauce fills up the shell’s little craters and valleys like a dam-break in a bad disaster movie. You’re going to want an order per person (along with a banh mi).”

-Matt Tervooren, Staff Writer

Molly Donnellon

Southside Coffee

$$$$ 652 6th Ave

New School Breakfast Sandwich

“I recently tried to order a tuna melt before noon at Southside Coffee in South Slope, but they were out of tuna. It was meant to be, because the New School undid the harm of many years of overcooked, luke-warm egg sandwiches. Whoever decided to put soft and buttery scrambled eggs, bacon, and Sriracha miso-tahini on this seeded hero understands me. Or maybe just that crunch, spice, greens, and a little creaminess don’t have to be reserved for lunch and dinner. The little counter-service spot has a handful of other breakfast and lunch sandwiches as well, but don’t leave without a house-baked cinnamon bun or slice of pie.”

-Arden Shore, Senior Editor

Nikko Duren

Thai Farm Kitchen

$$$$
$$$$ 416 Church Ave

Koay Teow Tom Yum (Tom Yum Noodle Soup)

“For some, fall means pumpkin patches, hot cocoa, and sweaters. But this year, I’m focusing my attention on noodle soups. That’s due in part to the fact that I’m writing an upcoming soup guide, but I also just like eating food out of bowls and getting the satisfaction of making noisy slurp sounds. My recent quest led me to Thai Farm Kitchen’s tom yum noodle soup - a spicy, sour sanctuary of ground pork, peanuts, and fish balls - and if I ever made a list of “fall favorites” this dish would likely be the only thing on it. The broth is creamy and smells like fishy galangal, which made it difficult for my cats to resist the leftovers.”

-Nikko Duren, Editorial Assistant

Matt Tervooren

Bricolage

$$$$
$$$$ 162 5th Ave.

Unshaking Beef Banh Mi

“I was in a bit of a pickle recently. On the one hand, I wanted to try Bricolage’s “unshaking beef,” a $36 slab of ribeye covered in lime-black pepper sauce that helped make their San Francisco restaurant, The Slanted Door, famous. On the other hand, it was 11am on a Sunday, the sun was reflecting off of the 5th Avenue asphalt in Park Slope, and a giant plate of meat wasn’t in the cards. Fortunately, they offer it in a banh mi version. I still got to try the juicy, rare, perfectly seared cut of steak, but in an 11am-appropriate portion. Along with delicious shallot aioli on even more delicious bread, the sandwich was packed with pickled vegetables, mint, cilantro, and jalapeño.”

-Matt Tervooren, Staff Writer

Nikko Duren

F.O.B.

$$$$
$$$$ 271 Smith St

Sisig

“I recently had dinner on the garden patio at this BYOB spot in Carroll Gardens while doing research for our upcoming sisig guide, and this pork dish was push-back-from-your-table-and-smirk-at-your-plate good. It’s topped with crunchy chicharron and has a bunch of finely chopped jalapeño that gives each bite of crispy meat a kick of spice. The highlight, though, is its sourness, which probably comes from the calamansi, but I’m not entirely sure. What I am sure about is that you need to add an egg to your order - it’s $1 extra but its influence cannot be understated.”

- Nikko Duren, Editorial Assistant

Nikko Duren

Blue Hill at Stone Barns

$$$$
$$$$ 630 Bedford Rd.

Heirloom Tomato

“Before 2:34pm on September 5th, I considered a tomato a tomato. But at this pivotal moment in my career as a produce consumer, my “third eye” was opened and I could taste the multi-hyphenate nature of a really good tomato. The heirloom tomato slice in question from Blue Hill at Stone Barns was about the size of two fists, and it came topped with chopped onions, pepper, and a little bit of salt. Its sweeter notes reminded me of my favorite childhood boardgame, Candyland, and its subtle sourness made me question whether this was even a fruit at all.”

-Nikko Duren, Editorial Assistant

Hannah Albertine

Hwa Yuan

$$$$
$$$$ 42 E Broadway

Mapo Tofu

“Hwa Yuan’s mapo tofu is one of my favorite versions I’ve had in NYC. They use enough ground pork so that every bite of soft tofu is accompanied by its own personal piggy chauffeur, and I would happily drizzle the thin, bright red Szechuan peppercorn oil on any other food. The next day, I stood in the glow of my fridge eating cold mapo tofu leftovers, realizing we need to create a guide to the best mapo tofu in the city. If you feel as strongly about this dish as I do, please send me your recommendations.”

-Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Insa

$$$$
KoreanBBQ  in  Gowanus
$$$$ 328 Douglass St

Fried Chicken

“Korean fried chicken is my favorite fried chicken, and I finally got around to trying Insa’s in Gowanus. As is typical, Insa uses a double-frying method, which keeps both the boneless and bone-in pieces astonishingly juicy. The crunchy exterior holds up against the sweet-spicy gochujang glaze, and I’ll just say that my dining partner and I wished we had opted for the whole bird rather than the half. If only two-step skincare routines had such effective results as the double-fry.”

-Arden Shore, Senior Editor

Farra

$$$$
Wine Bar  in  Tribeca
$$$$ 71 Worth St

Scallop Fried Rice

“Literally days before quarantine hit New York City, the Tribeca tasting menu Atera restaurant opened a wine bar next door, serving small plates. They’ve stuck it out through the pandemic (while Atera is closed), and have a great outdoor dining situation with tables scattered down Worth Street. The small plates are all pretty excellent, but the scallop rice with egg yolk and trout roe stood out as a highlight. From a service perspective, it’s not surprising that this place is connected to a fine dining establishment, so we’d recommend checking it out for a special night out, outdoors.”

-Hillary Reinsberg, Editor In Chief

Matt Tervooren

Cafe Rue Dix

$$$$ 1451 Bedford Ave

Gambas a la Plancha

“The grilled tiger shrimp at this French-Senegalese spot in Crown Heights look like delicious, albeit normal-sized shrimp, but each one makes you feel like you’re at the tail-end of a peel n’ eat free-for-all. They’re dense and tender, lightly charred and buttery, and somehow, they may not even be the most memorable part of the dish. Underneath them lies a soft pita that you only really notice after finishing half of the shrimp, by which time it’s sopping with lemon juice, spices, and a whole lot of butter sauce.”

-Matt Tervooren, Staff Writer

Hannah Albertine

Casa Enrique

$$$$
$$$$ 5-48 49th Ave.

Chile en Nogada

“Casa Enrique’s chile en nogada is as delicious as it is stunning. Their version is fruit heavy, and filled with enough pears, apples, peaches, apricots, and raisins to convince your stomach you drank a smoothie, and the handful of salty ground pork inside the poblano helps to subdue the overall sweetness. While this is technically a special, you’ll often see it on the menu. Keep an eye out for this pomegranate-studded, cream-covered pepper like you’re scanning a park for an isolated bench.”

-Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Hannah Albertine

Brooklyn Noosh

$$$$ 988 Atlantic Ave

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Wings

“I ate these wings sitting next to a raging fire pit in the alley behind this new Bed-Stuy spot. Between the smoky campfire smell, the slow-burn heat of the wings, and the fact that my friend cried out after hot cheeto dust got in his eye, I briefly forgot I was still in 2020. What I’m saying is, these fried, cayenne-forward wings are a little bit ridiculous and a little bit painful, and they might be exactly what you need to feel better tonight.”

-Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Rahi

$$$$
$$$$ 60 Greenwich Ave

Methi Gosht

“I went to this West Village Indian spot while researching The Best Fried Chicken Sandwiches In NYC, and their garam masala-coated version certainly didn’t disappoint. But for how much I still think about that sandwich, I spend just as much time reminiscing about the bone-in goat curry. Cutting a hole in the puffed naan shell releases steam that makes it seem like the kitchen’s entire spice rack is being run through a still. The basmati rice acts like a sponge soaking up all of the flavor from the juices and minced goat, and yet the best bites are the pieces of gamey meat attached to the bones at the bottom of the pot.”

-Matt Tervooren, Staff Writer

Jalsa - Grill And Gravy

$$$$ 964 Coney Island Ave

Chicken Dum Biryani

“Biryani is my weighted blanket, my 15-minute yoga flow, and my chill music mix all in one. So when I got a craving for it last weekend, I figured I’d go out of my way to find the best biryani on the planet (read: within my delivery radius). Thankfully, the chicken dum biryani I ordered from Jalsa in Ditmas Park had exactly the kind of balanced-but-bold flavor I needed. It’s a big portion with a few whole chicken legs inside, and all of the meat falls right off the bone. The rice tasted like saffron which was extremely satisfying and also reminded me of an old roommate whose IG handle was ‘saffrongirl69.’ I hope she’s gotten better about doing the dishes.”

-Nikko Duren, Editorial Assistant

Matt Tervooren

Diner

$$$$
$$$$ 85 Broadway

Fried Chicken Sandwich

“I’m working on a guide to the best fried chicken sandwiches in NYC, and without giving too much away, I can share three takeaways from my research thus far. First, I’m currently more chicken than Foghorn Leghorn. Second, white meat - why? And third, Diner will make the guide. What separates the version at this Williamsburg American spot from most of the others I’ve tried recently is the meat itself. It’s so tender that if it weren’t for the thin layer of crispy skin, it’d be nearly impossible to tell where the juicy, buttery meat ends, and the soft, buttery potato bun begins. Just know that it’s only offered at lunch Friday through Sunday.”

-Matt Tervooren, Staff Writer

Hannah Albertine

Joe & Pat's

$$$$ 168 1st Ave

Clam Pizza

“My mother always taught me to think that molluscs and cheese don’t belong together. But the cracker-thin clam pie from Joe & Pat’s is proof that food rules are mostly stupid, because the cheese, garlic, parsley, and briny clams on this pizza should start an LLC together. Make this your next Friday night takeout so you can weigh in on my mom’s abrasive seafood-dairy policies.”

-Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Hannah Albertine

KM1

$$$$
$$$$ 58 E 1st St

Mofongo de Churrasco

“KM1 is a new Caribbean restaurant right across from those handball courts on Houston Street in the East Village. The menu has a bunch of Dominican dishes, including a plate of perfectly-seasoned strip steak with a crispy pile of plantains and a light tomato sauce. Between the tomato broth bath and the alternating bites of chewy steak and crunchy fried plantains, this mofongo was the highlight of my eating week.”

-Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Winner

Winner

$$$$
$$$$ 367 7th Ave

Rosemary and Grape Focaccia

“If your neighborhood bakery doesn’t serve grape and rosemary focaccia, that’s okay - mine doesn’t either. But recently I was biking around Park Slope, and decided to try a neighborhood bakery that does. At Winner, the aforementioned focaccia loaf was sweet, salty, crispy, and fluffy all at once. I’ll be pretending this spot is my neighborhood bakery from now on.”

-Nikko Duren, Editorial Assistant

Hannah Albertine

Lhasa Tibetan Restaurant

$$$$
$$$$ 177 1st Ave

Non-Veg Momo Combo

“One of Lhasa’s momos may have exploded beef juice all over my laptop, and that’s OK. It’s a good thing that they’re stuffed to the brim with meat, onions, ginger, and chives. This Jackson Heights Tibetan restaurant just opened a new location on 11th and 1st Avenue, and I plan on slowly but surely breaking the keyboard of my computer with their momo broth.”

- Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Black Crescent

$$$$ 76 Clinton St

Oysters

“Admittedly, oysters don’t have to try very hard to make me happy. But there was something special about these particular East Coast oysters from the recently-reopened Black Crescent. Maybe it was the fact that they were briny-tasting and smooth, or that they were the first oysters I’ve had all summer, or that I had already consumed a margarita in a plastic cup. Whatever it was, I was overjoyed.”

- Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

La Isla Cuchifritos

$$$$
Latin  in  BrooklynBushwick
$$$$ 1439 Myrtle Ave.

Alcapurria

“If I could have any superpower, my ninth or tenth pick would be to have an unlimited number of the dense, crispy alcapurrias from La Isla Cuchifritos in Bushwick. People would say things like, ‘That seems like a waste of a superpower,’ and I’d just be like, ‘Do want an alcapurria or not?’ And they’d probably say yes. I know this because I ate a few recently, and this is how any reasonable person should respond.”

- Bryan Kim, Senior Staff Writer

Matt Tervooren

Viking Fresh Off The Hook

$$$$ 1905 Bayview Ave

Fried Oysters & Raw Tuna

“I’d enjoy fried oysters anywhere. Most recently, I had a bucket of them next to the dock on Long Beach Island. Like lots of spots on LBI, Viking Fresh Off The Hook serves fantastic seafood, both fried and raw - like locally caught tuna, which I had in a poke bowl alongside the oysters.”

- Matt Tervooren, Staff Writer

Hannah Albertine

Satsuma Plums

“I was in the Catskills recently and stopped at a farm stand on Route 28 near Arkville to buy a box of satsuma plums. They’re so juicy that biting into one tends to cause a stone fruit Sweeney Todd situation. I had to eat them over a sink. Now I will live my life knowing plums can be categorized in one of two ways: over-the-sink fruit or non-over-the-sink fruit.”

- Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Nikko Duren

Telly's Taverna

$$$$
Greek  in  AstoriaQueens
$$$$ 2813 23rd Ave

Spanakopita

“Rediscovering the NYC ferry has given my bike a chance to relax at home, while I visit parts of the city I haven’t seen in months. Most recently, the ferry brought me and this incredible spanakopita from Telly’s Taverna together, thus solving my commitment issues and inspiring me to go caroling four months early. It’s flakier than your favorite croissant and when you cut into it, you get that beautiful cracking sound that lets you know it just came out of the oven. This spanakopita should be on your NYC meals bucket list.”

- Nikko Duren, Editorial Assistant

Hannah Albertine

Ray's Candy Store

$$$$ 113 Avenue A

Swirl Soft Serve With Rainbow Sprinkles

“One of the only, true constants of my summer has been the vanilla-chocolate swirl soft serve from Ray’s Candy Store. I appreciate that it has pastel rainbow sprinkles and that unmistakable dairy flavor that leaves you as thirsty as a camel. Bring a bottle of water and a five-dollar bill, and order one for yourself.”

- Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Nikko Duren

A&A Bake and Doubles

$$$$ 481 Nostrand Ave

Doubles

“If you know me, you know that hyperbole isn’t really my thing. So when I say that I think about the doubles from A&A at least once a week, you should take me at my word. I finally made it back the other day (due to the fact that I fixed my bike), and the impeccably-spiced doubles were delicious as always. I also tried their dense, crispy saheena for the first time, although I let my coworker have most of it, as I’m an incredibly giving person.”

- Bryan Kim, Senior Staff Writer

Matt Tervooren

Miss Ada

$$$$ 184 Dekalb Ave

Chicken Shawarma With Hummus

“If I had to describe my brunch at Miss Ada with two words, I’d go with “disorienting” and “fantastic.” It was disorienting because it didn’t feel like brunch. The whipped ricotta was sweet enough to be served in a dessert shop, the hummus with shawarma had as many bright colors as the food scene in Hook, and the malawach was like a pancake that decided it was born to be more than just a pancake. As for the second descriptor, it all tasted fantastic.”

- Matt Tervooren, Staff Writer

Hannah Albertine

Titan Foods Inc.

$$$$
Greek  in  Astoria
$$$$ 25-56 31st St

Giant Beans In Tomato Sauce & Egg-Lemon Soup

“I went to this Greek grocery store in Astoria partly because my friend told me Danny Devito likes to shop there, and partly because I have a special place in my heart for imported canned goods. I left with incredible future lunch plans (a perfectly tart egg lemon soup, and a can of giant beans soaked in tomato sauce that didn’t require any additional seasoning) but, unfortunately, no Danny Devito sighting.”

- Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Nikko Duren

Krupa Grocery

$$$$ 231 Prospect Park West

Nashville Hot Shrimp Burger

“Last weekend, I picked up a Prospect Park Picnic Box from Krupa Grocery and ate it, well, in the park. Admittedly, I was skeptical of the Nashville Hot Shrimp Burger, but the patty was nice and juicy, with satisfying crisp edges. Together with a spattering of creamy chive aioli and heaven-sent pickles, this thing was good enough to make me question whether a “seafood burger” deserves a spot on our Best Burger list next year.”

- Nikko Duren, Editorial Assistant

Hannah Albertine

Soothr

$$$$
$$$$ 204 E 13th St

Koong Karee

“This new Thai spot’s shrimp and egg dish is genuinely one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten out of a plastic container. Its gooey consistency keeps the tail-on shrimp tender and every bite tastes like shrimp paste just called curry powder to say ‘I love you.’ I don’t care where you live, you need to try it.”

- Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Hills Kitchen

$$$$
$$$$ 252 Knickerbocker Ave

Efo Soup

“I’ve been ordering a lot from Hills Kitchen, a West African restaurant in Bushwick, and it’s always hard for me to try something new there. You see, I really like their efo soup, which is incredibly rich and packed with more spinach than I typically consume in a month. Order it, get a sticky ball of eba on the side, and consume these things in unison.”

- Bryan Kim, Senior Staff Writer

Nikko Duren

Ricas Pupusas & Mas

$$$$
$$$$ 47-55 47th St

Pupusas

“I don’t eat enough pupusas. And since that’s one void in my life I can actively fill, I ordered two from Ricas Pupusas Y Mas. The masa is thick and sweet, yet humble enough to let the cheesy, meaty insides have some time in the spotlight. Based on this excellent meal (and humility lesson), I’ll be consuming more of these pupusas in the coming weeks.”

- Nikko Duren, Editorial Assistant

Hannah Albertine

Cervo's

$$$$
$$$$ 43 Canal St

Fried Corn

“It’s summertime and I can’t stop saying the word “corn” in an Irish accent - like how I’d imagine Saorsie Ronan would pronounce it. So, I of course jumped at the opportunity to eat the new fried corn dish from Cervo’s. It’s served in a takeout bowl bathtub of bottarga and tomato aioli. You’ll want to dip your corn so that every kernel is drenched in what is essentially salty fish mayo.”

- Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Matt Tervooren

BK Jani

$$$$ 679 Grand St

Jani Burger and Seekh Kebab Roll

“I ordered the burger and seekh kebab roll at BK Jani thinking that I’d bring about half of each home as leftovers. Then one thing led to another, and I was sitting in their lovely backyard with nothing but a bit of mint chutney and a vague sense of accomplishment.”

- Matt Tervooren, Staff Writer

Hannah Albertine

The Bun Hut

$$$$ 178 Stanton St

Coconut Curry Chicken Roti

“The roti I tried from this recently-opened Caribbean spot comes with creamy curry, mango salsa, and a few sweet fried plantains - all wrapped up in a thin dhal puri. It was juicy and thick, unlike 90% of my recent carrot-hummus-iced-coffee lunches.”

- Hannah Albertine, Staff Writer

Noah Devereaux

Federoff’s

$$$$
$$$$ 178 N 10th St

Cheesesteak Sandwich

“A few days ago, I messaged some coworkers and told them that I was going to order a cheesesteak. They hadn’t asked about my dinner plans, but sometimes I like to be my own hype man. The cheesesteak was from Federoff’s in Williamsburg, it was an intensely salty mess of beef, cheese, and cheese-soaked bread, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

- Bryan Kim, Senior Staff Writer

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