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Dina’s Best of 2013

As 2013 ends, it’s a time to reflect on all the delicious meals and treats I had this year in NYC.  There were a lot!  Of course, there was the bad birthday dinner at Dovetail followed by two birthday saves at Quality Meats and Keens Steakhouse.  There were also some firsts.  I had white truffles for the first time.  I also had shaved ice for the first time.  I also had foie gras in its pure form, but I prefer not to remember that.  I returned to steak, as I hadn’t eaten beef in years and ate at a number of classic NY steakhouses–The Old Homestead, Keens and Delmonico’s.  I explored Asian cuisine more–especially ramen.  No, I didn’t get in on the biggest food trends of 2013–the Cronut or the ramen burger–only because I don’t do lines or eat burgers.  The favorites that I am listing here are my favorites of this year, meaning that I ate at the restaurant for the first time this year or tried something new this year.  (So this may not be my list of favorites of all time, just of this year.)  If something didn’t make my list, was it bad?  No, it just wasn’t exceptional.  You’ll notice a lot of trendy restaurants missing from this list.  Why?  Well, no particular reason other than they weren’t exceptionally delicious to me!  So without further ado–

Here are lists of my favorites for the year.

Dishes I go back for:

Balkanika dips

Balkanika dips

Ramen Takumi shio ramen

ramen

Fay Da coconut bun

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Tous les Jours milk bread

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Basta Pasta fusilli with free range chicken ragu, fresh tomatoes and prosciutto

pasta

Reunion totchos

tater tots

Royce white chocolate nama

NAMA white chocolate

My favorite dishes of the year:

Seafood strozzapreti at Saint Ambroeus

strozzapreti

Kale with tomatoes at Saint Ambroeus

kale

Pan roasted hake with braised artichokes, sugar snap peas, turnips and chervil bouillon at Tocqueville

Tocqueville hake

Truffled creamy parmesan grits and sunny side up country egg with squire hill farm’s araucana egg and house cured veal bacon at Tocqueville

Tocqueville grits

Smoked coconut cheesecake at Spot Dessert Bar

coconut cheesecake

Stuffed cabbage at Uncle Vanya

stuffed cabbage

Naga ice cream at Vosges

Vosges

Steak sauce at Quality Meats

QM steak sauce

Shaved ice at Paris Baguette

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Thick-cut smoked bacon at Keens Steakhouse

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Butterscotch sundae at Keens Steakhouse

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Fried calzones at Sal’s

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Baked Alaska at Delmonico’s

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My favorite restaurants this year:  (This includes food, service and ambience.)

Tocqueville

Keens Steakhouse

Delmonico’s

My favorite ramen:

Ramen Takumi

Totto Ramen II (no wait, more space, same great food)

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My favorite steak:

The Old Homestead

OH filet mignon

Keens

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Delmonico’s

delmonico steak

My favorite ice cream:

Vosges

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Sweets Week: Day 6: Tous Les Jours

I’ve written about Korean bakery Tous Les Jours before.  It’s one of my favorite bakeries in the city.  I’ve always wanted to try one of the lovely cakes from the case, so I ordered a slice of strawberry cake.  Wow.  If you like strawberry cake with whipped cream, you’d love this.  It’s delicious.  Probably one of the best slices of cake I’ve had in a long time!

And a trip to Tous Les Jours wouldn’t be complete without the milk cream bread that I love.  I love the feel of the smooth soft bread and that delicious cream!  Another pastry I wish I could recreate.

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Two for Tuesday: Korean Bakeries

In Koreatown, NYC, there are two Korean bakeries that serve Asian and French-inspired baked goods and desserts.  The first is Paris Baguette, which is also selling out its version of the Cronut.  Paris Baguette is always crowded, and the aisle where the pastries are is a little cramped.  But this place has the best shaved ice, which I wrote about before.

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This is the cup version. I prefer the bowl version just because you can easily get to the all the flavors.

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This picture includes a yummy chestnut bread on the right and a sour cream bread to the bottom left with an interesting sour taste.

Paris Baguette also makes this milk pudding called royal pudding.  I’ve tried plain and berry.
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Both are great, but I love the berry.  And it’s served in this darling glass that you can keep!

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The second bakery is Tous Les Jours.  When you walk in Tous Les Jours, you’re overwhelmed with the cases of baked goods and cakes.  There’s so much to choose from, and they are so lovely.  Check out that red velvet cake on the left below.  How pretty!

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This is the place to get a fancy cake for a special occasion.

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I’ve written about the honeydew ice candy I had.  The mango is good too.

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They also make a good shaved ice.
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I’m addicted to a milk bread that I haven’t taken a picture of. It’s a soft yeast roll with this whipped creamy filling that is fluffy and good.  Yum!

I don’t think you can go wrong at either bakery, but my favorite items so far have been the fruit shaved ice at Paris Baguette and the milk bread and honeydew ice candy at Tous Les Jours.  I know I’ll be back to try more!