Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Must-Have Dishes

After ranting about mediocre meals in my last post, I started thinking about the dishes that I have delighted in and look forward to having again and again. I can't include them all since it would take too long, but here is an excerpt of that list which fills my daydreams, in no particular order:
  • Crusty, New York style cheese pizza at Za (except Friday and Saturday nights)
  • Chewy, elastic crust and clean flavors of the Pizza Margherita at either A16 or Pizzeria Picco
  • Beautiful fettucine and homemade salsiccia at Vivande Porta Via
  • Asian chicken salad with shredded white meat chicken, cold iceberg lettuce, peanuts, fried noodles, and sesame vinaigrette at Sushi House
  • Fragrant, intoxicating Kobe beef pho at Bong Su
  • Tender, melt-in-your-mouth Shaking beef made with Filet Mignon at either Bong Su or Tamarine
  • Seared foie gras with Monterey squid (with extra bread for the verjus sauce) at Piperade
  • Pumpkin foie gras pot de creme at Bushi-Tei
  • Pork belly with grilled scallions at CAV Wine Bar
  • Anything on the menu at Terra, Canteen, or Picco
  • Thick, juicy pastrami on rye with French fries and cream soda at Katz's
  • "Dictator's Special" (potatoes, two types of sausage, curry sauce, and sauerkraut) at Hallo Berlin
  • Chef's tasting menu with wine pairing at Le Bernardin
  • Beer sausage with grilled onions and spicy mustard at Rosamunde
  • Fried bone marrow with caviar and beet sorbet at Coi
  • Moules Mariniere with Frites and a bottle of crisp white wine at Plouf
  • Steak frites with a bottle of lusty, spicy Rhone wine at Florio or Acme Chophouse
  • Racy, spicy Hunan scallops at Hunan
  • Chicken foie gras ravioli and baby back ribs at Oola
  • Steak taco and ahi tuna burger at Pearl
  • Quesadilla made with homemade tortillas at Villa Corona
  • Kurobuta Pork tonkatsu at Yuzu
  • "Egg, bacon and toast" at Silk's
  • Kaiseki at Kaygetsu
  • Omakase sushi at Sushi Sam's
  • Carnitas at Tres Agaves
  • Sacripantina at Stella Pastry Caffe
  • Hot & sour heirloom tomato consomme and foie gras PB&J at Frisson
I am now thoroughly starving. Better not go grocery shopping in this state.

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