24 August 2010

Mr. Micro's Top 10 NYC Bites (so far...)

As you are reading this, the Mrs. and I are on our first anniversary road-trip through Canada and New England.  So to provide you with some much needed Micro love while we're away, I've decided to post my top 10 bites that I've had in NYC up to this point in my relatively short food blogging career.  The only rule to this ranking is that only one bite could be chosen from any one venue.  I gotta spread the love around, ya dig?  I tried to rank these as best I could, the 10th spot being the absolute hardest to choose, so here we go:

#10: The Sexy Red Velvet Cupcake at Sugar Sweet Sunshine in the Lower East Side.

While I didn't order this cupcake myself (hence no individual photo) my good pal A gave me a single bite.  And that single bite was without a doubt the best cupcake I've ever had.  Go try one and find out how red velvet is supposed to taste.

#9: The Sweet Potatoes with brown sugar at Daisy May BBQ USA in Hell's Kitchen.

The sides far out-shined the beef rib
While I wasn't blown away by the actual barbecue at Daisy May's, the sides had me swooning with pleasure.  While the cheesy cheddar corn was a revelation (hours of internet searching still have not yielded a recipe) the sweet potatoes were simply the best sweet potatoes I'd ever had.  Come to find out his secret is adding in mashed bananas.  Sneaky devil!

#8: The Brussels Sprout Pancetta pizza at Motorino in the East Village.

BS&P Pie

This is the one and only time in my life where I've liked brussels sprouts.  That in and of itself is quite a feat.  This pie had a smokiness that permeated through every bite.  Read more about it here.

  #7: The Sheep's Milk Ricotta at Locanda Verde in TriBeCa.

The best appetizer ever

This is the creamiest, fluffiest cheese I've ever had and the combination of fresh herbs, honey, and citrus toast make it taste inexplicably like Fruity Pebbles.  If you haven't been to Locanda Verde yet, I suggest you go... Now.

#6: The Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort Cheese at The Spotted Pig in the West Village.

The best burger I've ever had

Simply my favorite burger.  I've already micro-analyzed the hell out of this thing.  Read it all here.

#5: The housemade grits at Mesa Grill in the Flatiron District.
Greatness next to utter fail
The most unexpectedly creamy and delicious grits I've ever had.  When offered either grits or home fries with my meal I ordered both.  The sadly underseasoned flaccid potato nubs made the grits stand out that much more.
#4: The Pretzel Croissant at City Bakery in the Flatiron District.
That's not burnt, it's perfectly toasted
Hypnotic spiral of deliciousness
The newest contender.  After patiently waiting the 5 minutes it took to toast this bad boy in the toaster oven, this was the best non-sweet pastry that's ever passed my lips.  I now understand David Lebovitz's obsession with them.
#3: The Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake at Stand in Greenwich Village.
White gold
 You knew this was coming.  I've returned for this treat more than any other bite in the city.  You just have to try it for yourself to understand.  I don't doubt in the slightest that Iron Chef Michael Symon downed three in one sitting.
#2: The Liang Pi Cold Noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods in Flushing, Queens.
Cold noodles that made me hot

This dish is simply unlike anything else I've ever had.  It's indescribably addicting and I had to force myself to put my chopsticks down as we had a lot more of Flushing to eat.  I've been meaning to get this again, especially now that they have an outpost in Manhattan.

And finally...

#1: The (corner) Sicilian Slice at Di Fara in Midwood, Queens.
The best pizza in the world.

The best bite of pizza I've ever had
You can either experience Hell or Heaven depending on whether or not you do your research before heading out to Di Fara.  My first visit was probably the worst pizza eating experience I'd ever had, and the second visit made me really feel fortunate to be able to experience Di Fara in all it's glory and also made me feel like I really had proved myself as a relevant force in the food-blogging scene.

Welp, there you have it.  I hope this post will hold you over until we return from our road-trip.  I have researched where we'll be eating for months and months and I plan on having enough content for my blog to last months.  Until then, go eat something!

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theminx said...

Thanks for the list. I'll take it with me next time I'm in NY and see how many I can taste in one trip.

Mr. Micro said...

Awesome! Trust me, if you have similar tastes than I do, you can't go wrong with any of those choices.

It's pretty funny that I know more about the NYC food scene than the Baltimore one. I guess the ability to walk around without being in fear for my life combined with the subway system makes eating NYC a lot easier than Baltimore.

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