You Got That Where?
Sometimes, fantastic food comes from unexpected places. Ed loved much of the bar menu at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse. Tia Kim found incredible house-smoked pulled pork at a bar in Kips Bay. A small bagel shop in Lynnbrook, on Long Island, makes absolutely first-class bagels. And Carey Jones makes a real case that America's best croissants are in Princeton, New Jersey.
Coming Back For More
El Quinto Pino's sea urchin sandwich is quite possibly the "sandwich of the decade," writes Tia Kim. "It's not often that right after I eat at a place I think about how much I want to return," Robyn Lee writes, "but I was already thinking about my next visit to Arirang in the middle of my meal." And Joe DiStefano is willing to call the soup dumplings at Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao Flushing's best.
Boroughs and Beyond
No secret to Serious Eaters, but Brooklyn, Queens, and yes, even New Jersey have an awful lot of good eats. Prosciutto Balls from Joe's Superette in Carroll Gardens are about the porkiest snack one could wish for. The Islands in Prospect Heights cooks up some serious Jamaican fare—and the women behind the counter couldn't be sweeter. Joe DiStefano discovered a "gargantuan kimchi-filled bun marked with furrows deeper than a Klingon's forehead" at Ming Chan Dong in Flushing. And Robyn Lee loves the "fish-shaped taiyaki, pastries made of a pancake-like batter filled with sweet red bean paste," from Edgewater, New Jersey.