Gallery: Our Favorite Food Photos of 2011 on Serious Eats: New York

Heirloom Tomato Toast
Heirloom Tomato Toast

From Vandaag in the East Village. —Christine Tsai

Edible Schoolyard Benefit
Edible Schoolyard Benefit

Small bites before the benefit dinner this summer. —Christine Tsai

Mondo Burger
Mondo Burger

The massive burger at now-closed M. Wells. —Robyn Lee

Jane's Sweet Buns
Jane's Sweet Buns

As cheery a bakery as you've ever seen. —Donny Tsang

Aerial View
Aerial View

A milkshake at Coppelia. —Jessica Leibowitz

Best Pizza
Best Pizza

Aerial view of a perfect slice. —Jessica Leibowitz

Grits and Eggs
Grits and Eggs

From brunch at The Dutch. —Christine Tsai

Frankies 570
Frankies 570

Artichoke and Egg Yolk Raviolo. —Alice Gao

Ciano's Pasta Tasting Menu
Ciano's Pasta Tasting Menu

One of seven gorgeous courses. —Alice Gao

Egg Custard Tarts
Egg Custard Tarts

We ate dozens for this summer's roundup. —Robyn Lee

Tarte Tatin
Tarte Tatin

One of our favorite desserts at Dominique Ansel Bakery. —Kathy YL Chan

Pain au Chocolat
Pain au Chocolat

From Epicerie Boulud. —Robyn Lee

Macarons
Macarons

From Ladurée on the Upper East Side. —Robyn Lee

Untitled
Untitled

Egg creams from the diner at the Whitney Museum. —Ashely Muir Bruhn

Oysters Kilpatrick
Oysters Kilpatrick

Gorgeous aerial shot from Whitehall. —Alice Gao

Plein Sud
Plein Sud

Pancakes for breakfast. —Ashely Muir Bruhn

Epicerie Boulud
Epicerie Boulud

Open-faced sandwiches from the new bakery/cafe. —J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Cheese Plate
Cheese Plate

Beautifully laid out at new wine bar/restaurant Corkbuzz. —Alice Gao

Dressed-Up Latkes
Dressed-Up Latkes

At Kutscher's in Tribeca. —Alice Gao

Pie Making
Pie Making

Behind the scenes at Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn. —Donny Tsang

Asia Dog
Asia Dog

At the recurring pop-up Madison Square Market. —Donny Tsang

Salad at Tenpenny
Salad at Tenpenny

From the "Drunken Feast" menu this summer. —Jessica Leibowitz

Huaraches
Huaraches

Among the good eats at this summer's Smorgasburg. —Laura Togut

Union Square Cafe
Union Square Cafe

Poached eggs Victor. Can't get enough of the oozy egg photos. —Christine Tsai

Citrus Tart at Whitehall
Citrus Tart at Whitehall

I love shooting photogenic desserts. —Alice Gao

Beef and Ox Tripe in Chili Sauce
Beef and Ox Tripe in Chili Sauce

One of dozens of photos we shot at Chelsea Sichuan spot Legend. —Alice Gao

French Mint Bars from Li-Lac Chocolates
French Mint Bars from Li-Lac Chocolates

Like Andes mints, but better. —Kathy YL Chan

Salade d'Agrumes
Salade d'Agrumes

Brunch at Minetta Tavern. —Christine Tsai

Empellón
Empellón

An array of tacos. —J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Drink Shots
Drink Shots

Lots of cocktails at Serious Eats this year; Mary Queen of Scots was a particularly good-lookin' photoshoot. —Alice Gao

"Cherry Jones"

One of the beautiful pies at Paulie Gee's. —Adam Kuban

S'mores
S'mores

Dessert at wine bar Ardesia. —J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Momofuku Ssäm
Momofuku Ssäm

Duck lunch earlier this year. —J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Cupcakes Cooling
Cupcakes Cooling

From a behind-the-scenes photoshoot at Baked. —Donny Tsang

Croissants
Croissants

Just out of the oven at Bien Cuit. —Donny Tsang

Dominique Ansel Bakery
Dominique Ansel Bakery

Torching s'mores at the pastry shop. —Donny Tsang

Heirloom Tomato Smorrebrod at Vandaag ($12)
Heirloom Tomato Smorrebrod at Vandaag ($12)

Tomatoes on toast: classic. But Vandaag would never just leave it at that, of course. Atop a toasted-up piece of their honey wheat bread, tomatoes join the creamy-middled, gently funky sheep's milk Shushan Snow from Three Corner Field Farm, along with amarillo pepper (more fruity than spicy) and basil seeds steeped in sherry. It's the sort of dish that changes with every bite—salty then sweet, spicy then rich—but none of that distracts from the juicy chunks of tomato.

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