Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Niki's Best New York Bites of 2013

In a cruel, paradoxical twist of fate, I've eaten so many memorable meals this year that I can't help but feel I'm forgetting several that deserve to top this list. Alas, such is the life of a food writer in a city as rich with options as New York. Many of the meals that have stuck with me are those I return to again and again; some because they're truly one of a kind, some for their unparalleled level of execution.

There are also few outstanding meals out there that I couldn't include for want of a photo. I was lucky enough to enjoy a full tasting menu at the deservedly three Michelin-starred Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare that, for seafood lovers able to take the $255 plunge, certainly lives up to the hype. And just last night, I had a killer bowl of deep-fried, Funyun-topped Brussels sprouts at Degustation that had me lamenting my dead phone and absentee camera. But if I can't be perfect, at least these upcoming dishes can! Jump to one in the list below or see them all in the slideshow »

See all the best of New York in 2013 this way »

About the author: Niki Achitoff-Gray is the associate editor of Serious Eats and a recent graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She's pretty big into oysters, offal, and most edible things. You can follow her on Twitter at @eatandcry.

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