What did 2013 show us in the world of premium steak? Longer aging times, more rib steaks, and there's more than one right way to cook a piece of beef.
'best of 2013' on Serious Eats
When you eat out as much as I do, summing up a year of eating is excruciatingly difficult. It's one of those "tough jobs, but someone has to do it." So here goes: a baker's dozen of things that made my 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 phenomenal dining 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. See my top ten after the jump!
After a year of interviewing chefs in New York, we've heard our share of touching sound bites. Here are 11 of our favorite moments in those conversations.
We covered a ton of ground again this year in Bronx Eats, eating everything from lemon chicken soup in Riverdale to birria in Hunts Point. We started digging for the north Bronx's best Jamaican food, and picked up an ongoing quest to find the perfect mangu. If this second year of Bronx Eats proved anything for me, its that there's so much more good stuff left to eat and share with you.
It it just me, or has it been a good year for Asian food in New York, both traditional and modern? If my list of the eight best things I've eaten all year is any measure, then yes. It contains a whopping five dishes built on Japanese, Chinese, Korean, or Thai foundations. The rest are a mix of pasta, rice, and, er, bone marrow. No list is complete without bone marrow, right?
2013 has been a great year for sandwiches in New York. We welcomed some new favorites with roast beef, brisket, and several kinds of pork. We uncovered some outstanding tortas in the far reaches of Brooklyn and Queens. We explored the subtleties of what makes a great chicken parm. And we said goodbye to one of the city's finest purveyors of mozzarella. Here are our favorite NYC sandwiches from 2013.
Here are 18 uniquely delicious things that made my year, from the East Village and Greenpoint to Staten Island and New Hyde Park, a pretty accurate portrait of how I eat.