Looking back on 2012, here are the bites and slurps I remember most fondly. From oysters to fried chickpeas to soba and uni, here we go...
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As usual I experienced so much serious deliciousness this year, so when Max asked me to come up with a list of my favorite must-eats, I found it excruciatingly difficult to limit myself to the usual ten, so I didn't.
This list isn't everything, but it is eighteen ways to answers to the question. From Flushing to Bay Ridge to the Lower East Side...and back to Flushing, here are the bites that made my year.
It's been a great year for sandwiches in this city. We found new loves in pastrami and patty melts. We celebrated grilled cheese in all its oozy forms. We even hacked a few sandwiches of our own. Here are 30 standout sandwiches we had this year.
We're having something of a lard bread problem at Serious Eats HQ—we just can't stop eating the stuff. So here's another way to put it to good use: a neighborhood sandwich hack that makes my new favorite Italian sandwich in New York.
It's hard not to love a pork sandwich. Chicken is great, but nothing matches pork's flavor, fat and versatility (pulled! smoked! cured!). Whether it's juicy barbecue or salty soppressata, pork is kind of our favorite thing to see between two slices of bread. We combed through our sandwiches archives for 25 pork sandwiches that we salivate just to think about.
Pork!, went a voice in my head, quickly followed by Pork! Pork! Pork! OMG Pork! My inner monologue is not particularly eloquent, but it knows what it wants. A bit of nose-following led me to the back counter where Louis DiPalo himself was slicing off a fat hunk of steaming porchetta for a customer.
I love the sort of Italian sandwiches that feature the meat that's stuffed inside and not much more. At DiPalo Selects, the venerable Italian grocer on the corner of Grand and Mott, they do just that.
While Kenji's been investigating duck and roast pork in the blocks around our office, I've been a little lazier at lunchtime—just walking the ten paces across the street to Di Palo Selects, one of the city's older and finer Italian markets. (I'm sure I'll move on eventually, but I haven't gotten sick of prosciutto yet!)
Ever since we moved to our new office, at the border of Chinatown and Soho and what's left of Little Italy, we've become convinced that we are at the center of the Manhattan food universe. Five-for-a-dollar dumplings, fresh mozzarella, Spanish cured meats, fruit markets, $4 lunch specials, cannoli—it's all right here. These are a few of the spaces we've hit up so far; but don't worry, you'll be hearing about many, many more.