Max's Best New York Bites of 2012

Since joining the Serious Eats staff in March, it's been a wild year for eating. There's been so much to eat, and so much that has been so good, that I've had to think long and hard about what constitutes a "best bite" for the year. In the end, I think, it comes down to cravings: what dish gets me hungry just by thinking about it, even if I first had it months ago? This list isn't everything, but it is eighteen answers to that question. From Flushing to Bay Ridge to the Lower East Side...and back to Flushing, here are the bites that made my year. See them all in the slideshow or jump straight to a dish below.