Dumplings at Pinch Chinese

 

Pho bac at Hanoi House

Eat This Now: The Winter Edition

By David Farley

The one thing we can predict about 2018 is that it’s going to be a great year of eating. Case in point: the eight dishes below, all served up at relatively new eateries, are worth braving the cold for.

Pho bac at Hanoi House
Thanks to immigration patterns after the Vietnam war, most pho served at Vietnamese restaurants in the US is inspired by south Vietnam. At this East Village eatery, the under-represented north is on display. The deep, rich pho bac is Hanoi-style soup filled with black Angus filet mignon and brisket in a broth that’s cooked in bones for 16 hours. It’s an explosion of Southeast Asian flavors in a bowl—and highly addictive. Add on oxtail or bone marrow to enhance the taste even more.
Neighborhood: East Village MAP

Bacon, egg, and cheese dumplings at Pinch Chinese
Dumpling devotees may gravitate to this SoHo spot for its transcendent Shanghai soup dumplings, but the sleeper hit, available only at lunch and brunch, is this breakfasty delight. Imagine an American-style breakfast stuffed into a dumpling: Creamy free-range egg and crispy Niman Ranch bacon conspire to create a textural and flavorful punch on your palate.
Neighborhood: SoHo MAP

Margherita con bufala at Sorbilla Pizzeria

Margherita con bufala at Sorbillo Pizzeria
It’s one of the simplest yet most mindblowing combinations: dough, bufala mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, and a few leaves of basil. In the hands of famed Neapolitan pizzaiolo Gino Sorbillo, these basic ingredients transform into next-level pizza. The new outpost of Sorbillo’s acclaimed Naples pizzeria has been a huge hit since it first fired up its pizza oven in November. Get in line.
Neighborhood: SoHo MAP

Khachapuri Acharuli at Georgian Dream
Feast at this one-year-old Bay Ridge spot and you’ll be living the Georgian Dream—or at least eating it. Georgian cuisine is having a minor moment among New York fooderati and the face of it is this cheese-stuffed bread. Hailing from the Black Sea Coast, khachapuri Acharuli is not so coincidentally shaped like a boat. The dish arrives openly bubbling with briny salguni cheese. And just for good measure, they plop a hunk of butter—and a raw egg—on top for diners to stir in. Tear off the bread, dip, and taste the delicious dream.
Neighborhood: Bay Ridge MAP

Malted pancakes at Sunday in Brooklyn (photo: Evan Sung)

Malted pancakes at Sunday in Brooklyn
You don’t have to wait until Sunday to give in to this delicious stack of malt pancakes, generously smothered in a thick concoction of maple syrup and hazelnut butter. This one-year-old Williamsburg restaurant griddles up these pancakes during the daily breakfast and brunch.
Neighborhood: Williamsburg MAP

Punjabi Power Greens at Old Monk
This smooth, creamy, veg-loaded delight is not only a robust green machine—think ample amounts of mustard greens, broccoli rabe, and spinach—it’s also loaded with garlic and ginger. The perfect meal to indulge in during the winter cold and flu season.
Neighborhood: East Village MAP

Loco Coco

Purple Rain Acai Bowl at Loco Coco
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to … indulge in an acai bowl at the Upper East Side’s new Loco Coco. Purple Rain is stuffed with bananas, blueberries, pineapple, and coconut milk and then topped with granola, chia seeds, and coconut flakes. Even the late vegan-eating Artist We Still Love as Prince would have dug this super-food friendly dish.
Neighborhood: Upper East Side MAP

Fried delicata squash at Vini e Fritti
Danny Meyer’s latest homage to Roman culinary traditions serves all manner of fried food, a popular aspect of the cuisine of the Eternal City. One of the most mouthwatering fried morsels is the fried delicata squash, cooked in a tempura batter that makes them crispy on the outside and gooey good on the inside.
Neighborhood: NoMad MAP

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