Rest of the rounds can be found here
Oxtail Fried Rice at Blue Ribbon Sushi – Responsible for roughly 27% of my wet dreams. We are blessed with all sorts of crazy fried rice dishes all over town (Ivan Ramen, Gato, Pure Thai), but this one may top them all. Adding to the richness are bits of bone marrow, and on top of all this craziness is an egg omelette. Once you mix it all, you get something really special. This Blue Ribbon is inside the 6 Columbus Hotel, and depending on who you ask it may not be exactly in Hell’s Kitchen. Some sites like Yelp think it is, and if you ask me, deliciousness should know no borders (I just came up with this)
Tofu at Danji – I smell this dish as soon as I go in. Along with the fiery Korean Wings (some of the best in the city), Bulgogi sliders, the tofu is a must order for me on every visit. The fact that its a tofu dish alone, and its on this list speaks major volume. Four rectangles are flash fried, and topped with ginger scallion dressing, and that wonderful soy vinaigrette I smell upon arrival. The result is crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and incredibly delicious throughout. You will want to eat every single detail of this dish.
Steamed Pork Buns at Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen – These are Xiao Long Bao, aka Soup Dumplings, not the pork buns we know and love (Momofuku, Ippudo). In fact everything about the place is confusing. The Ramen is not exactly Ramen, there’s no Kung Fu anywhere, and the pork buns are not pork buns. But they are quite spectacular, once you develop the art of eating them properly. You may want to hold a napkin in your right hand initially as you may splatter some juice on your neighbor. But practice will make perfect , and after a few of these babies you will be eating them like a pro. Just scoop it up unto the soup spoon (add some vinegar before or after), nibble once to make a hole, let the steam out for a few seconds… attack. This is not a place to linger, nor for a fancy pre-theater meal, as you may share your table with common folk who may not be wearing Louboutin.
Oxtail Soup at Pam Real Thai – This is a no-brainer since I included it in the Best Dishes of 2014. Delicious lasting heat, complex broth, with two hefty meaty bones. Fatty in all the right places, like slow dancing with your mother-in-law. If my mother-in-law could cook like this, I would have an affair. I believe it has miracle powers (cured all my flu like symptoms, and frontal balding). It’s my favorite soup in the city of Ramen. Disregard the lazy, minimalistic decor at this old timer (compared to the rest of the Thai in the area). Though once you try Pam’s cooking, the decor will look like something out of a contemporary French country catalog
Pastel de Crema at City Sandwich – Yes, we are listing the city’s top sandwich stop and not having a sandwich. Criminal in a way. Until you try these things at this Portuguese inspired joint. Yes, I suppose you can find them in your nearest Chinatown as well (They were introduced to China via Macau while under Portuguese rule). This is the Portuguese national snack. A creamy egg custard inside a flaky crust. But if an egg tart is not to your liking, try their mini Panna Cotta