And just like that, its over Johnny. 2015 was yet another year of great eats, great drinks, and yes great chicken wings. I’m grateful! Grateful for living in the greatest food city in the world. Grateful for living with someone who not only supports this addiction but also willing to sleep with that thing. Grateful for the kids who will eat anything as long as its not made by mom and dad. Grateful for the friends and family. What will 2016 bring? Sicily! Other than that who knows. Most likely more chicken wings. Here are the most memorable meals of 2016…
Momofuku Ko (NYC) – Quite possibly the best meal we ever had in NYC was at this new Ko 2.0 location. An 18 courser, counter sitting, feast for all senses extravaganza. Perhaps the best, most unique dining experience NY has to offer at the moment
Bruno Pizza (NYC) – The best meal with the most unassuming name. While there wasnt anything earth shattering food wise, the entire meal from start to finish was just brilliant. And before Danny Meyer made the news with his no tipping policy, there was Bruno implementing its own spin on the controversy.
Aquavit (NYC) – Emma Bengtsson’s Chef’s tasting menu is quite possibly the most underrated tasting menu in town. The kicker here is that not only you are presented with tasty opulence coming out one after another, but you also got the anticipation and the arrival of one of the most Instagrammed desserts on the planet
Caicos Cafe (Turks and Caicos) – An odd mention considering we’ve been here over a dozen times, but still very much memorable in my mind. Two meals on every visit is our ritual these days, and both meals this past year featured all our favorites and then some. It just gets better and better.
La Taqueria (SF) – Strange for me to choose this one over the great meals we had at Cockscomb and NOPA. But this rather hectic light lunch was the one that gave me food envy like no other. I’ve been eating tacos and burritos for many years, but the carnitas tacos and Carne Asada Burrito here was like eating this stuff for the very first time. Cliche, but true.
Pulker’s Heuriger (Rührsdorf, Austria) – Our first foray into the Austrian Heuriger scene was memorable to say the least. A wine grower’s wine tavern that serves menuless, fresh, local homemade food. This one is right by the Danube, in the picturesque Wachau Valley. This is why you rent a car
Hibernia (Anguilla) – Still fresh in our minds, we are still awestruck by this one. A 30 minute drive East brings you to this foodie paradise. Brilliantly executed Asian inspired food with a French flair in an absolute stunner of a setting, surrounded by essentially an art gallery. A dining experience like no other