Best New Restaurants of 2016 and the Top Dishes of 2016

2016 was the year of Pasquale Jones. This restaurant makes delicious, accessible food at a reasonable price point (gratuity included!) in a great downtown location. I bring friends here repeatedly so that they can try the clam pie and the pork shank, which are two of Pasquale’s outstanding signature dishes, and no one has ever been let down. The same applies to myself. I’ve been back multiple times because the food is always good.

2016 was also a great year for poke bowls. There’s been an explosion of poke restaurants in the city, and my favorite one is Chikarashi in Chinatown. Indian food is also having a great year with the openings of places like Paowalla, Pondicheri and Indian Accent. So are sexy French restaurants, which are dishing up luscious meats and seafood in all sorts of creamy, buttery sauces in the prettiest of places. Brooklyn shows no signs of slowing down, New Nordic is still a thing, and you can never have too many new sushi restaurants. 2016 for me was also noteworthy for a lot of new overhyped restaurants I didn’t quite understand–Lilia, Llama Inn and Superiority Burger come to mind–but the ones that lived up to expectations really stuck. Here’s my list of the best new eateries that I think will have staying power.Read More

Chikarashi Poke Bowls

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Poke bowls are having a moment in New York City, and now with summer officially underway, this beachy raw fish dish’s star is only shining brighter. Poke originated from Hawaii and usually consists of raw tuna marinated in soy and sesame and mixed with nori. It’s not a fancy dish by any means, and you can buy it almost anywhere in Hawaii, even at the┬álocal Safeway. In New York there are currently several places that are serving poke. There’s Pokeworks in Midtown West, Wisefish Poke in Chelsea, Noreetuh in East Village has it on the menu, as does Seamore’s.Read More