From the Facebook of a girl who I interned at Jane Magazine with back in the day…
So today, my buddy Lucy Gillespie and I finally got to try the craze that is Dominique Ansel’s cronuts. And the verdict: They were…good. Exactly what you’d expect the combination of croissant and a donut to taste like. But as a New Yorker, I can’t just let it rest at that. What about all the other “best thing I ever ate” foods! I’ve had so many that, for better or worse, rest in the doldrums of anonymity. So, I thought, why not share! Below are my list of the 10 New York foods that are way better than cronuts. These are the only foods I’d say are really worth standing in line for.
10 To Die For New York Foods That Are Way Better Than Cronuts by me, Samantha Charlip
1. Chocolate Caramel Crostata, with Maldon Salt from Spasso (551 Hudson Street, West Village) I literally blushed and gasped while eating.
2. Fried Coffin Bao Bread Stuffed with Double-Fried Chicken, Chili-Condensed Milk, Crushed Peanuts, Taiwanese Red Sugar and Fresh Cilantro from Baohaus (238 E 14th St, East Village) I got one of these at the GoogaMooga this past year and it is about the only thing I’d stand in a three-hour cronutesque line for. The Esther Williams of food - it does aquatic backflips on your tongue.
3. Beef Brisket from Fette Sau (354 Metropolitan, Williamsburg) I know it got taken over by hipsters, but the beef remains cooler than you’ll ever be.
4. Grape Leaves from A&S Deli and Meat Market (7918 5th Avenue, Bay Ridge) Drowned in oil and practically fresh off the boat, these grape leaves are the best you’ll ever have. Keep this place a secret or I’ll cut you.
5. Toby’s Public House Spinach Brick Oven Pizza with pecorino toscano dop, mozzarella, ricotta impastata, pine nuts and truffle oil (686 6th Ave, Sunset Park, Brooklyn) Truffle pizza by a giant crazy old cemetery - enough said.
6. Fried Chicken from Blue Ribbon (locations in Park Slope and the Village) This chicken is perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside and literally glistens with honey like a sexy skinny person after the gym.
7. Doubles from De Hot Pot (1127 Washington Ave, Prospect Lefferts Gardens) According to Wikipedia, a double is a common street food in Trinidad and Tobago. It is a sandwich made with two bara (flat fried bread) filled with chana (curried chick peas). Topped with mango, shadon beni, cucumber, coconut, tamarind and extra pepper sauce (ranging from a dash “slight” to much more), this delicacy is the most popular fast food in Trinidad and Tobago. I found this on the way to the gas station before a trip upstate and could not even enjoy the vacation food because I was crushing so hard on this double.
8. Shrimp and Oysters from Consenza’s Fish Market (2354 Arthur Ave, Belmont Bronx) Abbey and I stumbled upon this outdoor fish counter that is wedged up against a seafood store on one of our many walking tours. Patrons eat standing up at the long metal tables and seafood is cleaned and served on ice from the outside buckets. This is the freshest and cheapest seafood I’ve ever eaten and the sauce variety (my fav part of any meal) is epic.
9. Stuffed Lobster Tail from The Lobster Box (34 City Island Avenue, City Island, Bronx) Way at the tippy top of the island is a small nautical town that is about a mile long and caters mainly to a fishing community. And the last restaurant at the farthest point in town has a great view of the water and a lobster tail filled with bread crumbs that will make the hour+ trek well worth it.
10. Brisket from Pastrami Queen (1125 Lexington Ave, Upper East Side) I know there’s already pastrami on this list, but this is Jewish pastrami. This place is great to avoid the crowds after a day at the museum. Also you can impress friends and relatives with your old-school New York knowledge by whispering conspiratorially that this small shop is actually way better than Katz’s. And it is.