Of our 11 favorite sugary bites this year, only 2 were in the same city, let alone the same state. We found delicious desserts in 5 different countries, proving that there is, well, always room for the sweet stuff.
'best of 2012' on Serious Eats
You know a restaurant opening is an important one when, a few months later, you can't imagine New York without it. 2012, despite plenty of closures even before a catastrophic storm that crippled, closed, or delayed so many restaurants, was a fantastic year for eating in the city. Here are my favorites of the year: not just full-service restaurants, but the odd bakery, cocktail bar, and Mediterranean lunch joint thrown in for good measure.
With this post we're signing off on SENY for 2012. We've done our reminiscing; now it's time to see what stories you loved most this year.
From marshmallow apples oozing liquid caramel to decadent red velvet cakes and whisper light coconut cakes to gigantic, golden honey toast, desserts in this city seem to only get better and even more delicious with each passing year. Click through for my picks of the top ten Sugar Rush sweets of the year.
It's been a great year for Mexican food in New York, and as the community develops, second and third generations settle, and more chefs become inspired by the diversity of the cuisine, it can only get better. Here are some of the best dishes of the year, ten that would make even the most fervent disbeliever reconsider.
Looking back on 2012, here are the bites and slurps I remember most fondly. From oysters to fried chickpeas to soba and uni, here we go...
If you spend some time on Slice, then you know we run a lot of Daily Slice posts in a year. Each post highlights a particular slice or pie from a pizzeria and we keep 'em short and sweet. As we look back on 2012, here's a recap of the 10 most popular Daily Slices from the year.
Only after putting together my list did I realize that a full seven out of eight of the very best bites I had in New York this year were from East Asian restaurants. Not a single burger or pizza on the list!
As usual I experienced so much serious deliciousness this year, so when Max asked me to come up with a list of my favorite must-eats, I found it excruciatingly difficult to limit myself to the usual ten, so I didn't.
Ice cream just may be the national dessert. Every city and state has great scoops, with new shops springing up all the time. We did our best to cover them, hopping from Portland to DC to LA and back again. Check out the year's highlights, from coast to coast.
2012 was a good year for the Bronx here on Serious Eats. It was our first year of dedicated coverage of the borough's culinary trappings, and boy did we find some tasty bites. So when presented with the task of putting together a year-end post, I wanted to focus on highlighting some of the more unique Bronx experiences that we have covered. Here they are.
Creativity behind the bar doesn't just extend to fancy cocktails and extensive beer and wine lists. From fancy finger foods to hearty booze-absorbing entrées, here are my most memorable bar eats from this year.
Cakes are often made for celebrations, and that can mean pressure. The pressure to pick the right cake. The pressure to have it come out right. That's where we came in. This year, we gave you great choices for everything from summery ice box cakes to grand decorated confections, plus tips on making pound cake, layered cakes, and more.
I (obviously) have a thing for food. But even more so I'm fascinated by people—what they love, how they express themselves, and what they give value. More than anything, the accomplished chefs we've sat with for this series teach us to be present with our ingredients, our guests, and the special moments that bring us together to eat, drink and be merry in the city that rarely sleeps.
We were quite the cookie archivists this year, chronicling the entire lines of some well known brands, as well as entering a whopping 41 recipes from our annual Cookie Swap into our cookie database. We also played transformers: making cookies into other sweets, and baking 9 cookies from 1 dough.
This list isn't everything, but it is eighteen ways to answers to the question. From Flushing to Bay Ridge to the Lower East Side...and back to Flushing, here are the bites that made my year.
Another year, another set of restaurant openings, closings, trends, and happenings in the ever-evolving New York food world. What made you hungry and what left you cold? What do you want to see more (or less) of in the year to come? Here's our list of resolutions that eaters and restaurant owners could stand to keep in mind in 2013.
Among the fifty-some local food artisans I talked with in 2012, there were some real standouts, products I purchase again for myself and as gifts. Some of them are straight-out-of-the-package delicious, while others play a shining supporting role in preparing other foods, but they're all pretty spectacular.
2012 was undeniably the year of the drunken gummy. You guys just love stuffing those little bears with booze and well, we can't blame you. But you also shared love for other candy, including Turkish Delight, Jelly Bellies, and homemade Butterfingers. Check out all the sugary highlights in the slideshow.
Of course, if the company's good enough, you can have a great date anywhere. But some restaurants offer a magical combination of food, atmosphere, and comfortable seating that simply lends itself to more fun and more romance. Here are our favorites from 2012.