There are a million international varieties of shaved ice, but Taiwanese-style holds a special place in my heart. While some have fruit toppings, you'll traditionally find sweetened beans, jellies, taro root, and related goodies, tied together with a generous drizzle of brown sugar syrup, and if you're lucky, a hit of oh-so-sweet condensed milk. No wonder I was determined to find New York City's perfect bowl. I pared the list down to 11 spots in Manhattan and Flushing—and found the best shaved ice in New York.
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I'd be willing to wager that anyone who complains how difficult and messy it is to deep-fry at home has never tried deep-frying in a wok. Why don't people fry at home? The most common answers are: it's messy, it's expensive ("What do I do with all the leftover oil?"), and it's unhealthy. Well a wok can certainly help solve your first two problems. You're on your own for the third. This is our second piece in this week's Wok Skills 101 series.
Mercer Kitchen 147 Mercer Street, New York NY 10012; map; 212-966-5454; jean-georges.com Service: Business casual Setting: A modern, subterranean space Cost: Three (big!) courses, $26 The dining landscape has changed a lot on the corner of Prince and Mercer...