Best of 2015 . NYC Eats

Alright folks, it’s that time of the year for a big recap of all the yummy things I’ve filled my tummy with this year, as well as other foodie highlights. Plus, the answer to a very important question: how many bowls of ramen did I eat in 2015? Anyone wanna guess?

The Musket Room, Vegetarian Tasting Menu

Even though this meal was in early 2015, the mushroom custard and tofu gnocchi from the veggie tasting menu at The Musket Room still remain high on my favorite dishes of the year list.

Vegan Mac & Cheese, By Chloe

Vegan Chef Chloe Coscarelli opened her first restaurant, and it was so fun chatting with Chloe at the grand opening. Everything at By Chloe’s is delicious, but the mac and cheese is my favorite so far.

Sweet Angel Wrap, Mighty Mushroom Roll, Beyond Sushi

Whenever I mention that there’s great vegan sushi in NYC, people ask me what’s in it. Vegetables, duh! Beyond Sushi has become one of my favorite casual vegan eateries, and their colorful creations are so tasty.

Better Booze Festival, Webster Hall

What’s better than a boozy brunch? The Better Booze Festival a.k.a. a vegan boozy brunch. I’ve had a blast working and eating with U.S. Veg Corp this year. Oh, and let’s not forget the time I ate 10 burgers at The Burger Supremacy.

The Cinnamon Snail Vegan Food Truck

I may have had a lot of vegan burgers this year, but The Cinnamon Snail’s Beastmode Burger is the most gloooooorious one of all. Counting down to the grand opening of snaily’s permanent location in The Pennsy!

Honey & Milk, Brittle, Shortbread, Ice Cream - Nomad

The $29 two-course lunch at The NoMad might be one of the best fine dining lunches in NYC. The gnocchi was fantastic, but the milk & honey dessert was the perfect grand finale.

Hozon Chickpea Ramen, Momofuku Noodle Bar

2015 was the year of vegetarian ramen. Actually, scratch that, every year is a ramen year for me. There are a few more bowls I’d like to try before doing a big veggie ramen writeup, but Momofuku’s hozon chickpea ramen is currently my #1. Honorable mentions: Ippduo’s wasabi shoyu, Chuko’s miso veggie, and Ivan’s miso butter mazemen and veggie shoyu.

P.S. I ate 15 bowls of ramen in 2015*. How fitting! (*Counting restaurant ramen only)

Uncle Jesse Tofu Bao, Baohaus

I ate a lot of buns this year, and they better not all be going to my buns. My top pick are Ippudo’s mushroom and eggplant bun and Momofuku’s shiitake bun. Baohaus does a nice tofu bao, and Ivan Ramen’s veggie burger bun is tasty too.

Mushroom, Dirt Candy

Dirt Candy is the kind of place where you make a reservation 2 months in advance, forget all about it, then are thrilled when you receive a reminder the day before. I can’t get over how much I love this place. The love affair continues.

Carrots Wellington, Narcissa

I did Restaurant Week at Dovetail and dinner at Narcissa this year, and I have to say, I impressed with Chef John Fraser’s full flavored dishes. The carrots wellington is definitely a top contender for dish of the year.

Coffee Semifreddo, Dovetail

When I eat out, I’m often to full for dessert, but I’m glad I still had room to enjoy the rhubarb-hibiscus pavlova at Narcissa and coffee semifreddo at Dovetail. The lovely rosa panna cotta at Boulud Sud is another really lovely dessert!

Rose Panna Cotta, Boulud Sud

I celebrated my 30th birthday at Fraunces Tavern. It’s not the most veggie friendly, but it’s a such great space for a large group. Thanks friends for celebrating with me!

30th Birthday at Fraunces Tavern

Let’s Nom Nom hit 1000 followers on Instagram in early December, and what better way to celebrate than with cookie shots from Dominique Ansel! My sister and I didn’t realize that they don’t sell the cookie shots until 3pm, but the wait was worth it.

Cookie Shots, Dominique Ansel

This year, I’ve also been pretty busy in the kitchen. The highlights include: learning more about veggies thanks to the CSA, veganizing some my favorite recipes, experimenting with homemade seitan, making vegan mushroom “bacon”, and making gnocchi from scratch. You can expect more recipe posts in 2016!

Homemade Vegan Potato Gnocchi

This list wouldn’t be complete with a mention of Semilla. Like I’ve said before, this was one of the best meals I’ve had all year. That turnip stuffed brioche with truffle sauce… oh la la! Both desserts had very interesting flavors. (Photo below courtesy of the Dishelin Guide)

Turnip en Brioche with Truffle Jus, Semilla

Vegetable focused is taking over NYC (yay!), and my recent meal at Wassail from 2 days deserves a mention even though I haven’t written the post yet. Here’s a peek at the farro risotto, my favorite dish from that evening…

Farro Risotto - Wassail

So there you have it! I ate a lot of good stuff this year and should probably be hitting the gym more often, huh?

Cheers to 2016! Happy new year, everyone!

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    Mitzie Mee

    What a delicious 2015 and what an impressive ramen-count! I still remember the NoMad lunch with great pleasure and Milk & Honey was no doubt my favorite dessert in 2015. Cheers to a tasty 2016! Hope that we can squeeze in a ramen date or two:)

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      As soon as I started drafting up this list, I knew that lunch at the NoMad would be on it! Happy new year! Yes, I hope we can squeeze in more amazing lunch and ramen dates this year. Come back here! :)

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    annie lee

    are you sure it’s 15 and not 50? lol HAPPY NEW YEAR WAZZZ i’m looking forward to seeing more NOMMY posts from you this year!

    • Reply

      Hahahah! I was slightly disappointed by the final ramen count, but 15 in 2015 seems like a good number. Happy new year! Hope 2016 is a good year for us all!

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