Last week, in a contest for a pair of VIP tickets to tomorrow's tasting event Harvest in the Square, as asked readers to send in their five favorite fall dishes. Our winner was randomly chosen, but it's still interesting to see what people are eating right as the autumn chill arrives. Here are the standouts along with some of the descriptions provided by readers:
1) The sausage roll at Highlands—crisp pastry enveloping a Moroccan style sausage, warmly spicy harissa aioli—irresistible
2) Duck poutine at Brindle Room—rich confit and melty cheese blanket crisp fries, haute junk food at its best
3) Smoked pork loin at Fatty ‘Cue—smooth, suave and rich with a luxurious texture, goes so well with the ‘Fatty Manhattan’ cocktail
4) The ‘el doble’ burger at Txikito, a double whammy of two burgers with smoky cheese and killer salsa. Split it with a friend and you’ll have room for the espelette-dusted fries, too. Warning: only available at lunch.
5) The chocolate caramel tart at Marlow and Sons: Luscious, not too sweet yet intensely chocolaty and the caramel base and finishing sprinkle of gray sea salt just send it over the top.
6) Salad of Treviso, Strachiatella Cheese and Roasted Butternut Squash, Drizzled with Olive Oil - Lupa.
7) Sweet Potato and Sage Ravioli in a Parmesan Broth - Frankies Spuntino on Clinton Street: If you were all alone on Thanksgiving, Frankies would be the place to go.
8) Gnocchi in a Mushroom/Butter Sauce - Peasant.
9) Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Pearl Onions - Diner in Williamsburg.
10) Spice Cake with Marscapone - 'inoteca on Rivington: This cake is as brown as you can get without burning it, it's super dense and yet still moist. I especially like that there aren't any bits of dried fruit in it.
11) Congee with a Sweet Cruller at Big Wong's on Mott Street
12) A Tea Combination platter at Podunk on East 5th Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues.
13 Sulungtang (Long Simmered Beef Bone Soup with Rice and Noodles) with homemade kimchi at Gam Me Oak on 32nd St bet 5th and 6th Avenues in Ktown.
14) A decadent piece of Chocolate Cake with hot chocolate at Chocolate Room on 5th Avenue in Park Slope.
15) Tong's Bakery Beef Stew, which has a hint of cinnamon. Located on Main Street near Sanford in Flushing, NY.
16) Tsukemen Ramen at Minca.
17) Spaghetti at Scarpetta
18) Berkshire pork cutlet curry at Curry-Ya
19) Shroomtown pizza at Vezzo
20) Hot pot at Grand Sichuan International
20) Black Label Burger - Minetta Tavern
21) Crispy braised port hock - Joseph Leonard
22) Grilled Octopus - Kefi
23) Veal ravioli - Dovetail
24) Pork shank - Bacaro
25) I love a pumpkin ravioli and Locanda Verde does a great version
26) I die, DIE for the veal chop with green garlic bread crumbs and chanterelles at Park Avenue Autumn
27) Joseph Leonard makes these brussel sprouts with sriracha that I have dreams about.
28) Also at Locanda, their corn budino is totally out of control. Karen DeMasco is a Goddess.
29) Landmarc will hopefully bring back their lamb meatballs with ricotta and mint that are pretty spectacular...
30) August, Challah Bread French Toast with Baked apples, maple syrup and walnuts.
31) Daisy May's Chili
32) The Red Cat's Grilled Buttermilk Pork Chop with cranberry bean and corn succotash, white wine bacon butter.
33) Babbo's Chianti-Stained Pappardelle with Wild Boar Ragu
34) Blue Ribbon's Pigeon with Toasted Barley, Sweet Potato and Apple.
35) Hearth's Apple Cider Donuts with Apple Compote Maple Cream
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