- Gusto Ristorante e Bar Americano
60 Greenwich Ave., 212-924-8000
In spite of its ubiquity, a good cannolo is hard to find. The fact that the very best in town was, until recently, an off-the-menu secret doesn’t help. Owing to overwhelming demand, though, Gusto’s Jody Williams has taken pity on a long-suffering, quality-cannoli-starved public and vowed to list them on her dessert menu from now on. Crisp espresso-and-cocoa shells are filled with a not-too-sweet mixture of dense and creamy sheep’s-milk ricotta, homemade candied citrus, a splash of orange juice, and a pinch of cinnamon. Their ends are daintily dipped in a crunchy pile of toasted pistachios and shaved chocolate, and the petite cannoli—cannolini, really—are served three to an order, as if sharing were even an option.
From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).