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Two food groups New Yorkers love indisputably are pretzels and pot stickers, so Dale Talde was on to something when he thought of combining the two. To create this genius hybrid, he first forms ordinary Chinese dumplings with pork-and-chive filling inside Shanghai-style wheat wrappers. The chef then “pretzels” the exteriors, blanching them in a baking-soda solution, then hitting them with egg wash and butter before pan-searing them and then popping them in the oven to brown. The finished products have the tender interior of Eldridge Street’s finest, with a chewy, salty casing reminiscent of a Central Park pretzel. Served with a sesame-laced Chinese mustard, the end product is wholly delicious and very New York.
First Look at Talde
From the 2012 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).