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Best of New York 2013 • Eating

Best Oysters

  • M. Wells Dinette

    At MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., at 46th Ave., Long Island City; 718-786-1800

    If some of the dishes at the always inventive M. Wells Dinette seem so fantastical that they could have been conjured from a dream, well, some of them have. Take, for instance, the new oysters Bolognese ($8), which came to chef Hugue Dufour in a vision one night. The next day, still craving those elusive figments of his imagination, he went to work creating them—first spooning a meaty pork-and-beef sauce over some oysters, then dabbing them with a persillade puréed with bread crumbs and briefly baking them in the oven. The result is deliciously rich and briny—the physical manifestation of what clams oreganata can only dream of becoming.

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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).