- Taste of Persia
12 W. 18th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 917-592-3467
Calling it soup doesn’t do it. Ditto stew. The Persian dish known as ash-e reshteh lives somewhere indescribably in between, transcending both. Beans, spinach, herbs, a few broken strands of linguine, all transformed into a super-vegetal mush and topped with crisp bits of onion, garlic, and dried mint, plus the yogurt-like condiment called kashk: It has the cooked-down comfort-food appeal of a bowl of Italian ribollita combined with the spice complexity of a well-calibrated Indian dal. Polar vortices have been known to cower in its presence.
From the 2014 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).