No contest—my choice for No. 1 meal in 2011 is Masa’s omakase in New York City, and Prune is certainly in the top 10 (see Have Fork, Will Travel). But I’ve eaten some amazing food here at home this year. The dishes that follow, available on regular menus or as specials, stand out as top notch. I have a hard time distinguishing between them for quality and sheer enjoyment, so in no particular order:
My first meal at Torinos’ was an eye opener. The homemade tagliatelle noodles with braised brisket came in a deep bowl with braising liquid to sauce the dish. For dessert, a poached pear sitting on a base of sweetened mascarpone and drizzled with chocolate convinced me that I would be back for more.