8 Best New York City Restaurants from the 2016 Village Voice Choices Eats Tasting Event

Fish tacos from Belle Reve

Fish tacos from Belle Reve

By Jonathan Spira on 14 March 2016
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In a city such as New York, with thousands of restaurants, many within walking distance from wherever one may happen to be, it’s difficult to make up one’s mind and pick a place to eat.  Did I want southern? Or fish tacos? Or perhaps something I didn’t even know existed?

That was my dilemma on a warm Friday evening in March but I was lucky enough to have been invited to the annual Village Voice Choice Eats tasting event with over 65 restaurants being represented.

My dining companion and I valiantly waded through the starving masses, tasting at every turn in order to bring you a report on the best offerings.

Grilled Nueske’s Bacon from Quality Eats

Grilled Nueske’s Bacon from Quality Eats


Chicken and Bacon Sausage
Egg, 109 North 3rd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y.
One of our first stops and we already found what we’d like to have for dinner. Egg was serving chicken and bacon sausage, accompanied by dirty rice topped with pickled peppers and crumbled duck skin.

Fish Tacos
Belle Reve, 305 Church Street, New York, N.Y.
I’d go anywhere for a good fish taco and Church Street in lower Manhattan is certainly within reach. Belle Reve’s fish tacos, paired with red cabbage slaw (disclaimer: I have a weakness for red cabbage), were among the best I’ve had.

Detroit-Inspired Square Pizza
Emmy Squared, 364 Grand Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.
A few booths later we came across Detroit-Inspired Square Pizza. Who knew Detroit had its own style of pizza? This is another great find and a drive to Williamsburg isn’t that far away for pizza of this caliber.

Mini Koki
Kailash Parbat, 99 Lexington Ave, New York, N.Y.
The beauty of an event such as Choice Eats is that diners learn about cuisines they probably didn’t know existed. That was the case with us and Sindhi cuisine, from Sindh, Pakistan. The booth offered koki, a traditional Sindhi spiced flatbread served with hung yoghurt, and sai bhaji, spinach and lentils served with white rice. Both were delicious.

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