It's almost 2016, and you know what that means: a ban on midnight fridge raids and increased sessions at the gym. But before we start cutting back on calories with those New Year's resolutions, why not take this last week to splurge? We're talking a week-long binge fest of the city's most decadent dishes — ones equally as caloric as they are delicious. Here are eight decadent dishes to squeeze in before the year ends.
The Berlin Wall: Schaller's Stube Sausage Bar
At this UES sausage depot, a half-pound kielbasa on a Balthazar roll (pictured above) is slathered in thick bacon jam and topped with American cheese. crispy bacon, diced onion and chicharrónes. (Because, really, how decadent could it be without something fried?)
1652 Second Ave.; 212-879-3047
This pasta-centric Bushwick newcomer is worth the subway ride, especially this plate of pillowy gnudi, tossed with pulled rabbit leg meat prepared cacciatore-style: stewed with tomatoes, onions and herbs (above and at top).
436 Jefferson Ave., Brooklyn; 718-381-8201
Donut Tree: the Dutch
The SoHo American mainstay has a brunch menu newcomer: a tree of fried, sugary dough. Featuring every flavor from yuzu green tea to PB&J to Brooklyn blackout, consider this the perfect way to cap your holiday binge session — and to do so all before lunch.
131 Sullivan St.; 212-677-6200
Cauliflower Croquettes: The Bennett
Cruciferous cauliflower might not sound particularly scandalous, but at this cocktail-forward TriBeCa newcomer, they mix it with blue cheese and fry into golden-brown croquettes, topping them with a pepper jelly that gives this dish a decidedly luxurious twist. Cheese? Check. Fried? Check. Indulgence in a nutshell.
Photo by Michael Tulipan
Oxtail Ragout: Timna
This much talked about East Village newcomer tempts with decadent Israeli fare, including a luxurious oxtail ragout braised in red wine and root vegetables (above). The dish also features not one, but two kinds of mushrooms (chanterelle and shimeji), as well as housemade corn polenta and aged Parmesan.
109 St. Marks Pl.; 646-964-5181
Cotton Candy Milkshake: Black Tap Meatpacking
The newest outpost of Black Tap, known for its near-perfect burgers, has gotten lots of Insta love for its over-the-top milkshake creations include this cotton candy variety (pictured below) that tastes as magical as it looks — and that's saying something. Our favorite part? It's tough to choose between the actual cotton candy and the rock candies, which give the milkshake that final twist of nostalgia.
248 W. 14th St.; 212-675-7236
Sea Urchin Carbonara: Tocqueville
This white-tablecloth restaurant has a signature dish that's an ode to carbs — your last chance before giving them up in 2016. California sea urchin carbonara — nestled atop a bed of buttery angel hair pasta — is coated in uni before toppings of sea lettuce, lime juice and soy. (Equinox membership sold separately.)
1 E. 15th St.; 212-647-1515
Bistro Burger: Virginia's
Drop by Virginia's every Monday for a taste of their outstanding new bistro menu, which features a knockout burger. Topped with Cabot cheddar and sweet Vidalia onion marmalade, it's a traditional burger that satisfies every craving.
647 E 11th St.; 212-658-0182