2. Tingly tea-smoked chicken that almost blew my head off at Mission Chinese Food.
5. Super-tender short ribs crisped up in the wood-burning oven at Il Buco Alimentari (pictured above).
7. Handmade burrata with black fig & smoked chili -- oh, and the organic chicken liver mousse with dried cherries and Marcona almonds -- and also the butter drenched in honey served with warm bread at Arthur on Smith.
Photo of Il Buco short ribs by Dave Sanders via The New York Times.
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