Top Cabbie-Recommended Dishes in NYC

Top Cabbie-Recommended Dishes in NYC

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If I had 24 hours to eat in New York and wasn’t driving a cab, there are 15 cabbie-recommended dishes I’d definitely have to taste again. Here they are in random order.

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    Pork and green plantains are a wonderful combination, and there’s no greater proof than the mofongo at Sofrito.
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    Godfred knew exactly what he was doing when he ordered this Ghanaian staple for me after our journey to the Bronx. The rice is loaded with palm oil, cayenne pepper and tomatoes and served with a smoky chili relish.
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    Almost everything at this Russian superdeli in Sheepshead Bay tastes as if it’s passed through a babushka’s capable hands, but there’s a magical quality to this chicken.
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    This is one glorious dumpling – and its tomato and cilantro dipping sauce is a great foil. Cheers to cabbie Eduard Zavlanov for telling me about this place.
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    I’ve had the pleasure of trying a lot of goat since I came to New York. Cabbie Constance Marie Barnes was right when she told me that no place does a Jamaican version better than The Door.
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    Delicious kabob and rice options are all over the menu at this Persian-Afghan restaurant in Flushing, but my absolute favorite is jojeh kabab with zereshk polo: saffron-marinated, bone-in pieces of Cornish hen served with basmati rice and barberries.
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    Cabbie Mizanur recommended this spot during my first New York taxi adventure, and I’ve had several cabbies since tell me they love the Indian-Chinese food here.
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    This is where former cabbie Daniel Beccaria goes when he’s missing his home town – and where I would take anyone who wants to experience the warmth of a Buenos Aires parrilla.
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    Güllüoglu’s is the baklava that taxi driver Huseyin Kanal used to deliver when he first arrived in New York from Turkey two years ago. To this day, he claims it’s the best in the city.
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