Favorite Dishes #87: Deep-Fried Olives at Via Carota


Take a plump green olive, pit it, then stuff it with ricotta. Next, wrap it in sausage meat, dip it in egg wash and breadcrumbs, then fry it until it looks like a tiny scotch egg, only so much better. Intensely savory, briny, crunchy, and ridiculously moreish. Or, better idea, you let Jody Williams and Rita Sodi do all that, and you settle in to your seat at the bar of Via Carota (51 Grove Street; 212-255-1962), order an Aperol spritz and a round or two of fried olives, and experience deep, deep pleasure. We are so goddamn lucky to live in New York and do things like this, you will think to yourself, and the world will be a better place.

Fork in the Road is counting down to our Best of New York City issue in October. We’re combing the city every day, one dish at a time, to guide you to the most delicious food in NYC. These are our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2015, in no particular order, save for the top 10.

Here’s our countdown up to now:
#100: Laminated Blueberry Brioche at Dominique Ansel Kitchen
#99: Egg Shop’s Golden Bucket Fried Chicken
#98: Ramen Lab’s Torigara Shoyu
#97: Cannoli at Ferdinando’s
#96: Breakfast Sandwich at Dimes
#95: Banana Royal at Eddie’s Sweet Shop
#94: Fletcher’s Burnt Ends
#93: Almayass’s Mante
#92: Empellon Taqueria’s Fish Taco
#91: El Rey’s Sardine Tostada
#90: General Tso’s Pig’s Head at the Cannibal
#89: The Vegetarian at Meat Hook Sandwich Shop
#88: The 21 Club’s Creamy Chicken Hash