2009 was another phenomenal eating year as we sampled all qualities of grub from all over Gotham – we even made it to Staten Island! While we may not have lived up to all of our predictions from last year’s post, we did some mighty fine eatin’, considering how many awful Diner Cakes we consumed as well. Here is our list of the best things WeCouldEat ate in 2009. Yes, there are a few gourmet additions that are beyond our usual scope, but they are transcendent experiences. So enjoy! We certainly did!
(Click on the links and read our reviews, when available)

Most Creative Sandwich: Knishwich – Lansky’s, Upper West Side

Best Sandwich for $5: Baoquette (Classic or Chicken) – Baoquette, Murray Hill

Best Chicken: Buttermilk Fried Chicken – Redhead, East Village

Best Fish: Miso Black Cod – Nobu Next Door, Tribeca

Best Beef: Beef Wellington – One If By Land, Two If By Sea, West Village

Most Creative Pizzas: Wisconsin, New York and New Mexico Pizza – Sage General Store, Long Island City

Best Comfort Plate: Anything Really But My Fav is Pork Shoulder, Mac & Cheese, Brussel Sprouts – Mama’s Food Shop, East Village

Best Tacos: Fish Tacos – Taqueria Downtown, Jersey City

Best Fancy Dessert: Raspberry Napoleon – La Bergamonte, Hell’s Kitchen

Best Non-Fancy Dessert: Crumb Cake – B & W Bakery, Hackensack

Bonus! Our Favorite New Neighborhood Restaurant: Vesta, Astoria