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The 100 best dishes in New York City 2014: Best meat

Carnivores have plenty to sink their fangs into this year. Find Latin meatballs, pork cracklings and the most luxurious chicken pot pie ever on our meaty list

Photograph: William Hereford
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Hello, meatheads! This year’s best meat offerings have a little something for every carne lover. We’re talking whole-hog BBQ worthy of the Carolinas, a luxury roasted chicken to rival the NoMad’s and chicken wings to blow your favorite dive bars out of contention.

Short rib skewers at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

The lanced beef at this Le Bernardin offshoot is like your mom’s pot roast on hyperdrive: The tender short ribs instantly yield to your fork, softened in a decadent, almost syrupy au jus and red-wine reduction. Swirl that gorgeous gravy into the potato puree that pads the plate, as smooth and creamy as the butter those spuds are bathed in. $12.

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Wings at Distilled

The Tribeca public house, with a kitchen run by Momofuku Noodle Bar alum Shane Lyons, is not your garden-variety drinking hole, so it’s no surprise that their wings are leagues more refined than the Buffalo-sauced drumsticks you wolf down at the corner sports bar. The crazy-crunchy flappers are dredged, double-fried and flash frozen, their tooth-shaking crags the optimal vehicles to catch every drop of the Momofuku-worthy ginger-garlic-gochujang lacquer. $14 for small, $23 for large.

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Whole hog BBQ at Arrogant Swine

Pork purists got their own church of Carolina ‘cue with Tyson Ho’s suds-and-swine joint this year, and no dish encompasses Ho’s sermons more than his standout whole hog. The pitmaster smokes heritage hogs over oak-wood coals so the campfire haze can seep deep into the supremely moist, tender-as-all-hell meat, which is then picked off the bone and loaded into paper boats with a vinegar-pepper sauce and pork-rind cracklings for a nice crunch. $12 per half pound.

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