An intensely lobstery foam floats on top of a rich celery root soup studded with cubes of black truffle & tender chunks of butter-poached lobster. At $14 for a couple sips, it might be the most expensive cup of soup in the city, but man, is it good.
The fried duck egg with ramps & anchovy dressing was a knockout plate of food. They're done extraordinarily well, the slender greens amply salted & oiled & picking up a good char, the duck egg runny & molten, topped off with an anchovy-butter emulsion.
American Restaurant in New York, NY, United States
It doesn't take much more than excellent bread, a few simple but high-quality ingredients, & a bit of thought to put together a world class sandwich. The Manaouri Cheese & Fig at The Smile has got all three.
The Chargrilled Lamb Burger here is nothing but lamb and salt. Perfectly cooked every time, insanely juicy with the intense grassy funk of a well-seared, well-fatted lamb chop, it dribbles and drips as you eat it in the most glorious way.
I brought half a cold cut sandwich out to pieman Paulie Gee at his Greenpoint pizzeria. A self-proclaimed sandwich-ambivalent man, he seemed to have no problem scarfing it down with plenty of praise after reheating it in his wood fired oven.
Tears in Eyes comes with a heat warning from both the menu & the waitress. The slippery chunks of tofu-like bean cake sauced with a roasted chili & black fermented soy bean sauce wasn't the hottest appetizer we tried, though it was one of the tastiest.
Japanese Restaurant in New York, NY, United States
One of the best dishes of Home Made Silky Tofu ($5) I've had. A creamy block served on top of a bamboo leaf with grated ginger, scallions, nori, and bonito flakes is custard-smooth and exceptionally tasty with a bit of soy sauce.
The Pad Ped Moo Korb is flavored with wild ginger, fresh green peppercorns, and a spicy curry like paste made from coriander root, chilis, shallots, and lemongrass, it arrives at the table with an intense aroma that only picks up as you start to eat.