For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.
Liquid diets in the nutrition world might be a positive thing when you’re blending kale, bananas, and the like. But a liquid diet of liquor, we can all agree is probably not a good idea. Yet balance it with some nutritious food and ingest it in moderation, there’s nothing like a little good old fashioned booze. Especially when it’s artfully combined with other libations for a smooth, flavorful cocktail. Here are five intoxicating favorites of mine.
NUMBER 45: SWEET TOMATO at BRUSHSTROKE/ICHIMURA
I’ve never understood the appeal of Bloody Marys. Perhaps to nurse a bad hangover, but it always seemed like drinking spiked tomato sauce. Add some pasta and I’m on board. No carbs were needed in this surprising seasonal drink at David Bouley’s two-in-one restaurants Brushstroke and Ichimura. Much lighter and sweeter than a traditional Bloody Mary, this cocktail features muddled fresh tomatoes (with the seeds), rice vodka, lemon juice, and a salted rim. If all Bloody Marys had this lightness with a complex sweet/salty/umami finish, then I’d be its biggest advocate. Price: $15
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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City
I always wished there were more than 8 nights to Hanukkah. By the eighth crazy night of receiving presents, displaying plastic menorahs in the window, and feasting on latkes, you’ve gotten into a routine. You’ve grown accustomed to this celebratory Jewish festival. And then it all ends and you’re back where you started. With a few more pairs of socks.
And while last night might have been the official finale of Jewish gift giving, at least potato latkes never fully go out of season. I tasted an extraordinary version of this Hanukkah speciality at Bien Cuit over the weekend and am exicted to hear they will be offering it at least for another few days.