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Sometimes the simplest vegetable dishes are the tastiest. And Williamsburg Japanese spot Zenkichi does simple incredibly well. Lotus roots and carrots are gently simmered in soy sauce and sesame oil for the Kinpira. Each maintain a tender crunch and take on delicate flavors of soy and sesame, with sesame seeds sprinkled on top for textural interest and a little nutty bite. And Zenkichi just about always gets major points for presentation; this careful tower of roots is no exception.
It's available on the dinner menu at Zenkichi, but also at adjacent sake bar Akariba, where it's easier to stop in for just a quick bite.