Slideshow: Center Bar in the Time Warner Center: Michael Lomonaco Does Small Plates

Piquillo Peppers ($11)
Piquillo Peppers ($11)
Stuffed with drunken goat cheese and Marcona almonds: a simple plate of food that Lomonaco and company don't screw around with. There's no reason to. The tangy peppers and creamy goat cheese are the best of friends; this is one of the best things you can eat at Center Bar.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Braised Pork Belly ($15)
Braised Pork Belly ($15)
There's so much bad pork belly served in this town—and all over the country for that matter—with poorly rendered fat and no crunch at all. When I come across one that's executed perfectly, I want to oink out loud. It had golden brown edges and crust with a little ribbon of fat underneath that gave ways to stripes of porky-tasting pork. It came with a nifty composed salad made with pistachios, aged port, endives, and pear mostarda.

[Photograph: Eunice Choi]

Foie Gras Parfait ($18)
Foie Gras Parfait ($18)
A generous portion of foie bolstered by chicken livers, cognac, and a brittle but fruity port gelée topped with crunchy salt. It admittedly arrived at the table too cold, but once it sat and mellowed it was a fruity, creamy case of good foie done well.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Slow Roasted Halibut ($17)
Slow Roasted Halibut ($17)
The Moroccan-spiced cardamon lentils mercifully liven up the neutral-tasting halibut, and the lentils were simultaneously sophisticated and earthy.

[Photograph: Eunice Choi]

Arancini ($11)
Arancini ($11)
With porcini mushrooms and pecorino; they had a crispy crust that gave way to creamy rice. They came in a pool of garlic mayo.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Diamond Cane ($18)
Diamond Cane ($18)
There's nothing to complain about the apple and herb flavors of Bulleit rye, Boulard Calvados, VEP Chartuese except its price tag.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

The Bar
The Bar
Skip the pricey wine and cocktails here, and order dessert instead.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

North Carolina Quail ($15)
North Carolina Quail ($15)
Stay away from this bird, which is indistinguishable in flavor and texture from the mushrooms that accompany it.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Ahi Tuna ($17)
Ahi Tuna ($17)
The tuna comes in jewel-like red chunks with sesame seeds and sesame oil, accompanied by a little bowl of Bloody Mary sorbet.

[Photograph: Eunice Choi]

Chocolate Pot de Creme ($10)
Chocolate Pot de Creme ($10)
It comes with more than a hint of coffee and a topping of whipped cream. I was supposed to share it with my wife, but somehow I ate the whole thing. The small plate of delicious macerated fruit was supposed to assuage your guilt, but it didn't work with me.

[Photograph: Eunice Choi]

Coconut Panna Cotta ($10)
Coconut Panna Cotta ($10)
Surrounded by mango conserve in a five-spice syrup, the panna cotta is light and refreshing in contrast with the rich pot de creme.

[Photograph: Eunice Choi]

Almond Financier ($10)
Almond Financier ($10)
Crispy and very almond-y; it comes with a small scoop of excellent strawberry ice cream.

[Photograph: Eunice Choi]