It's been a good year for vegetarian food here in New York City, where I've tasted everything from Indonesian food in Elmhurst to heirloom tomatoes in Brooklyn. Here are my ten favorite meat-free bites of 2012.
'L'Artusi' on Serious Eats
L'Artusi can be a bit of a scene; my dinner took place after 10 PM on a Friday night and the party was seemingly just getting started. But our meal featured some truly great Italian cuisine, an interesting mix of rustic and refined.
What is it about roasted beets ($12) and yogurt that works so well together? I find its mouth-coating richness infinitely more appealing than its creamy-tart cousin, goat cheese.
January is Vegetable Month on Serious Eats: New York, and every day we've been profiling a different vegetable dish in the city. But there are some veggies we love so much that it's tough to choose just a few. Chief among them? Brussels sprouts. Here are 12 of our favorite sprouts dishes in the city.
At Serious Eats, we're all about food. And even when we're not reading or writing about it, we're perhaps thinking, idealizing, and dreaming about it. But we're also cognizant of the millions of New Yorkers who don't have ready access to food, which is why we're down with City Harvest, an organization that for over 25 years, has helped to feed the New York City's hungry. And in order to fund this massive effort (they estimate they'll rescue 30 million lbs of food this year), they've partnered with some of the city's best restaurants to throw their annual Bid Against Hunger gala, which was held yesterday evening at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
The oatmeal pancakes served at L'Artusi during weekend brunch might not look like anything fancy or special, but they're surely worth a detour. The pancakes come three to an order, each a large flat round with a supremely crispy surface. Oatmeal, when soaked overnight in liquid to make the batter base, keeps the pancake soft and tender while imparting cozy, nutty notes.
They'll tell you the Meyer Lemon Soufflé ($10) at L'Artusi serves two. But in my world, it serves just one.
The description alone sounds impossible to resist: parmesan biscuits, sausage gravy, and poached eggs ($14). And in fact, the dish is quite good. What's not to like, after all?
Author's note: Joe Campanale has accomplished quite a bit for someone who hasn't even reached the tender age of 25. When he became a sommelier at Babbo, he was one of the youngest in the country. He holds an M.A....