Here's a question we get time and again: where can I take a date for good food without breaking the bank? And can I do it without looking like a cheapskate? Yes you can, and here are 40 ways to do so.
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For someone with his hands in so many projects (restaurants Graffiti and Mehtaphor, appearances on both Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef, a book, a catering company, several classes and two young ones at home), Chef Jehangir Mehta is incredibly calm, friendly, and focused. He excitedly talks about his restaurants' "New Years Dining Series," the enthusiasm of his family, and why he composed a raw oyster appetizer with pop rocks and grapefruit granita (he wanted to bring back to mind the excitement of childhood and the thrill of crashing waves). We chatted with Chef Mehta about his dynamic plates, his Persian-Indian identity, and why he can't settle for a less-than-sixteen-hour day.
Editor's note: In "Apps Only," Ben Fishner will be eating his way through New York's appetizer, bar, and lounge menus as your guide to fine dining on a budget. He blogs at Ben Cooks Everything. Pickled ginger scallops with...