Editor's note: January is Vegetable Month on Serious Eats: New York! Every day this month we'll introduce you to a different vegetable dish we love. Do you have a veg dish to nominate? Let us know!
I'm a little obsessed with Northern Spy's kale salad ($12), made with raw lacinato kale, crumbled Cabot clothbound cheddar, roasted squash, toasted almonds, and pecorino. Don't be afraid of the uncooked nature of the kale—the bright greens feel wholesome (even dressed up in cheese), but they've relaxed enough in the dressing to not require too much chewing. At dinner it's a starter, but at brunch, you can add two eggs on top, making it pretty much perfect brunch food, hearty but not heavy enough to weigh you down.