Like its neighboring restaurant ABC Kitchen—also a Jean-Georges/Chef Dan Kluger tag-team—the menu is eclectic but seasonally based, simple to read, but interesting in its details. Though I've spotted Jean-Georges and Dan Kluger in the kitchen on a few occasions, the ship is helmed day-to-day by chef de cuisine Ian Coogan. Every single dish sounds like something you want to eat (and for the most part, is).
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I was only vegan for a month. February—the shortest month of the year—at that. Not long enough to comprehensively explore the many vegan options in this city, but long enough to befriend some new favorites that I otherwise might have scanned past on a menu as a flexitarian.
ABC Kitchen's Dan Kluger has made a special lemongrass-poached chicken salad sandwich topped with spicy cashew butter at Num Pang.
How cute is this? The Cookie Plate ($9) at ABC Kitchen is perfect for sharing, especially in the afternoon, with two seats at the bar and cocktails to match.
One of the best parts about vegetables is how their natural sweetness comes out when they're cooked well; and no vegetable does this as brilliantly as squash. I can't think of anything I'd rather eat in the middle of winter than a heaping bowl of perfectly roasted butternut, enlivened by nothing more than olive oil and salt. But chefs around New York get more creative than that, of course, featuring squash in everything from curries to crostini to queso fundido. Here are eight squash dishes we love from around the city. What are your favorites?
At ABC Kitchen, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's locavore-minded Union Square restaurant, chef Dan Kluger does excellent things with pasta and seafood and crudo—but this isn't Crudo Month, is it? And that's fine, because I'd happily eat nothing but ABC's vegetable dishes for the rest of my days. Come see what's on the menu this winter.
Sure, we'd be happy eating heirloom tomatoes with nothing but a sprinkle of salt or a slather of mayo this time of year. But how are New York's chefs celebrating tomato season? Here are some of our favorite tomato dishes across the city right now. Get 'em while they're here!
The Hudson Valley is that beautiful, expansive chunk of land along the Hudson River that's home to many farms, some of which are represented at New York City's Greenmarket. The farmers trek into the city with their cherries, beets, goat cheese, and many other fresh goodies piled onto flatbeds to sell at farmers' markets and to some restaurants. We recently road-tripped with ABC Kitchen chef Dan Kluger, to meet some of the farmers that supply his ingredients. Here are snapshots of the goat cheese, squash blossoms, whiskey, radishes, and more from our day of cruising around in tractors (and convertibles).
At ABC Kitchen the Solar Power smoothie is most certainly a full meal. (And at $12, it should be.) Starting with a puree of fresh avocado at the base, the smoothie incorporates frozen pineapple chunks and plenty of Thai coconut meat. You do get what you pay for: good ingredients, and plenty of it.
Monday's New York edition of Taste of the Nation proved to be an epic meal. The highlights among the savory dishes included an insanely rich Spanish mackerel crudo from the Union Square Cafe, a cup of creamy stracciatella with sea urchin, caviar, and nasturtium granita from Roberta's, and a suckling pig croqueta from Bar Basque that came with a dropper of salsa verde and a slow cooked quail egg.
There is something alluring about a golden egg yolk running all over your pizza. At Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Greenmarket-inspired ABC Kitchen in New York, Chef Dan Kluger takes breakfast pizza to new heights by placing an oh-so-runny farm egg atop his earthy wild mushroom, Parmesan, and oregano pie. Did we mention that he throws a little homemade ricotta and tangy Tomme-style cheese in there for good measure? It's a pizza I'm definitely going to want to make at home.
At $2 each, cookies from ABC Kitchen may be one of the best finds from a restaurant where the food is great but the prices aren't quite friendly for everyday visits.
Maybe this endless winter is kicking our morning carb cravings into overdrive; or maybe we've just had so many early meetings, we've grabbed breakfast treats from all over. Either way, life at Serious Eats of late has been one great muffin after another. Here are some of the best muffins in NYC we've had recently; what are your favorites in the city?
It's been quite a year for restaurants in New York. In fact, though it's hard to believe, some of my very favorite spots in the city have opened their doors within the last year. And others just came to our attention in the last twelve months, reminding us how very much exists in the world of New York restaurants. Here's a recap of my favorite eight reviews this year.
Fruit smoothies, chocolate smoothies, almond-based numbers, fig milkshakes, and a twist on the traditional Vietnamese ca phe su da. These drinks are perfect for life on the go, and many can suffice as a meal—or dessert, at the very least! Today we bring you our Top 5 Sweets Drinks of 2010.
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] When in the area, I often make it a point to drop by ABC Kitchen and pick up a Spice Muffin ($3) to go in the cafe area. It's a stout muffin, moist and outfitted...
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] I'm drinking my way through the smoothie menu at ABC Elixir Bar, one drink a week. It's still tough justifying the starting $10 price tag of the drinks, but there's no denying that complex taste...
"You leave here wanting to grow your own goji berries." ABC Elixir Bar 35 East 18th St, New York NY 10003 (b/n Broadway and Park Avenue South; map); 212-475-5829; abckitchennyc.net Smoothies have always been on the expensive side—but $12 expensive?...
How many Jean-Georges Vongerichtens are there? In this age of downsizing and retrenchment, he has managed to open not one, but two serious restaurants in New York in the last two months. What we wanted to know: Can a world-class chef open this many restaurants and have them all be a reflection of his philosophy and his culinary voice?