Eggplant is one of those culinary chameleons that can take on the flavors of just about any cuisine. Italian? Bring on the mozzarella. Japanese? Hello, miso. Indian? Israeli? Sichuan? Azerbaijani? All good. The humble eggplant has an awful lot of stamps in its passport. So let's look at our favorite eggplant dishes in the city.
'Akariba' on Serious Eats
Sometimes the simplest vegetable dishes are the tastiest. And Williamsburg Japanese spot Zenkichi does simple incredibly well.
First came Zenkichi. Hidden behind a stretch of unmarked wood siding, the five year-old Japanese restaurant unfolds in tendrils of private booths and curtained corners. Now there's Akariba: Zenkichi's hushed, splendid bar area dedicated to oysters, sake, and the art of the shochu cocktail.