'Vandaag' on Serious Eats

10 Cauliflower Dishes We Love in NYC

There's probably nothing duller than steamed cauliflower—which is why cauliflower in just about any other form gets us so excited. Roasted or fried, it turns crisp-tender with irresistible nutty brown bits. Blended with cream or butter, it becomes rich and silken, a decadent soup or purée. And that's just scratching the surface. We've had excellent cauliflower dishes in New York from chefs of all culinary persuasions. Here are ten of our favorites. What's your favorite cauliflower preparation? More

3 Hot Drinks from Vandaag in New York City

"I almost always find hot drinks disappointing," says Martim Smith-Mattsson, beverage director at New York's Vandaag in the East Village. "So many just taste like they've been sitting on a warmer all day. I wanted to make something fresher, more vibrant." Check out his unusual recipes for hot cocoa, hot cider, and a very loose interpretation of a hot buttered rum. More

Good Bread: Vandaag

When I went out to restaurants as a child, my parents would warn me, "Don't fill up on the bread basket." At Vandaag, the East Village's Dutch-Scandinavian eatery, it's hard not to do just that. You seem them on nearly every table, the porcelain bowls overflowing with slabs of bread and billowing sheets of crisps. Accompanied with a flight of Danish beer, the bread makes an excellent cocktail-hour meal, especially when smeared with Vandaag's gin-scented butter and lemon-eggplant spread. More

5 Sweet Breakfast Breads We Love

Why start your day with the ordinary cereal and milk when you can mix it up with sweet breakfast breads? Portable, discreet at the office, and easy to eat on the go, they're a much more delicious way to start the morning. Here are five of our favorites. From a soft chocolate-cherry loaf, to a supremely moist banana bread and sugar bread accompanied with a house-made chocolate-hazelnut spread, it's a sweet start for each day of the work week. More

The Best Restaurants We Reviewed in 2010

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. More

Vandaag in the East Village: So Much More Than a Gin Bar

Vandaag, in a word, is refreshing. Refreshing to navigate an East Village dining room without climbing over chairs or toppling a busboy. To find entrées and appetizers, not a roster of small plates of heritage pork belly and bacon-fried everything. To be greeted warmly at a young downtown restaurant. And to find a menu that doesn't seem derivative—either of a single culinary tradition or of current restaurant standards. It's hard to compare Vandaag to another restaurant in New York right now. More

Lunch for One: Vandaag

[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] A dish of Hete Bliksem ($8) at Vandaag in the East Village is a blessing on rainy days. "Hete Bliksem" literally translates to "hot lightning," an apt description. Individual cocottes are filled with an appealing... More

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